Apr 07, 2011 — 9 comments
Being a great street photographer is not just about being able to compose great photographs. To be a good street photographer, one must know how to be stealthy when needed and sociable when the time calls for it. There is a delicate balance between the two that require an almost instinctive understanding of the nature of people.
In this video, “Lights, Toy Camera, Action”, photographer Ian Ruhter defies traditional ideas of antique photography and brings wet plate photography to life with a(nother) brand new approach. Processes like wet plate, daguerrotype, and tintype photography, when viewed throughout history, have all relied on early technology and therefore extremely low sensitivity of the light-absorbing materials.
Today’s photo tip is about pet portraits and how to get the animals attention! Pet portraits can be some of the most fun photography you do. As an added bonus, it’s a great photography training ground!
On a first technical note, for those who are not familiar with “medium format photography” term, it refers (on a basic notion) to a shooting format that is somewhere between a full-frame (35mm) and a large-format (4×5 inches). In digital photography, medium format refers both to the cameras adapted from medium format film, and to the cameras using sensors larger than 35mm.
When talking about bird and nature photography, there’s one name that irreversibly must be mentioned. Arthur Morris, an inspiring veteran photographer from Canon, teaches and instructs you extensively on a (really) wide range of lenses to use in this kind of shooting.
Take a behind the scenes look at a martial arts photoshoot that presented photographer Clifton Li with the challenge of capturing water splashes. Li and his team constructed a shallow pool of water using plastic sheeting as the main source of the water splashes, but assistants help add to the splash by tossing buckets of water into some of the shots.
Shooting portraits using a plain white background may initially sound a bit bland, but Mark Wallace is here to show us how to change it up by sculpting light–a skill that is helpful to photographers of any genre. In the brief 18 minute video tutorial, Wallace explains to viewers what a GOBO is and how to easily build one for yourself.
In an innovative blending of street and studio photography, Tiberiu from MUMUS Photo Hub, a Romanian photography company, decided to experiment with separating the photographer from his subjects physically, while simultaneously bringing them closer to the process of shooting itself. In this video he and his team bring a portable studio setup, complete with a backdrop and two external flashes behind umbrellas, out to the streets of Bucharest.
Food photography is everywhere! You can see it the streets, in restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, magazines, cook books, cafés, a million places. So why not take this intensive (and really fast) food photography masterclass, provided by worldwide-known chef Jamie Oliver and his personal assistant photographer David Loftus?
Compact cameras, when compared to the high end SLR (which stands for Single-lens reflex for all of us novices) there is absolutely no comparison. It is like trying to compare a thoroughbred with a mongrel. As great as the technology has become, the compact digital camera is great for happy snaps, but if you want to create fabulous memories and have the capacity to blow them up, slideshow them and create great art work from a simple photo, the SLR is definitely the way to go.
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