Watch Thomas Heaton Pick His Shots in Iceland with a Midnight Sun

In this video, photographer Thomas Heaton travels around Iceland looking for just the right shot at a variety of locations. One of the unique aspects of Heaton’s video is that you feel like you are walking through the process with him as he tries to find just the right shot in just the right location.

You hear him say throughout the video that it’s worth the time to walk around and see what is there rather than just arrive and start shooting. Of course, the slow fading light in Iceland helps with that process too. As he points out, you might have 10 minutes to set up and get a sunset show in England (or the US) but Iceland gives you three hours of similar sunset light so you can wait for just the right moment.

Clocking in at over 16 minutes, it is longer than most YouTube tutorial videos; however, it is well shot and edited for those interested in the photographic process.

[via Reddit]

Need Some Pointers for Shooting Fireworks This Weekend?

Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks

There are plenty of creative ways to shoot fireworks but if you’ve never got good shots before, I’ve got some good pointers to help you get it right this year. I wrote a post a couple years ago with some basic settings for shooting fireworks.

Check it out here: Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks

Hope this helps you get some great shots this weekend during your Fourth of July celebration…

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography – New Book

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography is a new book from photographer Glenn Randall.

“In this book, there are discussions about exposure and composition—providing the best techniques to calculate exposure in even the most challenging lighting conditions. Randall also dives into compositional techniques, moving beyond the basics to discuss color, balance, and depth. He addresses key scientific concepts that impact landscape photography, such as geography, optics, vision, and psychology. Included in these discussions is how he uses contemporary technology to aid in his preparation, as well as coverage of digital capture techniques and post-processing to achieve spectacular landscape photographs.”

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $28.03 on Amazon.com.

2014 Camera & Photo Gear Gift Guide

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Welcome to the 2014 edition of Photography Bay’s Photo Gear Holiday Gift Guide.

This guide is set up in categories that describe the general type of cameras – be it a price range or general features.  You can scan the headings until you find the right category for you and your special photographer. We’ve got 3-5 top picks for each category. [Read more…]

Peter Hurley on Jawline and Positioning for Headshots

Here’s another great little video from Peter Hurley talking jawline and positioning for headshots. It’s short at about four minutes, but there are several tips to glean in here. If you want to hear more of Peter Hurley, check out this hour-long video from 2012 on the general topic of headshots.

You can also buy his full class that comes in at an hour and 21 minutes for $29 here on CreativeLive.