Posts Tagged ‘tip’

Pro Tip: Stabilize Your GoPro Videos Using Your Face

Here’s a video from back in 2012 that shows a basic GoPro video stabilization tip you might not have heard of yet. Put together by Mitch Bergsma of MicBergsma Productions, it shows you how holding your GoPro against your face will lead to more stable footage. Read more…

Video: Phenomenal ‘Know Thyself’ Advice for Photographers Courtesy of John Free

Every time we run across one of photographer John Free’s videos, we can’t help but be inspired, motivated and educated… all at the same time. The master photographer has a way of explaining fundamental concepts that we don’t often hear brought up.

In a few minutes, Free can have you picking up your camera and jetting out the door with your camera in hand and a new appreciation and understanding of your craft in mind. The video above is no exception. So sit up and listen up as Free explains the importance of getting ‘closer to yourself’ as a photographer, so that a crucial moment never slips past.

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AF-ON & Back Button Autofocus: This May Just Change the Way You Shoot Forever

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Still autofocusing by pressing halfway down on your shutter release? Well, suppose I told you there’s another way that you might even like better? Sound interesting? Read on.

The technique is called Back Button Autofocus and it can really change the way you use your camera. Rather than autofocusing with your shutter release, you move the autofocus function exclusively to a button on the back of the camera. When you first hear about this technique, it’s natural to greet the idea with a bit of uncertainty, but once you get used to focusing with this method, you may never go back. Read more…

Introducing Lens Chimping: A Creative New Photography Technique

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So, for a while now I’ve shared photography techniques I’d worked on throughout my career. Every wedding season I try to share something new with everyone and I love seeing what other photographers have done with prisming, freelensing, and brenizer methods (aka. bokeh panoramas).

Now it’s time for my latest technique: I call it lens chimping. Read more…

No Paris? No Problem! Using a Backdrop and Shallow DOF to Fake a Location Shoot

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The photograph above seems fairly straight forward: pretty model photographed in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. But that’s not actually the case at all. The photograph was actually taken in a basement in Ohio. Read more…

Peter Hurley Shares His ‘Most Incredible Tip for Looking Photogenic’: Squinching

Back in February of 2012, portraitist Peter Hurley shared an awesome tutorial that showed how to accentuate your subject’s jawline in portraits and instantly make them look much more photogenic. That video went insanely viral amongst photographers, and now, Hurley has finally released a followup in which he shares what he calls “his most incredible tip for looking photogenic.” Read more…

Want to Create Steam for a Food Shoot? Try Microwaving a Tampon

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Nothing makes a bowl of soup, a cup of coffee, or in this case, a baked potato, look more warm and appetizing than a beautiful cloud of steam. Immediately, your taste buds think of a hot, comforting meal, and your nose can almost sniff the fresh-from-the-oven smell.
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Using Toys and Forced Perspective to Get Professional, Low-Budget Visual Effects

While working on a feature film called The Grind, filmmaker Vashi Nedomansky had to come up with a way to shoot a flashback scene, complete with Humvee, in the desert of Iraq. The only problem? He had neither Iraq, nor a Humvee to work with.

Fortunately, he did have the sand dunes outside of Los Angeles and a 1:18 scale model of a Humvee purchased at Walmart for $23. Combine those things with a bit of creativity and you get some low-budget, professional-looking visual effects. Read more…

Remember: 770 is the Magical Number for Photography at Public Libraries

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Have an afternoon to kill at a public library and want to go directly to the photography section? Just remember the magical number 770.

That’s the division number for “Photography & computer art” in the Dewey Decimal System, used in hundreds of thousands of public libraries in 135+ countries around the world.
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How to Use a Tripod for Smooth Tracking Shots On the Cheap

With the ability to shoot video now nearly ubiquitous among DSLRs, many photographers take advantage and switch into video mode on occasion. But because video isn’t a photographer’s first priority, camera sliders and cranes that many videographers find necessary for beautiful, smooth tracking shots don’t always make the budget.

Thankfully, if you’re not in the market for a slider or crane, but you still want to shoot the occasional tracking shot, the folks at DSLR filmmaking tutorial site Fenchel & Janisch shared this simple trick for getting similar results using the tripod already at your disposal. Read more…