Simpler Than You Think: The Secret To Metering a Portrait Photo With a Flash

Sooooooooo many photographers are completely and totally scared of using a flash, but in all truthfulness it’s probably sometimes easier than metering for natural light. Because a camera has options like aperture priority for a photographer to tell the camera only what depth of field a photographer wants, lots of photographers tend to opt for this setting more than anything else. If you’re shooting in manual mode, this can work too but it isn’t always worth doing.

Now what if I told you that when working with a flash, you can set it and forget it? Well, it’s true for the most part.

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The ReEdit: Toning Down on the HDR Look in a Photo

The ReEdit is a series on the Phoblographer where Chris and the staff dive back into their archives to find a way to make older images from previous sessions look better. The use standard techniques such as color editing, cropping, black and white conversion, etc. Be sure to not miss a single moment by subscribing to the Phoblographer on YouTube.

In the third episode of the ReEdit I return to Capture One Pro in order to show people how I currently tend to create images based on color channels and making subjects stand out more effectively by using said channels. And for this episode I went back into my archives and sought out a photo from my Secret Order of the Slice Series. The photo is an ode to Quentin Tarantino’s briefcase in the movie Pulp Fiction–and this time around I wanted to tone down the excessive editing I felt I did and instead just focus on creating a really good photo through the editing process in Capture One Pro.

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Photographing the Total Eclipse: Tips from My Last One in 1991

This is a guest blog post by Ellis Vener. All images and text by ©Ellis Vener are being used with permission.

Being in the path of totality during a total solar eclipse is one of the very coolest, weirdest, and most benign natural phenomena you can ever experience. As the eclipse progresses through totality the air around you cools, natural sounds change, and during totality not only does the sun go dark except for the sun’s corona’ extending beyond the edge of the moon, but the light in the sky and on the land is like nothing else I have ever experienced. To say it is an awesome (a word which when used here means “extremely impressive and very different from anything else I have ever experienced”) experience is an understatement.

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10 Lifehacks For Staying Motivated and Inspired In Your Photography

Featured Image screenshot from video. All credit to Jessica Whitaker. 

We all remember what it was like when we found our wings in photography when you could actually take a picture based on something you saw in your head and have it come out on the back of the camera. It’s motivating, but just like the actual adrenaline rush you get when you see it, this motivation and inspiration always fade over time.

This is especially the case with professional photographers when you are constantly doing the same things over and over it can be hard to stay motivated about them and inspired to push the envelope. But keeping yourself sharp and always motivated to strive for better is a key for those who want to do more with their photography. So how can one stay inspired and motivated in their work? Continue reading…

B&H Photo To Pay Over $3.2 Million in Discrimination Lawsuit

Unless you've been living under a rock or purposely turning a blind eye to the issue, you're most likely aware that B&H Photo (B&H Foto legally) has been in the middle of a class action lawsuit involving discrimination for a while. It started when workers in their warehouses (located in Brooklyn) started protesting unsafe conditions and discrimination. The workers, who wanted to unionize, were not being allowed to do so. Now, to settle the problems B&H Photo has "agreed to pay $3,220,000 in back wages and other monetary relief to more than 1,300 affected class members," according to a recent press release issued by the Department of Labor.

But the problems didn't stop there.

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Tips on How to Make Money as a Landscape Photographer

One of the most difficult things to do as a landscape photographer is making money. For many, it trumps being able to figure out the perfect exposure to use and the right time to wake up to catch the sunrise. Lots of photographers used to sell stock photography and yet others do sales of prints. So if you're looking for ways to make money, consider thinking just a bit different.

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National Geographic Photographer Ira Block Gives Tips for Instagram and Documentary Photographers

Photographer Ira Block has traveled around the world and these days is both a National Geographic Photographer and a Sony Artisan. To that end, he's one of the perfect photographers to speak to about documentary photography. Earlier this year, he spent some time in front of the camera with us talking about modern documentary photography and how it's changed over the years. To start with though, Ira imparts a few tips for photographers looking to get into documentary photography. Not to our surprise, he tells us a lot of it has to do with passion and preparation.

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The ReEdit: Culling Down 83 Images to 14 Good Ones In Adobe Lightroom

One of the biggest problems a lot of photographers have is the culling and editing process–but it's pretty simple to do in Adobe Lightroom. One of the biggest things I tell people is to become vulnerable to their own photos–which is a big part of today's tutorial video. So in this episode of the ReEdit, I take around a half hour to cull down 83 images to somewhere in the 20s. Then I do another cull and bring that number down to 14. In the end, I chose 13 out of the 83. That's still a pretty high keeper rate and with 83 photos I didn't need to overshoot at all. I didn't feel the need to and everything was simply working well. After this I do edits on the photos.

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