Want To Improve Your Instagram Photographs? Try These 3 Simple Styling Tips

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The fundamentals of good photography applies to all kinds of mediums used, whether it is a professional grade DSLR or a smartphone. Composition has always been one of the most important factors in either making or breaking the shot. Professional wedding photographers Daniel Inskeep and Rachel Gulotta (and their dog, Carlton) created an extremely helpful short video on their Youtube channel demonstrating three easy to use composition tips on how to improve styling for Instagram photos.

The first tip shared in the video is all about perspective and how it can affect the different outcome of photographs. Typically there are three basic perspectives that can be applied: the birds’ eye view, 45 degrees and neutral perspective. Using birds’ eye view provides a top down overall view giving equal emphasis on all subjects laying flat, while the 45 degrees framing can result in a more 3 dimensional look, adding layers of depth to the image. The neutral position works best if you intend to use shallow depth of field to isolate your subject, creating that desirable “bokeh” background look.

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Concepts and Better Composition Composing of Landscape Photography

Landscape photography, like any other genre, has its many-what I will call-“unofficial rules”.

There are rules about how to expose a scene using methods such as the zone method developed by Ansel Adams, exposing to the right to get as much detail as you can from the shadows, or even bracketing multiple exposures and creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. And then there are rules for composition. The most famous of which-and one you probably learned of first-the Rule of Thirds.

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This is What a Cheap Reflector Can Do For Your Portraits

Images and GIF by Photojojo.com

While the world is obsessing over newer, higher Megapixel count and more powerful cameras, the most important factor when it comes to photography is light. Therefore having the ability to modify and improve lighting quality can significantly enhance the image output. When shooting with available light, professional photographers often employ creative use of light reflectors to improve lighting for portraits. We have come across this GIF made by Photojojo showing the effects of taking portraits with and without the use of a light reflector, as shown below.
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How to Create Really Fun Double Exposure Photos and Videos on Your Phone

Double exposures are so incredibly tough to do for many photographers out there, but with patience you’ll get it. Most photographers try to do it in Photoshop but it ends up just being more annoying and a hassle than it’s worth. Some cameras have it available ready for you to use. But sometimes, it’s best to just sit there and edit on your phone than sit at a computer or try to navigate your camera’s clunky interface.

So here’s how I do it.

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5 Tips For Great Portraits with Fujifilm’s Acros Simulation

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One of the hallmarks of the Fujifilm digital camera system these days is their incredible film simulation profiles which not only produce beautiful colors and gorgeous black and whites, but also an incredibly real-looking and organic grain. One of the simulations available on the latest generation of the X-Series cameras, namely the X-Pro 2 and X-T2, is the Acros film simulation. Unlike the monochrome black and white setting, the Acros simulation offers a slightly more subdued look right out of the box–a look that in this writer’s opinion feels a little more filmic than the standard monochrome black and white.

But those new to this latest generation of X-Series bodies may be wondering how to get the most out of the Acros film simulation, specifically when it comes to portraiture. In this piece, we have several tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Acros film simulation in regards to getting pleasing black and white portraits with an authentic film look.

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Tips on Making Models Comfortable and Breaking the Ice

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UK based Imogen, of the popular Youtube Channel, WeeklyImogen, discusses tips and techniques to help you make models more comfortable during your shoots. Using her many years of experience as a model, and lessons learned from working alongside photographer Mark Wilkinson, Imogen covers everything from shoot planning, first impressions, judging the model’s natural comfort level, and more. Particularly of note, she discusses building a rapport by simply chatting and getting to know the person you’re working with. Continue reading…

Jeff Rojas Shows You How to Light a Couple’s Shoot Using Window Light

New York based portrait photographer, Jeff Rojas, has teamed up with Rogue Photographic Design to demonstrate how he uses window light to effectively capture intimate couple’s portraits. With only a floor-to-ceiling window providing most of the scene’s illumination, Rojas also incorporates a collapsible reflector to add fill in order to avoid any overly deep shadows. He goes through a few variations with a Super Soft Silver reflector, demonstrating the effect the silver side produces, as well as the reflector’s white, softer side. The video is a short watch, but cuts right to the point to effectively showcase Rojas’ approach and philosophy behind it. Continue reading…