Applying The Sunny 16 Rule To Strobes And Mid Day Shooting

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The Sunny 16 Rule is a great addition to any photographer’s toolbox. Basically it means that when shooting on a sunny day @ISO100 you’d be pretty close if shooting @1/100 and f/16. It is a clever rule because it is very easy to remember. 100 @ 1/100.

Photographer Neil van Niekerk points out that it is pretty easy to complement this rule when trying to overcome the sun with an external strobe. And his method means you can get a great exposure with no metering. The idea is pretty simple: setting your strobe to full power and using the strobe’s GN (Guide Number) to figure out where to place the strobe. This would get a pretty good first exposure.

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9 Photo Composition Tips In 189 Seconds

If you are just starting out on photography, you’ve probably heard about the RULES OF COMPOSITION. When you hear about those rules, it can be kinda intimidating, especially if they are referred to in all CAPS. The truth is that those rules are actually guidelines that formulate what is visually pleasing to the eye.

The team at COOPH who are really good at cutting down to the chase, made a short movie explaining 9 of these rules. You may have heard them already or you read them in a book, but it is always a great refresher to see all those rules condensed into such a short time frame.

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How to Approach A Talent To Place a Lav Mic On Their Shirt Like A Pro

If you are shooting a video with someone who is not accustomed to getting videos that part where you attach a Lavalier mic to their clothes can be kinda awkward. If you are wiring up an actor, there is a good chance they did this before and they maybe even done this enough time to help you. But with documentaries or interviews it may be your talent’s first time where someone approaches them to run a cable through their shirt.

If you do it wrong (and there is definitely a wrong way of doing this) not only you look like a PITA you may also take from your talents confidence which you want to be high for the actual interview.

The Location Crew came up with a short 10 minutes tutorial that explains how to do this right. Interestingly enough, an important part of the process is not even related to connecting a microphone, it is connected to gaining your talent’s trust and breaking that personal barrier to make them feel comfy.

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How To Create The Tastiest Vintage Themed Coffee Ad

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I recently did a vintage themed coffee ad and documented the process to show what goes into making stuff like this.

While the ad is centered around the product packaging rather than its content (more on that further down), the basic idea was to return the object, a coffee tin from the 1960’s Denmark, to its own time period in a nostalgic veil of bygone times, playing on atmosphere rather than the practical benefits of coffee.

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A Photographer’s Guide to Surviving Fashion Week

Fashion Week is an international series of events where fashion designers can showcase their latest collections and connect with other members of the industry. Twice a year, the fashion world converges on New York, London, Paris, Milan, and other sites across the globe for a week’s worth of fashion shows and events.

While for many, the focus of Fashion Week tends to be on the celebrities that attend the shows, what they wore, and the parties that followed, Fashion Week is so much more than that. This year, in New York City alone, over $887 million.

While Fashion Week is clearly important to local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses, it is also an important event for all the photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, and members of the media that are needed to cover such a large event. While Fashion Week shares many similarities to other large media events, like the Academy Awards, for instance, there is one major difference, Fashion Week lasts much longer, and is held over a much wider area.

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How To Photograph Three Indoor Window Light Portrait Styles

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Since it’s the winter that won’t end, I though I’d share a few tips for how to photography three indoor window light portrait styles in the comfort of your own home using any camera.

I’m always amazed by how great window light can look and how easy it is to get completely different looks from such a simple light source – and the best part is that you can stay warm indoors too!

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8-bit vs 16-bit – What Color Depth You Should Use And Why It Matters

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When going into an edit process there is much confusion about what color depth should one use. Some pieces of knowledge are more relevant than others and some are not relevant at all. Either way, the selection of color depth in which you edit will have a huge impact on the final editing result.

The purpose of this article is to try and clear up the confusion about bit depth and give you advice on what bit depth to choose when you edit and output your images.

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Create Your Own Planets for Indoor Astrophotography

Have you ever wanted to photograph the planets or create a video in space, just to realize that unless you score a job at NASA (or get a D810A) your dream won’t become a reality?

If you have, then Petri Dish Planets is exactly what you’re looking for.

Watch this tutorial to learn how you can make your own planets, using household items like milk, dish soap and food coloring.

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