Tutorial: A Practical Application of Rear Curtain Sync Flash Settings

If you’re fond of shooting the graceful movements of dance, you might want to experiment with shooting with flash in rear curtain sync mode using these settings.

Rear curtain sync mode is one of the creative techniques at your disposal when you work with flash. Basically, the flash fires off towards the end of an exposure, or just before the rear/second curtain closes. With this technique, you can produces some really cool-looking blur and light trails while your subject remains in focus. That makes it popular for experimenting with capturing movement using flash. In this quick tutorial, wedding and portrait photographer Jen Marino shares her go-to settings for shooting dance photos.

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Which Light Modifier is Right for Your Portrait Shoot?

Planning to work in the studio but not sure which light modifier to use for your project? Here’s a video tutorial that will help you choose the right one.

So, you’ve decided to shoot some portraits in the studio, complete with advanced lighting setup. Apart from working out the lighting techniques to use, you will also most likely have to choose a light modifier to get the ideal lighting output for your shots. If you’re not quite familiar yet with these tools, this video tutorial by Adorama and Mark Wallace should give you an idea.

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Drawing Inspiration from Ansel Adams on Photographing With Intention

In an age where virtually everyone takes photos, it’s important for us to keep in mind how to photograph with intention. Ansel Adams remains an inspirational figure who drives this point across.

The reality remains that we’re inundated with photos everyday. Virtually everyone now owns a smartphone, making it easy for billions of images to be uploaded every day. Only a fraction of these images are made with artistry and creativity, let alone intent and technical mastery. Often buried within the Instagram and Facebook feeds are photographs shot by Ansel Adams, a legendary photographer who embodies what it truly means to photograph with intent.

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Shooting Creative Night Fashion Photography with Rear Curtain Sync Flash

In case you’re looking for fun ways to play with rear curtain sync flash mode for your next fashion photography project, this video could give you some ideas.

Thinking of upping your flash game with some creative night photography? Night fashion portraits is certainly one of the fun projects you can do with flash. If you need some ideas, you might want to check out this quick video showing how to achieve cool creative effects using rear curtain sync flash!

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Magazine Editors Share What Publications Want from Photographers

Submitting your work to publications may be a daunting task, but you can up your chances of landing a spot in their pages with these tips from editors themselves.

It’s the dream of every photographer to get their work published in magazines. Whether it’s getting sent on assignment to remote locations, seeing the spotlight on a personal project, or finding your work on the physical pages of esteemed publications, it’s something that we’re all striving to hang on our credit belt. If you’re yet to have yours featured, you must be wondering how you can increase your chances of getting your work accepted. We’ve touched base on this topic a few times already, but since it helps to get as many insights as possible, we might as well bring you more inputs from three more influential photo editors.

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How to Get Creative with the Double Exposure Effect

Ever been curious about how to achieve the beautiful double exposure effect for your photos? Here’s a tutorial showing you three ways to do it.

Double exposure is among our favorite creative photography techniques, and we’re sure it’s also high on the list of many experimental photographers out there. We’ve featured a lot of projects that make great use of this technique, whether it’s done in camera or crafted in post-processing. If all that inspired you and got you wanting to learn how it’s done, we have just the video tutorial you need.

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How to Set Up Beautiful Portrait Lighting at Home (and Practically Anywhere)

Thinking of doing some portrait practice at home? This lighting tutorial from Jake Hicks should help you assemble the right setup for the task.

Some portrait projects, personal or otherwise, will require you to shoot at home, which is why it’s important that you know how to set up your lighting, even when working outside the studio. With this quick video tutorial, you’ll be able to use a number of lighting techniques at home or any location other than the studio. In this quick video for LEE Filters, editorial fashion photographer Jake Hicks shows us some of the creative portrait lighting techniques that you can easily pull off even at home. You’ll most likely need to make some adjustments of course, and you probably won’t need to use everything in the tutorial, but we’re sure everything you’ll learn here will come in handy!

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How to Master Zone Focus to Shoot Street Snaps of People

If you’re still learning the ropes of street photography, mastering zone focus should be on top of your to-do list.

We can’t stress enough how zone focus is one one of the most useful techniques in street photography, so allow us to share yet another resource to help you get the hang of it. This video, by Swedish photographer and media producer Mattias Burling, shows us how the popular technique can be of great help to those intimidated by photographing people in the street. If you’re just starting out, it doesn’t hurt to give this a try!

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Tips on Photographing Artwork Beautifully and Accurately

If you need to make an accurate and beautiful reproduction of a painting or other pieces of art, these tips on photographing artwork may come in handy.

Among the myriad of projects you can take on as a photographer, possibly one of the most technical of them is making a photographic copy of an artwork. It can be challenging to reproduce all the colors and elements of a painting, for example, in the most faithful and accurate way possible. If you find yourself tasked with this mission, we may have just the right video tutorial for you.

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The Thrifty Photographer:How to Shoot Concert Photography on the Cheap

Getting into Concert Photography seriously doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg.

We all know that there is gear out there considered the be the best options for concert photography, but what about the gear that works? And what if you’re on a really slim budget? Well thankfully, no one is really making terrible cameras–and they haven’t been for years. So we’re going to take a look at some of the most thrifty options on the market.

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Your Camera’s Autofocus is Fine; You’re Just Not Doing This

Moderns cameras have better autofocus than anything that has ever been put forward. 

