How Photographers Can Use Hard Light for Beautiful Portraits

Screenshot image from the video by Adorama on hard light

In some of the previous video tutorials we shared, we were told that a soft light setup is the best for portrait work, especially if you’re working with female models. If you’re curious about how hard light can be used to make beautiful portraits, even for female models, this quick Adorama tutorial by Daniel Norton shows us how.
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Irene Rudnyk Shares Her First Large Format Camera Experience

Sreenshot image from the video by Irene Rudnyk on Large Format cameras

Surely, anyone who’s a fan of traditional photography today has large format photography on his or her bucket list. Thankfully, we have a lot of online resources to feed this curiosity with, whether it’s about getting the right gear to get started or learning the entire shooting process. In one of her recent videos, natural light photographer Irene Rudnyk gets to have a go with this beautiful medium for the first time, with pretty amazing results.

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Eight Reasons Why Every Photographer Should Have Instant Cameras

Instant cameras: are they the future?

Instant cameras have been a big part of the recent analog resurgence, and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing like seeing an instant print develop right before your eyes. With this medium, you also get to own a bit of photography history in the camera itself. However, if you still need some convincing, New York City-based photographer Josh Katz has eight reasons why every photographer should actually have an instant camera.

Josh, who has always shot with a DSLR and played around with film cameras, has recently bought two instant cameras: a Polaroid 600 and an Instax Mini 90. He refers to both cameras and the medium itself as “polaroids”, which is understandable since the magic of instant photography actually began with Polaroid cameras. In the video below, he gives a rundown of what photographers can learn with instant cameras.

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The Professional Photographer’s Introduction to Wireless Flash for Amateurs

Like many photographers, I worked for a time as an assistant in a studio, where one of my most important tasks was to follow behind (or in front of, or beside) the photographer and make sure they didn’t trip over their PC cable, thereby unplugging the lights while simultaneously falling unceremoniously on their face.

A remnant of the same era where telephone operators manually plugged cables into long rows of connectors to complete a call, the PC connector is a long cord that attaches between the camera and a flash or strobe setup. The PC has always been a problematic solution. On one side is usually found a connector that’s the same as a 3.5mm headphone mini-connector, while on the other side is a coaxial cable comprised of an inner cable wrapped in a thin circular metal housing. The circular coaxial end of the cable plugs into a camera’s PC port, and the 3.5mm cable plugs into a lighting pack. Multiple packs could be strung together by a series of cables, and photographers needing a lot of space between themselves and their packs would often combine multiple extenders and drag the cables behind them.

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Watch How Handcrafted Wooden Wet Plate Cameras are Made

Screenshot image from the video by Dieter Schneider’s video on wooden wet plate cameras

It’s always entertaining to watch how things are being made, especially if it’s a trusty camera you use all the time. But, let’s step away from the high-tech guts and circuits of DSLRs and other digital cameras for now. Instead, let’s watch something from the photography of centuries past be painstakingly handmade today. In a showcase of impressive craftsmanship, Norwegian photographer Dieter Schneider shows us how he makes his beautiful wooden cameras for wet plate photography.

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Two Must-Have Portrait Lenses for Portrait Photographers

Screenshot image from the video by Manny Ortiz

So, you’ve decided to focus on portrait photography and want to start putting together a gear setup that will let you achieve the best results. Choosing the right lens is a big part of working with portraiture, so if you’re still looking, Chicago-based portrait photographer Manny Ortiz talks about his recommendations in a recent video.

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Film Photography Matters Because Black and White Still Matters

There is a whole generation of photographers who still haven’t experienced film photography

At a time where photography has evolved in leaps and bounds in digital advancements, why do some people still choose to shoot with film? Why does this obsolete technology persist? There are a hundred reasons a film photographer today will tell you, but Ian Wong of Digital Darkroom has a rather interesting view to it: film photography matters because black and white still matters.

Ian dropped this thought against the equally interesting shopping scene of Tokyo’s Ginza and Akihabara districts in the latest episode of Digital Darkroom. To document his explorations, he loaded his Contax T3 with two special rolls of black and white films: Kodak Tri-X 400 and JCH Street Pan 400. He shared many other thoughts that analog lovers can definitely relate to, so I’ll let you hear them from him straight in this video.

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Tips and Tricks on Photographing the Average Joe with Jeff Rojas

All images by Jeff Rojas. Used with permission.

Photographer Jeff Rojas is trying to break the stereotype that men aren’t as easy to work with as women when it comes to shooting portraits. He’s already put out a full book on Photographing Men, and he’s also got some tutorials on how to photograph the “Average Joe.” Now of course, not everyone is a special model who works night and day focusing on how they look because that’s how they make money. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a great photo of anyone no matter who they are. So we caught up with Jeff to ask for a few hints.

Jeff’s tutorial is part of the 5DayDeal 2017 Complete Photography Bundle, that includes a number of other really great tutorials, presets and packages for a ridiculously low price.

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