Posts Tagged ‘howto’

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…

GoPro Rolls Out Field Guide Tutorial Series to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Action Cam

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Really want to get the most out of your new GoPro? You’re in luck, because GoPro recently turned to their own in-house production team and asked them to create a series of tutorials called the GoPro Field Guide.

This collection of videos — made by the same guys who follow some of the top extreme athletes in the world around and film their insane antics — will help you get the hang of that little action cam and really take advantage of everything it can do. Read more…

Approaching the Problem of Style

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To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.

~ Charles Bukowski

Easier said than done, I think. Good, actionable advice on how to develop your photographic style is hard to find. Clichés, on the other hand, sprout like lawn weeds everywhere: “Style develops over time; you can’t rush it!”, “Confidence creates style!”, “Imitate other people’s work and put a twist on it!”, “Here are 3 ways/8 ways/10 tips to creating style!”
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DigitalRev Shows You How to Do Hyperlapse Photography with Basic Gear

If you’ve been toying around with time-lapse photography and want try the next logical evolution, or if you simply want a fun photography project for the weekend, this quick hyperlapse how-to from the fun folks over at DigitalRevTV has you covered. (Warning: Some strong language) Read more…