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DSLR cameras often have a little depth of field preview button beside the lens mount. This 3-minute video by ZY Productions revisits the basics of a DSLR camera and looks at how this handy button works, as well as some lesser-known things to consider.First off, pressing the button closes the lens’ aperture to your desired setting. So if you have an f/4 lens but you’ve set the aperture to f/8, pressing the preview button will close the aperture ring down. When you look through the viewfinder, you’ll see... READ MORE
PetaPixel | 07-08-2017 7:13 AM
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What does it take to create a really stunning image? There are six basic elements and certain factors that influence composition and make a really great image. If you can understand these and learn to apply them successfully, then you’re on your way to top photos.photo by harmish khambhaitaNow although there are all of these elements to consider, you still need to understand that a really stunning image is composed in the simplest way. So with these factors in mind, use your photographic eye to... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 07-07-2017 7:42 PM
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The total solar eclipse that's about to take place next month presents an extremely rare photo opportunity. We have some pointers (and a little bit of opinion) coming at you from an expert in the coming days, but in the meantime, the folks at Nikon have put together a useful pair of tutorial videos that will help you nail that perfect eclipse shot when the time comes.To be clear: these videos were created by the Nikon USA YouTube channel. To that end, there are a... READ MORE
DPReview | 07-07-2017 1:44 PM
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Chromatic aberration is an extremely common lens problem that can leave your images with weirdly colored edges. In its more subtle incarnations, it can be easy to miss until you've already exported the image, but it turns out Lightroom has some helpful tools to help you see where it might be hiding.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 07-07-2017 5:03 AM
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You may have heard that photography is also referred to as “painting with light”. However, would you consider yourself a light painter so far? If not, let’s change that real quick to massively improve your street photography composition! The difference between photographers and painters is that painters add elementsand photographers reduce them. When you hit the streets, […]The post How To Compose Your Street Photography Like A Painter appeared first on DIY Photography. ... READ MORE
DIY Photography | 07-06-2017 11:10 AM
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The difference between good and great posing is all in the details. Whether you photograph men, women, or couples together, knowing how to make everyone look their best is 110% your job as a photographer.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 07-06-2017 9:03 AM
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The more people in a photograph, the more complicated the shot — which means that sports team photography is, well, a challenge for the rookies. Managing multiple players, getting multiple faces sharp and getting all the eyes looking at the camera isn’t an easy task, whether that’s a pro team or the local Little League. But, with a few sports team photography tips from the right organization strategy to the ideal camera settings, you can both capture a worthwhile memory, and, for pros, open up... READ MORE
Creative Live | 07-06-2017 9:00 AM
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Aleksey Koldunov and his brother managed to fit in three short five-minute videos a rather complex topic about camera and flash settings when photographing with a flash outdoors. They tried very hard and sincerely hope that you will like it: Episode 1: The basic settings:This very short 5 minute tutorial will allow you to quickly learn the basic setting of camera and flash when ... READ MORE
ISO 1200 | 07-06-2017 1:14 AM
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A popular way to make portraits is to place the sun behind your subjects (often done in a field of tall grass at sunset). It’s a pet peeve of mine, however, that these pictures are often the wrong color. White Balance for the Faces Your camera’s white balance control helps you make portraits with great…Please Support Our Partners:Illuminati Wireless Light & Color Meter for Photo & Video – Bring your images into the Light! The Illuminati meter is a wireless, smartphone-connected light and color ambient... READ MORE
PhotoFocus | 07-05-2017 3:00 PM
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This is just too awesome. These rainbow coloured light tubes are the creation of light painter and photographer Zach Smidt. We’ve featured Zach’s work before, and for good reason. He’s constantly pushing himself and his work. To create something a little different and special. And his new rainbow light painting tube images sure fall under […]The post Light-paint the rainbow with these awesome DIY light tubes appeared first on DIY Photography. ... READ MORE
DIY Photography | 07-05-2017 7:00 AM
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Commenting on the Hungarian-French photographer known as Brassai (Gyula Halasz), Henry Miller proclaimed that he was a man “equipped with no ordinary eyes.” According to Miller, Brassai’s “sharpness of vision and depth of insight are revealed in” his “photographic exploration” of Paris’ “people, places and things.”That’s high praise indeed, but Henry Miller’s assessment of one exceptional photographer’s work serves as more than just the ultimate compliment — it also manages to be a rather profound observation about the importance of vision or “seeing.” A photographer... READ MORE
Light Stalking | 07-05-2017 5:00 AM
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British landscape photographer Thomas Heaton runs an excellent YouTube channel on which he regularly publishes photography tutorials, many of which are focused on landscape photography in general. His latest tutorial continues the theme by offering five tips to help you "make it in landscape photography.Thomas' first tip is "quality over quantity." With digital photography and how easy it is to share your work across a variety of platforms, it is very easy to publish far too many images and share work that isn't up to... READ MORE
Imaging Resource | 07-05-2017 4:30 AM
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Captivating and Creative Still Life Photography... READ MORE
