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The notion of photographing food can be an intimidating one. Often times, the task is associated with hours of finessing in the studio and in Photoshop to create something that looks relatively appetizing. However, capturing your favorite meal or snack in camera doesn’t have to be laborious and stressful. Commercial photographer Andrew Scrivani shares simple several tips on just what it takes to remove the headache from food photography:1. Go natural.Implementing a single directional light source often creates the ideal lighting situation for food. And what better directional... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 11-23-2022 2:11 PM
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The post Bulb Mode: The Ultimate Guide (+ Creative Ideas) appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Simon Ringsmuth.These days, many cameras offer a bulb mode, which is a handy setting that can unlock all sorts of creative photographic possibilities. In this article, I share everything you need to know to get started, including:What bulb mode actually isStep-by-step instructions for using bulb modeSeveral key scenarios where bulb mode is worth tryingA few tips and tricks for great resultsSo if you’re ready to... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 11-14-2022 1:00 AM
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Photographing the Northern Lights is arguably one of the most incredible experiences for outdoor photographers. There are few things more spectacular to witness than the night sky light up in an explosion of colors. Capturing a great image to eternalize the moment is just as rewarding.Tourism to places such as Northern Norway and Iceland has exploded and more people travel to Arctic locations during winter to witness the fascinating phenomenon for themselves. Many of them, perhaps you too, are going with the goal of capturing... READ MORE
Capture Landscapes | 09-29-2022 7:50 AM
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Light is one of the most important elements of any photograph. But learning to see indoor natural light in photography can be a challenge.If you have noticed that a lot of your indoor photos are unexposed and blurry, the odds are you aren’t using light correctly.Table to Contents What is Natural Light Photography? How to see natural light in your home 3 Best tips for indoor natural light photographyWhat settings do I use for indoor natural light photography? Different types of indoor natural light... READ MORE
Click it Up a Notch | 09-28-2022 4:00 AM
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Sunsets are among the favorite subjects of people who love photography, whether amateurs or veterans. Wherever they go, people just love to watch sunsets while relaxing at the end of the day, and when there’s an opportunity, they don’t hesitate to capture the sun going down with their cameras.Photo by Jon Bunting; ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/5000-second exposure.According to the experts, sunsets are not that difficult to photograph. With some simple techniques, any camera owner can achieve beautiful shots regardless of their location.PreparationPlanning your shot is... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 09-20-2022 4:41 PM
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The post Abstract Nature Photography: A Guide (+ Tips and Ideas) appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Hannele Luhtasela-el Showk.Abstract nature photography is strikingly beautiful; it often ends up on the walls of art collectors and galleries. But what actually is it? And how can you create gorgeous abstract nature shots of your own?In this article, I share everything you need to know to get started, including:A handful of abstract nature photo ideasSimple techniques to make your nature shots look more... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 09-19-2022 3:00 AM
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Whether you’re an actor, a yoga teacher, or a CEO, a decent headshot is an essential marketing tool in your professional arsenal, one that could make the difference between landing a gig or not. While it may seem like the simplest of photography tasks (it’s only the head after all), I’ve learned through my many years as a professional photographer in Hong Kong that taking the perfect headshot isn’t as easy as it looks.Headshot TipsHere are some tips I’ve gleaned for both the photographer and... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 09-05-2022 3:41 PM
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It may be hard to believe, but you can take very nice landscape photography even with the most basic equipment. You don’t need the latest and greatest ultra-wide lenses (although that does help create a unique perspective) or the fastest lens with an f/1.2 aperture.“SR 190” captured by nat urazmetovaThese five tips will not feature the discussed-to-death rule of thirds. But for those looking for something on the rule of thirds, just remember this rule: Don’t place your subject right in the middle of the... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 08-26-2022 5:45 PM
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Along with composition, the quality of light is perhaps the most important factor affecting the success of a landscape photograph. Whilst composition can be completely controlled, good quality light on the other hand cannot. We can however control the direction of the light and therefore use the optimum angle of light to enhance the appearance of our main subject and ultimately the success of our landscape photograph. There are four main types of lighting: top, side, front, and back lighting. Consider how your envisaged scene... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 08-16-2022 4:39 PM
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Back in the days of black and white photography, I worked in a darkroom as a lab assistant, and sometimes students would make the mistake of asking me what I thought. If they wanted to learn this was not a mistake, but if they just wanted me say how great their work was, that was when it became a mistake. Sometimes I would advise them to crop tighter or change their center of balance, but by far the most common problem they had was with... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 06-28-2022 3:43 PM
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The world looks different to a photographer than it does to everyone else. Why can a photographer capture flat images and turn them into art? The eye of a photographer sees light, details, shadows, highlights, shapes and how they interact with each other.Photo captured by Jamie Street; ISO 800, f/5.4, 1/80s.The world looks different if you see it with both eyes rather than with only one eye. Close an eye and look at an object. Do you see what I mean? Well, by closing an... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 06-27-2022 4:45 PM
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This is a study of an inanimate object, such as a vase of flowers or bowl of fruit.You’ll need:A source of light (a window is good)A subject. I suggest a nicely arranged bowl of fruit.Photo by Janice Cullivan; ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/1000-second exposure.Camera SetupMode: Aperture Priority (often shown as Av on the mode wheel)ISO: 100 or so (there will be lots of light)White Balance: CustomAperture: Experiment!LightingMake sure your light has some directionality, coming from the side. Otherwise it will be flat and boring.White BalanceTake a... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 06-10-2022 5:42 PM
