Let’s face it, photography is an equipment intensive hobby. For photographers just getting started in the craft, it can be difficult to justify dropping some cash on gear you’re not sure you will even end up using. In other instances, you may find yourself in need of a certain piece of gear, like a tripod, […]
If you want to be a better photographer, the best thing you can do is take photos – lots of them, and as often as you can. There’s an endless supply of excuses we can come up with as to why we don’t practice, including photographer’s block and not knowing where to start. So next […]
There are endless reasons why your photos aren’t turning out as sharp as you want them to. While missed focus and “soft” photos can be a result of poor performing equipment, more often than not those blurry photos are result of user error. That may sound discouraging at first, but don’t beat yourself up – […]
Photography contests aren’t for everyone, that’s a given. And rightfully so–not everyone wants to parade their work around in front of a bunch a strangers who have no obligation to protect your feelings or ego, nor does everyone desire to put in all the work it takes to actually make a successful entry into the […]
Bad weather has the potential to make great photos–you just have to be willing to brave the elements to get the shot. And knowing a thing or two about photographing in bad weather doesn’t hurt, either. Keeping your gear dry, warm, and protected is just the start–photographing in less than perfect weather can also present […]
Some people just seem to have been born with a natural talent for “seeing” the perfect composition, and hopefully, you are one of them; however, if you find yourself having to put in a little effort to find the best framing, I have good news for you–it gets easier. I promise. There are lots of […]
As artists, photographers are bound to face a little criticism and–gasp!–rejection every now and then. While our egos may suffer a bit from negative feedback, there’s no reason you can’t turn it around and use it to improve your photography. We all want our photos to be well received, but it’s not realistic to expect […]
Needless to say, I was pretty pumped to hear Rhino was releasing a motorized slider system and asked us over at Lightstalking to test it out and share our honest opinions about our experience with it. I wasn’t sure what to all expect in the beta model they agreed to send over, as their Kickstarter shows […]
Over 200,000 photos are uploaded every minute on Facebook alone. That’s over 9 billion new photos a month. With those kinds of numbers, a photo has to be really interesting for it to really stand out and grab people’s attention. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) wanted to know what exactly it is that makes a photo interesting. They wondered: Are people more naturally drawn to images taken by professionals rather than those snapped by amateurs? Was it the quality of the images that drew people in? What about subject matter, do people find images of people more interesting than landscapes?
Before there were photographers, there were painters. These painters helped pave the way for our photographic endeavors through their dedication to studying light. Fortunately, much of what these “Old Masters” knew have been passed down to us and established themselves as the fundamentals of photographic lighting. Through studying the works of the painters such as the English Masters, we can better understand how to utilize light to create impactful photographs outdoors. Let’s take a look at some examples as we examine five lessons that the English Masters can teach us.