- 5 Tips for Photographing Winter Landscapes
- iPhone Photojournalism
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Powerful Lightning Storm in Oregon Desert
- 7 Steps to Great Black & Whites in Lightroom 5
Posted: 07 Feb 2014 05:34 PM PST
Many photographers put away their cameras until spring because winter brings out the toughest elements. But, by shelving your camera and taking it easy you are losing out on the rare beauty that this wonderful season provides. You avoid the cold, but you also miss out on creating some wonderful images.
Here are some tips to make your winter photo sessions more enjoyable:
1. Check on the weather ahead of time and know the forecast.
You don’t want to travel for hours only to find out the weather is terrible for taking pictures or is too wet to be out in. The weather can dramatically change in a matter of hours during the winter months. Also, always let someone know where you are going and which route you’re planning to take in case you get injured, lost, or caught in a storm.
2. Carry only the essentials.
Forget loading your camera bag with every bit of equipment you own. Travel as light as possible if you are going to be outdoors photographing all day long. Traveling light will also help you save your energy. When hiking, climbing, or crossing snow filled hills, a warm thermos and energy producing food will serve you much more than extra camera equipment.
3. Dress for success.
Proper clothing is essential. You need to be warm and comfortable when out in the weather. Winter weather can be brutal, so if you are planning a photography trip, always be prepared.
4. Keep an eye out for details.
Things like snow, icicles, ice covered objects, and frost accentuate texture and atmosphere in your subjects. An early snowy or frosty morning is a great time for macro or close-up photography. These frosty mornings can also reveal patterns in landscapes.
Be sure to watch your camera placement carefully. If you are photographing early in the morning, experiment with photographing at different angles to the sun. This can give your images heavy shadows, adding extra mood to your landscape photographs. Also pay attention to the foreground in your photos, which will add depth to your image.
5. Pay careful attention to your exposure.
Snow and ice can fool your camera’s exposure meter and are more difficult to expose properly than normal scenes. Light readings from snow will often see the scene as an underexposed image. Most cameras or hand-held meters will read the snow as a greytone, so it is a good idea to bracket your exposures. When bracketing exposures add 1 – 2 stops of light to compensate for your light meter reading. Using an 18% grey card should also give you a more accurate light reading.
Using these tips should help to make your photo trip a more enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
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Posted: 07 Feb 2014 02:20 PM PST
iPhoneography isn’t only for quick snapshots of your lunch and your pets. Many professional photographers are now using the mobile device as a secondary–sometimes primary–camera. Smartphones are easy to use, are generally always with us, and they make sharing the photos instantaneous–there’s no wonder so many pros and amateurs alike are embracing the technology.
Watch as Ben Lowy documents how his iPhone allowed him to capture shots for some of the world’s most well-known news outlets:
Ben has covered multiple wars, natural disasters, and a slew of other newsworthy events throughout his career. He was at the forefront of it all when the rise of cell phone photography started. Check out some of the incredible images he was able to create just shooting from the hip with his iPhone:
While not everyone agrees on the usefulness of an iPhone when it comes to professional photography, Lowy has his own feelings on the matter. He believes the affordable devices make photography more accessible compared to the more expensive DSLRs that are commonly used in photojournalism.
Posted: 07 Feb 2014 12:00 PM PST
Oregon is well-known for its lush vegetation, its mountains, and its generally mild (if not overly rainy) weather and temperatures. But “the Beaver State” is actually one of the most geographically diverse regions of the United States. Western Oregon boasts a west coast marine climate, while Central to Eastern Oregon consists of a semi-arid climate, complete with deserts.
This photograph, which depicts Eastern Oregon’s arid disposition, was taken by landscape photographer Alex Noriega during a camping trip in Oregon’s Alvord Desert, near Steens Mountain:
Noriega recounted how the lightning storm suddenly blew over Steens Mountain without warning while he and his companion were grilling hot dogs near their campsite. As they hurriedly packed their vehicle, Noriega set up his camera and remotely triggered 30-second exposure after 30-second exposure to get a shot of the lightning illuminating the atmospheric downward wisps of precipitation, known as virga, as the storm rolled in.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Powerful Lightning Storm in Oregon Desert
Posted: 07 Feb 2014 10:29 AM PST
In the quick tutorial below, Levi Sim shows us the workflow he uses to create black and white images using the increasingly popular Lightroom 5. The tutorial is easy to follow and offers professional results making it a great starting point for those of you wanting to learn more about the technique:
In the tutorial, Sims started with a color portrait he took with studio lighting to create the base look he was going for. After doing some minor touch ups, such as blemish removal and correcting the balance, he converted the image to black and white.
Here is a quick rundown of the process:
As you see, the process is quick and easy. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use the exact settings Sim uses in the tutorial. Your image will vary from his as far as lighting, mood, and style, so it is important to play around with the sliders to create an image you are happy with.
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