Learn To See Creatively (and other incredible education deals)

It’s that time of the week again, when we focus our deals coverage on the educational side of things. Gear is important, but keeping your creative mind sharp and learning new techniques is also an important thing for all photographers to do. Here are three quick hit deals that, if you look at nothing else in this post, you should see…

  • The Street Photographer’s Manual – $27% Off – Get It Here
  • Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models – $40% Off – Get It Here
  • Retouching Academy’s Master Dodge & Burn Video Course – $72 Off – Get It Here
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Creating the Photograph: Danny Alexander’s “Pink Rose”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they conceived an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Danny Alexander has tagged us in a number of his images on Instagram and we discovered him and his great strobist work this way. He’s a portrait photographer working in Louisville, KY. “I’ve slowly been turning my passion into a full time job and my work can be found in local and nationally published magazines,” says Danny. “Although I spend most of my time shooting editorial portraits, I do make time to work on creative personal projects. If I had to say I had a style in photography it would be that I take a strobist approach.” That’s perfect for our Creating the Photograph series.

In fact, Danny rarely works with just natural light. “I love the technical side of working with strobes to create interesting lighting in my portraits.” he states.

So that’s where the story of Pink Rose begins.

 

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Creating the Photograph: James Andrew Ridley’s “Zoe Ziegfeld as a Menorah” (NSFW)

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they conceived an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer James Andrew Ridley and I have known each other for a while now, and like me, he has involvement in the NYC Burlesque community. He’s a serious photographer, not only in the sense of his work, but also from the fact that he understands and values the idea of relationships. He works to develop a rapport with subjects and he keeps their comfort in mind. Sometimes, in order to make a subject more comfortable you’ll need to do things like working one on one. For part of a series that he’s working on, he did just that with burlesquer Zoe Ziegfeld. Then they turned her into a human menorah.

Here’s their story.

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Nat Geo Photographer Robert Holmes Discusses Lighting and Technique with Advancing Your Photography

Advancing Your Photography, the Youtube channel providing tips and tricks from professional photographers, has released an informative video featuring veteran National Geographic photographer, Robert Holmes. In this video, Holmes goes into his philosophy and technique for lighting as well as breaking down different lighting scenarios of which he’s particularly fond. He also briefly touches on equipment considerations and how he prefers not to rely so much on equipment, but instead use his intricate knowledge of lighting to capture compelling portraits during his travels. Continue reading…

Can One Camera System Truly Do it All for Photographers?

Obviously, all camera systems these days have become very mature and capable of doing almost everything that a photographer needs or wants. They’re all good and can help image makers in many ways. Working photographers these days need to be able to do a variety of things though not including just photography, but also things like video. Some photographers need to have access to a fully working flash system and find features like WiFi integration to be critical. Plus, they need tough gear that can take abuse in rough weather and do most of what they need to get done easily.

Considering that we’ve used every camera system, we’ve put together an analysis.

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