Pro Tip: Put Something in Front of Your Lens for Instantly More Interesting Photos

Bored with your photos? Try this easy pro tip to change the way you see and frame scenes and get instantly more interesting snaps!

Once in a while, we feel the need to shake up our routine, styles, and techniques to improve our photography. If you feel your work could use something new and different, you might want to try out this quick pro tip. It’s so easy that you probably haven’t thought of it before!

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A Quick Visual Reference of How Much Light a Full Frame Sensor Absorbs Vs an APS-C Sensor

Full frame sensors are great when it comes to the editing process later on.

While testing out the Rokinon 50mm f1.4 AF for the Sony a7r III and the Fujifilm X-H1, I was shooting with f1.4 lenses on both cameras. When exposing scenes at ISO 6400 and shooting wide open at f1.4 with similar metering, I came across something that I found was pretty crazy. To verify it, I showed it to a buddy of mine who works for a pretty famous camera store. When he saw it himself, he was pretty shocked. I knew for years that full frame sensors tend to absorb more light per pixel and have better color overall–but I’ve never had a visual difference otherwise until recently.

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Equipping The Outdoor Studio Portrait Photographer

This is a syndicated blog post from Digital Photo Pro Magazine. It is being republished here with permission.

There are lots of reasons to make portraits outdoors. First and foremost, you avoid the expense and space requirements of setting up a studio. And since most studios are equipped with artificial lighting and modifiers, there’s a lot of gear to buy, too. Outdoors, however, you’re given the gift of one of the most powerful and beautiful light sources around: the sun. And with the simplest tools—a white card as a reflector, for instance—you can learn to manipulate sunlight to gain studio-style lighting control outdoors.

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Here’s Why Astrophotography in Creepy Abandoned Spots Can Be Worth It

That abandoned gas station or crumbling old house way out of town could be one of the best spots for astrophotography if you want to get some cool star trail or Milky Way snaps.

So, you’ve finally decided to do some astrophotography and nail one of those gorgeous star trail and Milky Way photos. If you did your homework, you already know one crucial element in this kind of photography: location, location, location. You’ll need a spot far enough from the city so there’s no light pollution that could cloud your long exposure. Somewhere with an interesting foreground would also be great. For photographer Brendan van Son, it was a creepy ghost town. The results, however, were worth the scare!

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Auto Masking in Lightroom Could Be Saving You a Ton of Post-Processing Time!

Manually masking in Photoshop and Lightroom can be a real drag, but Auto Masking can save you time

If you have ever wanted to get more advanced with your post-processing, but hated the idea of trying to mask out specific sections of your images in Lightroom, then you are not alone. Manually masking, and doing a good job, can take a tone of time. If you are needing to process a lot of images in a short period of time, then you simply don’t have the time to spend on that sort of work. Thankfully, the team at Adobe recognized this limitation and developed a powerful, but often overlooked tool to help make the process go a lot smoother: Auto Mask. Continue reading…

This is Why Portrait Photographers Need to Look Up to Portrait Subjects

This is a syndicated blog post from Digital Photo Magazine. It and the contents here are being used with permission.

I’ve been studying the work of master portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz lately and something finally caught my eye. Not about her pictures, which are consistently great for going on five decades now, but about her process. No, it’s not about how she typically uses a single light source balanced with the ambient light. And no, it’s not about how her crew works in chorus to coordinate key light and fill with flags and generally freeing the master to worry solely about connecting with her subjects. In fact, the simple little thing that struck me—that motivated me to write this very piece—was something surprisingly small. In several behind-the-scenes videos and photos of Leibovitz at work, I’ve noticed that the photographer is often sitting on an apple box.

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Master Photographer William Klein Tells the Story Behind the Photos on His Contact Sheet

If you’ve ever wondered about what’s in William Klein’s contact prints, here’s a tour from the master photographer himself

Before photographers could preview their works through computer thumbnails, they had contact sheets. A single sheet of thumbnail-sized photos was an important reference for photographers, allowing them to look at a shoot or a potential material for a series in its entirety. It was also after studying the contact print that a photographer selects the photos to be printed and published for everyone to see. In a short episode of a film collection titled Contacts, American-born French photographer William Klein dissects one of his contact sheets and gives fascinating narrations of the story behind some of his interesting images.

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Posing Brides and Grooms: An Introduction for Photographers

Posing brides and grooms on their wedding day just means that you need to pay attention a bit more.

“What do you envision for your photography on wedding day? Is there a particular style that comes to mind?” This is a question asked in every single wedding photography consultation with every couple interested in our wedding photography services. I’m never surprised by the answer as it is the same nearly 90% of the time. “I love candids!”

I may cringe a little inside because while clearly my job as a wedding photographer is partially photojournalism, the other (LARGE) part of what I personally love to do is portraiture. The kind where I’m basically in control of everything, including but not limited to actual posing. Candid photography has it’s place, don’t get me wrong. I just know after years of studying subjects bodies, faces and movement, that unless they happen to be a model there is a high likelihood that the average person doesn’t know what they look like while they’re doing things.

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Tutorial: When to Use Constant Lighting vs. Flash

Knowing when to shoot with constant light vs. flash is one of the most important lessons to learn if you’re keen on doing studio photography

When you’re shooting in a studio, you’re typically also working with different lighting equipment which is often either constant light or flash. The key to making great shots in the studio is knowing when it’s best to use one over the other. Learn how the pros do it in an in-depth lesson from Adorama TV‘s On Set with Daniel Norton.

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These 5 Reasons Are Why Bad Photographers Think They’re Good

Beware of falling victim into the trap of the Dunning-Kruger Effect!

