Photographing Women: Insights from Photographer Jeff Rojas

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All images by Jeff Rojas. Used with permission.

“I also would recommend that photographers take the time to have their own portrait taken by another professional photographer!” says photographer Jeff Rojas. “If you haven’t been under studio lights and being told how to pose, I would recommend trying it, it’s enlightening.” Jeff is the author behind a book called Photographing Men and recently published a book called Photographing Women–essentially on the fundamentals of things like fashion and boudoir.

There is quite a lot of information out there about photographing women, but a lot of it is all about technique. As any seasoned portrait photographer will tell you, portraiture is more about the conversation between a photographer and the subject.

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10 Ways to Save Money as a Travel Photographer

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This post was syndicated from Format, prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally done by Matt Moreland, featured image by Matt Moreland.

As a freelance photographer who’s constantly hustling to find new clients and make connections, the only logical place for me to live is in a big city. Big cities are where all the ad agencies and brand headquarters are, so this is where most creative networking needs to take place. The only issue is, as someone whose work and style heavily involve outdoor lifestyle, nature photography and picturesque locations, I need to constantly travel outside of the city to actually create my work.

These two aspects of my work tend to conflict as the high costs of living in a city and the numerous costs of travel don’t exactly lend well to a freelance income. Luckily, over the past few years, I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks to lowering my travel costs, getting things for free, and finding secondary sources of income.

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Better Travel Photography With Your Phone

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Travel photography and capturing the best moments is sometimes best left to your phone lest your big camera looks intimidating to people around you. As it is, modern smartphones have very capable cameras that do a great job as long as you use them just right. On top of that, when you’re traveling you don’t need a load of gear like 24-70mm lenses or 300mm primes all the time. Instead, you can create photos that you’ll love with whatever is in your pocket.

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Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques

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This is a syndicated blog post from Sebastian Boatco. It and the images here are being used with permission.

I often discuss with my friends about the tips and tricks in all kind of photography fields. It is good to share your knowledge within a group of photographers. “Let the envy go away and act like a true member of a growing family of photographers”, I say. Each one has its own vision and original concepts and it is very profitable to share some of the techniques you have, based on your own experiences, which most of them were acquired on a trial and error approach. We often make our own mistakes, even if we were taught about them in the first place. It is good to make mistakes in photography – this is the most powerful way to learn, for good, the correct ways.

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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

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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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