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.
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.