Do you often return from a full-day trip with only a few pictures? Or maybe you even head out to the forest specifically to take pictures and then lose your muse? Then either you’ve already got tens of thousands of nature photos behind you and are just seeking icing on the cake... or you may be missing opportunities that quietly appear along the way. Join us for a look at some typical cases.
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A pinhole. A camera obscura. These are really just two ways of saying one thing. And we’ve got a guide to help you quickly and easily make your own digital camera obscura that will take you back to the very roots of photography. We’ll also take a look at editing a color portrait taken with this kind of camera. Like to experiment? Not scared of scissors and Scotch tape? Want to get some fascinating photos without spending big bucks on expensive gear? Read on.
You know that feeling where you want to photograph something new and be entertained as you get inspired? But how can you find inspiration when travel is so tough right now, and all the trees, buildings, and people around you are old hat? Liven up your pictures with motion, that’s how! We’ll give you some tips on good camera settings for these shots, and you’ll see the visual impacts of a wide range of movements—camera motions, body motions, or both.
Few photographic genres are plagued by as many misunderstandings as documentary photography. We photographers have come to classify every shot that isn’t prearranged into this genre. It’s most often confused with reportage. And meanwhile the two are easy to tell apart! Reportage is usually a short-term record of some event. While documentary work is always long-term. Its results never arrive immediately, and building up a gripping series can even take years.
A friendly relationship between the photographer and the model is absolutely fundamental for the entire process of portraiture. It should definitely include mutual respect and understanding. A photographer should respect certain requests from their model, and meanwhile the model should know how to respect the work of the photographer. There are a few basic principles that apply for both models and photographers, and we’ll look at them in this article.
Geometry isn’t just for schoolbooks! For example in landscape photography, it can help you get some great compositions. Don’t worry, you won’t need a protractor or a compass. You’ll just need to recognize and utilize a few basic geometric shapes in landscapes. You can use them to guide your audience’s eyes straight where you want them, emphasize specific spots, or give a photo just the right touch of motion. How? Read on and find out!
Just starting out in wedding photography, and don’t have a clue yet on how to behave and present yourself at weddings? Or maybe you’ve been around the block in wedding photography, but you’re still unsure of yourself in certain situations? In this article we’ll advise on how to navigate some of the traps that might await you over the course of a wedding day. We’ll also give you a few tips to make your work easier if you you’re serious about photographing weddings.
If you’re bored of motionless photos, you can create dynamic and special photos with help from powders. You just have the model or someone else sprinkle them onto their environment during the shoot. This can be ordinary flour, or even “holi”: special powdered paint. By freezing that powder in pictures, you can immortalize unique moments full of action.
In reportage, it’s important to be in the right place at the right time, and also to press the trigger at the right moment. That’s definitely the foundation, but it’s just as important to know how to put together a gripping story from the photos you get. Like every other story, a reportage should pull the audience in, keep them in suspense, and bring them a certain denouement. Now let’s take a look at how to tell it through photos.
Even with primitive props, you can take photographs with a look that’s beyond the everyday. Give it a try and stop worrying for a bit about how to capture what’s in front of you—you’ll just be thinking about how to create a picture. You simply need to wait for night and light up your phone, a headlamp, or flashlight, or just anything you have at hand. And the fun can begin!