Apr 07, 2011 — 11 comments
If you have ever wanted to freeze the action on a water droplet or create a silky effect in a running stream then listen up. Shooting water is one of the most enjoyable and challenging ways to photograph really interesting natural photography. The loveliest thing about shooting water is that you can produce different effects every time you shoot. Some of these effects can be soft and flowing while other effects can be dynamic and commanding. It all is dependent on your light and your shutter.
In this edition of “Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera”, the award-winning photojournalist/ cinematographer Vincent Laforet makes an appearance to teach us a little bit about tilt-shift photography, cheap camera equipment, and patience. He brings along his Canon 1DX with TS-E 45mm f/2.8, an expensive and highly professional tilt-shift lens, but the narrator, Kai W., instead gives him a Canon A2E film camera with a Lensbaby Composer – what most would call a “toy lens”.
We frequently hear almost every professional photographer praising prime lenses for portrait photography, as in they’re usability, image quality and versatility. We sure hear them saying how important it is to move around the subject at a certain focal length, to seize every side and angle of it, instead of staying still and adjusting the zoom of the lens we’re using.
Looking for the perfect photo project can sometimes be as challenging as searching for the perfect shot. Personal photo projects are a good way to motivate yourself to shoot more pictures, stretch your creativity, or even support the causes that are important to you, but how do you find the right ones? What do you do with the photos once you’ve found the perfect project? Here are seven questions to jump start your creative thinking.
You may have heard about the resurgence in wet plate photography that has been happening lately. Many have started using this old style of photographing to change the landscape of the digital dominated world. But perhaps no one has taken on this technique with more passion than Ian Ruhter who converted an old ice-cream style truck into a large-scale wet plate camera:
There are some photographers out there who don’t mind taking risks to get an amazing shot. But even they may not realize just how much at risk they are until the moment for potential danger arises. Take for example, nature photographer Graham Springer who recently came in very close contact with his subject, a 300 pound lioness:
I recently answered a survey online about what I do. It wasn’t specific to wedding photography so some of the questions didn’t exactly mesh but elicited some interesting answers nonetheless. The question that made me think most was about the stress level of my “job.” Considering each wedding is unique, it’s hard to give an answer that would cover all the situations I run into each weekend.
Some enviable people are born with photogenic genes and movie-star smiles, but for the rest of us, here are a few tips on how portrait subjects can smile naturally for those dreaded family photo sessions (or any other time!). Some photographers still direct their subjects to say “cheese” which could be producing undesirable results, definitely something to consider:
When shooting sporting events like basketball or football, it helps immensely to have multiple cameras working to your advantage to make sure you capture all the action. One way of doing so is by strategically setting up a few DSLRs around the court linked together using a couple Pocket Wizards and a single remote to trigger the cameras simultaneously.
Spring is one of the best seasons for capturing the beauty of your natural surroundings. The flowers are in full bloom and the weather is just perfect – not too hot and not too cold. Perfect for practicing landscape photography.
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