At several points in our lives, we encounter people who believe they are absolutely great at what they do despite overwhelming evidence that their output is terrible. It manifests in many areas of our lives but it’s especially prominent in anything that involves work. And yes, that includes photography, whether you’re doing it professionally or as a hobby. In an insightful and introspective video, London-based photographer Jamie Windsor explores why some bad photographers think they’re good, and what we can do to avoid falling into that trap.

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Learn White Balance Basics to Achieve Accurate Colors

We hear about the importance of getting the white balance right all the time. This quick tutorial shows us how we can do that to get great colors in our photos.

How do you make sure the colors in your photos are as accurate as you saw them? You set the white balance on your camera or do it in post-processing. In a quick tutorial by J.T. of the Run N Gun channel, he explains how this is done through a variety of white balance presets and by using your own white balance settings.

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This is How You Can Make Your Backgrounds More Effective in Photography

Your flat lays won’t be boring with these easy background suggestions. 

If you’re doing a lot of product and lifestyle posts for social media, flat lays are most likely one of the most used styles in your arsenal. Whether it’s for personal purposes or for marketing campaigns, it’s imperative that the shots look eye-catching. According to the suggestions in this quick video tutorial by x. cape on YouTube, some simple items around you could make for some pretty interesting backgrounds for moody, Instagram-worthy flat lays.

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How to Develop Color Negative Films at Home

If you’re yet to develop your first C41 film at home, you’ll get an idea how it’s done in a quick video

Whether you’ve been shooting film for a while or fairly new to it, one of the things you must have on your analog bucket list is to develop your own films. It seems outright intimidating to develop your own films at home, but it’s actually easy once you have all the steps figured out. To get you started with that, we’ve got a quick video showing how to develop color negative films at home using C41 chemicals.

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The Secret to Using Color to Make Your Images Look Sharper

Sharper looking images don’t only have to do with your lens and the clarity slider

Of course we can all sit here and talk about the sharpness of a lens and megapixels all day, but this article isn’t about that. What if you have only a camera, a lens, and perhaps some light: that’s it. What do you do in a situation like that? Well, the secret to creating a sharper image isn’t necessarily all that technological stuff but instead it’s all about utilizing the effectiveness of the human eye. Yes, you can fool the eye into thinking that a scene is sharper than it really is. That’s what this entire tutorial is about.

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Three Cheap Options to Achieve Beautiful Diffused Light

Setting up a studio? You’ll definitely need some diffusers, but there’s no need to break the bank to get beautiful diffused light.

Whether you’re doing portrait photography or YouTube videos, good lighting is the first and most important element you should set up in a studio. The most straightforward way to this is to get a softbox for diffused light. But, if you don’t have the budget for advanced and expensive pro equipment yet, there are some affordable options you can use to start with.

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When to Shoot with Fuji PRO 400H and Kodak Portra 400

You don’t really have to choose just one, but keep in mind this quick tip on when to shoot with them for best results

Curious about whether Fuji PRO 400H or Kodak Portra 400 is the best choice? What if we were to tell you that you can just choose both? The two films remain among the top choices for 400 ISO films, and each has its own character or look that you’d want to take advantage of for your next shoot. In a quick review, Aidan Moneyhon tells us why we should keep some of both in our film stash and just know when to shoot with each emulsion.

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Take a Peek into a Leica Camera’s Intricate Inner Workings

Ever wondered what’s inside a precious Leica camera? Thankfully, you don’t have to take apart one to find out.

In an era where cameras are sized up based on high-tech parameters like sensor size, pixel count, and auto focus capabilities, is there still room for appreciation of good old vintage cameras? Actually, among the things that still make vintage cameras fascinating today are their mechanical inner workings. The mechanical Leica cameras are especially revered both by Leica lovers, camera historians, and vintage camera fans. If you’ve ever wondered about what’s inside these timeless engineering masterpieces, prepare to find out and be impressed.

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Pose Your Friends Like Models with These Easy Tips

No model? No problem. Just get a friend to pose like the models do with these quick tips.

One of the challenges that set aspiring portrait or fashion photographers back is not having models to practice with. Most often than not, however, all you need is a friend who’s willing to help you out and pose for you. With these simple tips, you can get them striking poses like pro models in no time.

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Add a Hazy, Vintage Effect to Your Photos with These Quick Tricks

Here’s how you can give your photos a look that’s all the rage today

There are many ways to describe it, but the faded film look, as it’s commonly known, remains one of today’s most popular visual styles. We typically see it in many fashion and portrait snaps on Instagram, but slapping on those app filters isn’t the only way to get the look. Allow us to share a couple of tricks you can use to add a hazy, vintage effect to your portraits.

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The Trick to Fixing Portraits with Awkwardly Cropped Limbs You Need to Know

Fix those awkwardly cut off limbs in your portraits with this quick trick

 

One of the very first things photographers learn during their venture into portraiture is properly framing the subject. Limbs should not be cut along the joints. When badly-framed shots still make the cut, we sometimes notice they’re actually not so bad if not for the awkwardly cropped limbs. A quick video tutorial by Pretty Preset for Lightroom tells us how to remedy this with a simple trick on our photo editing software of choice.

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How to Achieve Beautiful Soft Light in Small Spaces

This quick tutorial will show you why small spaces shouldn’t limit your lighting setup for portrait sessions.

Want to achieve gorgeous, soft lighting for your portrait sessions but only have a limited space for a lighting setup? In a quick video tutorial for Adorama, Sony Artisan of Imagery Miguel Quiles shows us a simple setup that maximizes the space for beautifully lit portrait shots.

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