This one definitely falls under the “No Sh*t Sherlock!” category. According to a Washington Post-Schar School survey, the majority of Americans don’t trust any of the large social media companies such as Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, but are torn because they still wish to access and use their products and services.
I absolutely love food photography and I am finding myself doing more and more of it lately, working with small businesses particularly bakeries (maybe it’s my name?!). One of the main perks of working smaller scale is that you are normally shooting real food and keeping it all as natural as possible so that at the end of the shoot I am being given boxes of cookies and brownies to take home. It’s pretty awesome! Food photography doesn’t have to be fake and you don’t have to use complicated food styling tricks to create beautiful shots. More importantly, you can shoot in such a way that the food can be eaten afterwards too. In this video, Amie from AM Photographer shares 5 tips for creating festive images.
What’s in your camera bag? For me, it obviously depends on what, where and how I’m shooting. I generally have a minimum gear grab bag ready that would easily cover most situations in a pinch, but if I’m being more specialised I would definitely take my time to pack specifically for each situation. For landscape photography, I am very much aware of having to carry all of my own gear, so I try to keep it as light as possible. But again, it depends on where I’m going, the weather conditions, and how long I plan to be out for. In this video Photo Tom runs us through all his essential gear that he takes with him on his landscape adventures.
Flying a drone can give you an amazing sense of freedom. As long as you are in a zone where you’re allowed to fly, you pretty much have the power to take photographs and video from almost any angle. But as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and it can actually become more difficult to create meaningful images with fewer constraints.
With this in mind, Mike Smith has some great tips on how to get better results from your drone when shooting still images.
How many times have you gone out to shoot landscapes and found yourself hiding from the rain, having the quintessential car-picnic? Depending on where you live it could be pretty often. Childhood holidays were usually spent in Wales or Devon for me so I’m pretty used to wet weather.
A Spanish person actually once asked me how was it possible to live in such a wet country? Not only that but so-called bad weather can often yield some of the most beautiful and moody images. So for those of you used to inclement weather you can move along, nothing to see here. But for the rest of you, you might want to check out this video from Mads Peter Iversen on how to photograph in the pouring rain.
Have you ever been tempted to see how far you can push an action camera? I mean they always boast of being able to do pretty ridiculous stuff like going underwater and base jumping for example. But what about sending it to the outer limits of the atmosphere? Well that’s exactly what the Insta360 team did with Canadian club New Make It when they attached an Insta360 ONE X2 camera to a helium weather balloon and sent it 100,000 feet into space!
What makes a portrait dramatic? If you search the internet you’ll get quite a few answers, ranging from the practical to the abstract. Suggestions such as creating a mood, dark backgrounds and using fog or smoke all feature. As does using a characterful subject, often dressing the part. While these things certainly do contribute to a dramatic moody feel in an image, fundamentally for me, it’s all about the lighting. And that’s exactly what Slovenia-based photographer David Keinne harnessed to achieve this stunning low key portrait.
I am all about speeding up my workflow at the moment! If there’s a way to shave even seconds off my post-production work then I’m going to take it. Of course, maintaining quality in your work is important and I’m not advocating sending out sloppy images and cutting corners. But often, the key is to work smarter, and that involves using the software to its full potential, including any shortcuts and lesser-known techniques that could dramatically improve your productivity at the click of a button. This video from Kevin Raposo shows you 5 of these tips that could potentially be a game-changer in your Lightroom workflow.
US citizens are now banned from buying and selling shares in the company after the US Treasury department added DJI to an investment exclusion list.
I remember thinking during the confinement of 2020 that all the endless Zoom meetings would have been a lot more entertaining if we’d had holographic video technology like they have in the Star Wars movies. Well, now a company in Silicon Valley seems to have developed something just like that, which will give your photographs and videos a 3D holographic depth effect, almost indistinguishable from real life.