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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…

Cheap Shot Challenge: Photos Taken with Expensive Gear Recreated On the Cheap

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Want to make some great photos but don’t have or don’t want to spend a lot of money? A few days ago I posted photo of a Hummingbird on my Facebook page I took with a new Nikon D810 and a 85mm 1.8. I received a comment asking me “how much money do you spend on your equipment to get a shot like this?” Others comment from time to time that they’d love to get into photography but don’t have the money.

So, I thought, how close can I come to some of the shots I get with my Nikon D600 and the D810 with a really cheap used DSLR? The personal challenge began. 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…

external Identify What You Are Shy About To Build Your Personal Brand —Lifehacker

By clarifying what you are shy about, there are strategies you can employ. The good news is that you can use platforms such as social media, blogs and forums to avoid interactions that make you feel uncomfortable, all the while achieving your goals and building your personal brand. For example, if you are shy about your appearance, you wouldn’t want to start with selfies or a video blog. You might rather focus on writing and curating content.

 
Aug 20, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

What Photographers are NOT Considering When Using High ISO

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What is it about this picture that ‘was’ considered along with high ISO?

It’s no secret now that modern cameras have taken photographers to new heights with their ability to shoot at and above ISO 1600. Personally, I can now shoot in situations where previously, I ‘had no choice’ but to use flash or put the camera down, so it’s no surprise many photographers are taking advantage of high ISO to be able to shoot in poor existing light.

The key word here is ‘poor’, so I’ll elaborate. The rule of light is that when a light source is large and close, it is at its softest, but when a subject becomes further away from a light source, the quality of that light deteriorates at a fast pace. So much that it gets to a point where the light ends up looking muddy and horrible, because the contrast ratio of light on the subject compared to the background is almost non-existent. Read more…

external How to Be the Best Photographer in a Tense News Situation —The Photo Brigade

In light of the situation in Ferguson, MO, photojournalists offer advice and tips on dealing with spot news and reporting in dangerous situations — be they protests, riots or a crime scene.

 
Aug 19, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Easily Create Photo Site-Specific Search Engines in Chrome with This Little Tip

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For those of you using Google Chrome as your main browser, here’s a neat little trick to help create a custom Chrome search for all your favorite photo sharing sites.

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external 15 Hard Core Lighting Setups to Have You Light Like a Ninja —DIY Photography

If you are struggling with your lighting sometimes it is a good idea to drop your camera for a while (ok, not drop, gently put aside) and get some inspiration from photographers who excel at lighting. Japan based photographer Ilko Allexandroff has a strong lighting style and he was kind enough to share 15 of his lighting setups with us.

 
Aug 17, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

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…

These Spider Fangs Aren’t Going to Photograph Themselves

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Here is a photograph of a Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus.

I won’t explain the biology of this delightful animal here – you may read about it at Wikipedia in greater arachnological detail. Instead, I want to show the process by which I arrived at this composition. Most photographs involve some combination of creativity and constraint, and this one was no different. Read more…