- New: Photographer’s Guide to Intimate Photo Sessions
- Interesting Photo of the Day: 37,000 Flags Planted in Boston Common for Memorial Day
- Is a Photography Workshop Right for You?
- How to do Vintage Black & White Tones for Engagement Photos (Video)
Posted: 24 May 2014 05:09 PM PDT
Most photo shoots involve a whole lot of trial and error. However, the majority of educational resources available for photographers omit the details. A new photography eBook aims to take aspiring boudoir photographers through the entire process of a shoot. We were able to arrange a 33% discount for our readers which ends soon. Simply remember to use the discount code PICTURECORRECT at checkout. Found here: Successful Photo Shoots
In this digital resource, photographer Ed Verosky aims to leave nothing out of the intimate photo shoot process. Rather than just show off his best work, he wants to give readers a look at the other side by including all of his unedited images along with his adjusted selections and final favorites. He discusses four of his photo shoots with female models, going over every sequence and specific selections. From concept, to model direction, to final edits, the eBook is meant to give you a complete behind-the-scenes look at what happens during a professional boudoir or nude shoot, including the real-life mistakes, challenges, and troubleshooting methods.
Some of the many details covered include (90 pages):
Ed Verosky is a professional photographer and educator based in New York City. He wrote this eBook with the hope of giving other photographers an open and honest look at the ups and downs that are a natural part of any photo shoot.
Please note: This eBook contains some artistic nudity.
How to get a discounted copy this week:
Our readers can receive 33% off for a short time. 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 tablets.
Deal found here: Successful Photo Shoots – How to Get Your Best Shots
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Posted: 24 May 2014 02:57 PM PDT
Boston Magazine’s Associate Digital Editor, Yiqing Shao, was recently assigned to cover the Flag Garden in Boston Common, an annual event which takes place every Memorial Day weekend; one American Flag is “planted” into the lawn for every Massachusetts resident that has fallen at war dating from the Revolutionary War through present time. This year’s event displays 37,000 flags, which you can see in the image captured by Shao:
The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund organizes the memorial every year, gathering 500 volunteers to help place the flags. The last 205 flags were set in place during a special ceremony to honor the soldiers that have died since 9/11.
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Posted: 24 May 2014 01:11 PM PDT
What sort of person does go on a photography workshop? The answer cannot be a simple one, as people are not simple.
There are a variety of reasons for even considering a photography workshop. The obvious one is education—the desire to learn something. That just gets us into a whole new field as there is so much to learn about photography and much that can be learned applies only to certain stages of your development as a photographer. For instance, a beginner may be interested in getting to grips with aperture settings and depth-of-field, while a more experienced photographer might be looking to work on her composition. Education need not stop with the image capture either. Photography has always had a post-capture phase, and this remains critical in the development of final work.
A related but different motivation is inspiration. As individuals, we often reach a plateau in our development of some particular skill, and it takes something special to reach the next level. A wholly new experience, such as a workshop where you can see other photographers doing their thing, could be exactly the spark that is needed. This is even more true where the workshop is led by someone whose work you admire.
Taking that theme one stage further, you might be at the point in your photography where you are seeking a set of attributes which, taken together, would be your style. A workshop offers a chance to see a developed style (that of the workshop leader) as well as other styles at various stages of development. Understanding the progression can help with your self-confidence and should also help you to recognize what it is that makes your images yours.
We should not forget the social element of photography workshops. Unless you are lucky enough to have a family member who is also a photographer, it is likely that you will very much appreciate spending some time with other individuals who are. No need for compromises; you’ll enjoy full days of doing and talking the business.
A final motivation to mention here is your portfolio. It can be assumed that your workshop will be held somewhere suitably photogenic and that you will take a lot of photos, hopefully of an improving standard.
Some photographers may actually choose a workshop to develop some extra variety in their collection of images, whether or not they see that as a separate issue from the learning experience.
Each of us has constraints that limit what we would like to do to a more practical what we can do. The two most significant are usually time and money. Everyone is familiar with juggling these two balls so, no advice needed.
You may also need to take into account your age, general fitness or health issues, especially where travel is involved. If you have any mobility concerns then it will pay to read the program of activities carefully and ensure that you will be able to keep up with the group. Groups can slow down a bit if necessary but are not always good at coping with significant exceptions.
Your nationality can affect travel too—with paperwork and security issues to think about. The best advice available here will be your own government’s travel advice, usually available online.
There can be no hard and fast rules about whether you are the right sort of person to go on a photography workshop. You will have to add up the different factors above and apply your own weightings. How motivated are you? What constraints are you under? Only when you get a feel for the reward vs. cost balance will you know where on the scale you lie and whether now is the time. If not, it is a decision you should keep returning to—for if you got this far, it is likely that you will be going on a workshop at some stage in your life.
If you do decide that you are the right sort of person to go on a photography workshop, the next decision is which one?
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Posted: 24 May 2014 11:34 AM PDT
It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s amazing and that moment is upon you now. You went out with a couple for a regular run-of-the-mill engagement shoot and, as you sort through images, you realize that one of them is portfolio-worthy and would fare shockingly well in black and white—and perhaps even better with a vintage film grain.
In this short tutorial, Pye explains how to create that timeless vintage effect in Adobe Lightroom 5 with just a few simple steps. He uses SLR Lounge’s Lightroom Presets V5 to accomplish the deed, but also explains specific image settings and provides additional on-location and workflow advice to consider:
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