If you’re a professional, employable photographer then you obviously understand the reasons for having a business related blog. I’m not talking about just having a Tumblr or something like that. Lots of photographers tend to use Instagram and say that’s their blog, but blogging has a whole lot more value than that. If you have one, you realize that value already and can probably skip over some of the content here. But if you don’t have one, you’re probably a photographer with no serious intentions with their images. And that’s fine; but for the rest of us…
One of the popular photo looks these days is the soft focus look; and for many photographers it’s tough to get it just right unless you really understand what’s going on. The soft focus look is based on what photographers used to produce years ago in the film days. Some photographers achieved it by putting stockings over the front of the lens or rubbing vaseline on a piece of glass then putting that in front of the lens. Other photographers do it by scratching a lens up a whole lot to kill the sharpness and details the lens can produce.
I’m pretty positive you don’t want to scratch up some glass, so here’s how you can get the look using Adobe Lightroom.
Low key lighting in portrait photography can do one really big thing for your subject: make them pop out from the background a whole lot more. I mean, isn’t that the whole point of portraiture? To make someone stand out and be the primary subject? When combined with very specific lighting, your subject can really come across front and center so to speak. So for the most part, I want you to imagine that an actor or actress is on stage for a bit of theatre. A spotlight comes in on them and the rest of the stage isn’t lit at all. In fact, it’s incredibly dark. So more or less, you’re really just seeing your subject and nothing else. That’s how low key lighting works.
So here’s how you make it work to create better portraits.
Photographer Chantal Routhier recently did a short tutorial on how to get that wind whipped look in your hair for portraits that everyone loves. One of the biggest secrets: put the hair half back and half in front. Of course, this tutorial works best with longer hair and with more of a blustery day. Chantal has some excellent tips in her post but, to add more to this, the higher your elevation is, the better the chances for you to get more wind. Additionally, going to a waterfront will work wonders. Chantal speaks about this and states that you should go behind rocks.
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One question that lots of photographers who have shot film wonder about is how closely Fujifilm’s film simulations closely mimic the look of film. Considering how Fujifilm created Acros, it would make a whole lot of sense that their digital simulation would be the closest thing possible to the film, right? Well, that depends on a number of different situations.Fujifilm Neopan Acros can take on different looks based on how you shot it and how you develop it. For example, Rodinal may make it look one way vs another developer. Then you’ll need to consider how the images were obviously shot, how you’re lighting them, etc. To get a better idea though, we’ve been using Acros 100 in a number of situations plus we looked at one digital preset to see how it performed vs Fujifilm’s option.
You’ve obviously heard of the rule of thirds when it comes to composition, but have you heard of the rule of tenths? It’s basically a much more complicated rule of composition. Where the rule of thirds breaks images down into thirds diagonally and horizontally, the rule of tenths goes even further. You go both up and down when breaking your images into ten sections. Essentially, you’re breaking your images into 100 equal parts and composing your images based on those rules. They make a whole lot of sense for things like landscape and architecture, but can become more complicated when working with portraits, street photography etc.
One of the biggest problems with Adobe Lightroom Mobile is the fact that you can’t import your desktop presets into the mobile app. So that means that if you’re using a lot of VSCO, Mastin or other presets then you’ll need to edit the image on your computer. Well, that may be the way to get the best results but the folks over at Who Shot the Photographer’s YouTube channel figured out a workaround. It isn’t the simplest route of getting it all done, but it surely is effective.
And to be honest, it’s pretty smart.
The 4th of July is tomorrow and we’re all surely prepping for some BBQs, fireworks, more fireworks, friends, family, fun, and even more fireworks. Go ahead, shoot some photos of those fireworks. We’ve got plenty of tutorials to teach you how. But what you may also want to consider is also just photographing the good times and moments that occur. Sure, your fireworks photos will be beautiful, but so too will all those picturesque moments you end up capturing throughout the day and night.
With that said, don’t forget to turn the camera on your friends and family. Capturing them having fun is a whole lot more personal and will remind you and them of some of the fun times from that night and day. Your fireworks images are simply just that, personal. They’re for you. And they may get you some likes on Facebook, but involving other people will get you even more.
Sounds crazy? No, not really. Party photographers do it all the time. Sometimes they find a way to shoot wide and incorporate people in their photos and the fireworks with it all.
In the end: just remember to take photos of the people who are closest to you.
Happy Birthday America.