The White House lifted a decades-old ban on photography during public tours. The news came via an Instagram video by Michelle Obama, in which she literally tore up the sign that gave notice of “No photos or social media allowed.” [Read more…]
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.
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 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.
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…]
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.
This video has been around for a while; however, it is quite a fun watch. In it, Kai from Digital Rev asks a model to switch roles for the day and get behind the camera.
She says that she normally uses a “small digital camera” and the D3S is more than a handful for her at first. Everything from prime lenses to aperture to exposure compensation causes problems for her; however, she seems to take instruction well as Kai patiently guides her with some basic tips.
Again, it’s a fun watch and is another reminder that it’s the photographer that makes the photo, not the camera.
Firmware version 3.700 for Nikon includes compatibility with the recently released D810, D610, D4S and other Nikon cameras. Additionally, firmware version 6.700 for Canon now provides TTL compatibility with the Canon 1D X, 6D and T4i as well as other recently released Canon cameras.
More details and download instructions are available here on PocketWizard’s website.
If you don’t know the name, Peter Hurley is the headshot guy. In the above video, Peter shares some of this tips on headshot photography with Frank Doorhof.
If that’s the kind of thing that interests you, I’m reposting this hour-long video from the Google+ Photography Conference back in 2012 below. In it, Peter goes into much greater depth on the art of the headshot. [Read more…]
Pro photographer Karl Taylor is back with another tutorial video. This time around, he’s covering basic techniques for holding a camera in standing, sitting and prone positions. These are fundamental tips for getting consistently sharp images and reducing camera shake blur. If you are new to photography or just need a brush up, the video above is worth your time to watch.
For further reading on the topic, check out my article 4 Principles of Photography Marksmanship from a few years ago.