One of my ABSOLUTE favorite things to do in Photoshop is to play with lighting effects. Whether that be to make something glow, create a spotlight sort of effect, or set my hands on fire, I’m always so impressed with the many ways Photoshop allows you to alter lighting. Because of the skills I’ve gathered for bending light to my will, I no longer look at an image I’ve taken and think, “Oh man, I wish I would have brought some flash equipment with me so there could be light spilling through the archway from behind her.” I now just think, “Wouldn’t it be simply fantastic to have some magical light coming from behind her? Yes, yes it would … I think I’ll add some.” Don’t get me wrong it’s always going to look better if there was actually some real light falling on your subject from the get-go, but that’s not going to stop me from adding a bit of illustrative oomf to my images whenever I see fit!
When I started to use artificial lighting, The Inverse Square Law was my nemesis. Not only it is not intuitive, but it is also not linear, and visualizing how a strobe distance from a subject will impact the photo is not trivial to say the least.
Photographer Derrick Bias shared a few priceless photos that show the exact impact that moving a strobe away fro ma subject has.
One trivial effect, of course it the fact that less light hits the model, but light fall off, background to model illumination ratio and overall contrast also play a part in this game. While I encourage everyone to take the time to learn The Inverse Square Law, and its impact on your photos these photos will provide an instant reference point if you are just starting out.
The Syrian civil war is often mentioned in news headlines due to the massive immigrant crisis it caused in Europe, but unique drone footage reveals the devastation of Syrian cities, reminding the world that Europe is handling a side effect of the real problem.
Offering an otherwise unattainable point of view, drones are being used to share the ongoing combat and humanitarian catastrophe, in what looks more like a scene from a Hollywood movie than the coverage you’re used to seeing from war zones.
If you are doing a lot of run and gun, you may be recording sound directly to your camera. Now, without going into the question if this is a good practice or not, most DSLRs will limit you to one stereo channel with a 3.5mm mic plug.
But, there is a way around it, and it will not break your wallet (though some will say that it will double your in-camera-audio-recording penalty). But if you are absolutely in a pinch and need an extra channel on your DSLR, you can use a mini-mixer to separate the left and the right into 2 different devices. This one, your right channel will be used by one device and the left channel by another.
Why would you want that? Getting the feed from a wireless mic on one channel and a room mic on the other.
There are several mini-mixers in the market starting from about $50 for a Saramonic SR-AX100 or a $85 for a Beachtek Mcc-2 which sit on the hotshoe and also double as tripling the hot shoe for lights, mics and others. I am not sure I will put a lot of weight on that small connector though.
The plus on those devices, vs making your own DIY channel splitter (which would be quite easy) is the fact that you can control each channel separately.
Is this the best option? Maybe if you are frugal. If you can afford it, I would probably invest a bit more and buy a Zoom H4N or a TASCAM DR-60D which provide many many more features, as well as recording. But this is where we started, no ?
So, this article is for stylish-or-so (mostly wedding) photographers on a budget; if you were looking for a DIY honeycomb speedlight grid that is sleek, easy to mount and efficient, to use on your strobes during balls, parties and any low light dynamic situations that you might face during your events, you might be interested in this tutorial.
When her work isn’t being shown in the Saatchi Gallery within the Louvre or in an advertisement for Adobe, Flóra Borsi is behind the camera or computer, capturing and compositing fine art images to share with the world.
In one of her more recent series, Animeyed, the Hungarian photographer brought together animals and self portraits to make an eye-catching collection of images that show the eyes of animals overlaid on her own. [Read more…]
Nicolas Vuignier is a professional skier from Switzerland. He also happens to be quite fond of creating and uploading impressive YouTube videos.
In his latest video, appropriately titled ‘Centriphone’, he shows how a piece of string and an iPhone can be used to create incredible video footage through the clever use of centripital force. [Read more…]
Korean optics manufacturer Samyang has announced two new video lenses: the XEEN 14mm T3.1 and XEEN 35mm T1.5. [Read more…]
Major cities and famous landmarks often make for awesome shots, and that’s probably what Sean Nivin Riddle was after when he went filming with his drone around New York City’s Empire State Building last night.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old his drone crashed into the 40th floor of the skyscraper, leading to local and federal security forces swarming to the area and arresting him.
Fujifilm might’ve built its reputation (and namesake) on analogue photography, but as of late, they’ve shown they’re dead set on making their mark in the digital world as well. Not only are they pumping out one great mirrorless after another, they’re also building an entire lineup of lenses from the ground up.