- Printing 101: Introduction to Photography Printing Guide at 25% Off
- Photography Basics: Qualities of Natural Light
- Perspectives of Fashion Photographers in “The Pit” (Video)
Posted: 18 Jul 2013 04:38 PM PDT
Like many disgruntled ink jet printer users, Pro photographer Ron Martinsen had almost given up on getting good quality prints. He found himself averaging about $50 per 4×6 print when you account for all of the clogged print heads, discarded printers, wasted paper, and ink costs. But through much research and in collaboration with Canon, Epson & HP he was finally able to develop a dependable printing workflow with great results. This eBook is a result of his efforts and we were able to negotiate a 25% discount for our readers for the next few days, simply use the discount code pictureprint at checkout. Found here: Printing 101
This book is the aggregation of 6 months and roughly 400 hours of an intense deep dive the author personally performed to get his head around complexities of the world of printing and color management. This research was supported by Canon, Epson and many other fine companies in the printing industry. He received assistance from both of these printer companies and other key companies in the industry as well as 10 professional photographers for whom printing is the most important part of their digital work flow. Printing is the realization of their artistic intent exactly as they intended it – without all of the limitations of poorly calibrated displays and inaccurate prints on cheap paper.
Some of the Many Topics Covered (100 Pages):
How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:
Our readers can receive 25% off until Monday, July 22 by using the discount code PICTUREPRINT at checkout. The guide comes in PDF format that can be read on computers, phones and most tablet computers (works great as a mobile reference out in the field). Also includes a full guarantee so there is no risk in trying it.
It can be found here: Printing 101 – Introduction to Photography Printing
Go to full article: Printing 101: Introduction to Photography Printing Guide at 25% Off
Posted: 18 Jul 2013 01:51 PM PDT
We all know that we need light to take pictures. If you’re planning to take pictures outdoors during the daytime, you might believe that light is the least of your concerns. While that might be somewhat true, many people don't realize that natural outdoor lighting has an effect on the overall look of their pictures. Natural light has different qualities. It may have warm tones or cool tones. Natural light can also be soft or hard. The quality of the light that shows in your images will depend on outdoor conditions (weather) as well as the time of day you are taking pictures.
Something else to consider is the fact that sunlight creates shadows. Shadows are a part of nature, but depending on your subject, those shadows could enhance or detract from your picture. Another reason to “see the light” when you are taking pictures outdoors is the fact that the available light influences camera exposure settings that will produce a properly exposed picture. You can’t change the natural lighting outdoors, but paying attention to light will help you make better decisions about how and when you might want to take your pictures.
Cloudy Days and Sunny Days
Direct, bright sunlight on a clear day is considered to be hard light. Depending on the angle and intensity of that light, sharp edged shadows may be cast on your subject. Those shadows work well for some subjects, such as landscape scenes, but a portrait that shows one part of the subject’s face in shadows is usually not very flattering. Bright light and shadows also create more contrast in an image. Pictures with higher contrast will bring out more details in a subject or scene. The light on a cloudy, overcast day is not as bright or as hard as the light on a sunny day. Pictures taken on cloudy days have much less contrast than those taken on bright, sunny days. Pictures taken on cloudy days have very soft shadows, if there are any at all. The overall light on a cloudy/overcast day is pretty even, making it ideal for portraits. Take note that pictures taken in shaded areas on clear days will have pretty much the same light qualities as those taken under very cloudy conditions.
Color Tone and Time of Day
Many people don’t think about the color tone that will be in their pictures while they are taking the shots. Yet, as previously mentioned, the color tone in the atmosphere can have a distinct effect on the overall look of your pictures. The color tone on a very cloudy or overcast day is considered to be cool. The overall tone on a cloudy day is slightly bluish and gray. The natural colors of a scene or subject taken on a cloudy day will still show in your images. However, they won’t appear to be as bright or vivid as the same subject taken on a clear day. The colors will appear to be more subdued or cool.
On a clear day, during the hour or two after sunrise, the early morning light has a warm, yellowish color tone. The same is true for the hour or two before sunset. The hour or so after sunrise and before sunset is known as the golden hour(s). Many photographers love taking pictures at these times because of the warm tones, but also because the light is not as hard or harsh as it might be around midday. Since the sun is still near the horizon during these hours, it produces long shadows. However, these shadows are not quite as sharp and hard as shadows produced by midday sunlight. As the sun continues to rise, the warm tones gradually fade during the hours from mid-morning to midday.
The light at midday is considered to be neutral or colorless (as far as color tone). However, the midday light is the hardest light of the day and produces hard, sharp edged shadows. This type of light may work well for some subjects, but it is probably the least desirable type of lighting for portraits. After midday, the tone of the light in the atmosphere gradually begins to become warmer as we head into late afternoon. We then head toward another golden hour before sunset. All cameras have a white balance feature, which is designed to make sure that anything white in a scene shows as white in the picture. However, depending on your camera settings, it might cause the warm glow to be eliminated from your picture. On the other hand, your camera also has settings that can enhance the warmth or coolness of your images. Check your camera’s manual to see which white balance setting will work best for the effect you want.
Once again, you can’t change outdoor conditions when you’re taking pictures. But you should get to know how natural light affects your photos. There may be times when you have something specific in mind as far as what type of natural light would work best for a particular scene or subject. Now, since you know the main qualities of natural light, you will be able to make good decisions as to how and when you take those pictures.
About the Author:
Posted: 18 Jul 2013 12:56 PM PDT
Ever wonder what it’s like to be one of those photographers at a fashion show sitting in the pit with their big telephoto lens snapping photos as fast as they can? They seem portrayed as paparazzi-esque, always over eager to get the next shot. But there’s a lot more to being a pit photographer than the surface shows. In this video, several fashion photographers, including Bruno Rinaldi, are interviewed about their experiences and opinions on shooting from the pit:
Gianna Pucci, freelance pit photographer for 25 years, says one of the biggest challenges in the industry is finding the right spot in the limited amount of time you’re given. If you ever find yourself in one of these time-crunch situations, here’s a list of things to do immediately:
These tips are only for if you have to arrive last minute. If you have the time and accessibility, always scout a location beforehand so you can get an idea of the layout and lighting.
Go to full article: Perspectives of Fashion Photographers in “The Pit” (Video)
|You are subscribed to email updates from PictureCorrect Photography Tips |
To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now.
|Email delivery powered by Google|
|Google Inc., 20 West Kinzie, Chicago IL USA 60610|