Is Live Sports Photography Really Photography?

What about concert photography?  Fashion show photography?  Paparazzi? Red carpet event photography?  Or pretty much any circumstance where there are multiple photographers taking the same photos from the same location, in the same light, with the same gear, at the same settings, producing photos that look pretty much the same as every other game / concert / fashion show / celebrity photo ever taken?

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Want to Be A Professional Photographer? Here are 8 Photos To Learn This Year

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Everyone is a professional photographer these days right?

Well, if you want to add some legitimacy to that claim, there are a handful of specific photo styles that are really the foundation of a professional photographer’s tool kit.

These may not all fit your personal style, but the technical proficiency needed to capture these photos are relevant to all photographers.

So if this is the year that you want to make the jump to pro photographer, here are 8 photos to learn this year.

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Photographing Photos of Paris

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I recently had a short stay in Paris.  I knew that there would not be much time for photography, but I was determined to make the most out of the opportunity (I think I slept for about 8 hours over 3 days).

I photograph people, so I had planned to recruit other tourists to fill in as models – but with the volume of relentless touts swarming all of the famous landmarks, convincing a stranger to sign a model release was a bit of a challenge.

I was also trying to think of ways to photograph the famous landmarks of Paris in a way that was at least a little different from the millions of times they had all been photographed before.

The idea I came up with was to use my Rolleiflex vintage film medium format camera’s projection viewfinder to photograph photos of Paris.

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The Thought Process of a Professional Photographer: Behind the Scenes to Photograph a Computer Display On A Desk

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In our previous post where I reviewed the 34 Inch 21:9 UltraWide Display – LG 34UM95, I had to include a few photos of the display sitting on my desk.  I could have used an advertising photo, but for a hands on review, I wanted to show the monitor sitting on my actual desk.

As it turns out, the final shot was a teeny bit more involved than I was planning and I think that you might find the thought process along the way pretty interesting.

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DIYP Reviews the Syrp Genie – All In One Time Lapse Photography Motion Control

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Time lapse photography has recently evolved into a spectacular fusion of the best of still photography and motion film making.

With the growing popularity of time lapse photography, and the increasing complexity that time lapse photographers are integrating into their films, we are seeing a steady stream of truly spectacular time lapse films (many of which we feature here on DIYP on a regular basis).

If you have tried your hand at time lapse photography, sooner or later you will come to realize that while static time lapse film sequences can be fabulous, time lapse films really sing when you add motion.

And that is where the Syrp Genie (Amazon | B&H) fits in.  The Syrp Genie is a simple, all in one motion control device for time lapse photography and live action films.

We were recently lucky enough to get our hands on a Syrp Genie for review and spent some time testing it out in the field.

Read on for our complete hands on review of the Syrp Genie.

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Ikea Hack: Warm Up LED Accent Lighting Using Photography Gels

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Installing new LED accent lighting or replacing your old energy wasting halogen under-cabinet lighting with new LED accent lights?  Notice that even the “warm white” LED lights are just a touch too white or a touch too harsh compared to the warm glow of the halogen lights you’re used to seeing?

Click the link for a simple way to warm up the look of LED accent lighting for less than $10 in less than two minutes by using photography gels.

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How To Use A Remote Shutter Release to Start and Stop Video Recording on Your Nikon Camera

I have been filming a lot of tutorial videos lately, and one of the problems that I keep running into is starting and stopping video recording on my own.

This usually involves me walking over to the camera, pressing record and then walking back into position to film the video.  I have tried using a stick, but I am not nearly that coordinated and it risks messing up the alignment of the shot.  I have also tried bribing my children, but their quoted rates were a little higher than this production can afford.

The problem is especially frustrating if I have to focus the camera, in which case I usually build a little focusing dummy out of pillows or beer cases or cats.

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Fortunately, if you are a Nikon user, there is a relatively simple solution.

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Winter is Coming – So Here’s Some Winter Photography Inspiration

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In order to celebrate the unholy amount of snow that just fell on my neighbors in Buffalo and Western New York (how does two meters or six feet of snow in November sound to ya?), I thought I’d share a few of the stories behind some of my favorite winter photos.

When it’s cold and snowy, it can be hard to find the motivation to pull your camera out, so hopefully the stories behind these photos might inspire a few winter photography moments.  Because, winter is coming.

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