As Joe McNally explains in the video tutorial below, it can be really hard to get an original shot when shooting sporting events. Most of the photographers are shooting with the same size lenses and are generally limited to the same confined areas to shoot from. One way to make a photograph stick out from all the others is by getting creative using motion blur techniques. [Read more...]
Getting a good corporate photos has a lot to do with lighting. What should not come as a surprise if the fact that it also has a lot to with human interaction.
J.P. Morgan and the slanted lens crew walk through the ropes of a recent corporate shoot they did, and while they do talk about lighting (as always) I love the fact that they are investing a bit more time on this video about prep-work and talent direction.
The big take for me was not the lighting setup. It was the how to make sure the talent looks good and feels good, which definitely shows on the final image. (Yes, you will need to bring a steamer).
[One Light Corporate Image | The Slanted Lens]
Long exposure photography doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. As Matt Granger shows us in the video below, you can still capture a variety of great long exposure shots using shutter priority mode with basic equipment. With just your DSLR and a tripod (you should always buy the nicest quality tripod as your budget allows) you can experiment with light painting, motion blur, and more. Add a set of neutral density filters to your kit and you’ve opened up a whole new set of doors.
Take a look as Granger explains several different styles of long exposure photography and how you can practice them on your own. [Read more...]
Backups! We all need them, we hardly make ‘em!
Over the years, as a digital artist, I have on occasion lost bodies of work. I lost them when building a new PC, I lost them when my drive crashed, fell, burnt, and I even lost them while watching in horror as I mistakenly said yes to “are you sure you want to format drive D”?.
Data keeps piling up, and to keep everything archived we need at least double the amount of drive space.
Luckily I don’t do animation anymore so my projects aren’t that super large anymore, but I have been photographing and editing work for a couple of years now and the data pile keeps growing. Next to that I kept running out of space locally, and kept buying new drives for my Drobo to accommodate my expanding archive. The problem with new drives to store your projects is that you need to copy your data over and over, you get sloppy, you forget projects, you ignore folders, and in the end you lost some precious pictures in the transfer process.
I’m a creative artist, and even though I have OCD tendencies, I get bored with tedious tasks and mistakes are easily made. I needed a better backup plan to safeguard my body of work, without having to spend too much time on this task.
Now there are numerous ways to maintain a backup, but I’m going to share one that has been working for me the past few years, and makes me feel secure about my data.
here’s my hardware setup:
As someone who, admittedly, still hasn’t entirely accepted the Creative Cloud (and as someone who prefers their editing programs to be desktop based), I confess that I’ve been moonlighting with the Capture One Pro software as a potential replacement for when/if I’m ever ready to branch away from Adobe. I also admit that I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to taking the time to learn and establish a workflow using the Photoshop alternative. Needless to say, I was pleased as punch to see Michael Woloszynowicz from FStoppers do a full walk through video of his post production process using only Capture One Pro 8.
Even if you’re not interested in the Capture One software, the video still provides you with an excellent tutorial on non-destructive fashion and beauty editing, so be sure to jot down some notes!
If there’s one thing
we I love more than kittens and infographics, it’s flowcharts. And Mark Wallace has made the ultimate, interactive flowchart aimed at educating photographers one step at a time. Wallace, who aside from being a great photographer, is well known for his awesome teaching style, having produced 100′s of informative video tutorials for AdoramaTV. Wallace has come up with a great way to help keep all those videos organized into an easy to follow photography guide, by way of the Where To Start Chart.
The flowchart starts by asking photographers simple questions about the photograph they are taking and, based on their answer, the chart then guides them to the next step they should take. (Just like any good flowchart does.) However, The Where To Start Chart ups the ante by making each of the questions link (should you choose to click on it) over to Wallace’s corresponding video tutorial. So, you’re not only being told specific steps to take, you are also learning why you should be taking them. Now that is helpful.
This october is quite a fest for astronomers having both a FULL lunar eclipse tomorrow (Oct. 8th) and a partial solar eclipse on the 23rd.
While the two events are somewhat different in nature, there are some similarities in preparing for both. We asked photographers Josh Bury and Alan Erickson what should we be aware of before going ahead and shooting any of those eclipses?
Like most things in life, the secret is with preparation and Josh and Alan were kind enough to prepare a list for us:
When it comes to noise in photos, we are pretty accustomed to using DeNoising tools. When it comes to video, there are similar options that apply that same logic to footage, rather than to a single frame.
The folks over at Film Riot took two of the more popular options, Neat Video and Denoiser II (both at about $100) for a test drive and compare the results. Ryan talks about a third plugin called Dark Energy which he says surpasses them both, but sadly, it fell of the comparison for costing $100 more.
In this awesome behind the scenes clip, Phlearn frontman,Aaron Nace details his entire experience creating the image you see above. Starting with just a concept and some sketches, Nace condenses the process into a 10-minute long video clip that’s packed with handy tips, tricks, and lighting advice to give us insights as to what all goes into making these high quality portraits. Hopefully, the easy to understand presentation Nace is known for, will inspire you to undertake a similar project of your own.
In the video tutorial below, Gavin Hoey tackles an issue many photographers new to shooting on white backgrounds are faced with–white backgrounds that look grey in photographs.
As you may already know, this is caused by the inverse square law, which you can learn all about here. But for now, let’s focus on the solution which, as Hoey explains, can be as simple as adding a second light into the mix. [Read more...]