New gear is always exciting, and can certainly put a little pep into your photography step. But after the shiny newness has worn off and you’ve got used to it, that new lens probably isn’t going to be making your photos better. Unfortunately it’s always the more boring things that really make a difference to your images, like better planning and preparation, learning new skills, and being intentional in your image-making. Visualisation is incredibly important in improving your imagery, and in this video, Marc Silber explains his process for visualising an image before he presses the button.
Most iconic photos have a story behind them. Some of them have secrets that come to the light of day years after they were taken. Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography teamed up with Dotan Saguy to bring you this interesting story about one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century. It’s Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind Gare Saint Lazare, and Dotan reveals its secret that many of us didn’t know.
We all know that striking portraits require more than good lighting and an interesting face you’ll photograph. You want to add life and soul of the person that you’re photographing. Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography spoke to National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes about this topic. In this short video chat, Bob analyzes some of his own images and gives you plenty of tips for raising your own portraits on a higher level.
Photographing people isn’t just about taking photos, it’s also about interaction. And just like in every other interaction, there are some things you should never, ever say to another person. In this video from Advancing Your Photography, Jessica Sterling reminds you what you definitely shouldn’t say during a photo shoot. But also, she suggests what you should say instead.
We all get stuck in a creative rut from time to time, and it’s perfectly normal. But if you want to push yourself out of it, there surely are tricks to do it starting today. In this video, Marc Silber gives you three simple, but very efficient ways to awaken your creativity if it’s been asleep for a while. But more than that, these “creative hacks” will help you to improve your creativity over time.
We’ve seen some stunning work created by combining photography, Photoshop and lots of imagination. But when you start compositing images, one of the greatest challenges is to make them look realistic. In this video from Advancing Your Photography, Rikard Rodin shares five tips for raising your photo composites to a new level, and all that in only 90 seconds.
No matter if you use the latest full-frame camera or a smartphone, the composition is one of the most important elements of a good photo. This video from Advancing Your Photography channel is like chatting with photography masters about this topic. Photographers Chris Burkard, Bob Holmes, Chase Jarvis and Marc Silber talk about composition and give you plenty of wise tips they use in their work.
Master Yoda said some very wise words before he passed on to join Obi-Wan. I bet you didn’t think he was talking about photography, though, did you?
Ok, so he might not have been guiding Luke in the ways of photography during his time on Dagobah, but his lessons are applicable. In this video, Marc Silber from Advancing Your Photography gives us his interpretation of Yoda’s wisdom, and how it relates to photography.
Bob Holmes is one of the world’s most prolific travel photographers. With a career spanning more than 35 years, he’s shot for National Geographic, Life, Time and hundred of other major magazines and international companies. So, it’s safe to say he probably knows what he’s talking about when it comes to making photographs.
Marc Silber had the chance to sit down with Bob recently for a chat. They spoke about various topics during their conversation, but one big point is the need to know your gear. It doesn’t matter what that gear is, whether it’s a phone or a fancy DSLR or mirrorless. But Bob contends that it’s impossible to previsualise your photography if you don’t know your gear.
Ansel Adams’ book, Yosemite and the Range of Light, is one of those must-reads of photography. Especially if you’re a landscape shooter. It’s full of amazing imagery that’s inspired countless other photographers since it was first published in 1979. But how did he decide exactly which images went into its creation?
In the latest video of Marc Silber’s series on Ansel Adams at Advancing Your Photography, Marc again visits Ansel’s son, Michael. He talks about how the image choices were made, his father’s dramatic imagery, and offers some advice for improving our own photography. Michael also speaks about Ansel’s childhood, his education, and the process of becoming a photographer.