I’m positive that every photographer has experienced it: you get a new camera and the autofocus system is so incredibly blazing quick. But with time, it starts to not seem so and that shiny new camera looks so much nicer. But the truth is that you’re probably not doing the right maintenance to your camera to ensure that you can keep it up. Seriously, how many of you actually actively maintain your cameras? How many of you have cleaned your sensors? And how many of you have ensured that the autofocus communication is up to par?

I thought so…

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Question: Why Are There Light Leaks on My CineStill Film?

A founder of CineStill weighs in on what’s caused Light Leaks on their film

Tons of photographers absolutely adore CineStill’s films. They give you a look that you simply can’t get at all in digital due to how they’re treated and developed. But one of the biggest problems that has been consistent with CineStill film though is the light leaks that they can give off. And in most cases, one of two things tend to happen.

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Here’s a Creative Way to Think About How Lens Apertures Physically Work

Photographer Nick de Bruijn came up with this really fun way to explain lens apertures to a friend.

When we think about all of the visual graphs in regards to how lens apertures work, there are literal drawings of them. But photographer Nick de Bruijn came up with a special way of explaining how they work simply by using and carefully arranging the lenses themselves. As you can in the image above, the lenses are arranged from top to bottom from 1.2 to f3.5. The way that one is supposed to think about this is the largest aperture is on top (and therefore less closed down) and then smallest is on the bottom. Of course, that all depends on the maximum aperture of the lens–but if you think about the size of this all being in regards to a single lens, then you’ll see how genius this all is.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography and The Gear Needed to Succeed

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Astrophotography is one of the most rewarding genres of photography, and it’s really not as difficult as you might think.

When we think about astrophotography, we often think about creating a sense of wanderlust and awe that we’re all experiencing when we see the photos. I mean, have you ever wanted to be able to capture stunning pictures of the night sky but weren’t really sure what you needed to do, and didn’t really know what equipment you would need? If so this beginner’s guide to astrophotography is for you. In this guide we will take a look at the basics of astrophotography and will cover things such as camera settings, the 500 rule, how to stack images, and we will take a look at the gear you’ll need to create out of this world Milky Way and night sky images.

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Understand the Basics of Camera Settings With This In-Depth Tutorial

Break away from your camera’s auto mode and learn the basics of manual camera settings to get total control of your photos.

So, you’ve decided to move on from your smartphone camera and get a DSLR or mirrorless camera so you can practice photography more seriously. After figuring out your camera’s controls, you can either start shooting right away on Program or Auto mode, or get full control over how your photos will turn out by learning how to set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. If the second option sounds interesting to you, we have just the right tutorial to help you get started.

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Learn How to Shoot Stunning Milky Way Photos in Five Minutes

Eager to learn how to shoot breathtaking Milky Way photos? All you need is roughly five minutes of full attention and this basic video tutorial.

If you’re looking for a quick and simple astrophotography tutorial for shooting the Milky Way, then we have just the right stuff for you. In his very basic video tutorial, Mike Perea gives a rundown of all the stuff you need to know to get that beautiful band of stars in your night photos. Whether you don’t have a lot of time to watch lengthy astrophotography tutorials or are looking for a simple one that works, this is definitely one to keep in your bookmarks for future reference.

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When it Comes to Lens Cleaning Don’t Even Think About Using Your Shirt

When it comes to lens cleaning you really want to make sure you use the proper tools for the job.

You’re out on a shoot, you accidentally touch the front element of your lens so you take a closer look. You see that there’s dust and some small, weird dead bug on there too; what do you do? The one action many of us would probably take is wiping the glass with the T-shirt or clothing we’re wearing. It’s quick, gets the job done, and you can go on about your way, but is it really safe? Join us after the break to find out. Continue reading…

How to Not Let Shyness Get in the Way of Your Street Photography

Don’t let shyness keep you from doing street photography and shooting the photos you want.

Street photography is certainly one of the more challenging genres to get into, primarily because you need to adapt a certain mindset for it. Apart from that, you also need to get over your shyness (not introversion, as is the common misconception). You don’t want to miss those precious shots showing a vibrant slice of life in your city. If you think you’re too shy for street photography, Danish photographer Frederik Trovatten believes you’re not — and no one is. He explains this thoughtfully in a quick video.

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Film vs Digital: Can You Guess Which was Shot on Which?

Let’s see if your eyes have been trained to spot which shot was made on film as opposed to that of a mirrorless camera.

Yes, we hear you. We have yet another film vs. digital post, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with it. When commercial lifestyle photographer Steve Johnston shared this video with us, we found that he’s actually encouraging viewers to play a little game with him: which was was shot in film and which was shot with a mirrorless camera? Let’s find out.

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The Biggest Test of Any Photographer is Picking Their Best Images

Once someone told me that to present yourself as a good photographer, you have to be a great picture editor.

I wish I could tell you a deep anecdote about this person but I can’t remember who it was. What I remember well are the importance of those words especially when building and updating my portfolio. I’ve just gone through the long and painful process of updating my website. It’s a task I tend to do twice a year but the new year is when I do a massive clean-up refresh of all the content in it. Here’s when being a great picture editor comes into practice as I go through most of the final edits I’ve delivered during the past year.

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How to Edit Underexposed Natural Light Portraits on Lightroom and Photoshop

If you’re shooting a lot of natural light portraits, you might want to get some editing tips from this workflow tutorial if you like underexposing to retain details.

Whether you’re shooting more natural light portraits by choice or because of equipment constraints, it’s worth learning how to edit your photos from a variety of shooting conditions. Today, we’ve got a workflow video tutorial for you in case you often underexpose your photos to get more detail out of the scene or background.

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