Friday, 7 March 2014

The Hacking Photography eBook Bundle at 68% Off

The Hacking Photography eBook Bundle at 68% Off

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The Hacking Photography eBook Bundle at 68% Off

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 07:42 PM PST

This training eBook bundle is designed to help aspiring photographers learn invaluable tricks to speed their overall comprehension of photography in general. It offers “hacks” that are meant to help beginners learn to take better pictures in as little as 10 days. We were able to arrange a deal of 68% off for PictureCorrect readers until next Friday, simply remember use the voucher code picturecorrect at checkout. It can be found here: Hacking Photography


Hacking Photography eBook Bundle (Click to Learn More)

Most photographers learn visually. Hacking Photography was designed with that in mind. The eBook is meant to be a 10 step crash course that has a big impact on your photos in a small amount of time. The guide aims to provide a launch pad for mastering DSLR photography without any confusing jargon.

The hacks, which break down photography basics into simple steps, are presented in an order that allows them to build on one another. Whether it’s aperture or composition, each step explores an action or term with concise definitions, detailed examples, and hands-on assignments that put the new skill to immediate use.

Some of the topics covered include (71 pages):

  • Biggest Misconceptions When Starting Out
  • What Gear do You Need to Start?
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • White Balance
  • ISO
  • Composition
  • Turn the Damn Flash Off Automatic!
  • Get in Closer to Your Subject… Then Get Closer
  • Eliminate the Clutter
  • Look for Repeating Patterns
  • Shoot from Interesting Perspectives
  • Look for Symmetry
  • Level Your Lines
  • Max Out Depth of Field
  • Know the Light’s Direction & Its Quality
  • The Rule of Thirds

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Author Mike Newton has had a camera in his hands since he was 12 years old. He’s shot everything from commercial work for companies like Miller-Coors to senior portraits to weddings. His mission is to help beginner and intermediate photographers skip the typical 10,000 hours it requires to get really good and break down some of the “hacks” he’s found through his own trial and error.

How to get a discounted copy this week:

Our readers can receive 68% off until Friday, March 14. Simply remember to use the discount code PICTURECORRECT at checkout. The guide comes in PDF format that can be read on computers, phones and most tablet computers (works great as a mobile reference out in the field). It also carries a 90 day guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the book just let them know and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.

Found here: Hacking Photography eBook Training Bundle

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How to Set Up a Beauty Photoshoot With Just One Light (Video)

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 01:56 PM PST

Fashion photographers cannot overstate the value of a precise lighting rig. Three-point kits and background fills are common, and knowing how to control your light is one of the most fundamental aspects of being a photographer–especially if you’re shooting indoor fashion or beauty models. That’s what makes Sean Armenta‘s tutorial on how to use just a single light so insightful:

What to Use

Sean only uses three pieces in his lighting setup, in a delightfully makeshift fashion:

  1. A beauty dish, lit around the edges rather than from the middle and diffused by a nylon “shower cap” cover
  2. A three-fold reflector, taped together with silver paper
  3. small mirror

When shooting with one light, a reflector is crucial.

Sean sets up his beauty dish at arm’s-length from his model to highlight the broadest possible amount of her face’s T-zone–that is, across the forehead and beneath the eyes, and down the middle of the face.

But the beauty dish shines downward, which casts some unwanted shadows under her face; rather than using another light from below, Sean sets up his reflector across at her chest.

Finally, he places the mirror atop the reflector to light up her eyes and sets up surrounding V flats to block outside light.


A diffused beauty dish works well at arm’s length from the model’s face.

How to Shoot It

Sean sets up his model with a clean makeup look, to make her seem as if she’s wearing as little as possible.


A “clean makeup” look aims for naturalism above all.

Sean’s Canon 5D, set up with a 180mm f/3.5L Macro lens, is tethered to his computer, running Phase One’s Capture One software, which effectively replaces his camera screen with the computer screen.

He then takes his Sekonic L-358 flash light meter to read right at the light source and suggests opening up his light to expose the model’s skin a bit more.

How to Edit It

Lighting-wise, Sean aims for a zero-adjustment RAW file, so he doesn’t have to tweak the brightness, contrast, or saturation of his image in Photoshop. Instead he focuses entirely on cosmetic edits: removing blemishes and moles, smoothing her skin, and heightening the color of her eyes.  


Not having to do lighting adjustments saves time for cosmetic Photoshop work.

Sean’s video is a totally technical, no-nonsense tutorial–definitely a useful guide for aspiring fashion and beauty photographers–nothing extraneous, and a solid educational tool.

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Ancient Stepwell Architecture

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 12:10 PM PST

Here is an architectural shot of something that you don’t see very often: the Chand Baori located in Rajasthan, India. Chand Baori is one of the oldest stepwells in the world, as it dates back to between 800-900 AD. While the stepwell is no longer in use as a means of water procurement, it is kept in place for its historical, architectural, and artistic purposes:

With its symmetrical lines and textures, the Chand Baori is a perfect photography subject. (Via Imgur.)

The stepwell has been featured in several films including The Fall and The Dark Knight, so it’s no surprise that the geometric wonder draws in the likes of photographers among its tourists. It’s unclear who the photographer was for this particular capture, but it’s likely that he or she used a wide angle lens to fit all those steps in!

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How to Take Stunning Beach Photos (Video)

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 11:23 AM PST

Taking good beach photos sounds easier than it is. The big trick, according to Bryan Peterson, is managing the massive amount of uncontrolled ambient light. In this video, Bryan challenges his student, Andrew, to take an interesting shot of a single starfish, rather than try to capture the entire beach landscape:

Andrew is using a full-frame camera with a Nikon SB910 AF Speedlight Flash and 14-24mm wide angle lens. He needs a big depth of field, because he’s shooting into the sunlight, and needs to control his lighting as much as possible. What Andrew is shooting for is a silhouette effect with the sun in the background, except he still needs visibility on the foreground subject. To reduce flaring in the background, he is avoiding the use of a lens filter. 

beach photos

Andrew decides to kill the ambient light by lowering his shutter speed to 1/250 of a second. Andrew’s assistant is gripping the flash very close to light up the starfish from above, which creates a unique sparkling effect. But in order to do that, they have to power down the flash to 1/128.

Bryan stresses that anyone can take this kind of shot, and the video does a fine job at giving step-by-step instructions.

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Massachusetts Rules “Upskirt” Photos Legal

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 11:00 AM PST

Though it may be controversial, it’s no mistake: the Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that it is legally permissible to take photos up women’s skirts. According to state law, if a woman is fully clothed and in a public place–such as Boston’s Green Line train where the incident in question occurred–anyone may photograph her in whatever way they choose:

The ruling comes after the trial of Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police for “upskirting” with his cell phone camera. Public opinion–and the apparent opinion of the court–is that such photography shouldn’t be allowed. However, the judges had no choice but to follow Massachusetts law, stating that a fully clothed woman on public transit “is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt.”

massachusetts upskirt

This man, Michael Robertson, was charged with “upskirting” on the T, which is not, in fact, a crime.

The ruling has female residents of Massachusetts feeling understandably outraged and vulnerable. However, the case has led legislators in the state to consider changing the law to include violations of privacy that occur in public. Hopefully, the contentious verdict will have a positive outcome after all.

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