- Photography Poses – The Missing Ingredient
- Setting Up a Nighttime Race Car Photoshoot (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Traveling at Warp Speed?
- Lasting Impressions: How to Create Memorable Travel Photographs (Video)
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 04:55 PM PST
Final Reminder: Only a little while left in the launch sale on: Portraits – Striking the Pose
You’ve read all the “best digital camera” articles, got the best price on your first digital camera, and even glanced at its owner’s manual. Are you itching to take some great shots, or what?
Slow down, soldier. Before you take 200 shots that seem great at the time, but then upon review of the final picture are less than what you expected, let’s prepare. Prepare?!?! I’ll bet you thought charging the battery was the hardest part of taking great photos, didn’t you? Sorry to disappoint you, but if you want to improve your photo results 50% in 2 minutes, let’s review some basic advice of the pros.
There are two categories of GENERAL ADVICE which applies, regardless of whether you’re using a digital camera to take professional portrait poses, group pictures, pet portraits, baby pictures, funny photos, or even maternity portraits. The first category is…
“Good Planning” Advice for Photography Poses
1) Prepare For The Event
2) Take Multiple Photographs
3) Check LCD Screen
4) Funny Phrases
“Location” Advice for Photography Poses
Taking indoor portrait photography, is very different than outdoor portrait photograph (duh!). For INDOOR pictures…
1) Wide Angle
2) The Flash
3) Plan “B”
4) Watch Your Background
5) Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Outdoor portrait photography has completely different issues. For OUTDOOR photography…
6) The Sun
Copyright 2005 Robert Bezman. All rights reserved.
About The Author
For Further Training, Posing eBook Deal Ending Soon!
A bad pose can ruin a Portrait. A great pose can turn it into something special. As a portrait photographer (at any skill level) it's your job to make sure the people in your viewfinder are positioned perfectly so their beauty can shine and be captured forever. This new eBook shares posing tips and tricks that author Gina Milicia has used on royalty, rockstars & supermodels. It is currently 33% off for the launch sale which ends soon ($20).
Launch sale found here: Portraits – Striking the Pose New eBook
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 02:12 PM PST
Ever wonder what it is like to be a professional photographer who gets paid to photograph wicked cars on location? Wonder no longer as you watch this behind the scenes clip of a photo shoot for Falken Motorsports with talented photographer, Frederic Schlosser:
The shoot was done at a shipping yard, where the stacks of containers added interest and helped set the mood of the images. You may have also noticed that Schlosser‘s camera was not the typical Canon or Nikon you see in the hands of many pros, but instead the powerful Sony Alpha A850. It’s always refreshing to see pro photographers step outside the norm and make room for equally capable equipment.
For lighting, Schlosser’s setup is fairly basic, using mostly the existing light and supplementing it with a strobe. For some shots, a Profoto Softbox was added to the light to help diffuse it. The lights were controlled using the Phottix Strato II Multi with a Sony mount. Lastly, to add further interest, Schlosser had his crew hose down the roadway and the vehicle to give the final images a shiny, wet look. The combination of techniques certainly made the car “pop”.
Go to full article: Setting Up a Nighttime Race Car Photoshoot (Video)
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 12:41 PM PST
Looking like a vortex to another world, this photo was actually taken from the back window of a Chicago red line subway train:
Titled “Helm, Warp One Engage!” (for the uninitiated–a Star Trek reference to warp-speed travel), the photo was captured by photographer Michael Salisbury with a 2-second exposure. He used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM wide-angle lens at f/2.8 and ISO set at 640.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Traveling at Warp Speed?
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 10:30 AM PST
Luke Ballard didn’t begin his photography career as a globetrotting travel photographer. Like most of us, he ventured into the industry as a portrait and wedding photographer. Twenty years later, Ballard has gained worldwide renown for his stellar work and workshops. He’s photographed in 120 countries and counting, so he’s learned a thing or two about travel photography.
In this B&H Event Space lecture, Ballard discusses the elements of a memorable travel photograph, the process he follows to capture unique travel images, and the key ingredients for becoming a successful travel photographer:
The Elements of a Memorable Travel Photograph
1. It is correctly exposed. Yes, you can fix exposure in Photoshop to a certain extent, but the best photographs tend to be those that are correctly exposed at capture. Don’t be afraid to take test shots to get your settings just right.
2. It correctly uses white balance and color balance. Pay special attention to the colors in your images—they should be natural, but striking.
3. It is properly composed. Travel photos aren’t exempt from accepted standards of composition such as the rule of thirds, so keep those principles in mind as you compose images.
