Parades are a popular choice for photographers who want to make images of people. However, standing by the sidelines while people march or drive by doesn’t provide the most interesting and engaging photographs. Instead, I prefer to photograph people before and after a parade. It’s then that some of the best images are possible.
“What kind of glass are you using?” or some variant of that almost always follows the camera question when I talk with other photographers. There are some who would rather not talk about gear because it’s about the image, not the tool, but having been a reviewer for quite some time now, I’m just as interested in the means as I am about the ends. If you asked about my glass six months ago, I’d point to whatever I had mounted on my a580, which could have been anywhere from a 12mm fisheye to the venerable 70-210mm f4 beer can. For the past several months, I’ve been shooting almost exclusively with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 35mm f1.4, and the experience has been both challenging and rewarding. [click to continue…]
Over time, many budding portrait photographers often hit a plateau in terms of their shooting style and technique. Their gear bags have the lenses and lighting kit that have brought them success in the capturing aspect of the whole thing. Yet when it comes time to load the images onto the computer and process them, the myriad menus and features can be overwhelming.
Enter Lindsay Adler, a portrait and fashion photographer who learned her way around Photoshop with a very hands-on and experimental approach. Instead of going through the ABCs of each tool as if you would in a college course, she goes over what works for her in the most efficient way possible. With these tips, you can begin to hone your skills by familiarizing yourself with what the basic tools do and know when they will or won’t work for any given image. Instead of being vaguely aware of what every single menu item does, you’ll become more adept at the essential techniques that will take your portraits to the next level.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Glenn O. After three years of editorial work overseas as an editor of a photography publication, Glenn Orion now calls Baltimore, Maryland home where he focuses on wedding photography. This post is also brought to you by creativeLive.
All images by Steve Gullick. Used with permission
“NIRVANA entered my life in October 1990 when I heard ‘Sliver’ on the John Peel show, the deal was sealed upon hearing the beautifully brutal session they recorded for John’s show and their first London headline performance at the Astoria theatre that same month. At the time I was a photographer for weekly music paper Sounds, it instantly became my ambition to work with the band.”
Think about a single band that you’d want to photograph. Steve Gullick has photographed Nick Cave, The Prodigy, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and many more, and his photos have appeared in The Times, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Wire, Q and NME to name but a few. But Gullick fell in love with Nirvana back in the 1990s and went on to have the opportunity to photograph Kurt, Krist and Dave and their crazy times. Steve is releasing “The Nirvana Diary” soon, which he describes as a photograph journey of the times that he spent shooting the band.
April 5th, 2014 will mark 20 years since Cobain committed suicide and who helped further a genre of music that changed everything to come after it. And Steve’s photos take us back in time to when he was still around.
The 50mm lens is a favorite amongst many photographers. However, there are some that don’t warm up to this focal length as much as others. Either way, it’s a lens that can prove to be very versatile and may probably even stay glued to your camera.
Here are just a couple of reasons why those lenses do so well.
For those of us still in the bitterly cold areas, street photography isn’t necessarily at the top of the list, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your camera with you. There are always moments to be photographed regardless of the temperature outside. Here some quick tips to help with your street photography. [click to continue…]