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.
Photography and travel seem like they go hand in hand. There are so many gorgeous locations in the world, it’s hard not to want to photograph them all. Unfortunately, for most of us, our schedules and budget won’t allow us to jetset around the world in search of the perfect photograph. That’s why we have to make bucket lists. Of course, we’ll all be drawn to different types of environments—some like tropical, some like snow, some of us prefer the forest to the beach—but, here’s a quick list of some of the most traveled to locations by photographers.
Light tents are super useful tools to keep around the studio (or house). They’re great for all kinds of photos ranging from product photography to macro work. What makes a light tent more special than, say, using just a reflector is that they are able to flood your subject with soft, diffused light, effectively eliminating shadows. Light tents are also incredibly easy to make using items you can find laying around your house. Follow the steps below to learn how to make your own light tent.
Whether you already have an idea of what you want your location to be for your next photoshoot or you’re hoping to be inspired by unknown locations to develop an idea for a photoshoot, location scouting can be a really time consuming part of the planning process. Fortunately, there are tools that can help speed up the process!
I’ve been using a ThinkTank Shape Shifter backpack for a little while and, overall, was quite pleased with its performance, which is why I was especially pleased when ThinkTank was nice enough to send over an Airport Roller Derby for me to try out and put to test. As an avid traveler, I was curious to see how well the bag would hold up and keep my gear safe while I put it to the test–which, admittedly, is no easy task. Read on to see how it fared.
Most of us probably have full time jobs that don’t allow us to spend as much time learning about our beloved photography as we’d like. And, wouldn’t you much rather spend your money on a fast new lens instead of textbooks? I know I would! Fortunately, there are ways you can save your money and still take on an Ivy League photography course. Here’s a list of some of my favorite classes that I invite you to enjoy, too.
Sure, we all know about the likes of Henri Cartier Bresson, one of the most influential street photographers of all time, and while his work certainly needs to be seen and studied by modern photographers, Cartier Bresson isn’t the only street photographer who has caught our eyes. Let’s take a moment and celebrate these eight street photographers who are making a name for themselves.
The internet is a wealth of information. So much information, in fact, that it can be a real pain trying to sort the useful from the not-so-useful. A simple Google search for “free photography ebooks”, for example, churns up well over 14 million pages. Sound overwhelming? Fortunately, we’ve done all the dirty work for you and compiled a list of 23 awesome ebooks to help you get your education on.
When the lava is flowing into the ocean, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a sight to behold and when it’s not quite reaching the water, it’s still equally grand. While the red hot lava is unarguably one of the main draws to the park, there are plenty of other sights to be photographed. From the expansive landscapes to endangered wildlife there’s enough to keep you shooting all day and well into the night.