Thursday, 1 May 2014

New: Secrets of Successful Event Photography

New: Secrets of Successful Event Photography

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New: Secrets of Successful Event Photography

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 05:34 PM PDT

This new course is designed to teach photographers the techniques used by professionals to get great photos – every time – even in the most difficult conditions at parties, weddings, concerts, corporate functions, nightclubs, fashion shows, fast-moving sports games, festivals, and more. To have the equipment and knowledge ready so you’ll never again feel nervous or out of your league when photographing an event again. It is currently 33% off for the launch sale which ends next Friday. Launch sale found here: Secrets of Successful Event Photography

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Now Available: Secrets of Event Photography (Click to Learn More)

Let’s face it, we are all event photographers. Even if you have no desire to shoot professional events for money, if you are the person in your family with a decent camera, then you get called on to shoot the kid’s birthday party, your friend’s concert, the school play, or the family reunion.

Some of the many topics covered (25 videos):

  • How to get sharp photos of moving subjects. No more feeling frustrated over photos ruined by motion blur.
  • How to avoid the dreaded tourist perspective that identifies your photos as the work of an amateur.
  • How to instantly double your chance of nailing the most difficult shots at a concert or stage show. This is a huge stress relief.
  • The secret ninja photographer trick that gets you VIP treatment and access to places the public can’t go. You can start doing this tomorrow!
  • Flash: Learn which kind of flash you need (and which to avoid) how to use it, how to modify it, and whether you should add a bracket or diffuser.
  • Three pro tricks for getting great candid shots – and the common mistake that can spoil them if you’re not careful.
  • Learn which popular flash diffuser could get you in big trouble at public events! Don’t make this embarrassing mistake.
  • Which pieces of your camera gear may be preventing you from getting great event photos.
  • How to outsmart your camera’s built-in light meter to get the exposure you want instead of the exposure it wants.
  • Full-frame vs crop-sensor cameras. Does it really matter? Is it worth the money? See side-by-side photos that reveal the truth.
  • Four pro tricks for stabilizing your camera when you can’t use a tripod—two of them using nothing but your own body. No more frustration over photos ruined by camera shake!
  • How to approach strangers at public events – even if you’re painfully shy, this trick will have you laughing and chatting with them while they beg for you to take their photo.
  • Stop fighting your camera. The two common situations when you should switch from autofocus to manual focus and nail the shot easily.
  • How to get the beautiful light from your flash that you see in professional photos – without buying a single new piece of equipment.
  • The 12 crucial questions you must ask before accepting any event photography job for money – missing even just one of these questions can be costly.
  • Three simple tricks to avoid missing a key moment—and exactly what to do if you do miss one (this could save you a ton of grief and upset clients.)
  • What to do when a crowd of iPhone shooters gets in your way.
  • The key person you need to befriend at any professional event – and how to win that person over.
  • The secret advantage of using a flash bracket that has nothing to do with flash.
  • The sneaky problems that can come up at corporate events—and how to handle them without getting flustered.
  • How to work a room most effectively to get the shots you need—and the shots your client expects from you.
  • How to tell a story with your photos that captivates your audience and keeps your clients coming back for more.
  • How you can get 16 times more light to reach your camera sensor – imagine the difference in dark conditions.
  • The secret pro trick for bouncing flash when you’re outdoors. No more harsh-looking direct fill flash.
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Preview video available to see on the product page (Click to Learn More)

  • One simple trick you can do to your flash to save yourself countless adjustments in post-production.
  • How to get your flash to recycle more quickly between shots (and avoid missing key moments).
  • The best place to aim your bounce flash (it’s probably not where you think).
  • Phil’s favorite flash diffusers that take almost no space in a camera bag.
  • What is Middle Gray and why does it matter?
  • How using slow-sync flash can revolutionize your photography (or ruin it if you’re not careful).
  • The advantages (and the perils) of rear-curtain flash sync – and the bottom line on whether you should use it.
  • What order should you present your photos in? If you think it’s chronological, you’re in for a surprise.
  • The foolproof way to shoot people at tables (no more awkward table shots).
  • What women love you to do before photographing them.
  • How to deal with clutter – like plates, napkins, food – to get clean photos.
  • How to keep your extra photo gear safe when you can’t stay near it.
  • The simple off-camera flash trick that you can do to make any party look more exciting.
  • How to get crisp photos of stage performers even in very low light – no more photos ruined by motion blur.
  • How to get a seat in the front row for kids’ school stage performances
  • How to create relationships with speakers at public events that can lead to lucrative future photography work.
  • What to wear when you’re shooting a stage event. Don’t embarrass yourself by missing this one.
  • Is carrying two cameras worth the hassle and expense?
  • The iPhone app that Julie recommends for event photographers – it’s probably not what you think.
  • The eternal debate: RAW or JPG? Learn why Julie and Phil have different answers and why both are right – depending on the circumstances.
  • How your camera can automatically keep fast-moving subjects in focus (this trick is a must-know for sports, racing, dancing, etc).
  • The Lightroom filter we use uses in nearly every set of event photos to improve the appearance of flash. (We can’t live without this tool).
  • The simple key that separates professional looking public event photos from amateur snapshots.

