Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

Retouching: You’re Going About it All Wrong

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Retouching problems start well before we sit down in front of the computer and begin pushing pixels around. I know this because as I reflect on my past work, I realize that I’m as guilty of making countless mistakes as much as anyone else.

Rather than talk about techniques like dodging and burning, frequency separation, etc. let’s focus on more high level problems that might be leading you in the wrong direction. Retouching is as much about mindset as it is technical ability so let’s start with the former and ensure that you’ve got some prerequisites in place before you even pull out your stylus.
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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…

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…

5 Top Photographers Share Advice on What it Takes to Become a Professional

In a bid to both inspire you and advertise themselves a bit, Nikon Europe gathered a group of 5 professional photographers who presented at this year’s Photokina and asked them to share their advice on what it takes to become a professional in the world of photography.

Their insights, as you might imaging, are well worth two minutes of your time. Read more…

Thoughts on Judging an International Wedding Photography Competition

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I had the honor of getting to judge a recent international wedding photography contest for Fearless Photographers, a great organization I’ve been a part of for the last few years. Fearless contests run several times a year and typically receive thousands (if not tens of thousands) of entries from around the world. There is no quota to meet for Fearless judges, so if an image is awesome, it gets an award. The judging is incredibly selective, and seems to get more selective with each round.
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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…

15 Free Organizational Tools for Photographers

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These days, photographers are dramatically strapped for time. We live in a world where “busy” is the most common answer for “how are you doing?” Endless client talks, long emails, phone calls, social media messages and trips steal your precious time with no intention of giving it back.

So, how can you become more effective in the time you do have and maybe earn yourself some time for shooting? And I’m not talking about multitasking, everyone already knows that’s not working anyway!

In this post I put together 15 time-saving tools for photographers that’ll help save you more time for shooting. Tools for creating quick to-do lists, bookmarking links to read later, sharing various files with others, automating certain quick tasks, creating personal website in minutes, and much more. Read more…

7 Simple Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Taking More Creative Smartphone Photos

COOPH, The Cooperative of Photography, is back in the photo tip game again, this time showing us 7 smartphone photography tips you’ll want to be writing down if you ever shoot with the computer in your pocket.

From unique panorama uses to a clever way to easily take partially underwater photos, these tips are quick, easy and will certainly add a little variety to your Instagram arsenal. Read more…

This Simple Trick for Shy Street Photographers Will Help You Snag that Candid Shot

DigitalRevTV recently shared a useful video featuring the more mellow Lok that discussed how to photograph Hong Kong if you’ve only got a few hours to spend shooting. The video itself is interesting and full of great info shared in that low-key style only possible for DRTV when Kai is on vacation, but one tip in particular caught peoples’ eye. Read more…