When buying a used lens, there are some things you definitely want to avoid. Is a bug jammed between the elements one of them? Surprisingly, it doesn’t have to be! Ted Forbes recently took one of his old lenses only to find a bug inside of it. He took some test shots and got some surprising results. Watch his video below to discover how a bug affects the images, and why you should consider buying even lenses that aren’t in perfect shape.
Let’s face it – we all make excuses. I admit, when I don’t feel like doing something, I’m a champion of procrastinating and making excuses. However, this can cost us a lot in the long run and it can interfere with our success in every field, and photography is not an exception. In this video, Ted Forbes goes through five common excuses photographers make that keep them from becoming successful in their business. You may recognize yourself in some of them, but Ted also gives you some tips on how to turn them around.
No matter which editing program you use, there are plenty of helpful tutorials that will help you improve your knowledge about them. But there are some tools that appear in all programs, and they’re essential for proper image editing. In this video, Ted Forbes brings you five of these editing tools you’ll find in software apps like Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One, or Luminar. They’re tools you need to have a grasp on in order to better understand light and color, and therefore to become better at editing.
There’s something about floating around in a hot air balloon that just seems so peaceful and tranquil – despite the roar of burners blasting hot air into them. The views one can get from them are also quite astounding, too. And when you’re in one with a camera, they offer a level of control that a drone simply cannot.
Ted Forbes at The Art of Photography recently had his old Sony NEX-7 camera converted to full-spectrum. This means it can now see light outside of our human visible colour spectrum. He decided to take it up in a hot air balloon, and the results are just beautiful.
Making a career out of photography requires so much more than your talent: interpersonal and business skills, constant learning, and time management skills, to name just a few. In this video from The Art of Photography, Ted Forbes discusses three things that I think are in common for everyone who wants to be commercially successful or recognized as a photographer. Regardless of the skills, knowledge and the talent you own, these are three things you should (and shouldn’t) do if you want to succeed.
When you’ve been into photography for a long time, and especially if you have the so-called “gear acquisition syndrome,” keeping your gear organized can pose quite a challenge. In this 90-second video, Ted Forbes will give you six DIY ideas for storing your precious gear. They all include household items, and some of them you may already have at home.
Often, we a point made so often that the actual message becomes lost. We hear arguments from both sides that justcompletely don’t get it. To the point where we forget what the original discussion was all about. “The gear does not matter” is one such debate. It’s one that pops up all the time, and there are compelling arguments for both sides, but many arguing “for”, are completely missing the point of the message and arguing against something that it never its intent.
Ted Forbes at The Art of Photography put out a video on this topic a while ago and a lot of people there didn’t seem to get the point, either. So, he’s released an update to it. When you look at photographers like Ansel Adams, and the gear they used vs the gear we have available to us today, it definitely helps to drive the message home.
Fear and creativity go hand in hand. At least, I believe they should, if you want to really push yourself. But getting over that fear can be very tough. But it’s a weird kind of fear. It’s not like a fear of flying, or rattlesnakes, or something tangible that does hold at least some chance of causing you physical harm. Fear in creativity is often created solely in our minds. And we suppress it.
Because we can avoid it by simply not pushing ourselves and not putting ourselves out there. Ted Forbes from the Art of Photography discusses this fear in a recent video, and makes some extremely good points about how what might be the cause of it. It turns out that, as well meaning as they may have been, it could be our parents fault.
Have you heard that claim that photographers can be divided into two groups: there are either the artistic ones or those obsessed with gear? I sometimes feel like it’s true, and I joke with friends that boys mostly obsess about gear, and girls are more artistic. But is all this really true? Can we divide photographers into these two categories with a sharp line between? And if you belong to one group, does this mean you’re excluded from the other? I wanted to go into depth on this, and I’d like to hear your thoughts as well.
I like Ted Forbes, I really do, and I’ve been following his videos for about five years, but this is a difficult one for me to wrap my head around. Part of me agrees with him completely but another part of me vehemently disagrees, because it all depends entirely on context and one’s goals as a photographer.
Ted’s recent video on the Art of Photography YouTube channel does make some very good points, though, regardless of whether you agree or not, or even if you feel it doesn’t apply to you or your work.