These Tools Make Street Photography Easy, If You’re Brave

Street photographers have shot with normal and telephoto lenses, but wider is just easier.

Physics is a bigger factor in street photography than most consider. And wide-angle lenses are some of the best solutions. It’s one of the reasons why street photographers always use them. (Well, there are several reasons that involve ethics too!) But if you’re serious about street photography, wide angles are the way to go. They’ll give you a different look at life. And your photos will just reflect that.

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Tame the Sun for Better Natural Light Portraits With One Tool

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There isn’t a whole lot you can do about the sun sometimes. Of course, you can look for shadow coverage to make shooting in the sun easier. But that is just a workaround that limits you on where you can be. Instead, you should find a way to shoot wherever you want. The key to doing this for natural light portraits is to find a way to soften the sun that hits your portrait subject. And it’s a whole lot easier than you’d think. 

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A Simple Tip to Get More From Your Leica RAW Files in Capture One

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The Leica RAW files from the Leica SL2-S and the Leica SL2 are pretty great. But they can be made even better. These cameras use the Adobe DNG Raw format. And in Capture One Pro 21, you can get even more from the images you shoot. Do you shoot portraits? Or products? Or anything that really requires you to be careful with the colors? Then you’ll want to try this trick in Capture One Pro 21.

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How to Get More Vivid Colors From Your Camera Without Post-Production

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There isn’t anything better than getting great colors in camera and not needing post-production on a photo. Vivid colors are certainly possible to achieve, but most people don’t know how to get them. Many times, people end up just ignoring it altogether. We know a few tricks, though. So we’re going to explain how you get more vivid colors. And we’re also going to share what we know about how this all works.

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The Black and White Landscapes You Want Use This Special Secret

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Black and white landscapes are kind of a tricky thing. Lots of landscape photographers will tell you that you have to do it all in post-production. We’re not going to disagree with that, but there’s a lot you can do beforehand to get it right in-camera or give yourself less post-production. The work of many photographers is inspiring to say the least. And today, we’re giving you a few short pointers to how to make better black and white landscapes.

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Don’t Know How to Use a Flash? Point It at a Window

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If you’re new to photography, we’re pretty sure you might be intimidated by using a flash. And we totally understand why. The idea behind using a flash is that you need to know what light looks like. But the truth is that we never really notice it. It’s always just there. If anything, folks think using an LED is easier. But it doesn’t always give you better photos. Alternatively, with a flash, it’s hard to not get better photos with the little secret we’re about to tell you.

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The Solution to the Dirty Sony Sensor That Plagues Your Camera

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There are lots of fantastic things about Sony cameras. But one of the biggest flaws they all have is build quality. Do they work in the rain? Sure. Do they get dusty? Oh yeah. Unfortunately, it’s a problem with lots of Sony cameras. We just got done reviewing a few lenses on Sony bodies, and we ran into lots of dust issues. And guess what? Those issues seldom happen with other camera systems. So we broke this down and decided we’d help folks get around this issue (well, sort of). Here’s what you can do about your dirty Sony sensor.

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How to Flatten a Nose in Portrait Photography with Any Lens

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This tip is going to work with pretty much any lens, no matter what.

The nose is something loads of people are self-conscious about. It’s easy to look for the best lenses to flatten the nose: there’s a lot of choices online. There are also lots of methods on how to do it. But there’s another element that I think is incredibly important. And it’s one most people don’t talk about because it’s the most complicated. So we’re going to discuss a bit of the obvious and some of the less obvious ones here.

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Shooting Film? All Natural Light Portrait Photographers Need This Tool

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The reflector is one of the most underrated and forgotten about items that any natural light portrait photographer could have. Folks tend to just forget it. Instead, they think that film will do a good enough job and that they can edit it later. But the reality is that you just get really bad-looking scans and edits. With film, you truly need to work at it in-camera. The majority of the work needs to be done when shooting. If anything, just clarity and a bit of sharpening can be done in post-production. 

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How to Photograph Black Skin and Other Dark Skin Like Mine

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This post is motivated by watching a YouTuber with a Mamiya RB67 photograph folks with darker skin like mine. But nothing was done about the all-natural lighting. And as a result, there were no details in the person being photographed at all. It’s made me realize that there’s a stark lack of representation in models within photo instructionals. That shoot was done with a very digital workflow that relies on fixing it all in post-production. The problem could’ve been solved easily. Look, I’ve long believed the theory that color film and photography were developed for folks with lighter skin. I’ve done my own research into the matter myself for years now. And here’s what I’ve learned after photographing so many different types of models with a different skin. This is a quick, surface-level introduction to how to photograph black skin and dark skin like mine.

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Get the Fastest Autofocus Camera Performance Easily

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There’s a problem. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why we champion our build quality tests so much. Over time, your mirrorless camera or DSLR will have its autofocus performance degrade. There could be a combination of issues that cause this. But the biggest one we’ve found is directly related to the build quality of a camera. We’ve often found that the higher the build quality, the fewer issues a camera has with autofocus. With that said, we’re going to share the trick to always get the fastest autofocus camera performance possiblle. And we guarantee that you’re probably not doing this!