Click it Up a Notch | 07-05-2017 4:00 AM
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The inverse square law (ISL) is one of those principles of photography that drives people crazy. It’s a fairly simply concept that’s broken down into a rather confusing sentence. It states that the intensity of an effect such as illumination or gravitational force changes in inverse proportion to the square of the distance from the […]The post A visual approach to the Inverse Square Law and how it affects photographers appeared first on DIY Photography. ... READ MORE
DIY Photography | 07-03-2017 2:38 PM
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Adobe Photoshop is a great tool for those who want more options when it comes to post-processing than what you get in Lightroom or other RAW-editors. With Photoshop the possibilities are almost endless so it’s not strange that it seems slightly overwhelming in the beginning. Perhaps you’re in that state right now; wanting to step up your processing but Photoshop seems so complicated that you feel like giving up. Don’t worry though – it might take some practice and a lot of trial and error... READ MORE
Capture Landscapes | 07-03-2017 1:02 PM
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Here's a neat little demo that you can use to wow your non-photographic friends, or your favorite photo novice. Thirty-five seconds into the polarizing filter intro above, Christopher Frost captures a series of shots with and without a polarizer, and the difference is striking.The video itself is several years old, offering a basic overview of circular polarizers, how they work, and why they're 'so neat.' It's useful for beginners, but the part we enjoyed most was the demo—where frost laps a polarizer onto his camera,... READ MORE
DPReview | 07-03-2017 12:07 PM
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With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s time to get ready for some awesome fireworks displays. Getting great fireworks shots isn’t really that difficult, but if you’ve never done it before, it can help to start out with a few tips. With that in mind, photographer David Bergman gives you everything you need to know in this brief minute tutorial:Tips for Taking Fireworks Shots:Scout your location ahead of time. Keep in mind, this might mean needing to reserve your space, as the best vantages tend to... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 07-03-2017 11:35 AM
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Texture can be especially eye-catching in black and white photos. In the absence of colour, variations in surface details can add variety, drama, and even levels of storytelling to compositions. Black and white texture photography can leave you with stunning results, but also with frustration when the texture doesn’t show...The post How To Capture Compelling Textures In Your Black and White Photos appeared first on Expert Photography.... READ MORE
Expert Photography | 07-03-2017 10:00 AM
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Lonely Speck is a great resource for astrophotographers whether they are just starting out or have been capturing the night sky for years. One reason the site is so good is because they offer many free tutorials and educational resources, such as a recent video covering how to use the awesome software Starry Landscape Stacker. Starry Landscape Stacker is a piece of software for macOS which allows you to combine multiple exposures into a single low-noise night sky photograph. By utilizing stacking, be it through... READ MORE
Imaging Resource | 07-03-2017 8:15 AM
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Janne Parviainen often receives questions of how do he creates his photos. Because of that, he will start a series of light painting video tutorials on his blog that we reproduce here.The set up for the photo:I have made the video at my studio in bright light to have good quality video. Remember always to shoot the light painting photos in low light, otherwise, you'll just end up ... READ MORE
ISO 1200 | 07-02-2017 7:27 AM
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I’ve been doing professional portrait and fashion photography for over 3 years now, but from the very beginning I have always considered myself an “aspiring photographer,” because you never stop improving and looking for new challenges.There are a number of things that contribute to a great photo. Sometimes nailing just one of these things can carry a photo to greatness. Most photographers would agree that for a great photo you need:Engagement with the subjectThoughtful compositionAppropriate lighting choicesThoughtful editingOne of the biggest things I’ve learned in... READ MORE
PetaPixel | 06-30-2017 12:05 PM
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We all take flat, lifeless looking images from time to time. Poor light or weather or even shooting Raw can give us images that lack contrast and punch. In all these cases it is possible to recover that lack of contrast in post production, returning life and punch to the image. To many starting in photography and Lightroom, the obvious choice to boost contrast is the contrast slider. Even the most basic editing suites have such a tool. However, as tools go, it is somewhat... READ MORE
Light Stalking | 06-30-2017 5:00 AM
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Fstoppers teams up with Commercial Photographer/Digital Artist Brian Rodgers Jr. to demonstrate the process of shooting commercial product photography in a studio environment.In this video, Brian demonstrates how to shoot multiple frames of a liqueur bottle then seamlessly blend and composite them together in Photoshop to produce and incredible standalone hero shot for advertising. To ... READ MORE
ISO 1200 | 06-30-2017 1:50 AM
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With the Fourth of July celebrations right around the corner, here’s my annual PSA for camera settings when shooting fireworks. If you’ve never successfully shot fireworks before and would like a starting point, check out my prior article: Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks.Have a safe and happy Fourth of July to all of you celebrating here in the US. ... READ MORE
Photography Bay | 06-29-2017 5:56 PM
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Show Promo ImageWe all strive to capture perfect images in the camera, but sometime the light isn’t just right or there’s too much or too little contrast in the scene and you have to do a bit of editing to really make your shot pop.Thu, 06/29/2017Ron Leach... READ MORE
Shutterbug | 06-29-2017 11:21 AM
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