In the last year, I’ve walked probably more than 2000 miles with my camera. I love photo walks, because they are so meditative. There is also great excitement when you get home to look at the photos, to see if you caught any great ones. It adds a dimension of extra beauty and flow to your regular long walks. Following, are the seven most important lessons I have learned, when it comes to getting the best possible enjoyment and results from your photo walks.
One of the first things we learned about composition is that our photos need to have a dominant subject. Photographer Ben Horne explores the topic I find very interesting – should we step away from the “rule” and create photos that are quite the opposite, without dominant subjects?
I like to think that rules should be broken sometimes, and I find this video interesting because Ben tells us what we can achieve by breaking this rule. While it may not always be the solution, it can often produce an interesting photo that will keep the viewer engaged even without the obvious subject.
As photographers, you’ll often have to deal with the unknown. You won’t always be able to scout locations before the shoot, and sometimes you’ll just have to work with what you have. Photographer Manny Ortiz shares three tips that will help you shoot even in really bad locations. You need to take the most of what you have, and these tips will show you how to do it.
How to properly light the model depends on several aspects, and one of them is skin color. Insecure’s director of photography, Ava Berkofsky, makes the actors in the series look fabulous. In this 2-minute video, she shares her lessons on properly lighting the dark-skinned actors to achieve the best results.
The Sony A7III announcement that some were expecting yesterday never happened. Perhaps Sony simply didn’t want to compete with Apple’s new iPhone releases. Regardless, Sony did still have an announcement yesterday, which included the Sony RX10 IV; a 20.1MP bridge camera with a Zeiss 24-600mm lens that shoots up to 24 still photographs per second.
The biggest focus on the new RX10 IV seems to be on speed. Both shooting speed as well as autofocus speed. With a 315 point autofocus system boasting focus lock in 0.03 seconds, it’s sure to help those sports and wildlife fanatics.
I’ve always found it challenging to capture a smile in photos so it doesn’t look staged. I’m still overcoming the feeling of awkwardness when photographing people, and one of the hardest things is to make them genuinely smile. Photographer Chris Hau shares seven great tips that will help all of you who also find this challenging. They are small, simple tricks you can use on a photoshoot and get a genuine, sincere smile from your model. And plus, have a good time and make the shoot more enjoyable.
It’s amazing when one art inspires another and how they can intertwine. Austrian photographer Inge Prader was inspired by a famous artist Gustav Klimt, and she created photos based on his paintings. Her inspiration was Klimt’s Golden Phase, and she used real-life models, costumes, and props to recreate his works.
Just like the originals painted between 1899 and 1910, Inge’s recreations are vivid, full of golden hues and sometimes erotic. She faithfully recreated the famous paintings, and yet – she gave the photos her own signature.
You and I have had a very, very long friendship which has lasted many years and many, many generations of cameras. Ever since my first camera purchase, you have been my brand of choice. I still have my original Canon IXUS 40 and multiple generations of full frame and APS-C SLRs going back as far as the 450D which was released in March 2008. I own more Canon lenses than I know what to do with including many “L” series lenses which I firmly believe are the best lenses on the market. I have recommended your cameras and other equipment to anyone who will listen to me. I challenge you to find anyone who has been more passionate about using and promoting your products in the general photography community than I am.
There are lots of “rules” when it comes to composition. Guidelines that are great starting points for those just starting out. Adhering to these rules does not mean you will create a masterpiece every time, though. Nor does breaking them mean your photos will suck. But there are some aesthetic things that these “rules” often tend to not mention.
In this video, photographer Evan Ranft talks us through 4 common composition mistakes that every photographer makes. He’s made them, I’ve certainly made them. You, too, either have or will make them at some point in your photography journey. But they can be avoided, if you can spot when you’re doing them.
There are many rules in photography, but few of them are set in stone. When it comes to photographing people, though, there are a few rules that are simple common courtesy. As well as a few that are just a really good idea.
In this video from photographer Manny Ortiz, we learn 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts of working with models. The tips don’t just apply to actual models, though. Model in this context is really just any human subject. With the assistance of his wife Diana, we get to also hear things from the perspective of the person standing in front of the lens, too.