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.
The 1990s brought a real revolution in digital technology. Considering that this era brought us digital cameras, broader use of PCs and Internet, we can say that it was revolutionary for photographers, too. And this revolution wouldn’t be complete without the most famous editing tool – Photoshop.
In this demo, one of the inventors of this software, John Knoll, demonstrates what the program was like at its very beginning. Now that the technology is so advanced, it’s interesting to take a peek at Photoshop’s early days.
Have you wondered where some of your favorite movies or TV series were filmed? Or maybe you need an inspiration for your next shooting location? Let Tiia Öhman and Satu Walden (Fangirl Quest) guide you. These ladies are travelers and photographers who hunt down the locations of numerous TV series and movies and take photos using a technique they named screenframing.
Satu holds a tablet with a scene from the movie or TV show and aligns it with the frame on location, and then Tiia takes a photo. The result is quite a unique series of photos that shows our favorite heroes in a different and broader context.
Although it may seem simple, a project like this can pose many challenges. We spoke to Tiia and Satu about them, as well as about the whole idea and how it all began.
Recent stories of climbing the skyscrapers and dangling from them for the sake of a shot got me thinking. It’s been a while since we published these stories, and the question of safety during the shoot is still stuck in my head. I’d really love to hear your opinion on this topic, as well as your experiences.
The crazy photographer and model we wrote about made me think about safety in general, but about something else as well. I began thinking about my own behavior when taking photos, and about a dangerous situation that I witnessed a few years ago that I’d like to share with you.
Do you observe fellow photographers as competition, or as friends? Are they a pain in the neck, or a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration? And how do you take criticism from other photographers? These are some of the topics I have been thinking about lately. Seeing and publishing my fair share of photos, information and comments got me thinking – why am I grateful to other photographers? And surprisingly, not only positive points came to mind. There are some things that are pretty negative, yet I am grateful for them. These are some of them, and let’s see if you agree.
I’m amazed by the art talented photographers can make with toys, and one of such photographers is Mitchel Wu. He creates “Toy Stories” using the toys from the popular Pixar’s franchise. His photos show action frozen in time, but he doesn’t add the objects in Photoshop. Everything you see is created in the scene and in real time. So, it’s real water and coffee splashes, real “flying” objects, and even real fire! A real mess, but most of all, real fun.
Mitchel was kind enough to talk to us and tell us some more about his work and how he creates these amazing photos that freeze the action in time.
Tone Curve is one of the essential tools in photo editing. However, it may not be easy to understand how it actually works. This video shows exactly this – what logic stands behind the Tone Curve, how they work, and what you should and shouldn’t do with them. If you are new to Tone Curve and not exactly sure how it works, you’ll have it explained in just a few minutes. There are some useful tips for learning and exploring this tool further.
So far we’ve given you plenty of interesting ways for creating tilt-shift effect. You can use a lens to do it or even use Photoshop or Lightroom. In this tutorial, Mathieu Stern gives you a quick and easy tutorial for turning vintage Helios lenses into tilt-shift with some DIY magic. And the best of all is – you need only two elements and $30 for the entire build.
2016 wasn’t exactly the best year ever, and it appears it was also pretty bad for photography. LensVid has issued a report on the camera industry facts from 2009 to 2016. When you compare camera manufacturing, sales, and shipment, you will get pretty unexpected and drastic differences. 2016 seems to be the worst year for the entire camera market so far, with the total drop of whopping 81% when compared to 2010? So, what happened? What caused these enormous drops?