My previous post ‘Timelapse mistakes and how to make them‘ proved to be pretty popular (even though people were still leaving their camera strap on for some unknown reason) so I decided to add another ten! Again, I firmly stand by making mistakes as it’s the only way to learn in a practical environment so feel free to make them, as I have done so…
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Ah, “photography”, you loosely defined word that everyone seems to have their own definition of. It’s amazing how polarizing you can be, isn’t it?
And one of your most polarizing aspects seems to be exactly how much retouching is considered reasonable. Purists claim no retouching of any kind is allowed (then they usually reference Ansel Adams, which is quite ironic considering the amount of dodging and burning he brought to the field), while others gladly accept Photoshop as a regular part of their photography tool-belt.
In general though, there’s a viewpoint around the photography community, that too much Photoshop is a bad thing. That it destroys photography as we know it, and those who retouch an absurd amount should be banned or beheaded or at least mildly reprimanded (depending on which Facebook group you happen to be in). But before we all start gathering our pitchforks, can we maybe examine this concept of over-retouching for just a second?
I was certain that today was the day. It was going to be my 50th post for DIY Photography. To prepare, I’d been putting together bits of advice, lessons learned, and general observations about photography and life. It was when I decided to go back and re-read all of my earlier posts, though, that I realized the numbers were off– I’d lost track of the dates. As it turns out, this is actually post #51. My milestone had come and gone. My initial thought was to simply trash the post and move on, but a milestone is a milestone, even if it’s a day late. So, instead of 50 observations, I offer 51– the 51st from a rather unlikely source. There is no particular order. There is no ranking. While they are all a matter of personal opinion, I think there’s a little something here for everyone. I hope that at least one or two of these are as helpful to you as they have been to me.
Landscape photography is a magical and enriching field. It offers endless opportunities for capturing nature’s beauty, and it’s certainly one of my favorite genres. But as it happens when learning any craft, you’ll often make mistakes when just starting out. In his recent video, Mark Denney shares five beginner habits he once held that slowed his progress. He has dropped them since, and shares with you five common bad habits he suggests you avoid in landscape photography.
Filmmaker and VFX artist Mohamad Sofian lost his bag on a flight when someone took it by mistake. It’s frustrating enough as is, but for Mohamad, it was tragic – as it contained not only his expensive gear, but also some unpublished projects. In desperation, he turned to the community for help, and they all joined forces to get his precious gear back.
The subject of white balance used to be a huge source of confusion when I started out in digital photography. There are so many new terms when you enter this world that it can get quite confusing. But there’s actually a very simple way to understand them all, specifically, white balance.
In this article, you will discover what white balance is and why it’s important in your photography. Like with ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, you can let the camera decide by using auto settings. However, it’s much better to have an understanding of how white balance works so that you can make your own creative decisions.
I created the Desert Eye image at the North Window Arch in Arches National Park. The park is a magical, mystical desert wonderland with over 2,000 red sandstone arches.
The area around Arches National Park played home to the famous author and ranger Edward Abbey, the “Henry David Thoreau” of the American Southwest, and his book Desert Solitaire is a must-read for anyone seeking to fathom the deeper soul of the desert Southwest.
We can all look back on our early days of shooting, whether it be stills or video, and think about all the things we did wrong. All the ‘shoulda woulda couldas’. That’s one of the beautiful things about growth mindsets. Looking back, I made so many mistakes. Ask me in ten years, and I’m probably still making plenty, albeit different ones (I hope!).
In this video, Chris from YCImaging shares the things he wishes he’s done differently when he first started making music videos. If you’re just beginning your filming journey, these are great ideas to quickly take you up a few levels. They are applicable to all genres, not just music videos.
The world is changing fast, and those of us who started photography with film cameras have seen how the creative world evolves. But no matter your age, I’m sure you have, at some point, learned new skills from YouTube. I know I have. Be it photography, editing, arts & crafts, fixing a leaky faucet… I’ve learned quite a few things by watching YouTube videos.
But are YouTube videos the best way to learn photography? Craig Roberts discusses this in his YouTube video (a bit ironic, isn’t it). In his recognizable, humorous tone, he raises some important questions about learning photography and practicing your craft.
A short while back, I wrote a pair of pieces (Part 1, Part 2) about giving and responding to critiques of photography with a certain level of decorum. As many of you already know, criticism is best given when actually asked for. While having the confidence and self-awareness to seek feedback in and of itself is commendable, not all requests for feedback are equal. Despite what one might think, it’s not quite as simple as posting your photo online and asking for general feedback. As with giving and responding to critiques, there are certain ways you can present your request for feedback to improve your odds of receiving meaningful advice. Below, I’ll go over the information you can offer to increase those chances.