Three Methods You Can Use to Create Photos Instead of Capture Them

Stop simply capturing images and start creating them; this is how you’ll put your unique stamp on your photos.

Everyone always talks about capturing images, but not about creating them. We can create in Photoshop, but so too can anyone else. It’s my firm belief that creating in camera is the best way as it means the photographer took all the methods and steps to create a photo organically rather than by compositing, layering, etc. in post-production which makes a photographer a better photo editor than a photographer. Though this idea could be controversial, these methods aren’t in use much because everyone is afraid of them. So, why not try them?

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Useful Photography Tip #196: The Golden Hour Look Any Time of the Day

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Everyone loves the look of the golden hour when shooting portraits. While it’s always available for only a short period of time, don’t worry: there’s a way to get it at any time of the day. Best of all, this is NOT POSSIBLE IN PHOTOSHOP WITHOUT A LOT OF WORK! The reason for this is because you’ll create an organically looking light in the scene and not just use a gradient. Here’s how!

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How Do I Make My Image Look Like This? Well, Learn Lighting

Besides a ton of photo editing, you can make your image look a certain way by just paying more attention to the world. 

What I’m going to propose in this article may sound absurd to some photographers, especially if you’re new to the art form. When you get into it, you’re swept up: told you should take photos and then spend hours in front of a computer editing your images to get them exactly the way you want them. And more recently came the idea that you’ll never be a great photographer unless you use something like Lightroom or Photoshop. I agree that post-production is part of the process in the creation of a finalized image, but I think the years I spent shooting film and digital side by side taught me a very important lesson.

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Opinion: Why Vertical Grips Are Overrated for Photographers

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Vertical grips aren’t really necessary in photography, and they’re pretty overrated.

If you’re a photographer who really, seriously has a need for shooting with a vertical grip for business purposes that involve you padding your bottom line and ensuring that you can keep making money, then you can disregard this article. But, I feel like most photographers don’t do this. The vertical grip on a camera is the photographer’s equivalent to the person who buys a Toyota Corolla just to put a body kit, spoiler, LEDs, and rims on it while rolling through a suburban neighborhood with music that folks can hear a block away. While this doesn’t quite disturb the peace, it surely is obnoxious.

Here are some more in depth reasons why I think that vertical grips are overrated.

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Do Any of Us Shoot Street Photography for Just Ourselves?

“It doesn’t matter what others think; I just shoot street photography for myself.”

If you’re somebody who likes to converse about street photography a lot, I am almost certain you have listened to someone make the above statement before. It’s highly possible you have even said it yourself. However, in this digital world, do any of us shoot street photography just for ourselves?

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This Signed Andy Warhol Cover of Robin Williams Costs Over $1,000,000

If you’re a fan of Robin Williams and Andy Warhol both, then this is your collectible dream.

Perhaps a one of a kind, there is currently a really rare signed Interview magazine on eBay featuring Robin Williams on the cover and signed by Andy Warhol. The seller, who has a 100% positive rating by more than 600 other folks, has a very interesting story behind how the piece came about. And if you’re both a fan of Andy and Robin (I’m personally a fan of both) then this is something that is very important to you–if you can stomach the price of over $1,000,000. For a vintage antique dating back to over 30 years ago and for something that is really this rare, it’s still pretty easy for one to question the price.

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Canon Will Be Releasing 6 New Lenses for the EOS RF System This Year

While some may not find the camera to be a very exciting announcement, the new Canon lenses surely are.

In what I personally find to be the more exciting of the two Canon announcements tonight, the company is announcing their latest lineup of lenses that will be coming on their roadmap for this year. While company already produced some stunners in the form of a 28-70mm f2 L USM, 50mm f1.2 L USM, and a 24-105mm f4 L IS USM, there’s more coming. In fact, some of these are pretty new innovations that haven’t been done by a manufacturer at all, let alone one in the mirrorless camera world.

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Quick Lighting Tip: How Light Diffusion Can Sometimes Kill Details in a Photo

Is diffusion always a good thing when it comes to photography?