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How on earth do you find a fresh angle to shoot from when they’ve all been taken? That’s not what I mean. I do not mean discovering a new angle but using new angles you don’t usually shoot from. By changing your angles you’ll add a whole new dimension to your photography.Photo by Sathish J; ISO 400, f/14.0, 1/100-second exposure.The question I get asked as a photography teacher is how do the pros do it? Why are their images so different from mine? Simple, one... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 05-24-2022 4:41 PM
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A DSLR camera gives you the power to capture some amazing effects, once you know how to use it. You can develop all the skills of a professional once you understand your manual settings.Photo captured by zhang kaiyvIf you’ve grown up with a ‘point and shoot’ camera and have just taken the plunge with a new digital SLR, don’t just leave it on auto. That is a waste of good technology; it means you’re still using your equipment as a point and shoot camera. The... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 04-30-2022 8:45 PM
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The post Symmetry in Photography: A Comprehensive Guide (+ Examples) appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Frank Myrland.Symmetry is a powerful compositional device, but how does it work? When should you use it? And, most importantly, how can you use symmetry in photography for amazing results?In this article, I share everything you need to know to get started with symmetrical photography. I also offer some practical tips – so you can start taking your compositions to the next level, fast.Ready to... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 04-04-2022 3:00 AM
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I would like to introduce one of the most interesting techniques in photography — “Panning”. Many might wonder and ask:” What is panning?” “Using frying pan?” Answer is no.Panning is very simple, just set shutter speed, aperture, hold your camera and pan along with moving subject (tracking motion with your camera). Guess what you will get? Bingo! A sharp subject with blurred background. Of course, you might think this is easy, but it can be a little tricky.(Photo by Sippakorn Yamkasikorn/Unsplash)Let me share some tips... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 03-16-2022 5:38 PM
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Learn how to navigate images using Birds Eye View, one of Photoshop's best hidden features and the fastest way to zoom in and out to inspect different parts of your image!The post Navigate Images Fast with Birds Eye View in Photoshop appeared first on Photoshop Essentials.... READ MORE
Photoshop Essentials | 03-08-2022 9:01 PM
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Hard light used to be the bane of my existence. I hated it. Avoided it like the plague. I preferred the beautiful light of the golden hour, or the safe shelter of open shade. They were my warm blanket. My perfect cup of tea. The softness of the light and the colors made me happy every. single. time.But, let’s be honest here. You can’t avoid shooting in harsh light, it’s impossible. There are times when you just have to pick up your camera and shoot... READ MORE
Click it Up a Notch | 03-08-2022 4:00 AM
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The way light acts upon a subject depends on the physical properties each light source presents. Before taking on the challenge of creative photographic lighting it’s worth your while to understand some of these properties.Photo by Greg Rosenke; ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/8-second exposure.Light CharacteristicsLight characteristics define the way surfaces are affected by specific light sources.HardCreates harsh shadowsAccentuates texturesEasy to control and shapeSoftCreates soft shadowsDifficult to controlPresents form through a range of tonesColor QualityColor quality defines the color cast from a particular light source.Known as color... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 02-24-2022 7:43 PM
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Relevant note: try promo code “picturecorrect” today for the Trick Photo Guide at 37% OffAt some point in your life, you’ve probably seen an amazing photograph featuring smoke. The smoke might be flawlessly lit against a solid background or feature breathtaking colors, leaving you wondering just how on earth you could possibly duplicate it. While photographing smoke can be difficult due to its unpredictable nature, thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot of special equipment. In fact, once you study a little more about how to light... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 01-26-2022 4:45 PM
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Landscape photography is a most rewarding pastime, but it can be far more challenging than some people imagine. It sounds so easy; visit a beautiful location, shoot a few snapshots, and come home with a work of art in your camera. After dealing with the public for over 20 years, I swear most people think it really is that simple.4 Tips for Capturing the Character of a LandscapeBut really good landscape photography is much more challenging. Anyone can recognize the potential of a good subject,... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 01-19-2022 4:49 PM
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This article provides you with 10 photography self-assignments that you can use to get your own creative juices flowing. They’re designed to help you grow in skill as a well-rounded photographer while helping you build your portfolio at the same time. Many of these projects are best executed over a period of time, rather than in a single session.photo by Nikos Koutoulas1. The Park BenchTake your camera and a tripod to a park, and find a busy park bench. Set yourself up some distance away with... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 01-15-2022 7:46 PM
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We’ve all seen stunning portrait photos that have a blurred background while the subject of the photo is perfectly focused. When done correctly, these photos can be very dramatic. However, it might seem hard to accomplish, especially if you’re not familiar with the proper techniques. A faster prime lens (with greater aperture capabilities) will give you an edge in this technique, but even an off-brand lens, such as a Sigma 85mm lens will give excellent results if you follow the tips in this article.Shooting pictures... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 01-10-2022 7:48 PM
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‘Tis the season! With Christmas just around the corner, friends and family are anxious to upload holiday photographs featuring Christmas lights of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Whether you’ve been the working behind the camera or simply observing the festivities of others, you may have noticed recently that capturing strings of lights doesn’t seem as easy as it once was.This isn’t your imagination. The problem is primarily rooted in the fact that incandescent lights have largely been replaced by their LED counterparts. While this is great... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 12-24-2021 2:03 PM
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The holiday season is upon us and Christmas lights are everywhere. What better time for capturing great bokeh shots? If you’ve never really paid attention to bokeh before or haven’t ever tried it, there’s honestly no better time to learn how. Check out this video by photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama and give it a try:Bokeh refers to the way a camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light. If the blurred shapes are pleasing to the eye they’re considered “good” bokeh, and if they are... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 12-22-2021 2:05 PM
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