Former White House photographer Pete Souza has announced a new book. Titled “Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs,” the book shows around 300 of the photographer’s favorite and most iconic images from the years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Some are the photos we’re familiar with, and some of them have never been seen before.
Ed Gregory at Photos in Color makes a pretty bold claim in his new video. It’s titled “Why this is the perfect PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY angle – Proven by SCIENCE” The exact angle for perfect headshots every single time. It’s a shame that this video from has such a misleading and clickbaity title, because it does have some good information in it.
The “perfect” portrait and angle is going to vary a lot from photographer to photographer. It’s a very subjective thing. What we like is what we like. It’s also going to vary greatly depending on the person sitting in front of the camera, too. Facial structure, build and demeanour plays a huge part. There is no one rule to… um… rule them all. But do have a watch of the video anyway. Just ignore the “science” bit.
Bonds between siblings can be really special. Brothers and sisters can fight over silly things, but at the same time, they’ll do anything for each other. A teenager named Anthony Angel wanted to do something wonderful for his little sister Anabel’s birthday. He wanted to throw her a special surprise, so he arranged a Disney-themed photo shoot for her. And since their mom Christina Angel is a photographer, she gladly took the responsibility to capture the moments of deep love and bond between brother and sister.
If you are a good photographer and you upload your photos online, it’s inevitable that someone will steal them at some point. Although it’s in a way flattering that someone likes your photos, it’s by no means the way to express their liking.
If you want to check whether someone has stolen your photos and where they are, Anthony Morganti discusses four possible ways of doing it. Three of them are free and one is paid, and all of them can do a fair job in finding your images on online places where they don’t belong.
Even if you plan to alter or grade your footage afterwards, having an accurate and consistent starting point makes your life much easier. Getting perfect white balance without a grey card, Expodisc, ColorChecker or fancy colour meter can be tricky, though. But it’s not impossible.
This video from Blake Rudis at f64 Academy walks us through a simple 3 step process to get perfect white balance in Adobe Camera Raw. While a neutral source in your shot can make this process much faster, this technique is still very quick and easy.
Although most of us are photo and video lovers, you have to admit – there’s no good video without good audio. You can watch a video with poor video quality, you’ll get through it. But it’s quite difficult and annoying to watch one with bad sound, with lots of muffling and crackling.
Audio plays a huge role in telling the story and rounding up the video work. So, Peter McKinnon tells you more about it. Here are some ideas how to incorporate good music and sound effects into your videos, how and where to get them and how to use them to make your videos amazing.
I don’t normally care what the Kardashians do. This current suit being brought against Khloe Kardashian, however, highlights something rather important. It’s something often misunderstood by clients, celebrities, and the general public alike. Just because you appear in a photograph does not mean that you have the legal right to use it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “KoKo” apparently hasn’t heard this rather important fact before. It’s not uncommon knowledge that celebrities have a love-hate relationship with the paparazzi. But regardless of what you might think some of their ethical standards, their rights still stand. Including Copyright. Kardashian is being sued by UK based photo agency, Xposure Photos.
The Art Series Hotel Group from Australia offers their visitors quite a unique package. From May 1 to June 15, all the guests will be able to get nude, strike a pose and have a team of artists turn them into a masterpiece.
The “No Robe package,” as they call it, allows guests to pose in front of the artists who will capture their beauty on canvas. But for the shy ones who can’t stand the thought of posing nude in front of the strangers, there’s another solution – the camera. The hotel sends a specialized camera to the guest’s room, they take a photo, and the artists later turn it into a drawing.
Google’s Gcam research team focuses on computational photography. They develop the algorithms that assist in shooting photos with smartphones and other small cameras. When one of the team’s then researchers, Florian Kainz, went out to shoot under a full moon with a high end DSLR. He got one photograph he was particularly proud of, so took it into work. His teammates challenged him to recreate the image with a phone.
Of course, Florian shot it with a Canon 1DX and Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZE lens. Recreating the same kind of quality in a night time landscape with a phone’s camera and its tiny sensor was not going to be easy. Of course, Florian is a Google researcher. So he’s not one to back down from a challenge.
So you turn up to a portrait shoot and meet your model. You’ve scoped out the location, organised outfits and the weather is perfect. Only thing is, you pick up your camera and it isn’t working. Something’s wrong with the lens.
You’re a hobbyist, so you don’t have any spares. You should’ve checked before you left home, but you forgot. Normally this would mean you’d have to cancel or reschedule the shoot. Then you remember, recently RAW shooting was made available on your iPhone with iOS 10! Could that be enough for a sunny day?