Here’s How You Prepare Metal Plates for Wet Plate Photography

Aside from preparing the chemicals, Markus Hofstaetter also has to make his own metal plates for his wet plate photography

Part of what catches the attention of would-be wet plate photographers and fans is the hands-on processes that come with the age-old medium. In a recent video, wedding and wet plate photographer Markus Hofstaetter tells us exactly how hands-on it gets by showing us how he makes his own metal plates for wet plate photography.

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20 Foolproof Tips on How to Take Better Candid Portraits

Candid portraits are much harder than you’d think they are. 

First and foremost, candid portraits often require one of two things: either a lot of trust in the photographer or a really stealthy photographer that absolutely cannot be seen or heard. This is what many aspire to be: the fly on the wall. But if you can’t be this type of photographer, here’s how you can become more like it.

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Street Photography Tip: Keep Working the Scene

Be bold and take as many photos of a scene from as many angles as possible

One of the most useful tricks we can learn and master when it comes to street photography is how to work scenes we come across. More often than not, these scenes offer more than one way to present a story to us, and we can say it’s our mission to capture as much these as possible. Eric Kim, while on a photo walk in Japan, explained how it’s done and why it’s a powerful tool for street photography.

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Tutorial: How to Shoot Portraits of Total Strangers

 Have you ever had the bizarre urge to walk up to a total stranger and say “can I take your picture?” ​Yeah? Then you’re in the right place.

You’re about to read over 3,000+ words on the art of creating street portraits, or what I like to call “the gentle art of photographing strangers.” My name is Michael Comeau. I’m a portrait photographer based in New York City. I’m also a textbook introvert. I spend more time alone than with other people. I suck at small talk. And I never, ever talk to strangers… unless I’m shooting ​their portrait. ​But you don’t have to be a social butterfly to shoot great street portraits. You just have to turn your camera on and your brain off.

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How to Escape Your Bubble in Street Photography

In street photography, paying close attention is fundamental.

An old tutor once told me, “Street Photography is not about just one good element in the frame. It is about bringing several elements together, and creating stories that are not necessarily obvious to the everyday eye.” Simply put, he was telling me my work was bland and boring, and that I needed to dig deeper if I was ever going to produce anything of any worth.

On the surface, street photography seems easy. You need a camera, a comfortable pair of shoes and somewhere of interest – then like magic you will make these wonderfully composed images to share with the world. However, the reality is that to produce top quality street work, you will have to go much further than shooting a homeless guy or capturing that humorous billboard advertisement. You must refrain from just point and shooting anything and everything (aka spraying and praying) in the hope you get at least and average photograph to post to your Instagram.

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How to Achieve Multiple Portrait Lighting Effects With One Flash Unit

Here’s a simple portrait lighting setup you can experiment with for your next shoot.

Having detailed or extensive portrait lighting can be easily achieved in the studio. But, what if you’re shooting on a budget or can’t bring all your equipment when shooting on location? Pennsylvania photographer Michael Henderson comes to the rescue with a portrait lighting hack: how to achieve the look of three lights with just a single flash unit.

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Try This if You Have Become Stagnant with Your Street Photography

Your street photography habits can always be stimulated in some way.

Ever find yourself feeling like you are hitting your head against brick wall with your street work? Feeling deflated, leading to something that is meant to be a source of enjoyment becoming a monotonous burden on your mind? Coming home with with an SD card full of images that look exactly like your previous session? The same brick walls, the same angles and sometimes, even the same people. Your relationship with street photography can start to feel like a job – tagging in and tagging out, without really being present during the process in between. You do the same walk, pit stop at the same coffee shops and get the same bus home. This isn’t what street photography is meant to be and the reason it is happening is because you are staying too close to home.

I get it. Constantly going to a place you know there is action and footfall is an easy trap to fall into. You may ask yourself, “What if I go somewhere new and nothing happens?” There is a good chance that may be the case, but it is no different to nothing happening in your own backyard. If you constantly see the same scene, your eye will stop seeing new things within it. Your brain will generate a pattern of thought and sight and that is why you become unmotivated and to a certain extent bored.

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Quick Tips for Shooting Portraits in Low Light with the iPhone X

Bring these quick tips with you for that low light portrait session with the iPhone X.

Got a shiny new iPhone X and thinking of shooting portraits with it? You must be wondering how you can get the best photos out of it even during low light conditions. Seattle-based photographer Sam Fu comes to the rescue with some quick tips in a video for mobile accessory maker Moment.

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