We often hear that people meter with their histograms. And although that method comes with some caveats, it can be a fantastic way to meter your shot and fine tune your exposure. In this video, Becki & Chris (well, mostly Chris), walk us through what the histogram is, how to read it and how to apply it to your photography.
If you’re like me and you’ve tried to attach gels to your lights in the past, you’ve likely resorted to using one of the many types of sticky tapes available. When I used to manage a studio, I would see all manner of tapes being used to attach gels to hot modifiers. From masking tape, duct tape, parcel tape and when they ran out, even regular old sticky tape was used. But ultimately, all of these tapes fell short in achieving their simple task of holding a coloured gel in front of a light.
I love macro photography as it enables us to see the beauty in small things.
For this particular project, I wanted to show details (including textures) of a mundane object; an old rusty screw on a piece of wood (an old cutting board). In addition, I wanted to illustrate how the focus shifts on an object with an odd shape like this across the frame using video animation of the individual still images.
As the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has come closer to general release, I’ve started pushing myself to break away from Premiere Pro and really learn how to use DaVinci Resolve as an editor. I’m at the point where I know just enough to be dangerous, but I’ve still got a lot to learn. One of the things I’ve wanted to learn is multicam editing.
In these videos, photographer Alex Matravers shows us two different ways to sync up multiple cameras in Resolve for multicam editing. The first uses the audio recording from each camera to automatically align everything. The second shows us how we can sync multiple cameras without having to rely on audio at all.
The “Brenizer method” isn’t exactly a new idea. In fact, it’s been around since before it was claimed by Ryan Brenizer. He was simply the one who made it popular. And we’ve covered it a few times before. But what is it? What does it do? And how do you do it?
Essentially, it’s a way to simulate the look of a larger format sensor than that which is contained inside your camera. It’s done by shooting several images at the same focus distance and aperture which are then stitched in post to create a wider field of view with a shallower relative depth of field. And in this video, Jamie Windsor shows us how.
One of the questions I often hear from people who are new to photography, particularly when using flash is “How high should my light be?”. It’s a difficult one to answer, especially if you’re shooting on location because there are so many variables.
The Koldunov Brothers break their usual silence in this 9-minute video to explore the topic. They offer a lot of tips with practical examples to show how different lighting heights and positions affect how the camera sees the subject.
Recently, Fenchel and Janisch made a pretty cool flow motion video in Frankfurt (above). It was made for the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel, to show off some of the beauty and life of downtown Frankfurt. This type of video is becoming very common as the hardware and software tools are becoming more available to photographers and filmmakers.
But how can you make one of your own? Such films require a variety of techniques, and the workflow that works best for you will depend on the gear and software you have. But Fenchel and Janisch put this video together showing their workflow and how they made the Frankfurt video.
If you haven’t seen it by now, or even heard of it, Hardcore Henry is a feature length movie shot entirely in the first person. You can check out the trailer here. It’s a challenging concept that’s been tried before. Often badly – remember Doom?
Cameras have become much smaller since 2005, though, and while still challenging, they’re much easier to shoot than they were. Hardcore Henry pulls it off rather well by comparison. In this video, Jordy at Cinecom walks us through his process for shooting first person to recreate that Hardcore Henry look.
It’s summer and you’re probably in or near the water.
If you have a waterproof camera: maybe your phone, an all weather point and shoot, or an underwater housing for your camera; getting good underwater portraits can be tricky.
In this article, I am going to share my top three tips to capture better underwater photos.