About the producers:

Phil Steele began his event photography career more than a decade ago at the world famous Burning Man festival and has subsequently shot hundreds of events, with special emphasis on nightlife, parties, festivals, concerts, and fashion shows. His event photos have been published in books and magazines around the world, and his photography training videos have been watched by millions.

Julie Kremen has been a professional event photographer for more than 15 years, specializing in weddings, private parties, corporate events, and music. Hundreds of Julie’s concert photos have been published on and in Downbeat magazine, including five magazine covers. Julie has traveled to more than 50 countries as a photographer, and she is the founder and president of San Diego Photography Tours.

How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:

This new course is currently 33% off for the launch sale that ends soon. It also carries a 60 day no-questions-asked 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.

Launch sale here: Secrets of Successful Event Photography

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Formal Portrait – Questions For a Novice Photographer to Ask Beforehand

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 04:13 PM PDT

Most beginners take photos to capture an event or moment in time: a birthday party, a trip, a new family member, a cherished pet. These are usually considered “snapshots”. What we all like about good snapshots is that they remind us of stories.


“Sarah” captured by Gagan Dhiman (Click Image to Find Photographer)

What about a portrait taken in neutral surroundings, thereby robbing us of the story aspect? See if you can answer the following seven questions the next time you want to shoot a portrait.

1. What part of the subject’s character can we capture? For a portrait to be considered good, it must reveal an important part of the subject’s character that can be identifiable to those who know them. Talk with your subject, and discuss what part of their character or personality they want noticed.

2. Is the subject ready? A portrait needs to be taken when the subject is comfortable and at ease, both with his or her appearance, and the surroundings. If people are stressed or rushed, this is not the right time to try to grab a great portrait. That stress will probably be visible in the finished product.

3. Is the photographer ready? The need for this question should be self-evident. Keep in mind that it is not enough that the photographer feels ready. Does the subject feel that the photographer is ready? If not, we will be back to question #2 above. The photographer needs to be prepared and relaxed throughout the session.

4. Is the lighting correct? Without a doubt, the best light for capturing a portrait is natural daylight. A talented photographer can take full creative advantage of the lighting choices brought about by outdoor conditions. A common technique is to have the subject sit near a window. Since nature can be fickle and uncooperative, photographers need to have artificial lighting available. An on-board camera flash tends to be harsh, so access to one or more studio flashes is a necessity.

5. Is an appropriate background available? You must always pay close attention to the scenery behind the subject. Outdoors, you may have access to trees, flowers, mountains, sea, or a beautiful morning or evening sky. Indoors, one can use a backdrop. In today’s high tech world, it’s very easy to digitally replace a backdrop with any background you desire.

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“the groom” captured by Jason Lavengood (Click Image to Find Photographer)

6. Are special clothing and props required? A portrait is usually a rare photograph of a subject, and there may be times when special clothing or props help tell the story. Think of a drum major or an athlete. They may want to be photographed as if participating in their favorite activity. In some cases, even a hint of their special clothing tells the right story. Just make sure that props do not distract from the main subject.

7. What type of frame is being considered? The kind of framing that the subject is considering can influence how the portrait is taken. Talk to your subject and, if possible, talk to others in their immediate circle. Find out how people plan to display the finished work of art.

Producing the perfect portrait may seem hard at first but answering these seven questions can help novices produce portraits that will be cherished for decades.

About the Author:
Richard Killey ( is an amateur photographer who shares the love of his hobby with readers of his website.

