Night street photography presents a lot of technical challenges that some photographers avoid it altogether. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push yourself and try it at all. Remember that anything is possible with the right mindset… and the correct settings. In this Pierre T. Lambert‘s latest video, he shows you a few tips to increase your chances of getting killer street shots at night.
A lot is said on the topic of recording audio. Which microphone to use for recording this or that. Where to place them, how to hide them from your shot, and so on. But once you’ve got all your audio recorded and you’re editing your video, what do you do with all of this sound? This video from Pond5 shows 5 basic, but essential, audio mixing techniques every filmmaker or YouTuber should know in order to get the best final result.
Like many things in life, there’s no right or wrong way to learn photographic lighting… but I do believe there are easy ways and hard ways to not only understand it, but more importantly get better at it.
I think every creative discipline evolves, but photography sees more significant jumps in its evolution due to it being so uniquely tied to technology. Every frame we capture is taken with a camera and that camera technology is evolving on a daily basis. Every frame we then have to develop is primarily produced through software and that too evolves on a daily basis. The tools that we use to create our work are constantly changing but I feel that the way we learn some of the techniques associated with these tools do not.
Even if you know how to use Lightroom, your workflow may still be a bit chaotic (I know mine is). If you work with a lot of photos at once, Tyler Stalman guides you through his rating system that will help you become faster, better organized and more consistent in culling and editing your images.
The one certainty in photography is that the closer we get to our subjects, the shallower our depth of field becomes. If we’re shooting with a macro lens, we have the option to stop our lens all the way down to increase the depth of field. Sometimes this can be enough to give us what we need. And sometimes it can’t.
If you’re shooting down a microscope, though, then changing the aperture isn’t really an option. So you have to get a little creative. And this is where focus stacking comes in. After recently switching up to DSLRs for microscope photography, The Thought Emporium YouTube channel decided to put this video together on their microscope photography focus stacking technique.
I can’t say for sure whether or not this tutorial includes any spoilers as I’ve not actually seen Avengers: Infinity War myself yet. But I would imagine there maybe are, even if it’s just spoiling an effect or two. It seems Thanos has some kind of pretty powerful “Super Punch” in the film (again, haven’t seen it, don’t know). Jordy Vandeput over at Cinecom has deconstructed the effect to bring us this tutorial on how to recreate it in Adobe Premiere Pro.
If you want to get soft flattering light, you would need to diffuse it. This video by Todd Blankenship, covers three ways to diffuse your point light source.
Of course, the first thing that Todd does is showing you how not to diffuse your light. As you may have guessed, simply throwing some baking paper on a light source will not diffuse it. If you clip the backing paper directly to the diffuser it just does not make your light source bigger.
Learning how to use artificial lighting in your photography can be overwhelming for any beginner. Apart from familiarizing yourself with new equipment, you also have to study how light behaves in different scenarios. To help you start with studio photography, Mark Wallace of Adorama TV teaches you a few essential lighting terms you’ll need to grasp to succeed.
Projected hologram effects have been popular since about 1977. But for most people, it’s only since the advent of applications like Photoshop and After Effects that they’ve become possible to create ourselves. But they can still be quite intimidating to those new to Photoshop. Creating them is a fairly simple process, though.
In this video, photographer Nemanja Sekulic walks us through his technique to create composited holograms in Photoshop. It’s a fairly long video at 13 minutes, but it contains a lot of tips and advice on how to work around potential problems you may face and things for you to experiment with to make the effect your own.
Facebook has become a very important platform for a lot of photographers within the last decade. Networking was never easier and everyone is literally one click away. Sadly, Facebook isn’t perfect (DUH!). One of its biggest drawbacks is the crappy image quality. I mean, you can work on an image for hours, only to upload it to Facebook and realize it looks like a kid doodle.
There are plenty of little tips and tricks to improve Facebook’s image quality, and I’ve spent quite a while to test them all and think about all the different approaches – with very mixed results.
So I had to make the conclusion by myself and just published a free 30 minutes tutorial that will help you solve most issues – albeit it’s a lot of information in there, so be prepared for some serious headache.