Tips For Softening Your On-Camera Flash

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It’s no secret that on-camera flash is harsh and can be very unflattering, this is true of built-in camera flash as well as add-on speedlights. This is why so many educators preach about off camera flash and how to do it, in most cases, getting the light source off your camera is thought to be paramount to improving its look. But what if you can’t take the light off your camera for whatever reason or another, what can you do to soften your on-camera light?

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Video: 23 Ninja Tips For Your Next Photo Walk

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If you’re going photo walking this weekend, you should really give these few tips from COOPH a solid shot. They teamed up with street photographer Thomas Leuthard to demonstrate a number of ideas that you’re probably not trying out on the street.

For example, if you’ve got a connected camera, why not use the remote shutter feature? Additionally, what many photographers will do is wait in a specific area for something photographically pleasing to happen.

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Beginner’s Tips to Shooting Portraits with a 35mm Lens

Model: Clay von Carlowitz

Model: Clay von Carlowitz

Though I generally never recommend shooting portraits with a 35mm full frame equivalent lens, it’s something that I tend to do. To me, 35mm renders the way that I generally see the world–and to that end it allows me to translate the beauty that I see in people directly into the camera (with more of a collaboration between the subject and I, of course!). Generally, the longer the focal length the more that you can get away with. But at the wider focal lengths, there are a couple of tips that you should stick to to create more attractive images in the eyes of most people.

Much of this caters to the acceptance of various body types and paying attention to the specifics of everyone’s bodies and shapes.

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Capturing Better Landscape Photos with Iwan Groot

500px Photo ID: 114605411 - 1 o'clock is the best chance to get darkness and on the long summer days 1 o'clock is right inbetween sunset and sunrise. A couple weeks after atmospheric dark vanished from the skies of 62° north, I went out to this little island which is a little crown jewel of the area that I love to go out, and have been out to many times this last year. for landscapes, astroscapes, northern lights, nature, seascapes. This is the third Shot I'm uploading that Ive used two different White Balances for the HDR. Another shot https://500px.com/photo/108748239/ I didn't think would get any great response but it climbed to the first page of landscapes. So I'll see how this one does. Sometimes I want a shot to be HDR but only have one exposure for blending, and another darker one that doesnt fit as much, so then I processed the same image twice one lighter with a certain White Balance and then the other one with a different brightness and White Balance. And I really like this result. The summer solitice has paced and the nights are getting ever so slightly darker and bring me excitement to soon see the northern lights and stars of the night sky for another season of the night. The thing I like about this Island is the many cool compositions you can get all so close to one another, I never run out of compositions I love. you got great tidepools, vegetation, old architecture, bunkers, waves, ocean, rough and smooth rocks, cliffs, caves, and an impressive wildlife for such a small island. and how central it is for the view of all my neighboring areas with great views, and how little impact from civilization on it.

500px Photo ID: 114605411 – 1 o’clock is the best chance to get darkness and on the long summer days 1 o’clock is right inbetween sunset and sunrise. A couple weeks after atmospheric dark vanished from the skies of 62° north, I went out to this little island which is a little crown jewel of the area that I love to go out, and have been out to many times this last year.
for landscapes, astroscapes, northern lights, nature, seascapes.
This is the third Shot I’m uploading that Ive used two different White Balances for the HDR. Another shot https://500px.com/photo/108748239/ I didn’t think would get any great response but it climbed to the first page of landscapes. So I’ll see how this one does. Sometimes I want a shot to be HDR but only have one exposure for blending, and another darker one that doesnt fit as much, so then I processed the same image twice one lighter with a certain White Balance and then the other one with a different brightness and White Balance. And I really like this result.
The summer solitice has paced and the nights are getting ever so slightly darker and bring me excitement to soon see the northern lights and stars of the night sky for another season of the night.
The thing I like about this Island is the many cool compositions you can get all so close to one another, I never run out of compositions I love. you got great tidepools, vegetation, old architecture, bunkers, waves, ocean, rough and smooth rocks, cliffs, caves, and an impressive wildlife for such a small island. and how central it is for the view of all my neighboring areas with great views, and how little impact from civilization on it.

All images by Iwan Groot. Used with permission.

“‘I’ll shoot it later'” usually means you won’t get shot; on the way back you might be chasing something, running from weather, too tired, the light might be worse, who knows what will make you not get the shot, but procrastinating on a small trip will usually leave it uncaptured.” says photographer Iwan Groot about his landscape photography. Indeed, he’s always been about timing and ensuring that he can get the shot. It’s the most simple explanation for the incredible work in his portfolio.

Iwan had been shooting for many years and it started when he learned to paint. He’s also been interviewed on the site before.

Editor’s Note: Iwan, as a young photographer, is eagerly looking for work. His work can be licensed here and you can order prints from him here. But more than that, he’s also available for hire to shoot. He’s also working on creating photoshop actions, brushes and tutorials.

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Three Photographers Tell You About Their Creative Processes

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Image by Ben Von Wong

All images in this blog post were used with permission.

Every single photographer has a special creative process that makes them who they are. Think about it: there’s a reason why folks are captivated by the work of Benjamin Von Wong, enthralled by the landscape photography of Varina Patel, and go to Colby Brown to learn how to create photos in the way that he does. What these photographers have in common is that they create images that make them gainfully employed from their photography, and they’re all part of a special workshop taking place in Fiji at the end of October 2015.

We asked these photographers about their creative processes and for tips on how to get the most out of your workflow.

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10 Basic Tips for Better Street Photography

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Street photography is a genre that has more practitioners now than at any point in its history. There seem to be many schools of thought on what does and does not constitute street photography. For a good sense of where street photography is today, we recommend checking out the recent panel discussion on the genre hosted by The Candid Frame. To help you along, here are ten things to keep in mind on the street. Continue reading…

The Phoblographer’s Guide to Better Portraits in Natural Light

Before we begin this article, let’s make this clear: never call yourself a natural light photographer. But beyond that, know the basics. Portraiture is hard enough but actually make the most of natural lighting is really a skill. It isn’t as simple as going out there and just shooting. Indeed, knowing how to use natural light in the best ways has to do with actually knowing how to look at light and judge how it will appear in an image.

Though we always tell folks to learn how to use a flash, here’s how to make the most of what you have if all you have is natural light.

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