Diffusion: in regards to photography, this is the softening of light as it pertains to the quality of it. There is hard light which is often much less diffused while soft light is very diffused. Diffusion can break things known as specular highlights–which are little bits of light and details that come out due to the illumination found with light. Flash duration and a number of other things also play a role. But with diffusion, light’s super powers can be nullified.

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Tutorial Video: Editing a Black and White Photo in Capture One 12

In Capture One 12, it’s pretty easy to get a better black and white image with just a bit of thought and understanding.

Capture One 12 is out now, and we’ve given it an Editor’s Choice Rating. We’re very aware that more of you are interested in working with the system and so we recently finished a video we published to our YouTube channel all about how to create a better black and white photo using two specific images. Capture One gets right into it by giving you a specific area for a conversion to black and white along with the manipulation. My goal here was to create an image inspired by the look of Sin City–but without the spot color.

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Review: Irix Edge Neutral Density ND32000 (Used with the IRIX 15mm f2.4 FireFly)

Playing with the IRIX 15 Stop ND filter was one of the most interesting experiences I’ve had.

After reviewing two of their lenses, the folks at IRIX sent me the Irix Edge Neutral Density ND32000 for review; and the experience of using it became one involving a better understanding of the environment around me, settings, the weather, etc. Yes, that’s right–it cuts out 15 stops of light. With an ND filter like this, a photographer can shoot with their camera on a tripod and not need to stop their lens down a whole lot. Instead, they can shoot at f4, f5.6, etc. While it’s very tempting to sometimes shoot at incredibly long exposures too, the photographer using the IRIX 15 Stop ND Filter should be incredibly aware of their environments. While that may sound like common sense, it’s a situation that baffled photographers who have been shooting for even longer than me.

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Review: Excire Search Plugin for Lightroom CC Classic (AI Search in Lightroom?)

Excire could be giving Adobe Lightroom CC exactly what it has desperately needed for a long time.

Machine learning and AI Image search have improved a lot over the last few years, moving on from keyword-based searching (where you find images based on a keyword that another human tagged it with) into the realm of computers analyzing images and presenting you with what it thinks you are looking for. Adobe has introduced features like this into new Lightroom CC software, making searching for specific images a whole lot easier. But for those who are still married to Lightroom CC Classic this sort of advanced search capability has not been possible; at least until now, thanks to the Excire search plugin.

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The Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is the Lightest of the Big Four’s Lens Options

We’ve been playing with the new Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master lens for a little while and we’re pleasantly surprised.

Yes, we know that Fro Knows Photo leaked it before; and now we can officially admit that the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is real. This lens isn’t just an 24mm though and we can say with certainty that there really is innovation here. It’s got dust and splash resistance on top of being smaller and lighter than the options from Sigma, Canon and Nikon. Traditionally wide angle lenses with fast apertures were always huge. But with Sony’s new design for the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master, photographers who own a Sony FE camera are bound to more or less glue this lens to their body.

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The Slower Lens on the Sony RX100 VI May Turn Bokeh Lovers Off

The new Sony RX100 VI has a slower lens despite the longer zoom range

With the new announcement of the Sony RX100 VI, there comes with it a number of great technologies but also a number of tradeoffs. Before I go on, I should state that I’ve spent a few minutes with the new camera and that I will get to play with it more later on. But right off the bat, I’ve got a number of theories.

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This 50 Image Composite of Hong Kong’s Sunset Looks Like a Gorgeous Painting

Image by Lucan Coutts. Used with permission.

Photographer Lucan Coutts is quite obviously a fantastic photographer. This is not only proven by his beautiful vistas, but his conceptual work as well. It’s not often that we see conceptual landscape or cityscape photography, but when we do it’s often absolutely jaw dropping as the process involves the skill of both capturing and creating instead of one or the other. That’s what Lucan created when he shared this image of Hong Kong as it transitioned to sunset.

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John Potter: Creating a Curved Film Plane Paper Negative Camera


John Potter built something seriously awesome – a curve film plane paper negative camera!

