- Selfie Photo Tips & Techniques
- Graffiti Artists Take Over a Whole Warehouse, Documented with Hyperlapse Photography (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Blue Eyes to Get Lost In
- Photography Project to Provide Moments of Happiness to the Suffering (Video)
Posted: 09 Dec 2013 07:44 PM PST
Sometimes we don’t want others to know that we have taken a photo of ourselves. In these cases, it is nice to be able to discreetly take a self-portrait that looks professionally done. Whether you want a professional-looking photo for social media, professional sites, or personal use, it can be helpful to know a few hints for getting a self-portrait that looks like it was taken by someone else. That’s why I’ve compiled a few hints for you to use in order to get a fantastic self-portrait.
Try using the self timer on your camera instead of depending on the length of your arm. This way, your face will be much more relaxed during the photo (you won’t be straining your arm!), and you can get a wider range of view in the photo. If you can afford it, a remote shutter release is even better.
Wondering how to set the camera up for success when using the self-timer? Use a tripod if you have one. Otherwise, you can substitute a chair or another piece of sturdy furniture. Be very careful about what you set the camera on in order to avoid an accidental drop.
One of the things that sets apart amateur photography from professional photography is the quality of lighting. You may not have professional photography equipment, but you can do a few things to maximize natural light.
If shooting indoors, look for a window. Stand with the light falling on your face and not coming from behind your head for best results. Outside, it’s often best to find a shaded area for photos, especially if the sun is bright. This is for your comfort as well as avoiding a washed-out look.
If you’re taking a close up of your face and the light is coming from a particular direction, you might find that one side of your face looks brighter than the other. If this happens, you can take a car reflector, mirror, or a piece of white poster board, and use it to reflect light onto to the darker side of your face in order to even it out.
An easy way to spot a self-portrait is by noting the background of a photograph. Many people take photographs of themselves in their bedroom or other areas of the home. The problem is that most of these areas contain clutter and other objects that might distract from the subject of the photo. To solve this issue, you can use two different approaches.
If you want to take photos in your home, try to hang a plain-colored sheet somewhere in an uncluttered area. You can then use the sheet as a backdrop for your self-portrait. For best results, hang the sheet so that a foot or two of the material can cover the floor, thus creating a seamless background from the floor to the wall.
Otherwise, the best solution would probably be to go somewhere besides the home to take a self-portrait. A local park is a wonderful place to take photos, and you’ll have lovely scenery behind you instead of the inside of your room.
Try to make any photo editing you do look very natural. People are likely to spot an over-processed self-portrait. Sometimes, less is more, and this can be especially true for self-portraiture.
Self portraiture can be a fun, money-saving technique to learn, and these simple changes can help make your photos look subtle and professional. Now that you’re armed with this information, there’s no excuse to use your arm for self-portraits!
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Posted: 09 Dec 2013 03:31 PM PST
You’re probably familiar with timelapse photography, in which still photos (taken with a stationary camera) are compiled to create the effect of motion and change. Hyperlapse photography takes the concept a step further, by moving the camera to create an effect similar to a tracking shot. Australian director Selina Miles has used this technique to great effect with this playful yet impressive video, titled “Limitless”:
The five-minute video depicts the graffiti artists Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench as they paint the entirety of an abandoned warehouse. The artists are often shown in the act of painting; other times, the images on the walls seem to come to life on their own.
Miles combines the versatility of hyperlapse with stop-motion animation, turning a couch into a pirate ship, and making one of the artists fly across the warehouse, propelled by spray paint cans as if they were jetpacks.
“Limitless” was made without a crew, or a lot of fancy equipment– Miles shot it all on her own with a Canon 6D, a tripod, and a three-wheeled dolly. She used only the natural light available in the warehouse. Needless to say, creating a piece like this is labor-intensive, both in the shooting and in the editing process, though the concept is relatively simple. This video is a great example of what can be accomplished with minimal equipment and a lot of time and imagination!
For further training we have another article on how to do hyperlapse photography.
Go to full article: Graffiti Artists Take Over a Whole Warehouse, Documented with Hyperlapse Photography (Video)
Posted: 09 Dec 2013 02:21 PM PST
It's that timeless question among photographers: how much photo-editing is too much? Some argue that photographs should only be "tweaked" by post-processing software so as to remain as true to reality as possible, while others maintain that anything goes as long as it looks good.
This lovely portrait of a woman with striking blue eyes has social media users from both camps debating:
On first glance, the photo is gorgeous, but many viewers have argued that closer examination reveals uneven whitening of the model's eyes and overly extreme airbrushing and lightening of her skin—specifically around the model’s now-nonexistent nose.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Blue Eyes to Get Lost In
Posted: 09 Dec 2013 11:12 AM PST
It’s always inspiring to hear about ways in which we can use photography to help others– to bring a smile to their faces, or to help them see themselves in a new light. The Mimi Foundation’s book of photos, titled “If Only For a Second,” is a wonderful example of such a project – watch here:
The Mimi Foundation is an organization for cancer patients whose goal is to make sure their patients’ personal and emotional needs are met, in addition to their medical needs. The foundation has centers in France, Belgium and Switzerland where individuals are provided with a serene, relaxing atmosphere, psychological counseling, beauty treatments, and advice on ways to approach hair loss.
“If Only For a Second” is a book and accompanying video that documents an experiment in helping cancer patients to forget their illness, however briefly. For the project, twenty people were given over-the-top makeovers and asked to keep their eyes closed the entire time. When their transformations were complete, they were asked to open their eyes in front of a two-way mirror, on the other side of which sat a photographer.
The resulting photographs are both moving and playful, capturing the subjects’ surprise and amusement at seeing themselves wearing a mullet, a bouffant, or a voluminous powdered wig. Here’s hoping that “If Only For a Second” will inspire other photography projects that aim to spread smiles and happiness to those who need it most.
Go to full article: Photography Project to Provide Moments of Happiness to the Suffering (Video)
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