Posts Tagged ‘helpful’

Video: Four Steps That Will Help You Approach and Take Portraits of Complete Strangers

Taking photographs of strangers can be a daunting task, especially for us more reserved photographers; however, it can also produce some of the most rewarding and impressive work. To that end, photographer Jimmy Hickey put together this informative video to help shy photographers get comfortable approaching strangers on the street.

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Protip: Perfectly Synchronize the Clocks on Multiple Cameras Using a Computer

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If you’ve ever needed to deal with photos shot with multiple cameras at the same event, you’ve probably found how important the clocks on the cameras are for keeping the resulting photos neat and orderly. If timestamps are off, then figuring out when photos were captured in relation to each other can be a pain.

One way you can make sure the clocks on your cameras are perfectly synchronized is by automatically synchronizing them to your computer.
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Infographic: Tips and Ideas for Shooting the Perfect Family Portrait

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Taking a family portrait is never an easy task. There’s often a small child involved, and parents who are trying to make sure said child is on their best behavior. Beyond that, as the group grows in size, the difficulty of organizing everybody and capturing a quality photo increases dramatically.

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Great Tutorial: ’10 Things Beginners Want to Know How To Do’ in Photoshop CC

It’s likely one of the reasons Adobe decided to shift to a subscription model was so that they could bring in more beginners and amateurs that had never had affordable access to the software.

For them, justifying a several hundred-dollar purchase wasn’t always feasible, but $10 per month through Adobe’s perpetually-extended Photoshop Photography Program is more than reasonable, and so we’d bet there are more beginners on Photoshop CC than ever before. Now the hard part… actually using the software.

Super helpful Photoshop CC beginner tutorial to the rescue! Read more…

How to Take Quality Product Shots for an Online Store

There are many niches in photography, but one we don’t talk about often is taking product photos. Even though these types of shots don’t fall under the professional umbrella — we’re not talking professional product photography, just product shots for an online store — almost everyone at one time or another has had to sell something on eBay or (not for the faint of heart) Craigslist.

And so, we thought we’d share this short “how to” video that Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino put together for Etsy. It offers beginners a few basic tips that can help take your product shots (and hopefully sales) to the next level. Read more…

An Explanation of How Photoshop Blend Modes Actually Work

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Here’s something you might want to read and bookmark for future reference. Photographer Robert Thomas has written up an in-depth article explaining what the different Photoshop blending modes are and how they actually work:

Working with blend modes is almost always an experimental process. Because it’s nearly impossible to predict the results, you always seem to end up experimenting with different modes and Fill Opacities until you get the results you’re looking for.

In this article I’m going to give you a high-level view of what the various blend modes do, and then I’ll dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of the blend modes by explaining some of the math involved, and their interrelationships with each other. I’m not going to “show” you how the blend modes work—I’m going to “explain” how they work. By the time you finish reading this article, you should have a better idea of how to use blend modes and where to begin your “experimentation,” which in turn should reduce the time it takes to achieve the results you’re looking for.

Photoshop Blend Modes Explained [PhotoBlogStop via swissmiss]

A Guide on Good and Bad Places to Crop on Your Portrait Subject

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If you need to chop off portions of the human body while cropping a photograph, where should you draw the line? The folks over at Digital Camera World have released this helpful graphic with suggestions on appropriate and inappropriate areas to crop at:

Portrait photography is challenging for a whole host of reasons. Getting your portrait right in-camera is only half the battle. Knowing how to edit your portraits can be quite difficult when it comes to cropping a photo. Cropping in an awkward position on your subject can end up ruining a perfectly good shot. [...] we’ve put together this easy guide for understanding some of the best places to crop a subject in a portrait, and some of the places where you should not. ‘Yes’ areas are marked in green, while ‘bad’ locations are marked in red.

This new infographic is nearly identical to one we shared two years ago, except it’s larger and clearer, and therefore more print friendly. You can download the full-resolution version of the image here.

Free portrait photography cropping guide [Digital Camera World]


Thanks for sending in the tip, Sam!

Canon Offers On-Camera Tutorials That You Watch on Your DSLR Screen

Want to learn more about your Canon DSLR without leaving the comfort of its LCD screen? Canon has a series of “on-camera tutorials” that you can load and watch on most of its latest DSLR models. The video tutorials, which cover everything from AF modes to multiple exposure shooting, are meant to be loaded onto memory cards and viewed on-the-go using your camera itself. To find your camera’s tutorials, find and click its model on this products page, and then select “On-Camera Tutorials” at the top. Be warned though: the downloads weigh in at over 150MB each.

Canon Photography Products (via United By Photography)

Posing App: A Handy Photographer’s Reference for Portrait Poses

Posing App is a new app that offers a pocket reference for poses — helpful for both photographers and models. The 140 hand-drawn poses come in a variety of flavors — children, couples, weddings, and women, to name a few — and are accompanied by short descriptions that provide additional pointers. The is available from the iTunes App Store for $2, and will be released for Android soon.

Flash Applets on Some Technical Aspects of Photography

The digital photography course offered by Stanford (CS 178, which we featured last year) has an awesome page filled with flash applets that can help you gain a better understanding of certain technical aspects of photography. These include understanding how various factors affect depth of field, a visual look at how phase detection autofocus works, and a simple introduction to color theory.

Flash applets on some technical aspects of photography [Stanford]