By Erin Manning | Saturday, September 27, 2014
Let’s face it, everyone needs an attractive headshot. It’s essential for marketing yourself online. But lighting that DIY headshot can be a challenge if you’re working indoors.
A poorly lit shot can make even the most beautiful model look terrible. But what if you don’t have the budget for lighting gear? What’s a photographer to do?
By Derrick Story | Saturday, August 30, 2014
Problem solving is an important part of photography. Most of us have had to overcome contrasty light to capture a pleasing portrait, or work around intrusive power lines that mar an otherwise beautiful landscape.
But devising creative solutions isn’t limited to working behind the lens.
How, for example, can we compose a shot on an LCD with intense sunlight overhead causing glare on our screen? Or what’s a safe and convenient way to transport our spare batteries?
Instead of spending time and money shopping for accessories that may or may not work, why not create the solutions ourselves? After all, we’re photographers. We solve problems.
By Joseph Linaschke | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Macro photography requires a big investment in lots of expensive gear, right? Well, maybe not. With a little creative thinking, you can save money by doing some amazing things at home.
A ring light is an expensive but incredibly useful accessory for shooting flash photography of close-up objects. If you aren’t ready to invest in one, but want to play around with one, try this:
Using nothing more than a Pringles can and a few common household items, I’ll show you how to create softly lit macro photos with a pop-up flash.
By Eduardo Angel | Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Working with small crews—and sometimes even smaller budgets—video production crews often have to work fast with limited tools. A common situation is shooting B-roll the very same day you arrive in a new city. Understanding simple techniques like harvesting harsh noon sunlight or harnessing available shade can make or break a day on location.
Here are some tips for making the most of a location shoot in noon lighting.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 09, 2014
Many variables can affect your lighting conditions when preparing for an outdoor production. For example, the sun and moon constantly move across the sky, changing your shooting environment. Fortunately, there are several mobile apps that help you gather information about your lighting conditions, including sunrise and sunset times. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Rich and I will demonstrate how to use mobile apps to help you gauge outdoor lighting conditions.
By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 09, 2014
This week Bert shows us how to create an animated spotlight moving across a brick wall- using nothing but Adobe Photoshop.
His first step is to create two versions of the brick wall, a lighter version that appears to be lit from below, and a darker version that appears to be lit from above. Next, he adds a black mask to the light layer, adds a circle to the mask, and fills it in with white. This creates the spotlight, which he then softens with a Gaussian blur.
By Jim Heid | Thursday, February 13, 2014
Sometimes shapes tell a better story than details. When you photograph a subject in silhouette, you emphasize body language instead of facial expressions. A silhouette can be a powerful way to tell a story or convey a scene in an abstract way.
By Jim Heid | Thursday, January 16, 2014
Last week, we published a new course called Photographing Clothes and Textiles. The fourth course from photographer Konrad Eek, it’s a detailed look at styling, lighting, and photographing everything from garments to beach towels.
Top-notch textile photography—indeed, top-notch product photography of all kinds—greatly benefits from dedicated lighting gear such as studio strobes or compact flash units. But what if you simply want to take an attractive product shot for an online auction or a webpage?
That’s the topic Ben Long explores in this week’s installment of The Practicing Photographer. Ben joins Konrad Eek for a look at some simple, inexpensive techniques for taking great-looking product shots without any external lighting gear.
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