I believe you’ve seen some of those viral fast-paced videos that show you all kinds of “hacks” and “tricks” that don’t really seem like they work. Jessica Kobeissi found one with a bunch of photography “hacks” and she decided to try them out. In this hilarious video, you can see if any of them actually work, and I’m sure you’ll have fun as you’re discovering it.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself placing my camera onto stacks of boxes and books more times than I can count. Sometimes, the tripod’s not around when you need it, so you just have to work with what you’ve got. Well, if you’ve got a table lamp around, Peter McKinnon will show you how to turn it into a tripod. And it will literally take you only ten seconds to do it.
It’s not a secret that food photographers use plenty of tricks to make the food look more appetizing in photos and videos. And some of those are even pretty nasty, making the food inedible. But is it always like that? And do food photographers really use all those tricks for their shoots? In this video, food photographer Scott Choucino debunks some myths of those (in)famous food photography tricks we’ve all heard of.
This is one of the coolest “hacks” I’ve seen in a while. When tasked to shoot a bunch of small products on a white seamless, you have two options. You can either build a white seamless set, light it and get everything just perfect. But that takes a lot of time and effort.
The other option is what filmmaker Justin Gustavison did. He strapped a white piece of card to his camera, placed the camera on a turntable and then surrounded it with the subjects he had to shoot. Justin posted the results to Instagram and it looks like it works brilliantly.[Read More…]
Having a photography studio is fun, but it is even more fun when you start applying simple and cheap solutions, plus common sense to make your shooting experience (and your clients’) smoother.
This is the list of what I think are the smartest and most useful photography studio life hacks.
If you shoot often enough, at some point you’re probably going to get caught in the rain when you want to keep on shooting. If your gear’s weather sealed, you might be ok just as you are, but if you shoot Sony you’ll probably want to cover up a little. There are, of course, actual rain covers available for cameras, but sometimes you need to respond quick.
In this video, Jordy from Cinecom shows us how we can easily make our own from a plastic tub, a bag and some gaffer tape. He’s also got four other “lens hacks” to show off, too.
I love photographing animals. It’s great fun and they often come with a lot of personality, especially dogs. And who doesn’t have a dog or know somebody with a dog you can play with? If you’ve never tried photographing dogs before, though, it can be a bit of a learning curve. But to make life easier, here’s photographer Phil Harris with 10 tips in 100 seconds to get your creative juices flowing.
If you’ve ever taken a camera near water, whether it be a DSLR or a GoPro, you know it can be a hassle. Even when you’ve got all the underwater housings and other bits, it can still be a pain. In this video, surf photographer Dylan Brayshaw gives us 5 great tips for shooting in and around water.
I love hyperlapses, and I was really into the Hyperlapse app for iOS when Instagram first released it. But, it always annoyed me that it would only shoot 720p footage. There aren’t exactly many options within the app itself besides the playback speed. Now, this is probably a hack that the rest of the world have known about for years already, but it’s new to me.
And along with this tip, photographer Matthew Rycroft brings along three more. One is a similar hack for Instagram’s Boomerang app which opens up some cool creative possibilities. There’s also a blacklight hack, and a 3D hologram thingy.
Lens caps are probably the thing I used to lose the most often, until I quit bothering replacing them. If I have none to lose, then I can’t lose them, problem solved. Sometimes, though, having lens caps saves a lot of hassle. Lenses that I use often are regularly cleaned. But, for lenses that end up sitting on the shelf unused for several months, cleaning dust out of the front element can be a pain. So, I do still keep a few handy.
But if you want to stop losing your lens caps in the first place, what can you do? Well, this video from the guys at The Film Look on YouTube offers three tips to help make your lens caps more visible, organised, and easy to temporarily store while shooting without losing.