You may like winter and cold weather, but your drone batteries don’t. It affects their chemical charge and gives you shorter flight time. If you’re typically used to getting around 25 minutes of flight, in cold weather it comes down to about 15, or even less. Dirk Dallas from Adorama TV shares some useful tips for extending the drone’s battery life in cold weather, as well as some tips for flying in winter conditions.
Photoshop’s selection tools seem to evolve and change with every new update. Techniques and technology evolve to make selections a little easier than they were before. At least, that’s the theory, sometimes they just get more frustrating. But, there’s still no one technique that works for everything.
This video from Nathaniel Dodson at Tutvid is a long one. At 37 minutes, you’re not going to be finding any instant fix magic bullets. But, he goes through several different selection methods to explain how they all works, how to use them and what kind of images they work best on.
Whether for stills or video, paper backdrops are super handy, especially in a permanent fixture. But they’re also useful when setting up in a small space on location, too. There’s countless portable backdrop stands out there capable of handling paper rolls, and they’re very quick to set up.
Caleb Pike at DSLR Video Shooter has switched over from his old background of acoustic foam panels to a new, clean, paper backdrop. In this video, Caleb tells us why, and offers some tips on working with paper backdrops on set.
If you darken the skies in Lightroom by adjusting the luminance of the blues, you may end up with a white line creating a border between the sky and the objects on the ground. There are ways to get rid of it in Photoshop, but there is also a way to avoid it completely. Tony Northrup shares a tutorial for editing your landscape photos in Lightroom and making those skies dramatic, yet natural.
If you shoot video for long enough, and you’re interested in getting quality sound (you should be), then at some point you’re going to use a boomed shotgun mic. They’re not as easy to work with as you might first think, though. Bad technique can lead to the microphone picking up vibration and handling noise. It can also quickly get pretty tiring for the boom the boom operator, too.
In this video from Aputure, Ted Sim and Stephen Harrod provide six tips to work with boom poles on set. Some of the tips help to improve the audio quality. Others simply help you last for the duration of the shoot.
Images on Instagram generally tend to fall into three categories. Food & Drink, travel & lifestyle, and then everything else. Even when just photographing friends for an Instagram post, the lifestyle kind of images tend to perform well. But creating a pleasing lifestyle image isn’t really as straightforward as just pointing your phone at your subject and grabbing a quick snap.
Charles and Luke at Wandergasm, though, are here to help. In this video, they offer up four tips to help get better lifestyle shots on the street. The tips don’t just apply to Instagram, though. The suggestions can be applied to just about any portrait session.
Product photography requires you to really make the subject really pop. You want to make the customer buy a certain product, and for this, you need a perfect photo. You may need that super-expensive gear and a studio are a must to create appealing product photos. But, photographer Tom Watts shows you a simple product photography setup you can easily make and use at home. It doesn’t take too much space and it’s very subject to DIY solutions.
Many of us pay a lot of attention to cleaning camera lenses. There are different products for this purpose, as well as plenty of tutorials. But what about tripods? Do you pay attention to cleaning them too? If you’d like them to last a long time and work well, you should give them a good clean from time to time. In this video tutorial, photographer Troy Nikolic gives you some tips how to get your tripod clean and good as new.
Let’s just get this out there, I am a big horror fan. I have been since around the age of 5. One afternoon as I was playing with my toys behind my parents’ friends couch when they put on Nightmare on Elm street. As I sneakily peeped my head around the couch my eyes were met with the sight of a creepy guy wearing a hat. On his fingers, he had these sharp knives. His face looked weird, and for some reason, he seemed to be chasing teenagers around in their dreams. That was the moment my mind was changed forever.
I’m pretty certain, no one in that room knew just how much of an impact that movie had my life. From that moment on I was a horror fan. As my grandparents would attest, my brain was filled with the creepy and macabre. So when I first picked up my camera it was only natural that I gravitated towards horror photography. [Read more…]
Dodging and Burning images is something that I see every day in photography and it seems to have two purposes: Artistic character and removing luminosity based distractions.
Today I’m going to be talking about the latter, removing luminosity based distractions. I’m going to assume you already know how to do dodge and burn (and if not you should check this tutorial), so we’ll skip the baby steps and jump straight ahead to the point of the article!