4. It is free from distraction. Check your scene carefully for any unnatural, distracting elements, such as a piece of trash or a clump of dawdling tourists. Remove what you can, hide what you can’t remove, and use long exposures to make moving tourists disappear.
5. It has meaning to you and to the viewer. Travel photography is storytelling; it’s about documenting a given area’s people, culture, and geography. Know what story you want to tell before you click the shutter.
6. It is different than other photographs of the same subject or location. Don’t settle for capturing the same old shot of a tourist attraction. Figure out how the icon is usually photographed and force yourself to be creative and do something new.
Ballard’s Photographic Process
Ballard’s photographic process can be broken up into two categories: before travel and on location.
1. Research. After Ballard nails down a given trip’s itinerary, he performs detailed research to learn all that he can about the place(s) he will be photographing. Any useful information goes into his handwritten journal, which he carries everywhere. He includes information such as maps, contact details, permissions, weather expectations, and sunrise and sunset hours, as well as his itinerary and photographic goals. To get this information, Ballard reads books and online articles, calls travel agencies, and—most notably—talks to locals.
2. Have achievable photographic goals. Even a vague photographic goal like a loose theme (e.g. circles) will provide more of a foundation for building solid images than no goal at all. Ballard often goes so far as to sketch out image plans as he envisions each shot, which allows him to ensure that he is generating new content.
3. Make the necessary preparations. Before every trip, Ballard finalizes his itinerary (leaving space for flexibility), upgrades and organizes his camera gear, and prepays his accommodation or transport fees as necessary. He also packs his camera bag chock full of cameras, lenses, and other gear, which he then skillfully obtains permission to carry with him on the plane.
1. Observe and evaluate. Walk around and watch what everyone else is taking photos of and how they are taking them. Do something different. In terms of composition, determine the ideal lighting for your photograph and consider how best to use your foreground.
2. Take a test shot. Ballard often takes his test shot in automatic mode to see how his camera interprets the scene.
3. Re-evaluate your settings and photographic goals. Is everything working together in the way that you hoped? Are any elements in the image distracting? Is your exposure correct? Ballard often finds that his most common problem is tourists, which he fixes handily by using long shutter speeds.
4. Set-up the final image. After Ballard takes a test shot and re-evaluates his photographic goals and settings, he pinpoints the additional gear that he will need to create his ideal image and makes the necessary adjustments.
5. Optimize exposure. For most travel photos involving still scenes—especially landscape photos—the lower the ISO and the slower the shutter speed, the better. Remember the saying, “f/8 and be there,” or if you’re from Australia like Ballard, “f/8 is your mate.”
6. Use the rule of thirds in composition. While it is certainly possible to create stunning images by breaking the rule of thirds, it doesn’t happen often, so make breaking the rule a rare exception. Following the rule, remember to create two thirds of positive space and one third of negative space and place the focal point or points in the key areas of the frame.
7. MacGyver. If obstacles stand in your way to getting the best shot, move them (with discretion). When you have a vision, be resourceful and make it happen.
8. Remove distractions. As mentioned earlier, there’s nothing worse than when some detail in an image draws the viewer’s gaze away from your intended subject. If you can remove a distraction, then remove it, but if that isn’t possible, simply adjusting your perspective to block the distraction from view will do the trick.
9. Ensure that you love it. After Ballard has taken a photo, he studies it long and hard to determine whether he is crazy about the shot or if he should re-evaluate and re-shoot in a different way. If you don’t like it, chances are, viewers won’t either.
10. Ensure that it is different. Have you taken the same old photograph that everyone takes, or have you pioneered something new?
How to Become a Successful Travel Photographer
1. Travel. It might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s so important that it’s worth mentioning. Travel photographers must travel. Even if your travel only consists of driving to the next city, go.
2. If you can’t travel, photograph your hometown. Not everyone can afford to travel as often and exotically as Ballard, but everyone can afford to explore their own home city. Once a week, take two hours, decide on a particular photographic goal, and go on a photo-walk. Figure out how to shoot your city’s icons in a fresh new way.
3. Always be ready to take the photo. If you aren’t ready, having practiced for long hours with your camera to learn proficiency, you might miss the perfect moment.
4. Get up early. While Ballard does enjoy a good sunset, he’s particularly fond of sunrise when everything is “fresh,” right down to dewy blades of grass.
5. Find locals. To capture the pulse of a location, photograph the people who live there.
6. Don’t stop learning and take photos every day. Read books and watch tutorials on photography every week. Look at others’ photographs as often as you can. Practice taking photos every day, working toward proficiency and eventually, mastery.
For those interested, Ballard carries the following gear with him on nearly every trip:
Go to full article: Lasting Impressions: How to Create Memorable Travel Photographs (Video)
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