Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
If you clicked this link expecting a simple technical tip to improve your street photography then you’ve come to the wrong place. This is not an article about getting closer, zone focusing, hip-shooting, camera settings, or using a wide-angle prime lens.
Expanding your photographic horizon can force you to get a more creative and think outside of the box. One way to jumpstart your creative side is to experiment in double exposures. The style, which saw a rise in interest in part to the popularity of Lomography, has been gaining more momentum lately thanks the feature becoming standard on many popular DSLRs. Not to mention, you can get some really interesting images by exposing two photos on one frame.
A little bit of creativity and vision goes a long way. Graham McBride gets artistic by bringing home a bit of the beach for the background setting for his jewelry product shoot. With very minimal studio equipment, in the form of a diffuse panel and octagon softbox, he produces awesome and very unique product photographs for his client.
Have you ever wondered about those bits of bikes you sometimes see chained to lampposts and railings? In this short film by Lifecycle, we follow the fortunes of an everyday bike that was chained to a New York post over a period of 365 days using time-lapse photography.
Creating great lighting for portraits can be hard work, especially when you are first setting out on your photographic journey. What lights should I buy, how do I set the studio up? In this video from B&H Photographic, portrait photographer Erin Manning gives us a comprehensive guide on basic studio lighting and how to use it.
This is a vital part of any photographic set up and needs the proper attention. It can make or break the composition, feel and dynamics of a photograph. Are you still not sure about the importance in choosing the right background?
If you find inspiration in the work and words of the masters, you may want to take a few moments to watch the interview below with iconic documentary photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Mark’s photography has won innumerable awards and she is often considered one of the greats of our time.
There have been a lot of timelapse videos hitting the internet which has helped raise filmmaker’s standards, but has also left some looking to possible next steps. In pursuit of the next big thing, photographers have started to experiment with something dubbed hyperlapse (essentially timelapse with huge movements). While some are better than others, Shahab Behzumi, has created a shining example in his Berlin Hyperlapse.
What happens when a talented photographer receives a new toy? They try something new and creative, of course! The Brenizer method is typically achieved with an 85mm lends at f1.4. The goal is to use a telephoto lens at a wide aperture, to create an extremely shallow depth of field at a wide angle, taking multiple shots of the surrounding area for the most profound effect. Then by use of photo editing software the images are stitched together to create one image with an extremely wide angle.
Using the bright setting sun as a backlight can be intimidating for some photographers when shooting portraits outdoors, but it’s not impossible to get some great shots out of it. Check out the video below for some useful tricks and tips on shooting portraits at sunset, including how to use a xenon flashlight to create a warm, complementary light to accent faces.
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