“I built the curved plane paper negative camera as I liked the idea of creating images in a cinematic style,” is what John Potter tells us about his camera after a conversation about curved film planes. “Because I was using such a long negative, I needed to have a curved plane negative, so that each part of the negative receives the same amount of light falling on to it. With a flat plane negative, the ends of the negative would not get as much light falling onto them because they are so much further away from the source of light / pinhole.” He continues to state that there are no lenses involved.

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Editing the Same Photo in Capture One Pro 10 vs Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Which one? Adobe Lightroom Classic CC or Capture One Pro 10? That’s the question

Today’s video isn’t really a ReEdit episode per se, but more of a comparison of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC vs Capture One Pro 10. To do this comparison, I’ll show you guys how I’d go about editing the same image in Adobe Lightroom vs editing it in Capture One Pro 10. Lots of photographers swear by Lightroom and those who tend to want more controls and an arguably better RAW processor tend to go for Capture One Pro 10. But with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, we got a number of powerful upgrades. In addition to that, I’m editing these photos on a very good machine. So which does the better job?

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Useful Photography Tip #182: When Shooting a Photo Using the LCD Screen, Bring Your Elbows Into Your Body

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The lead photo of this blog post is surely not the way to take a photo when using the LCD screen of your camera. Instead, it’s actually the worst way; but lots of people do it when they shoot with their phone or even with a camera that has an LCD screen. Instead, what you should do is find a way to stabilize it by also stabilizing your body.

If you take karate or any other form of martial arts, depending on the art form, they may tell you to never fully extend your arms because they’re an easy point for you to be taken down. Instead, get very close and extend only to your elbow. This way you’re more stable. The same idea applies to photography. The closer the camera is to your body, the more stable it will be, so that you don’t produce photos that have camera shake in them.

I normally try to keep Useful Photography tips very short but check out the image after the jump.

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This One, Convenient Image Sums Up The Technicalities of Photography

We live in an era where learning things has become a lot easier, including photography. On top of courses and modules that you can enroll in, there are tons of photography resources that you can access with just a few clicks. One of them is a simple and neat basic photography infographic that could jump start your learning in photography, or even save you a considerable amount of money on beginner courses.

In fact, Christian Tudor of the Academy of Photography believes that this infographic best explains how the exposure triangle works, and would be of great help to anyone struggling with their camera settings. He also considers this to be an entire course in basic photography for beginners, condensed in a simple image; all you need to do is print it and bring it with you so you can master your camera settings on the go.

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The Light That Albert Watson Shapes

Screenshot taken from the video.

Albert Watson has been a working photographer in New York City since 1976, where he began primarily as a commercial photographer, before finding his passion and transitioning into a more fine art look. You likely know him for his working fashion, or with celebrity portraits, or maybe one of the over 100 Vogue covers he has shot. Part of what made his work so incredible is his lighting.

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Film Review: Lomography Color Negative 100 (120 and 35mm Formats)

“It’s Kodak Gold,” I’m often told by Lomography reps about Lomography Color Negative 100. The film is one of the offerings from Lomography that is also a more affordable option at times in both 35mm and 120. Now, some folks may scoff at the idea of shooting Kodak Gold since for years, it was designed for being shot by just consumers. But in truth, it’s capable of delivering some seriously lovely colors. To that end, so too is Lomography Color Negative 100. At times, I genuinely feel like Lomography Color Negative 100 sometimes just intensifies whatever scene is just in front of you. But either way, if you’re looking for a low ISO alternative because you don’t like Kodak Ektar’s colors, then Lomography Color Negative 100 is a very viable option.

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How to Create Better Portraits for Instagram

Portraiture and gaming the system on Instagram isn’t always so simple. In fact, it’s pretty difficult. But photographers have been trying to cut through all the noise as best as they can for as long as the platform has been around. Getting better photos for Instagram starts in-camera, then with the editing process, and then with creating better content overall on the platform. So here’s what you should know.

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