What if you could create beautiful Golden Hour portraits without the sun? Well, you can. All it takes is a few strobes and a little know-how.
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We all know how great the light is during those magical hours that surround sunrise and sunset, but knowing good light exists is only half the battle. Given that golden hour is so fleeting and the light changes so rapidly, you also need some camera skills and, most importantly, a little creativity to turn an ordinary photo into an incredible one. As Corey Rich explains the process he used to create the photo you see above, you begin to understand the real magic behind stunning magic hour shots is a combination of preparation, observation, and, of course, serendipity.
“This is what happens when you’re outside in the right place, the light’s nice, you’ve done everything in your power to arrange the situation, you stack the cards in your favorite and you get that added element and, boom, you start making really interesting pictures.”
In the video below, Rich continues to explain one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of the magic that is golden hour light, is to get there early and stay late. Do everything in your power to set yourself up for a great shot, be patient, examine the scene with an open mind, and be ready to fire the shutter on a moments notice…[Read More…]
The golden hour is probably the time when most of us would choose to take photos. But, there will be times when you’ll be forced to shoot in a harsh midday sun, for one reason or the other. You can bring reflectors, strobes, or try to find or make a shade. But in this video, Manny Ortiz will give you some quick tips on how to embrace the direct sunlight and turn it into your advantage without any gear but your camera and lens.
Picture this: you come home after a great day out photographing and you’re excited to look through all the beautiful images you’ve captured. However, after importing them you realize that they’re all garbage because they’re blurry.
I’m sure you’ve experienced that, as have the majority of us. Personally, I’ve had to throw away several promising images due to them not being sharp.
In a perfect world, you’d come home after every session with 100% of the images being tack sharp but unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. However, there are certain elements you should be aware of and take into consideration when in the field, that will reduce the likeliness of your images being blurry.
Listed in this article are the most common reasons why your images aren’t razor sharp.
I’ve been wanting to try this experience for a long time now and finally got the opportunity to shoot a roll of expired Agfa Precisa CT 100 then got it crossed-processed in C-41 chemistry by my lab Nation Photo.
Precisa is probably one of the least known slide films that exists (at least it was to me) and I honestly had no idea how it would perform, knowing that it expired somewhere in 2005. After investigating a little, it appears that Precisa is actually a repacked Fuji Provia 100F but it costs half the price!
We’ve seen Kai Wong goof around with funny cameras before. In one of his recent videos, he tested a digital toy camera you might wanna check out if you’re a Star Wars fan. He got this Millennium Falcon camera for Christmas, and he decided to test it out.
It’s a plastic “up to 5 MP” camera, but surprisingly, Kai took some pretty decent shots with it. If you ever needed a proof that gear doesn’t matter… Anyway, let’s take a closer look at this amazingly ridiculous little camera.
This past summer I was camping with my family and one of the lakes we visited had a perfect jumping rock.
I knew this would be a great photo opportunity, so I brought my camera to snap a few photos of us jumping off of the rock and into the lake.
What I ended up capturing was a perfect lesson on why you need to look for atmosphere and light to improve your outdoor photography.
Natural light is a valuable “tool” of every travel and documentary photographer. Most of us don’t really like shooting in the harsh midday sun, but sometimes there’s no other choice, especially when your time at a location is limited. In this video, photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich shares tips that will help you get the best of any lighting conditions. He will guide you through all weather conditions and parts of the day and teach you how to get the best out of the light they give you.
You know how superheroes appear out of nowhere when someone’s in trouble? Thien Dinh turned out to be a superhero photographer for an unknown Los Angeles wedding couple. He was in a casual walk around L.A. when he saw a couple in their wedding attire. The friend who was taking their photos forgot the battery for her DSLR, so she was taking the shots with a point-and-shoot camera. Thien approached them and introduced himself, took some photos, and they ended up with a couple of wonderful wedding shots. He shared the photos with DIYP, as well as the story how it all happened.