We all run into issues during the course of our shoots, whether they be for photos or video. We pick up little tricks here and there to help us with our future workflow going forward. Caleb Pike is no exception, and in this video, he tells us his top ten “hacks” to help make his life a little easier when shooting video.
Composition is one of those things that often gets talked about in photography. After all, it’s one of the fundamental aspects of it. If your composition is bad, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got the exposure good or if you’ve even got your subject in focus. We all know about the “rule of thirds” and the “golden ratio”, but there’s so much more to composition than that.
In this video, photographer Joris Hermans talks about the five compositional mistakes he sees being made all the time. Mistakes you should avoid, and how to avoid them.
Product photography is a lot of fun to experiment with, even if you’re not a product photographer. It can teach us things about composition, light and how different surfaces react to that light which we might not otherwise have discovered. But once you’ve gone past the basics, how do you push yourself to go that bit further?
In this video, the folks at COOPH offer up five great tips for creative product photography that you might not have thought of. Some will challenge your technical abilities while others are just to get those inspirational juices flowing.
It’s not much of a secret that a lot of commercials including food and drinks aren’t really showing you what you think they’re showing you. But this video shows off quite a few “food” photography tricks that I hadn’t seen before. Screwing a pizza down to a wooden board? Who does that?
Anyway, while you do have to be careful using some of these tricks if you’re actually selling the product you’re claiming to show – you don’t want to get into legal trouble with advertising standards authorities – this video does present some very neat tricks indeed.
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.
You probably already know why burgers look delicious in ads, yet they usually look pretty sad when you unwrap them. It’s because food photographers often use some dirty tricks to make food look appetizing. In this video from Well Done, food stylist Rishon Hanners transforms a sad, drive-through cheeseburger into a delicious-looking Whopper. She will show you how to create a perfect burger for your photo shoot – well, at least a picture-perfect one.
When we do a photo shoot, there are a lot of things to think about if we want to take great photos and make our clients happy. We focus on choosing the right gear for the task, organizing our time and so on But there are some things we can do that seem so small, yet they can be of great help. In this video, Wes Perry will share with you four of these lesser-known, but powerful “secret weapons” that will make you more efficient as a wedding photographer. And they have nothing to do with gear.
When you purchase Photoshop CC license, you can start using it straight away. However, there are some adjustments you can make to have the program run much faster and more smoothly. In this video, Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE will give you ten lesser-known tips for speeding up Photoshop that will make your workflow much faster and more efficient.
Grinding an editor’s gears is easy, most cinematographers can do it blindfolded. If you shoot video – for any reason at all – and you’re not an accomplished editor – you’re undoubtedly indulging in at least one of the Six Sins of the Cinematographer.
If you want to master video production — and become every editor’s favorite shooter — here’s how to avoid the Six Sins:
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.