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

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The fundamentals of good photography apply to all kinds of mediums, from 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 perspective 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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This is What a Cheap Reflector Can Do For Your Portraits

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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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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…

Tim Hunkin Shows His Process for Making Large “Polaroid Style” Images Using Cibachrome

Artist and engineer, Tim Hunkin, details working with Cibachrome to produce exceptionally large “Polaroid style”, instant prints. Hunkin’s choice to work with the format came from his desire to have both large prints and have them immediately. As he puts it, his process of using Cibachrome is like a “slow motion polaroid”. Hunkin shot Cibachrome images for years before tiring of them. Eventually he decided to get back into it. However, frustration ensued shortly after when he learned that Ilford, the only company still producing the film, stopped making it. The following video shows his process in achieving a Cibachrome print despite not having the ideal resources at his disposal. Continue reading…

Street Photographer Richard Bram Discusses His Career and Approach to Photography

New York based photographer, Richard Bram, discussed his work and new book “New York” in a recent interview. In a career spanning over three decades, Bram details how his career has changed over time. He started as a commercial photographer in addition to taking the odd job here and there to make ends meet. Eventually he wound up falling in love with street photography and the ability to capture the unposed, natural elements of everyday life. His journey ultimately led him to create “New York”, which is a product of two years of hard work of both shooting and decisive editing.  Continue reading…

Learn How To Keep Your Camera Stable and Avoid Camera Shake with David Bergman

Professional photographer, David Bergman, has linked up again with AdoramaTV for his popular Two Minute Tips series. This time, Bergman discusses several easy to implement methods for keeping your camera stable and reducing camera shake. For those photographers working in less than ideal lighting conditions, or forced to shoot with lower shutter speeds due to circumstances, the following tips should prove invaluable and hopefully help you get shake free shots. Continue reading…