7 Black and White Photography Tips to Really Improve Your Work

Take your black and white photography a notch higher with the help of Street Photography International co-founder, Alan Schaller.

Think you could use some tips to take your black and white photography to the next level? We’ve already shared loads of tips and tricks for photographers of all levels, but since we’re always looking for insights from experts then and now, here’s another set from another real pro. In a recent video by COOPH, London-based street photographer Alan Schaller, the co-founder of Street Photography International who also shoots exclusively in black and white, gives seven helpful tips and insights on getting better at the craft.

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Double Rope Strap Is the Latest in COOPH x Leica Collaboration

Need a fancy new strap for your Leica? COOPH just dropped their latest camera strap especially made for your precious camera!

If you loved the classic Leica Rope Strap by COOPH but wish it would come in a more comfortable width for your hefty cameras, today’s the day they make it happen for you. The latest to join their camera collection is the Double Rope Strap that was made from their collaboration with iconic German camera maker Leica. As its name suggests, this new offering is constructed using two lengths of repurposed climbing rope for a broader, more comfortable strap. It’s a subtle tweak to the usual rope strap design many photographers have come to prefer when it comes to camera straps, but it’s geared to make a difference, especially for lugging around heavier cameras.

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New COOPH Braid Straps Add a Touch of Color and Style to Your Cameras

COOPH Braid Straps make interesting choices whether you’re looking for a sturdy alternate strap or just something more different from the usual.

Not a fan of leather camera straps but want something just as elegant and eye-catching? COOPH’s fun and functional Braid Camera Straps could be an option for you. According to the photography apparel and accessories creator and online magazine, they were inspired to design the straps not only to be sturdy companions to lug cameras around with, but to also reflect every photographer’s creative mindsets. For those who are more inclined to pick something different, these newly released camera straps in colorful combinations could make great options.

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The History of Photography in 5 Minutes

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The folks over at COOPH have a brand new short video on the history of photography. It details important moments like the beginnings of camera obscura, the pinhole, the daguerreotype, Kodak, etc. It also includes names that you probably haven’t heard of or even thought of.

This video is easily consumed during a quick break, and you can check it out after the jump.

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8 DIY Smartphone Photography Tips

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The folks over at COOPH are at it again with a new video showcasing a couple of really cool and interesting ways to use a smartphone to take better photos. Have you ever thought about attaching it to a balloon to get a higher perspective than what you usually can? Or what about turning your phone into a pinhole camera with a little attachment? These are only two of the tricks that they feature.

These tips are bound to inspire anyone that scoffs at smartphone photography because of just how creative lots of the ideas are. Those that have played with cameras that have inherent technological limitations will also really enjoy the roundup. The video, which is after the jump, includes a bunch of cool and really fun ways to create different photos than what everyone else can do with their phones. Give some of these a try this weekend.

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These Travel Photography Tips Start Early in the AM


Photo by Ray Demski. Used with permission from COOPH

When travelling, photographers don’t necessarily know what to do when it comes to getting some of the best shots. But luckily, the COOPH has a brand new video that they did with photographer Ray Demski in Venice about just that.

For starters, make your camera look nasty and get out there early in the day to go shooting. They also include tips about straps, tripods and much more.

Hit the jump for the video on the ultimate travel photography tips.

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7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Photography

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The folks over at COOPH are back at it again with a new video called 7 Funky Photography Tips. They include a number of ways to make your photography better or much different: including using balloons, umbrellas, freelensing and other ideas that you may have forgotten about or not thought about in a while. If you don’t have time to try these today, give it a thought this weekend.

It’s surely worth the inspiration; and their video is after the jump.

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COOPH Presents 6 DIY Photography Gifts for the Holidays

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The Cooperative of Photography has a brand new video tutorial encouraging you to bring out your creative side as a photographer. The video shows you how to do six different DIY gifts for the holidays–also of them involving photography. Some of them include a T-shirt, a wood transfer (one of my favorites), and a really cool idea for a lamp.

Seriously, that wood press though…

The video is after the jump.

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