A DIY Approach To Tabletop Smartphone Photography

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While some think that smartphone will take over cameras almost completely, I disagree. I think ‘real’ cameras are here to stay. What I do think is that smartphones are making photography much more accessible to the masses. The saying ‘if you have a smartphone you are now a photographer’ is probably truer than ever. And while owning a camera-equipped phone (or a camera for that matter) does not make you a good or a bad photographer, there are a few tricks that you can use to up your results using a smartphone.

I was kinda surprised when Alex Koloskov released a new product photography course (because usually he is all about high end mega $$$ strobes), but with a healthy DIY approach Alex manages to make it work. And work quite nice at that….

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The Battlefield Pinhole Camera

Battlefield Pinhole CameraAfter yesterday’s Pinhole Bonanza, I am proud to serve you the Battlefield Pinhole Camera DIY tutorial.

The battlefield is a revolutionary pinhole camera that simultaneously uses 3 rolls of 35mm film to capture an image split across all three rolls. Look at the image on the left for a clue on the name origin :)

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Welcome To The Most Amazingly Photogenic Living Room Ever!

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If you’re a wedding photographer, you’re probably used to walking into the bride’s house / bridal suite / hotel room, taking a quick glance around and then thinking….right…so how can I possibly work with this space…

Well, in this post I want to share the details of the most amazingly photogenic living room ever – and my process for photographing the bride and bride’s maids preparing.

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Easily Remove People From Your Images With This Simple Trick

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It has been my experience that most people are cordial when they see you trying to capture a photo.  They may pause until you are done or ask if you are taking a shot at the moment or apologize if they feel they accidentally walked into frame.  Then again, I live in a place where we wave at strangers while driving just to be polite, so my sampling may be skewed.

But, what happens when you’re taking photos on a tripod outside a nuclear facility and the security personnel keep getting in the way of your pristine shot?  (Buggers!)  Well, you remove them.  (EDITOR’S NOTE:  “Remove” is not to be confused with “eliminate.”  We are forbidden to advocate such actions.)  In Photoshop.  Greg Benz show us the rather straight-forward process which involves shooting multiple frames of your subject (whilst keeping the camera still, i.e. mounted to a tripod) as people are moving about within the frame.

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How To Process The Milky Way Using Adobe Lightroom CC

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If you thought that you need some fancy software to shoot the Milky Way, think again. Photographer Michael Shainblum (previously) shares a Lightroom only tutorial on how to edit a stunning night sky Milky Way Photo.

This photo was taken at Joshua Park using a Sony A7S with a Nikon 14-24 lens with a 20 seconds exposure at ISO 12,800, and it is just a proof of how well the A7S handles noise.

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The Versatile Beauty Dish – My Favourite Lighting Patterns

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Most folks will be fairly familiar with the Beauty Dish and its usefulness in both fashion and general portraiture. In this tutorial I would like to share with you just how versatile I think the humble Beauty Dish can be and show you just how many lighting patterns you can create with my personal favourite light modifier.

First of all, I should describe exactly what a Beauty Dish is for those perhaps unfamiliar with the modifier. Beauty dishes are essentially large metal bowls, which typically are available in a variety of sizes such as 16″, 22″ or 27″ in diameter. They can be used with both studio strobe and speedlights with the correct speedring fittings.

Inside the dish is an internal reflector. This is a disc of metal, spaced a few inches in from the strobe. This deflects the light from the strobe and pushes the light towards the outside of the dish, ensuring that the only light hitting the subject has been reflected. This creates a very smooth, even and flattering light though this can also depend on the interior of the reflector. Beauty Dishes typically have silver or white interiors. Silver interiors are very specular and produce harder more contrasty light, whereas white interiors are softer and more even as the light inside gets more scattered before leaving the dish, reducing the specular reflections.

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Peek Inside The Mind Of Master Street Photographer John Free: Subjects Are Everywhere

Street photography has a special trait to it -You stage nothing. So how come when staging nothing good photos are taken?

This 14 minutes clip follows master street photographer (or social documenter) John Free. It almost seems as John creates good subjects out of nowhere. Aside his very keen eye, John is just loaded with confidence and conviction in his ability to create a good photo from any scene.

John takes away any excuses for not taking a photo. Instead of sneaking into his subjects, John, combines high loads of confidence which he hides as being a little nutty and one of warmest people around.

In John’s words, he is “everybody’s friend’s” or a “professional stranger”, and one of his biggest strength is the way he carries himself around, and giving a big emphasis on being a non-threat.

P.S. John does it all on film, so he takes that excuse too…

[John Free Goes Shooting “What a Joy of Life” Street Photography Tips via reddit]

How To Get The Dehaze Feature for Lightroom 6 For Free

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We’ve been sharing with you some of the incredible results photographers are getting with Lightroom’s new dehaze feature.  But, those who sprung for the Lightroom 6 proprietary version have been disappointed that Adobe left them out of the updated feature.  (Adobe, thou maladjusted schoolchild!)

Fortunately, those without the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom can now rejoice!  Thanks to the fine folks at Prolost, proprietary Lightroom users can now get all the wonderful benefits of image dehaze for FREE without having to pay a monthly subscription!

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