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.
15 Hard Core Lighting Setups to Have You Light Like a Ninja —DIY Photography
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…
Facebook may not be your main photo storage solution (at least we hope it’s not), but knowing how to download a backup of all the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to and shared through the service is still a useful skill to keep tucked away in your Internet toolbox.
Fortunately, the social network actually has a very straightforward, secure and simple system in place so you can download a backup of all your photos, videos, messages and posts in just a few simple steps. Read more…
In the above behind the scenes, notable photographer Zack Arias takes us behind the scenes for a first-hand perspective of how a photo shoot goes down for him, from beginning to end.
There are times when capturing portraits that you’ll notice the skin tone of the subject varies between their face and their body. It’s a rather common occurrence and by no means out of the ordinary. Caused by a number of factors, including makeup, tan, skin quality, lighting quality, etc.
While not a horrible problem to have, it can be a bit unpleasant, aesthetically speaking. Here to help fix the problem are the Photoshop gurus over at Phlearn. In the above video, Phlearn details a few ways to ensure skin tone is consistent across your image, giving you the results you’re looking for.
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.
Photoshop actions can be a critical resource in any photographer’s workflow. Turning otherwise monotonous tasks into an autonomous utility, actions are created by manually performing a series of steps and recording them as an ATN file. This ATN file can then be ‘played’ in the future, when you’re looking to repeat those actions on future images, without the hassle of repeating the now-recorded workflow.
But where do you even get started with creating an action? And how can you effectively plan them out as to not cause any errors when trying to use them in the future? Well, Phlearn has us covered in their latest video, which breaks down the steps to creating and using an effective, flawless action.
The guys over at HouseholdHacker have come up with and shared a cheap product photography trick that’s incredibly simple but yields awesome results. And all you need to take advantage of it is some sort of reflective surface (they used a glossy black trashcan…), a computer monitor, and a smartphone camera! Read more…
As photography technology continues to improve year in and year out, the ISO ranges we’re capable of pulling quality images from are getting truly ridiculous. But as amazing as the improvements in ISO are, it’s important to have an understanding of what ISO actually is and how you can make the most of these growing numbers.