- Street Photography Cheat Sheet For Your Travels
- What Are the Chances of Capturing Fireworks & Lightning in the Same Shot?
- Photography Project: Clouds Indoors
- How to Make Your Own Light Panel for Portrait Photography
Posted: 07 Jul 2013 04:31 PM PDT
If you are new to street photography, or even if you're not, remembering settings, nailing the composition, getting idea inspirations, and just getting motivated to get over the fear of doing it can feel daunting. To help make it easier, here’s a cheat sheet full of reminders and setting information to print and take with you, whether you're traveling or just exploring your hometown.
What To Look For
Design and Composition
To achieve maximum sharpness:
There are a few other considerations you may want to keep in mind such as setting your camera on shutter priority mode. Manual is good for consistent lighting situations, but is tough to alter constantly in changing light environments. Also, remember that blur isn’t necessarily bad. Photograph moving people at slower shutter speeds – 1/40th to 1/60th – to create a slight blur. It can look fantastic, especially in black and white.
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Posted: 07 Jul 2013 02:46 PM PDT
If you’ve dabbled in photography, you know how hard it is to get the perfect shot. Sure, you’ve read tutorials, carefully researched equipment upgrades, practiced and prepared. Nevertheless, luck is still crucial for capturing a magic moment.
For special situations, like lightning or fireworks, lady luck plays a bigger role in getting a decent shot. How do you know when lightning will strike? Or where the next firework will explode?
So imagine the excitement photographer Jason Smith felt after capturing these two elusive subjects together in a single exposure:
This shot is explosively good and electrifyingly inspiring! (Pun intended) What are the chances, really?
There are many elements that make this photo great. The bolt of lightning and firework are cleanly captured and perfectly overlaid. The composition of the shot is excellent too. The silhouette of the trees in the foreground hug the sphere of the firework. Together with fade to black above, the framing is ideal.
It’s a once in a lifetime shot that even the photographer admitted to in adding this caption to the photo:
Indeed, the photo inspires awe. It’s a lesson to all photographers that sometimes it pays to stay up all night. Who knows, you might get lucky.
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Posted: 07 Jul 2013 01:25 PM PDT
Dutch artist, Berndnaut Smilde, has created a new project in which he takes an element from the natural outside world and introduces it to the artificial inside world. His subject: the cloud. Smilde is interested in capturing the temporary form of the cloud outside of its natural context to exaggerate its being (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Though his cloud making may be something new, pairing subjects with uncommon backgrounds is not. The juxtaposition between the two can emphasize the subject, background, or both. These contrasting subject/background scenes can come in many forms. Here are a few:
Posted: 07 Jul 2013 11:53 AM PDT
Let's face it, lighting equipment can be pretty expensive once you add up all the power supplies, light stands, light modifiers, power packs, slaves and whatnot. This is where DIY and nice guys like Kevin Kubota come in. The video below explains how to make your own lighting scrims inexpensively with a quick trip to the hardware and fabric store (for those of you reading this by email, the tutorial video can be seen here):
Light panels are great for diffusing light both indoors and outdoors. Position it outside to maximize the effect of sunlight of your subject, or use it with a speedlight for a soft window light effect.
What You'll Need:
(3) 10-foot sections ¾" PVC Pipes
Measure the pieces and cut the PVC pipe. Divide one 10-foot PVC pipe, into two 34-inch sections and one 36 1/2 –inch section. This makes half of the frame.
Lay out all the pieces so that you'll have a general idea of what everything will look like once assembled.
Glue one side of the pipe to the T-fittings to make it easier to dismantle. Mark which sides to pull apart.
Run the elastic cord through all the pieces to help hold it together.
Stitch/sew the elastic pieces onto the corners of the nylon fabric.
Set it up!
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