Posts Tagged ‘howto’

How to Make a Dirt-Cheap DIY Ring Light from a Frisbee and Some LED Strips

Got $30, a frisbee and some free time this week? Need a ring light? If you answered yes to both of those questions, we’ve got a neat, quick and super simple DIY tutorial that’s perfect for you. Read more…

Video: The Dramatic Difference a Reflector Can Make, And How to Use One by Yourself

Reflectors are one of the most affordable pieces of gear a photographer can have in their bag. They’re not only small in size (and usually foldable), they’re also versatile and provide benefits when using both natural and artificial light.

This oldie-but-goodie walkthrough by Matt Granger highlights these simple and useful photography tools and details how just a single reflector can make a dramatic difference, even if you’re out shooting without an assistant.

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Extreme Weather and Your Camera: How to Get the Shot and Protect Your Gear

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If all outdoor photographers only shot on mild days, photography as an art would be shockingly boring. The best outdoor photography brings nature to life by capturing its extremes. Unfortunately, cameras and equipment are sensitive to those extremes.

To create stunning outdoor photography, you’ll need to be prepared for the worst that nature can throw at you and your equipment. Read more…

DIY: Noticeably Improve Your Macro Photography with a Cheap Plastic Cup

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Hand-held macro photography presents a lot of challenges, but three of the most prevalent are: subject movement, camera shake, and harsh shadows. Fortunately, you don’t have to carry around a bunch of gear to solve these issues. In fact, a cheap plastic cup will do the trick all by itself! Read more…

How Many Studio Lights Do You Really Need?

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When it comes to the quantity of lights that one needs, opinions are often heavily polarized and a hotly contested debate often rages. There are those that are staunch supporters of one light while others claim that a handful of lights are needed before anything meaningful can be done. Ultimately neither group is right as there is no definable minimum or maximum number of lights that one should use.

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How to Photograph People When You Travel

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People often tell me that they find it difficult to take good portrait photos when they travel. Approaching strangers and asking to photograph them, usually with a language barrier, can be a daunting prospect. And how do you take a portrait that is creative and meaningful rather than just a simple snapshot of the person? I have developed approaches and techniques over the years to help become confident as a travel portrait photographer. Read more…

8 Issues Street Photographers Run Into and How to Deal with Them

From nerves, to an obsession with a ‘decisive moment’ that may never come, to confrontations with people who don’t want you taking their picture, street photographers run into issues that are uniquely their own.

In the video above, the guys over at DigitalRev TV run through what they consider to be 8 of the most common problems new street photographers are likely to run into, and how to deal with each of them.

Tutorial: Medium Format Astrophotography Without a Medium Format Camera

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how I use a standard 50mm prime lens to make medium format sized astrophotos with a regular small format camera. Read more…

Video: How to Build a Powerful $500 DIY LED Light Panel for $70

Whether you’re using one to shoot video or stills, LED light panels are a wonderful tool to have in your arsenal. But while they are available from a variety of companies, in a number of sizes and shapes, almost all quality LED light panels come with one, discouraging attachment: the price tag.

Thankfully, the above tutorial from DIY Perks breaks down how you can build your own $500 LED light panel for just under $70. Read more…

5 Business Mistakes Photographers Make and What You Can Do About Them

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Why do some professional photographers fail to make it in business?

If you can’t cut it technically or artistically as a photographer, then clearly your photography business will have a very limited lifespan. But there are other ways in which you can take your eyes off the ball when turning pro. Here are some classic examples of failure that are easy to avoid when you know how… Read more…