- Landscape and Nature Photography Tips
- Recreating a High Speed Diving Underwater Photo (Video)
- iPhone Street Photography Techniques (Video)
- Self Portrait Walk Through China (Video)
Posted: 07 Jan 2014 04:28 PM PST
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You have found the perfect location and the view in front of you is breathtaking, you take some photos and then get them developed. What you have taken fails to live up it the view you remember, everything is a bit lifeless! Does this sound familiar? If it does then here are some basic tips that will transform the way you take photos. Before long you will be printing them, framing them, hanging them, and showing them off to anyone that comes to your house.
Get up early
The best light for taking landscape photography is early morning or just before sunset. When the sun is lower in the sky it gives a better, less harsh, quality of light that will give you good starting point for your photo. Photographers often call these times of the day as the ‘magic hour’. From previous experience I prefer to take my photos at sunrise, there is something about being up early and making the extra effort that seems to focus me into taking a better picture.
Rule of thirds
This is one of those things that once shown it you will never take a picture without considering it again. So what you have to do is imagine that the viewfinder is split into three both horizontally and vertically (like a noughts and crosses board). The idea behind this, with landscape photography, is that you align the horizon with the either the top or bottom horizontal line. When you start taking photos many if us put the horizon in the middle of the photo and you will be amazed just be following the rule of thirds how this will improve your pictures.
Get out there and explore
It may sound obvious but so many of us stick to the same locations. Go online and look at some maps and try and spot somewhere new to go. Or even better go and buy a map and try and find some locations that may offer some good terrain to photograph. Pack up your camera and go for a walk, sometimes you the perfect location is just round the next corner!
If you only can afford a limited number of filters, they can after all be expensive by the kit and they often get forgotten about and you never get round to using them. Then get yourself a polarizing filter and put in your camera bag and start experimenting. You will be amazed at the difference it can make, the lovely blues you will get from the sky and the reduction in glare is amazing. The colours can appear to be more intense both onscreen and in print.
Depth of field
This involves using some of the settings on your camera that you may have been afraid of before. I say this as it is how I was before getting a lesson, automatic mode was the setting for me. That is until I was show about things a few simple setting that everyone should experiment with. Admittedly you are going to need a tripod to use as this setting as the shutter speed will mean that you may blur the photo if not.
So what do I mean by depth of files and how to put this into practice? Well normally when you take a landscape either the foreground or the background has to suffer in terms of being slightly out of focus.
For example you have interesting valley in the distance you wish to focus on, but there is also a point of interest in the foreground. You are able to give both these elements the sharpness they deserve by utilising the aperture setting; by using this you can achieve the result of everything being sharp in the image. Try using f 22 and you could find this working really well for you.
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Posted: 07 Jan 2014 02:52 PM PST
There are certain photographs that, when we look at them, make us think, “How did they do that?” Then there are others which, though they may be relatively simple at a glance, were surprisingly difficult to achieve. In his “Fake a Big Shot” video series, Kai Man Wong explores what goes into impressive photographs, and attempts to imitate them as a learning exercise:
In this episode, Wong is given the challenge of recreating a striking underwater shot of a diver taken by Chase Jarvis. He succeeds in finding a diver and a pool, but soon learns of two factors which will make the challenge more difficult: first, Jarvis took the original shot with the top-of-the-line Hasselblad H3D, while Wong will be recreating it using the more consumer-friendly GoPro Hero 3. Second, Jarvis’ shot was taken from a room with a glass view into the pool, whereas the only way for Wong to get the same effect under the circumstances is to actually be underwater.
Despite these hurdles, Wong managed to get a great-looking similar shot of his own.
There are a few key things to keep in mind when attempting to take a photograph like this:
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Posted: 07 Jan 2014 02:43 PM PST
Street photography is an art that requires a photographer to anticipate and capture spontaneity. Many street photographers use DSLRs and film cameras, but smartphones have taken the place of some artists’ bulkier gear.
Watch how Gavin Harrison uses his iPhone to quickly take, edit, and share his street photography:
Visualize Your Shots
Using an iPhone doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your creative vision. Have an idea about the message you want your image to send. In Harrison’s example, he saw a musician playing his guitar in the South Kensington tunnel. As he observed for a few moments, he noticed how people were rushing by the performer in a hurry to get wherever they were going. He wanted his photo to illustrate this concept, so he waited for a passerby to walk through the frame. This created the blur of a woman rushing past the guitar player.
Make Use of Editing Tools
Apps like Instagram make it easy to apply a basic filter with a single tap of a finger. But you can take much more control of your images with other editing apps. Harrison uses Snapseed and Big Lens for the photo featured in the video. Look for apps that let you make multiple adjustments.
Know the Strengths of Your Apps
Don’t worry about cluttering up your smartphone with photo apps. Each app has its own strengths. You can even edit the same photo using several different programs. For example, Harrison first opened his image of the musician in Snapseed, where he cropped and straightened the photo, adjusted ambiance and saturation, added a filter, sharpened, and did some selective adjustments. He then saved the image and opened it back up in an app called Big Lens, which allowed him to apply an HDR setting as well as use a selection brush to blur part of his image with precision.
The fleeting nature of street photography’s subject matter makes smartphones the tools of choice for many photographers. An iPhone can be pulled out of a pocket and used stealthily to capture quick interactions without the burden or barrier that a larger camera sometimes brings with it. And, with efficient use of apps, the images can be artistically edited and shared within seconds.
Posted: 07 Jan 2014 11:16 AM PST
In November 2007, Christoph Rehage set off from Beijing with the hope of walking to Germany. One year later, he arrived in Ürümqi, China with a great beard and a fantastic idea.
He put together a fun and inspiring video of his travels and wild hair growing process. Watch the kilometers and days roll by as Christoph goes from clean cut adventure seeker to shaggy, bearded cross country trekker:
With a self portrait from every day on the road, Christoph tells his story of a year walking across China. In five minutes we get to travel with Christoph as he makes his way across the country, battling crazy weather conditions, making new friends, love and just having a wicked adventure.
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