We want to start this article off by saying that we live in a day and age where every camera is good if not great. It’s possible to create a fantastic photo with a DSLR. It’s pretty muc as possible to create an equally stellar photo with a mirrorless camera. Of course, that also means you can create an absolutely fantastic photo with film. And ultimately, it means you can create exceptional images with a phone. The outright problem though is so many marketing jargons and old school thought mentalities don’t believe a phone is capable of creating great photos. But indeed, it really is. And when it comes specifically to food photography, it’s all about the person creating the images.
Screenshot image from the video by Adam Karnacz
Feeling bored of shooting landscapes lately? Well, you’re not alone. While mostly enthusiastic about landscape photography, photographer and filmmaker Adam Karnacz found himself stuck in a rut and burnt out for some weeks. In his recent video, he talks about how he rediscovered his love for photographing landscapes during an early morning shoot in North Yorkshire.
One of the artistic ways you can make your landscape photography stand out from the rest is to find a way to turn them into paintings. Not literally, but a method to get that look in camera is one fantastic way of doing things. You may ask yourself, “Why not just do this in post?” Well, the reason why is because everyone can find a way to do it in post, but not everyone has the specific talent to do things in camera and not everyone really wants that “photoshopped look”.
So let’s take a deeper delve into this amazingly simple tutorial.
What goes well with street portraits and night photography? Bokeh, many photographers now will immediately tell you. It’s not exactly a new concept and many of us have been playing around with bokeh for all sorts of concepts and projects. But, seeing how the so-called bokehlicious night portraits are so trendy now, it may well be worth it to see how it’s done and what makes it so popular. Manila-based photographer Gab Loste has shared his process in a quick video tutorial.
All concert photography images by Olivia Pasquarelli.
In my opinion, shooting live music is one of the most challenging photographic experiences possible. For starters, there is very low light, and it’s constantly changing. I’ve shot in venues that are lit by a single bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling, and venues that have light shows that move beams of colored light in all directions. In addition, your subjects are constantly and unpredictably moving around. You’re surrounded by people who, depending on what genre of music you’re shooting, are dancing, jumping, pushing you and spilling drinks left and right. Depending on your access, you may have a limited amount of time to get the perfect shot. Most larger venues only give photographers the first three songs to shoot.
You may have missed opportunities for incredible street portraits because of fear of taking photos of strangers. I myself have imagined scenarios where my candid subjects yell at me or attack me. Luckily, in my six years taking photographs of strangers throughout New York City, and in small towns in the tri state area, that has never happened.
All the photographs included here are images I shot in the neighborhood I currently live, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. In my time living here, I’ve spent many hours on the boardwalk, beach, and streets, admiring the unique residents of the area. For a long time, I was too afraid to turn my camera towards the beachgoers, bench-sitters, elderly couples, chess players, and beautiful citizens of my neighborhood. I slowly learned (with some mistakes along the way) how to make the people of Brooklyn’s oceanside sanctuary more comfortable with having their photo taken. Here are eight tips to overcome this fear and become a better street photographer.
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.
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.