Follow These 20 Tips and Get More Out of Your Images in Capture One 20

If you have recently made a move from Lightroom to Capture One 20, these tips will bring you up to speed.

We’re huge fans of Capture One 20 here at the Phoblographer, in fact, all of the staff use it to edit their pictures thanks to just how much more we can get out of our RAW files. Now, if you have just made the switch to Capture One 20 as well, and you’re still trying to figure things out, you might be interested in this YouTube Video from Michael Comeau with OnPortraits. Join us after the break to see his top 20 Capture One 20 tips.

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Why a Good Camera Can Take Really Bad Photos

If someone ever told you to get only the latest and the greatest camera to get good photos, they’re terribly mistaken, as this quick video reminds us.

Planning to get your first serious camera and have been eyeing some of the latest and the greatest models? If you’ve been convinced that it will give you the most impressive photos, you have to do something about that mindset. In a quick video by Luke Ayers (who we’ve featured several times in the past), he wants every photographer to understand that the good camera = good photos idea is a myth.

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How To Save Money for Your Photography Passion

Photography can be expensive, but there are ways to make it easier on the wallet.

A common barrier for people trying to break into or sustain their path in photography is money. Gear, editing tools, accessories, travel: none of them are cheap. You would be forgiven for thinking that unless you’re a rich business tycoon, photography isn’t an option for you. The reality is that’s not true. There are ways in which you can budget, cut back, and invest wisely to keep your photography hobby or career alive. I’m going to take you through simple money-saving tips and tricks to ensure you can keep doing what you love.

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Make Your Milky Way Images Shine by Following These Simple Steps

Astrophotography season is almost upon us, and Kamil Pekala wants to teach you how to process your Milky Way images so that they look out of this world.

March of every year is an exciting time for photographers who love to dabble in astrophotography as it’s the time of year when the Galactic Core of our galaxy becomes visible in the northern hemisphere. Taking images of the Milky Way is quite easy, but processing the RAW files and getting the most out of them can be a challenge. After the break, we have a video for you that will show you how to process your Milky Way images so that they look better than ever.

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Portrait Photography Tips: The Guide for Those Still Learning

Every photographer could use some Portrait Photography Tips, and we’ve got a bunch for you right here.

With portrait photography among the core genres, we’re sure everyone wants to know how they can take great shots for when the need calls for it. More so for those who want to specialize in it and make it their bread and butter. This is why we make sure to regularly share projects, tutorials and cheat sheets loaded Portrait Photography Tips and its many sub-genres. If you’re still getting a grip on portrait photography, we can begin with a review of some essential tutorials to help move you forward.

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ILFORD Shows Us How to Create Black and White Darkroom Prints

If you’re a film photographer looking to make your first black and white darkroom print, ILFORD covers everything you need to know to get started.

For many ardent film photographers, the process is not complete until one has a print of their photo in their hands. Creating a darkroom print is one of the most magical experiences traditional photography offers. If you’ve been shooting film, you might as well go all the way and give darkroom printing a try, with the help of a quick guide from ILFORD.

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How to Shoot High Speed Sync Flash on Film for Outdoor Portraits

Been wanting to try shooting with flash for outdoor portraits on film? George Muncey of Negative Feedback shares his quick tips.

Flash photography has long been an integral part of portrait photography, whether in the studio or on location outdoors, and whether you’re shooting film or digital. George Muncey of Negative Feedback has been getting some good results with it, as he showed in his latest video. If you’ve never tried it before, his examples shot with an Elinchrom Kit will get you inspired to experiment with flash for your outdoor portraits on film.

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How to Find Good Natural Light for Portrait Photography

Shooting portraits in natural light only works well if you have a good light source. Here’s how to find it, even in tricky locations.

Natural light is both a blessing and a curse for portrait photography. If the light is good, it’s easy to get beautiful and interesting results. Otherwise, you practically can’t work with it and will have no choice but to use flash. Therefore, half of the work is looking for the kind of natural light that works for the look you want. In a quick video, Sean Tucker brings some tips for finding natural light when shooting portraits, even in locations where it may seem to be difficult to shoot.

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How Can I Stop Worrying About What Other People Think About My Photography on Instagram?

Mike: Every time I post a picture on Instagram, I worry about how many likes I’ll get. And I always feel bad if my pictures don’t get a lot of attention. How can I stop worrying about what other people think? -Dave

Thanks for the question Dave. First, let’s get something straight: everybody cares about what other people think, especially photographers. Photographers are approval-seeking creatures by nature. We all secretly crave appreciation for our work. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be show our pictures to everyone with a pulse. We wouldn’t get joy when a photo gets 100 likes on Instagram. So it’s easy to take it personally when you put something out there… and nobody gives a damn. But when your need for approval gets out of control, you need to do some soul searching. You need to ask yourself some hard questions about your motives as a photographer, and about the work you’re creating. So let’s start with the hardest question in the world:

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Quick Tips and Tricks for the Fledgling Photojournalist

Getting into photojournalism and want to know how to improve your snaps? Here are some quick tips and tricks handy for the fledgling photojournalist.

As with all genres of photography, mastering photojournalism will take years and a lot of practice. But, as a budding photojournalist, you have to start somewhere. Fortunately, we have generations of great photojournalists to learn from, and some fundamental tips and tricks that have proved useful to the craft. If you’re still getting the hang of it, this quick guide will be helpful.

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Three Ways Shooting in Black and White Improves Your Photography

Shooting in black and white can actually change the way we see things and boost our composition. This quick video tells us how.

We often hear about how black and white photography is a different experience for many photographers, and how it trains us to look at scenes differently. By stripping away the colors, we are forced to simplify our creative vision and focus on what’s important: the composition. In today’s featured video, Pierre Lambert reminds us exactly how shooting in black and white improves our composition, and thus, our photography.

