Apr 07, 2011 — 0 comments
Many photographers know how to use their camera and their lights, but not all will know the ins and outs of working in a studio. There are several little things to know that will save you time and create a safe environment to work in. So whether you’re working as a studio assistant or you have a studio of your own, make sure you know these 10 helpful tricks:
One of the most fundamental and most utilized skills of retouching portrait images with Photoshop, is skin correction. Fine lines, discoloration, etc. are prominent, especially in closely framed shots, and they can make the subject feel insecure. The dilemma with skin retouching is that often the final product looks over-produced and fake.
In an industry where art and texture are everything, you won’t want to miss the enormous spectre of the sky on your shoot. Growing in your ability to read the clouds will determine and enhance your shoot. As a photographer in Sydney, there are a few key clouds I encourage you to read and use to your visual advantage.
Since 2008, the Vietnamese city of DaNang has held a springtime international fireworks competition, wherein countries from all around the world curate elaborate displays of brilliant blasts and sparkling explosions.
Have you ever imagined what it was like to take photos during the Civil War era? You had a huge camera with no shutter, no aperture control, and you had to have an array of chemicals just to make a single image.
Most people who have been seriously bitten by the photography bug develop a desire to incorporate photography into other endeavors in life — from travelling to food preparation to child rearing, etc. So why not combine it with the once-in-a-lifetime act of proposing marriage to a special someone?
There are many timelapses that capture the movements of clouds and changes in weather. They pan over breath-taking vistas and show the stars seemingly revolve around the earth. But few show the more micro aspects of a place. Timecode Lab has created sequences that not only shows you the city skyline changing from day to night, but also captures the smaller, more intimate moments of Montreal during the winter:
Camera technology has advanced so much that just about anyone can take good photos. (Not necessarily great photos–that has more to do with composition, subject matter, effective use of light and shadow, etc.) However, if there’s one item that helps in taking better shots, it’s the humble tripod. Many of us believe that a tripod is nothing but an extra item that helps us stop camera shake.
Many people find it very important that their wedding day go exactly as planned and no mishaps occur. While some things can be entirely out of one’s control, it is the responsibility of the photographer to ensure that no accidents happen during the wedding photo shoot. A photo of the entire wedding party on a dock can be very elegant, as long as the dock can handle the weight of that many people at one time.
Owls are equal parts creepy and cute. Photographer Mac Stone describes them as neurotic. I imagine getting close to them can be difficult because if you aren’t already transfixed by those beady yellow eyes, you should know that owls can be incredibly territorial and don’t take kindly to shutterbugs poking around.
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