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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Dan over at Adorama Pro has come up with one of the coolest and smartest ways to shoot product photos on seamless white. He effectively shows you that by positioning one light correctly, using a lot of power output and adding a large diffuser you can get an image like the one above.

In the video after the jump, he takes you through the setup. He positions the light back towards the white seamless background to illuminate both that and the large diffuser that he places over the sunglasses. This is important because it means that this single, high powered light source is illuminating the background and the large diffuser to give us the image that we see above. It’s possible to do something similar at home, but you’d need to crank up the ISO setting to at least ISO 400 and you’d need a large diffuser like a shoot through reflector.

We’ve done something similar as much more scaled back, but Dan’s way of doing things is a lot better. Adorama’s video is after the jump.

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While everyone wants to go out and shoot when the weather is bright and sunny, it won’t always give you the greatest exposures. For starters, bright sunny days give you lots of contrast–which you can like creatively, but it won’t give you the most versatility later on when you go to edit your images. Additionally, getting the right direction for the light can be tough too since you’re at the mercy of the sun.

Instead, the best time to go out shooting is during an overcast day. Want that classic shadowless look to your images? Or maybe a lot more versatility in your landscape image in a single shot?

Your best bet is to go shooting when it’s overcast. If you’re a beginner, then here’s why you should forget about going to shoot in the sunshine.

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Image by Miguel Jalo. Used with permission.

Photographer Miguel Jalo captured an absolutely incredible image of a mosquito who landed on him and began to feast on his blood. The image was posted to the PhotoCritique Subreddit, where many also found it to be a great catch.

Miguel states that he used a Nikon 40mm lens at F16 and ISO 100 and was afraid to get closer to the subject lest it get scared off. While folks are critiquing the background and cutting off the legs, Miguel still caught the important parts of the image that otherwise make it incredible and while framing it quite well.

“I shot this at f16. Was afraind to go any further because that particular lens starts losing sharpness. Those light(s) are the result of the in camera flash not being able to (light) up the whole frame. It was one of the problems with that lens in particular, because if you wanted 1:1 magnification (true macro) you’d have to get really really close to your subject.” states Miguel.

For what it’s worth, the image is very detailed and shows us a moment that we rarely ever see and are too often too busy swatting the mosquito.


All images by German Roque. Used with permission

German Roque is a 27 year old New Orleans, LA-based portrait photographer who, through his photography, demonstrates incredible relationships with his subjects. Any portrait photographer will tell you how important this is: from senior portraits to film shooters. German not only does this, but balances out the technical aspects through his incredible and creative use of lighting and shadows to tell stories about people and make them look their best.

Most of all though, German is all about developing a rapport with his portrait subject before the shooting even begins. And as some photojournalists will tell you, trust is the biggest part of any photographer’s work.

But it wasn’t always that way: German started out photographing cars just for fun.

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All images by Jason Arber. Used with permission.

Photographer Jason Arber spent a number of years as a print designer mostly creating record sleeves, including a limited edition boxset of Oasis singles in the shape of a cigarette box (and an even rarer version in the shape of a Vox amplifier), and a limited edition metal box version of Janet Jackson’s Design of a Decade. As the internet era arrived, he migrated into web design, creating sites for the BBC and MTV, and co-founding the hugely popular online design and culture magazine, Pixelsurgeon, with my illustrator and photographer buddy Richie May, who is a frequent collaborator to this day.

He now heads up Phantom Limb–specialising in moving image and photography. He is now represented in the UK as a photographer by Werewolf.

During our recent call for strobist style portraits, Jason reached out to us showcasing a specific project for a fashion label called Persons Unknown. But we also discovered lots more of his excellent and unorthodox portraiture.

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ISO 400

With WPPI 2015 on the brink of starting up very soon, we’ve been busy scouring the web for the best in the business when it comes to wedding and portrait photography. We’ve also worked on curating and creating lots of tips and tutorials to help you get your start or help you get even further along in the photo world.

But we’re not only talking about gear: part of being a photographer is also having people skills. And as many of the photographers that we’ve interviewed will tell you, it’s pretty much everything. Here’s our giant roundup of Portrait and Wedding Tips.

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