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How to Create Mood in Black and White Photography

One of the best-known applications of black and white in photography is creating mood. Here are some great examples showing exactly how it’s done.

We hear expert photographers often say black and white is very effective in giving our photos more drama and mood. Need more drama in your landscape? Want a dramatic portrait? Want to make your street snap extra punchy and moody? Make it monochrome. But how exactly do we create mood with black and white? This quick video gives us some useful insights and great examples to get in the mood for monochrome.

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Best and Worst Ways to Convert Your Photos to Black and White

Turning a color photo into black and white isn’t as simple as it sounds. Some quick tips provide an idea on the dos and don’ts for post-processing.

Shooting in color and converting to black and white in post is an approach preferred by many photographers for its advantages. But, that’s for another post. Today, we assume this is the route you’ve chosen, whether to help ascertain which methods work for you, or as your standard practice. To help you get the best results out of post-processing for black and white photography, we bring some tips on the best and worst ways to convert color snaps.

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What You Need to Get Started with Milky Way Photography

When it comes to astrophotography subjects like the ever-popular Milky Way, being prepared is key to getting those gorgeous snaps.

The Milky Way is one of the most popular subjects for night photography and astrophotography for obvious reasons. However, it’s not as simple as pointing your camera up to the night sky when the mood strikes; you have to show up 100% prepared. As such, behind every stunning Milky Way photo is some careful planning by the photographer in order to make it happen. Fortunately, there are lots of resources and tutorials to help us prepare for it. Today’s featured video, for example, gives us a quick rundown of what we need to get started.

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An Introduction to the Rule of Thirds and Why It Is Worth Mastering

The rule of thirds is one of the fundamental concepts of photography that should be followed (and sometimes ignored) by all photographers.

You just got your first camera. You’re eager to go out and capture images like the ones you see on Instagram and other social media sites. You head out, capture your shots, look at them, and then can’t figure out why your images don’t grab the attention of your viewers and even yourself. We have all been there, and until we research what can help make an image great, our shots will usually fail to cut the mustard. If you are just starting your journey in photography and want to learn one sure-fire way to make your images look a thousand times better, you need to understand why the rule of thirds is important. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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An Introduction to Long Exposures and How to Create Surreal Images

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Long exposures can be incredibly rewarding, and this technique can help you create some stunning images.

Have you ever seen an image that looks like a dream before? Imagine beautiful smooth water coming down a mighty waterfall, or clouds streaking across the sky in a landscape image. Perhaps you have seen pictures of light trails going through city streets before and have no clue how they were made. If you have never played around with long exposures before, you are in for a treat when you do. We believe photographers should have at least a basic understanding of common concepts and styles of photography, so if you have never played with long exposures, this quick guide is for you. We will keep it light and easy to follow so that you can practice and create some surreal images yourself. Let’s dive into it after the break.

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A Guide to Street Photography For Beginners You Can’t Ignore

This is a syndicated blog post from Photographer Touch. It is being syndicated with permission. Original blog post by James Miller.

As a street photography enthusiast, I like the adrenaline when taking pictures in the public without making people curious. Taking pictures of strangers was often hard; however, I soon discovered that almost everyone likes to be photographed if you respect their privacy and feelings. Street photography is all about documenting life and our society. It does not have to be shot on the streets as photographers also take pictures inside malls, airport, and many other public places. The purpose of these pictures is to capture human emotions, feelings, and soul. This guide is written to introduce you to this fascinating art, which can often become addictive as you start enjoying its different themes.

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Why Are Compact Cameras the Best for Street Photography?

For most, compact cameras happen to be the best things for street photography.

While the answer to “What camera is the best?” is the proverbial “The one you have with you,” some cameras are better suited than others for specific genres of photography. For example, if you wanted to freeze the action at the Daytona 500, you would reach for a Canon 1DX instead of a Pentax 67, just like if you wanted close-up images of Aunt Pearl’s Poinsettias, one of the last lenses you would reach for is a 28mm. Street photography is one of the easiest genres of the craft to get into, and everything from the cameras in phones to 4×5 press cameras has been used for it. But, while the genre is easily accessible, certain kinds of cameras are more appropriate for the task than others. Let’s take a look at why compact cameras are the best cameras for street photography.

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Adobe RGB vs sRGB: Explaining It in the Simplest Terms to Photographers

Adobe RGB vs sRGB: what is the difference and what should photographers know?

Fact: most cameras are automatically set to the sRGB color mode straight out of the box. This applies to JPEG images as said cameras are also typically set to shoot JPEGs when taken right out of the box. But the Adobe RGB color mode is arguably more important. In the most common vernacular, the sRGB color standard is what has applied to the web for many years. It’s a certain number of colors, and for those years most monitors only rendered within this color space. As time progressed, monitors have become better and so too has the web. This has resulted in more tests being done to accommodate to the Adobe RGB color space, which is much larger than the sRGB color space. For practicality, unless you’re willing to stop worrying about dynamic range and high ISO output, you’re probably not going to care about the Adobe RGB space and the sRGB space.

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How to Get the Vintage Polaroid Look in Photoshop

Been wondering how you can give your digital photos the popular vintage Polaroid look? We have just the Photoshop editing tutorial to try.

The nostalgic look of Polaroid photos remains popular to this day, but we get it if you’re not ready to dive into the real thing yet. If you simply want to experiment with the look with your digital photos for now, there are many ways to achieve it using your go-to editing software. For today, we have an in-depth tutorial showing how to do it in Photoshop by creating a preset that can be dragged and dropped like a filter over any photo.

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