The Beginner’s Guide to Using Gels as a Strobist Photographer

Gels are bound to scare away most portrait photographers and strobists simply because they don’t understand how to really use them. But one of the coolest things that you can do as a photographer is learn how to use gels to tell a different story in your portraits and overall in your photography. You see, gels color the light output of your flash which is typically balanced to Daylight and therefore is very cool. But once you understand that you can make that light all sorts of various colors, you’ll get how awesome it can be to use gels.

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This Fiery Wedding Photo is a Single Exposure Done With Two Strobes

First of all the result with this Fiery Wedding Photo: The Hot Rod on Fire Shooting inspired me to this one. But there was a huge difference, this photograph was done with only one exposure. We got it done after a lot of preparation – a nearly three-meter-long diy fire torch, two strobes and a 4.4 seconds exposure created this image. Planning took this time much longer, Because we had to build a small pond with a platform for the reflection. Additionally, I had to cut down some branches from a tree to get enough space.

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Here’s How You Get Wind Whipped Hair in Your 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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Forget the Fireworks: Consider Photographing The Candid Moments This 4th of July

Hello America,

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.

– Chris

 

How Color Affects Leading Lines in Landscape Photography

On the Phoblographer, we tend to talk a whole lot about color, black and white, and how incredibly important it is to use them effectively in your photography. We typically apply them to portraiture, but it’s also not too terrible of an idea to apply it to landscape photography. You see, in landscape photography there are a few basic rules to creating better landscapes photos and for the most part they apply to creating better color images. But when it comes to making black and white or even just creating more striking color, there are a few other techniques you may not have tried yet.

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Quick Tip: How to Choose the Right Shoes for Photowalking

You know the feeling if you’re a photographer with some gear on you: you go about walking around for a while but then after some time you need a break. You have to refuel but most importantly, your feet hurt. That can sometimes be the biggest issue when it comes to photowalking. Everyone will tell you to wear comfortable shoes; but no one really goes into that any further. For me personally, sometimes my nicer shoes tend to be comfortable enough for most excursions I go on. However, that all depends on what gear I have with me.

And with that, I’m going to get really into how to choose the right shoes for photowalking.

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How to Shoot Better Travel Photography From Airplanes Using Your Phone

Shooting photos from planes can honestly be tough to do some times, but believe it or not what really, truly matters in the end is the final result. If you’re one of those folks sitting at a window seat, you should really take advantage of all the intoxicating views that are granted to you to the best of your ability. Of course, you’ll generally need to be some place away from the wings for starters and then you can concentrate on whatever is in front of of you so that you can share that gorgeous vista later on with all your friends on social media.

Take the advice of a photo editor who travels a whole lot for work.

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