Thursday, 13 February 2014

5 Quick Tips for Photographing People Outdoors

5 Quick Tips for Photographing People Outdoors

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5 Quick Tips for Photographing People Outdoors

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 10:19 PM PST

So, let me guess…

Your pictures of your friends, parents, children, or grandchildren don’t always come out the way you’d like, and you are frequently frustrated by the harsh shadows on their faces when you photograph them outdoors. But you want them to look good, because you care about them (or you wouldn’t be taking their picture, right?).

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“Untitled” captured by Irina Oreshina (Click image to see more from Oreshina.)

So here are 5 tips for improving the pictures you take with almost any camera:

1. Find shade (or wait until a cloud covers the sun). Direct sunlight is directional and harsh. If you want to avoid harsh shadows on faces, find shade to place your subject in. Shade gives you diffused, pleasant light instead of harsh directional light. I know this is contrary to what you think, but trust me… it helps!

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“The Kids” captured by Tim Morris (Click image to see more from Morris.)

2. Use your flash. Your camera will automatically turn the flash off when it is in auto mode in a bright environment. If you override this, and turn on your flash, it will fill in shadows created by the sun, and brighten up the subject without affecting the background much. This is usually accomplished by pushing a button with an emblem like a lightning bolt and selecting the option that looks the same.

3. Use a reflector. You can buy reflectors specifically for photography, but you can also use reflectors for car windshields or a piece of white mat board. Position the reflector so it reflects light onto the subjects face on the shadow side. It will fill in the shadows and even out the light for you.

4. Position the subject with his or her back turned almost straight toward the sun, and use your flash to illuminate the subject. The sun will shine through the subject’s hair, creating an angelic beauty look. The flash will illuminate the person’s face pleasantly, and the ambient light will even the shadows. This will also avoid the squinty look from having the people staring into the sun. Please note that you may need to use your hand or hat to shade the lens so sunlight does not shine directly into the lens and create lens flare.

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“Ann” captured by John Torcasio (Click image to see more from Torcasio.)

5. If you are photographing children, make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/125 of a second, and preferably 1/250 or faster. This will keep them from blurring as they squirm! Putting your camera into action mode will usually achieve this.

photographing children outdoors

“Bubbles and Bokeh” captured by Osku Penttinen (Click image to see more from Penttinen.)

And lastly, keep smiling and tell some jokes if it takes you a bit to get your exposure right. People get stiff if they stay posed for too long.

About the Author:
Tristan Limpo ( is a professional photographer, artist, and instructor based out of Bellingham, Washington.

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How to Safely Clean a DSLR Sensor (Video)

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 03:27 PM PST

If you’ve been too afraid of cleaning the sensor on your DSLR by yourself, fear no longer. The handy little gel stick featured in the video below will have you cleaning your gear like the pros do in just a matter of minutes. Watch the clip for a full review and instructions on how to have dust-free equipment:

Using a handy gel stick, like this one, takes out a lot of the fear involved in using a wet technique. By simply touching the end of the gel stick to your cameras sensor, the gel carefully lifts off any dust without damaging the sensor itself.


Depending on which aperture you typically shoot at, you may not realize how much dust is even on your sensor. You can take a test shot by setting your camera to it’s smallest aperture, such as f/36, and taking a photo of a bright white sky. Expose a bright image without blowing out the highlights.


Even if you rarely shoot with small apertures, it’s always a good idea to remove any dust that has accumulated on your sensor. In the video, the gel stick was also tested on a lens filter, the camera’s viewfinder, and the mirror with great success by using the side of the gel stick.

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Mirror Image

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 12:27 PM PST

Is it a photograph of a painting? A painting of a photograph? Something else entirely?

Artist Daniel Kukla has created an innovative photography series called “The Edge Effect” to capture the unique natural environments of California's Joshua Tree National Park:

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Photograph captured in Joshua Tree National Park, from Daniel Kukla’s “The Edge Effect” series. (Via Imgur. Click for larger size.)

Using nothing more than an easel and a large mirror, Kukla has managed to capture nature as it really is, but with an artist’s eye. At first glance, photographs from the series look like someone has been painting en plein air—with highly photorealistic results. Or maybe it’s a tack-sharp photographic print set up in its natural environment. However, the easel actually holds a square mirror that reflects the ever-changing desert environments of the national park.

On his website, Kukla explains the motivation behind the series, which unites his background in the sciences with his passion for photography:

In March of 2012, I lived in a cabin for a month within southern California's Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter's easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.

You can see the rest of the photographs from the series here.

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Tasteless Selfie Lands Student In Hot Water (Video)

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 11:09 AM PST

There are plenty of selfies floating around that go questionably too far. But one high school student has set a new bar for inappropriate self portraits. On a recent field trip to the University of Alabama, the young girl snapped a quick photo of herself smiling for the camera next to a cadaver, which was part of the university’s medical education program. As if that wasn’t controversial enough, she shared the image with the world on Instagram. Listen to the full details from WHNT News in the clip below:

The selfie has since been removed from Instagram, and the high school is in the process of deciding on how to discipline the student, but they are not discussing the matter publicly at the time of writing.

What do you think? Do some selfies go too far?

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