- Increasing Photographic Flexibility With Speedlites (Video)
- 10 Macro Photography Shots Straight Out of a Bug’s Life
- You’ll Be Shocked By What This Model Really Looks Like Before Photoshop (Video)
- Meet the Photographer Behind the Viral Mirror Self-Portrait
Posted: 28 Mar 2014 05:35 PM PDT
It takes a few minutes for Bob Davis to delve into the details of his speedlighting techniques, but once he does, his two-hour long presentation offers viewers non-stop learning. As a former photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times, Davis has plenty of tips to share:
One of the most interesting topics of conversation covered in the video is the importance of “getting it right in camera.” Taking the extra step to ensure your lighting is correct and flattering before you start taking photos is all important.
Bob Davis also talks about what gear he uses and offers in-depth explanations of how he came to decide which gear to buy. According to him, a photographer should always invest in the nicest quality gear they can afford. Skimping on equipment can leave you in a bind when the shooting conditions of a certain assignment surpass the capabilities of your DSLR. For that reason, Davis uses Canon 1DX bodies, a pro-level DSLR with remarkable durability. He also uses Canon speedlights.
Throughout the presentation, Davis shares useful secrets about his lighting setups, including a number of lighting diagrams that clearly illustrate his techniques:
The comprehensive video tutorial above is great for photographers who want to be more flexible. Mastery of speedlights gives you the versatility to create amazing photos in any situation that’s thrown at you.
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Posted: 28 Mar 2014 03:40 PM PDT
Macro photography (or photomacrography or macrography, and sometimes macrophotography), is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. Check out what we brought you today from the macro world:
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Posted: 28 Mar 2014 02:14 PM PDT
It’s official: mass media has gone too far. And not only have advertisers successfully indoctrinated us by telling us what women should look like, but the videos that call out said advertisers–women’s rights groups, inner beauty campaigns–have also fallen into a predictable pattern of condemn, rinse, repeat. If you haven’t seen them, well, as CollegeHumor shows us, they look something like this:
Go to full article: You’ll Be Shocked By What This Model Really Looks Like Before Photoshop (Video)
Posted: 28 Mar 2014 12:47 PM PDT
Last summer, 18 year-old Laura Williams from Cambridge, England, posted a photo she had taken on her Flickr page. The image, Invisible, immediately went viral, and Laura became an overnight internet sensation. She has since been featured in The Daily Mail, made the artFido Top 75 Pictures of The Year for 2013, and got her Flickr moment:
To date, Invisible has nearly 900,000 views on Flickr and continues to fool, confuse, awe, and inspire viewers. While the technique of using mirrors to create photographic illusions has been done before, Laura puts her own spin on it to come up with a beautiful and personal concept.
Laura says she is inspired by so many things–dreams, nature, music, light, other photographers. The Invisible series was inspired by the old mirror featured in the image.
In her photography, Laura strives to trick the eye and loves the idea of fooling and intriguing people with her images. This particular photo has sparked many theories on how it was done. Speculation ranges from absolute belief that the image is unedited and was just taken as is, to viewers listing specific photo manipulation methods.
But, no matter where you stand on how she did it, you can’t argue that the final image is beautifully executed.
Since the Invisible photo went viral, Laura has been bombarded with new opportunities. Her obvious talent as a conceptual photographer is being recognized and praised in photography and art circles across the web.
Whether you’re a photographer yourself or just appreciate the art of great photography, it’s super inspiring to go through Williams’ portfolio; some of the images are just mind blowing.
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