- The 10 Golden Rules of Wildlife Photography
- How to Retouch Shiny Skin in Portraits: Photoshop Tutorial (Video)
- Photos You Probably Haven’t Deleted from Your Smartphone (Video)
Posted: 30 Oct 2013 04:39 PM PDT
Generally speaking, people give close attention to good quality work. A good craftsman is appreciated; his skill, creativity and professionalism exude quality. Photographing wildlife is no different; the successful photographer must give attention to every aspect of his craft and treat it professionally. The following golden rules provide a strong foundation:
A good Wildlife Photographer:
1. Has good equipment and knows how to use it well.
Depending on the type of wildlife you photograph, this is an area where your camera system plays an important role. When photographing a subject there’s no time to fumble with the tools in hand – the photographer, like an experienced car driver operates his machine fluently, almost without thinking.
2. He’s passionate about his craft and wildlife.
Unless you’re passionate about wildlife you won’t go far. Why not? Because you need dedication. A wildlife photographer may spend many hours, days even years trying to get the right picture. Do you think I’m exaggerating? Let me tell you that some of the images that won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition took some of those photographers years to perfect.
3. His clothing and equipment doesn’t give away his position.
This rule may appear insignificant, but it isn’t. The color of clothing or any reflection coming from the photographer or equipment has frightened wildlife and brought an end to a session.
4. Never causes stress to his subjects for the sake of a picture.
It isn’t right to pursue or corner an animal to the point where this pressure will cause stress. This is unprofessional and evidence of an unfeeling, selfish individual.
5. Is always safety conscious.
Animals and even some birds of prey are unpredictable. Safety of self and others is paramount.
6. Is positive, perseveres and has lots of patience.
If there’s an area in photography where failure is tied very tightly to a photographer, is when these qualities are seriously missing. Wildlife photography by its nature is a waiting game, persisting again and again.
7. Is willing to get up before sunrise.
Early morning and late afternoon are the best times. This is the period the wildlife is feeding and very active.
8. Sends his best shots to competitions, isn’t afraid of failure.
Photographers need to continue stretching their abilities – competitions are an excellent way to learn. Failure is often taken negatively, that shouldn’t be the case. While not pleasant, it should serve as an incentive to press on and not taken personally. Sometimes magazine editors will reject some work, not because it isn’t up to standard, but because it was sent at the wrong time or in the wrong way. Maybe they just had a recent feature covering that same subject and there isn’t room for another one soon.
9. Takes time to do in-house research about his subject matter.
Preparation is half way to success. Learning a bit about the subject and location where you’ll be photographing is in my opinion, one of the most important golden rules.
10. Is technically proficient.
The photographer must know how to get sharp pictures, compose the subject, know what’s the best light, how to use fill flash and all the techniques necessary to create a good picture.
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Posted: 30 Oct 2013 12:11 PM PDT
It’s becoming common practice to retouch the imperfections and blemishes that are found on everyone’s faces and skin. However, it’s sometimes easy to get carried away in editing and before you know it, your subject begins to look plastic and barely resembles their actual look. In the video below, Lee Varis, explains the process he uses to edit portraits and help tone down shiny skin to make a portrait just right. Take a look:
After you make your initial corrections, such as cloning out stray hairs and removing any minor blemishes, Varis begins to move into more advanced editing techniques. But, don’t worry if you are just learning Photoshop, Varis delivers a very informative and easy to follow tutorial. Here is brief summary of his workflow:
Varis’s technique is favored in part because it doesn’t drastically change the look of the subject. The simple method he uses simply corrects color imbalances and unflattering reflections of light. Below is the portrait that Varis works on throughout the video tutorial, before he has begun to retouch it.
You can see the redness and shine on the skin is distracting and does not do much to portray the subject in the most favorable way. After just a few minutes of editing and making adjustments in Photoshop, Varis was able to enhance the portrait and give it a much more pleasing feel.
When it comes to retouhcing portraits, more often than not, less really is more. That becomes evident in the work showcased above. The final portrait is balanced and true the subject, and the photographer did not have to spend too much time making it that way.
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Posted: 30 Oct 2013 11:30 AM PDT
“Oooh! I’m posting that one on Facebook!”
With the use of smartphones as cameras, conversations like this are overheard on a daily basis. Many people either don’t want to shell out the money for a DSLR or simply don’t have their camera handy, so they are turning to their cell phones to capture life’s special moments.
Grab your smartphone and start browsing to see how many of these common images exist in your gallery.
So, were you surprised by the number of these images stored in your cell phone? While this video is humorous, it is rather enlightening. Who hasn’t snapped a quick photo with the intent to brag about a certain life event, vacation, food, or experience?
On the other hand, couldn’t we use these handy devices to snap pictures of items that are actually useful?
Photos You SHOULD Take With Your Cell Phone
Let’s be honest, you will continue to use your smartphone to take “selfies” and ridiculously cute photos of your pet, but keep in mind your handy camera can also record helpful information with a quick snap of the shutter.
Go to full article: Photos You Probably Haven’t Deleted from Your Smartphone (Video)
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