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Here’s Everything You Need to Photograph Fireworks at Night

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It’s time to celebrate. The opportunity is right around the corner to photograph the soon-coming fireworks. So we decided to share a short guide on everything you need. Better yet, we’re also giving you some tips on how to use the gear. Better yet, you can probably do this with the gear that you’ve got laying around. You can even try it with your phone if you wish. Either way, we’ve got all the accessories and all you need. Take a look at this list to celebrate Independence day!

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This Simple Photography Tip Will Ensure You Never Miss a Shot Again!

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Today, metering is easy. Just look through the viewfinder, center the pointer on your exposure scale, and voilà! This is great for someone who is just getting the hang of the exposure triangle. But for those who work at a fast pace, it can be limiting. So this photography tip won’t only challenge you, it will also help you get the best exposure quicker than ever!

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The Lazy Way Around the Rule of Thirds in Photography

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Technically speaking, the photo above could be awful according to the rule of thirds. When you first start out in photography, you probably center your subject. It’s inevitable. And it’s also just aesthetically the most pleasing until we start to learn more. In truth, ignorance is bliss. But you’ve probably never realized something really fascinating about the rule of thirds. However, I think that all the great photographers who came before us and shot film surely did. You’d probably even know this if you worked with early digital. The truth is that most photographers end up using the focusing points closer to the center anyway. Why? According to the rule of thirds, your subjects should more or less be just off-center. In the most basic sense, that’s the lazy way around the rule.

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A Simple Photography Tip To Make Better Photos on Photo Walks

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Photo walks are a wonderful way of connecting with like-minded people. They also keep you active and provide a brilliant reason to get out and shoot. But when it comes to helping you create better photographs, they can be limiting. Here’s why and a photography tip to show you what you can do about it.

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Photo Tip #202: The Best Umbrella for Natural Light Portraits

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The neon trend in portrait photography came about because it was easy. It was an offshoot of the fascination with 80s ideas. And another easy idea is that of umbrellas. We use them during rainy days, but some folks use them as protection from the sun. That’s where the shoot-through umbrella comes in. Also known as a translucent umbrella, these light modifiers take the sun’s harsh light and filter it. The result: anyone looks great, and it’s a fun accessory to play with on a shoot! Overall, it can take your natural light portraits a notch up!

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Photo Tip #201: Get the Neon Look Without Post-Production

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If you’re a person who likes the neon look, then you should know the truth: you can use almost any colored light out there. The only thing you need to do is change your white balance. That’s it. You won’t need to do post-production. And you won’t need to retouch your wonderful model. All you need to do is wisen up and tweak a single setting for the neon look. If you look at lots of these images, you’ll realize they’re mostly around the same white balances. And trust us, it’s super easy to get this done.

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Tip #200: How to Print a Digital Picture to Look Like a Film Print

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Today’s tip is our 200th! And we’re very excited to bring it to you! We’ve been looking at what you’ve been putting into the search engine on our website and figured we’d create this piece of content just for you folks. There’s lots of information online on how to make your digital photo look like a film photo, but those photos often lack that film photo aesthetic when printed. And in fact, many of you were looking for how to do something just like this. It’s a process that starts in the post-production stage and transfers to the printing stage. Here’s how you do it!

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Useful Photography Tip #199: How to Dehaze a Photo In Camera, No Post!

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Lots of photographers will teach you tutorials about how to get more details out of a scene in post-production. But the truth is that you don’t need it. Instead, we believe in the philosophy of getting rid of the problem to begin with. Lots of you who use Adobe Lightroom know about using the Dehaze tool and all it does. Indeed, when it launched it really was pretty innovative, and in some ways it can still prove very useful. But to be honest, you don’t need it. Instead, there’s a little thing that photographers have been using for years to get rid of haze, boost color, and enhance clarity right in camera.

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Useful Photography Tip #198: The Missing Secret to a Sharper Landscape

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The secret of a sharper landscape photo is something very few of us think about. Honestly, we can’t be blamed. I mean, how many people really shoot a landscape with a flash or artificial light? No one does, and we’re not saying you should, but we’re saying the idea comes from there. This idea is that of specular highlights. Specular highlights are little details that come out when light is shined on a subject. To get that light naturally, there needs to be, well, light! And so the golden hour and other times where there is sufficient light on a subject is when you’ll get the best balance of both details and aesthetics.

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Useful Photography Tip #197: The Fujifilm Pastel Look in 4 Steps

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Getting that beautiful Pastel look is great, but would you believe us if we told you there is an easier way to do it than to work with presets? In fact, it doesn’t require a lot of work. Best of all, it can be done in-camera. For the benefit of everyone, we’re going to quickly talk about getting this look in-camera with Fujifilm cameras and with any other camera out there as well. However, due to the way that their colors work, Fujifilm is typically the best at this.

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