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Plane Selfie

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 03:08 PM PDT

We’ve seen most of these before: the Oscar selfie, the kicked-in-the-head selfie, the parody selfies. So let’s take a moment and appreciate that now even inanimate objects are purportedly snapping glamor shots of themselves several thousand feet in the air:

It’s unclear whether the pilot winged the selfie or whether it was just a flight-of-fancy. (Via Imgur. Click for larger image.)

The original photographer is unknown, and the location is also unclear, though it’s believed to be the remote archipelago Isla Los Roques off the northern coast of Venezuela. One thing is certain, though: it’s a truly remarkable shot. 

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Security Guards Destroy Photographer’s Gear and Erase His Memory Cards (Video)

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 12:21 PM PDT

Benn Jordan, a motion picture composer and recording artist, has been working diligently on a timelapse film featuring Chicago landscapes for his upcoming album. But an unpleasant run-in with security guards in South Chicago on Tuesday destroyed much of his progress. Check out the photographer’s footage of the altercation:

“What could I possibly be doing that would be threatening to you?”

The security guards are, reportedly, employees from Acme Refining—and, to be fair, we haven’t heard their side of the story.

Jordan says he was shooting a sequence of moving machinery for his film from the sidewalk area between the business’s property and the street when the two men approached him. He says they told him he was on private property, damaged his timelapse rig, and seized his memory cards. When the guards wiped Jordan’s memory cards, they erased two days of his hard work. (Via PetaPixel)


Jordan recorded most of the incident as he waited for police.

Jordan provided further details today in response to the video being posted on reddit:

“…My rights are your rights, and these kind of situations need to stop happening this way.

Let me clear up a few general things:

  • I was taking a timelapse of a steel fence with some cranes and clouds moving behind it. The shot was likely B roll. It has nothing to do with any company or individual until I was confronted.
  • I believed (and still believe) that I was shooting from public property. Here’s the location: and,-87.6557771,20z The moment they claimed it was private, I repeatedly agreed to immediately stop shooting and leave…”

When the police arrived, the guards tried to get Jordan arrested for criminal trespassing. He showed them his video of the incident, but he says the officers told him he’d have to show his evidence in civil court.

We’re quite curious to hear the outcome of this story and how it relates to photographers’ rights.


Jordan says this is where the incident took place.

Have you had a similar confrontation as a photographer? Share your story in the comments.

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How to Make and Use a “Zebra M Flag” for Flawless Product Photography (Video)

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 10:27 AM PDT

Product photography may seem simple; you’re just taking pictures of stationary objects. However, this can be one of the most challenging forms of commercial photography if you don’t have the proper lighting. According to Nikonian Academy Director Andrew Boey, one of the toughest objects to photograph is a transparent bottle of perfume with a reflective top. In this tutorial, he explains how different flags and reflective surfaces can really make your product photos pop:

To make life easier, Boey combined a product photography favorite, the M-flag, with a zebra card to create the “zebra m-flag.” This hybrid card is designed to provide the sharp, black lines in the reflective surface of the product while bouncing a flash to illuminate the front of the transparent bottle.


A zebra m flag is simple to make yourself.

After placing two slave lights to provide a bounced fill light and a light from below the bottle, Boey placed his zebra m-card in front of the product and shot through the open hole to create this photo:


A homemade zebra m flag creates appealing light and shadows in product photography

“Any photographer can tell you if you’ve got a transparent item, you’ve got to light it up from the back.”

After demonstrating how to use the zebra m-card, Boey goes on to show you how to solve some common lighting issues photographers face when shooting objects with transparent and reflective surfaces.

In his first example, Boey set a slave flash behind the perfume bottle as the only light source. Notice the hot spots at the edges of the bottle and the flare off to the right:


When photographed with only a flash behind it, the perfume bottle has unsightly hot spots.

In his second example, Boey placed a reflective card at an angle behind the bottle and angled his flash at a flag off to the left. The bouncing of the light softened the overall effect while the reflective card provided a nice, even fill to showcase the transparent bottle:

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Perfume bottle photographed using light bounced from a flag to a reflective card.

Boey said the top of the perfume bottle was too dark in the second picture, so he placed a second flash behind the photographer, aimed away from the product at a white flag. The light bouncing from this second flash illuminates the top of the bottle without hindering the rear illumination of the product:

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Perfume bottle illuminated by a rear flash bounced off a flag and reflective card, and by a second flash bounced off a flag in front of the product.

There are many challenges that go along with shooting transparent and reflective objects. But with a few lights and the right reflective surfaces, you can create impressive-looking images of even the most difficult-to-capture products.

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