So you want to take portraits? Great! There are a couple of basic tips and reminders that you should always check before you press that shutter button. Now that you’ve learned some of the terminology you can put it to good use. To aid with the process, here are a couple of basic tips for shooting portraits in the studio or anywhere else.
Long Exposure Photography is a popular technique used to capture light by slowing down the shutter. The formula is simple: slow down the shutter speed and for best results close the aperture (F stop.) This is best done with use of a tripod. What you get as a result is sometimes some very interesting effects such as the picture above. It’s best done with a DSLR or camera with advanced shooting settings like aperture and manual.
Experimenting around in Photoshop is fun! For those of you that love shooting portraits and have a bit of an artist edge, perhaps you may want to edit your photos to look a bit vintage. If you’re one of those photographers, hit the jump to see how I accomplished this look.
Today’s reader question comes from Nicole Balbone, another photographer I know in the NYC area that is still in college. Nicole is the photo editor of her school newspaper and wants to give some pointers to her staff: so she turns to me. I’m a former News Editor of my college newspaper and former Editorial Director (and President) of my college radio station. Hit the jump for the reader’s letter.
Today’s reader question comes from an old high school friend of mine named Johnny in regards to getting a starter DSLR and breaking into the business of photography. Those of you that are beginners or trying to break into it more yourself should check this out.
If you want to get your photographs critiqued, there are sites on the web to help you. Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro, etc there are ways to find out how to improve the quality of your work. Many of them are free and great resources to help you. Here is a list of some of the best places on the web to help you get your photos critiqued.
Many photographers dream and aspire to work for the professional agencies. Having a name like Magnum, Getty, Zooma, Associated Press etc. sure means that you’re good and at the top of your game. Most photographers though don’t know what these agencies call for. From my time working for Magnum Photos, Spotlight Press and talking to Brad Elterman of Buzzfoto, I learned quite a bit that shocked and amazed me and even colleagues of mine. Some of those tips after the jump.
There are lots of symbols on your camera that you or people you may know don’t know how to interpret. Part of this is from not reading your manual. Sadly, cameras are only going to get more complicated to offer you more options. I previously explained about the shooting modes on your camera and how to use them. In this posting, you’ll get a quick overview of the different symbols and meanings in lay man’s terms. Hit the jump for more.
So far, I posted a test photo with the Gary Fong Lightsphere that I found awesome. It represents one of the first times I’ve used flash consistently well as I’m a trained natural light photographer. Yesterday I met up with Mark, a jazz/classical musician to do a photoshoot for his new album that will be coming out. Details of the shoot after the jump.
New Year’s is coming up and we’re all bound to be partying the day before. That means you’re sure to have your camera with you. Even if you’re not known as the person with the camera in your social circle, you can take images that later on people will look at and really show emotion over. Read more after the jump.
Fact: most people don’t read their manuals when they buy a new camera. Further, if they do, they have no idea what most of it means to them. If you’re one of those people, or know them, then this is the blog post for you. As a photography instructor, I’ve seen lots of people take photos then look at their images and wonder why they’re not getting the results that they want. Something I learned in computer programming is that technology only does what you tell it to do, not what you want it to do. More on how to tell your camera what you want after the jump in a concise compilation.