- Shooting From the Hip Photography
- Why Some Pro Photographers Prefer Film Over Digital (Video)
- Moving Cycling Photography Lighting Techniques (Video)
Posted: 26 Jan 2014 04:33 PM PST
Hip shooting, which was named after gun fighting, is a photographic style described as shooting photographs from waist level without using the viewfinder of the camera to centralize the subject. This is a learned technique and can be very hit or miss while you are learning it. However, once you have the skill mastered, you will usually have some amazing photographs. This method of photography is preferred by many photographers for the unique and varied artwork that can be constructed from the photographs.
There are several advantages to using this style of photography. Photographers that have learned how to do hip shooting have an advantage over other photographers because they are able to capture the natural side of their subject instead of having them posed. When the subject is a person, they may be very relaxed and natural when they think the photographer is not aiming the camera at them, and they become rigid, tense, and unnatural when the camera is raised to the photographer’s eye. Hip shooting allows the capture of a natural, relaxed moment.
Another advantage of this style of photography is the speed at which you can take the photographs. Without taking the time to bring the camera up to the eye and focus, many more pictures can be taken in a shorter amount of time. This can be especially helpful when you are taking photographs at a sporting event or theatrical event where people are moving continually.
If you want to try hip shooting with your camera, you will first want to make sure that your camera is on auto focus. By having the camera on auto focus, it will make it easier for you to get a quality shot while using this method. You will also want to get as close as possible to your subject so that you are able to get the photograph that you are hoping for. A good way to practice hip shooting is to have your camera on and ready to go and go for a walk. While you are on your walk, snap as many photographs as you can without editing them, you will do that step when you return home.
Remember that shooting from the hip is a learned skill. It will take time to perfect it, but once you do, you will have some amazing photographs. This technique is very popular among street photographers as their subjects often do not know they are being photographed. Have fun with it and remember to take as many shots as you can because for every fifty shots that you take, you may only get one or two usable shots.
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Posted: 26 Jan 2014 02:49 PM PST
What is it about film photography that inspires, moves, excites, motivates, arouses? The way film makes a photographer giddy, revel in the mystery, anticipate the surprise, take chances. The way a film photograph can leave the viewer in such awe.
Indie Film Lab hit the road to talk to photographers about the romance of film photography:
Partnering with Kodak, Indie Film Lab directors Luke Lindgren and Josh Moates put together this inspiring documentary, ‘Long Live Film’, filled with some of today’s best, up and coming, and creative photographers talking about why they love film.
The photographers talk about the inspiration they get from shooting film, the warm colors produced by different film stocks, the way they feel when they finally get the pictures back from the lab or have the amazing fortune and skills to develop them themselves.
The consensus, coming from such American-based photographers as Ryan Muirhead, Stephen DeVries, Kelbert McFarland, Paul Bryant, the Brothers Wright, and Ashley Kelemen, is that film makes you shoot differently than digital. Even though film is slower, film cameras can inspire because each camera sounds different, feels different, captures light differently. In general, shooting film makes you think differently.
When I get a new old camera, like a film camera, I just get pumped about it. – Luke Lindgren
Film Cameras and Products Used by the Photographers
Hasselblad 501CM – used by Ryan Muirhead the first time he shot film
Pentax 67 – Stephen DeVries’ main camera
Polaroid Automatic 100 – Jarrod Renaud
Kodak Ektar Film – Wendy Laurel
Nikon FE – Kelbert McFarland
T-Max Black and White 400 Film – Ryan Johnson
Go to full article: Why Some Pro Photographers Prefer Film Over Digital (Video)
Posted: 26 Jan 2014 11:31 AM PST
For those of us working on limited budgets, we have to learn to make do with what we have. In the short video clip below, photographer, Payton Ruddock, shows us how he used his existing equipment to capture some some sporty photographs of a triathlete. Here’s how he did it:
Ruddock was able to get the shots by setting up a mobile studio in the back of his pickup truck where he secured his Alien Bees strobe and beauty dish onto a Manfrotto boom. To secure his precious cargo he tied everything down with bungee cords, sand bags, battery packs, and an assistant to hold everything in place.
Once everything was in place, the crew used a Sekonic Light Meter to meter about 15 foot away from the back of the truck where it was planned for the athlete to be cycling. The exact settings from the light meter were programmed into the camera and the studio was ready to start rolling as the cyclist paced behind.
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