- 25 Photography Cliches You Should Stop Doing Today (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Glow Sticks Dropped Down a Waterfall
- Autofocus Modes Explained (Video)
- Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone as a Photographer (Video)
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 08:40 PM PDT
Selfies, weird borders, and crappy sunset shots. We’ve all rolled our eyes at these clichés, but what’s worse is that we’ve all been guilty of them at some time or another. In this video, Kai exposes the 25 worst photo clichés that you should avoid doing if you hope to grow as a photographer:
25 Photography Cliches to Avoid (or Else)
This article has kicked off quite a discussion here. Let us know what you think! Are all of these techniques cliché or do they become cliché when executed poorly? What is the worst cliché on the list?
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Posted: 19 Jun 2014 06:34 PM PDT
There are no limitations when it comes to lighting a subject, or on what to light them with. Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard dropped colorful high-powered Cyalume glow sticks into a waterfall and photographed it with a long exposure. The result is truly stunning:
The duo photographed a series of waterfalls around Northern California, now part of a collection titled “Neon Luminance.” Lenz and Abildgaard would drop in individual glow sticks or string several together to create different patterns of light, with exposures lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to 7 minutes.
For those of you with the environment on your mind, the photographers say the glow sticks were left intact and fished out of the stream after every session.
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Posted: 19 Jun 2014 05:23 PM PDT
Sony recently released a new mirrorless camera that focuses faster than most of the best APS-C sensor equipped cameras on the market. The compact a6000 uses a Hybrid autofocus system which combines both Phase Detection and Contrast Detection autofocus. Now, you probably know that Phase Detection is faster than Contrast Detection, but be honest, do you know why? In this video, the different autofocus modes are explained:
There are two kinds of AF: Phase Detection (found on DSLRs) and Contrast Detection (found on point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones).
Phase Detection Autofocus
Phase Detection has been around for awhile, it is what film SLRs use. The system uses two tiny sensors and an array of lenses to measure the distance between your camera and your subject.
How Phase Detection Works:
Contrast Detection Autofocus
Contrast Detection is a purely digital system. It uses the camera’s processor to analyze the image and determine at what point, when the focusing lens is moving, that image is at its sharpest, when it has the most contrast.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Contrast Detection
The biggest advantage is that it’s very precise because it’s reading the data directly off the sensor. Once that data is in focus it knows the image you capture is going to be directly in focus as well.
The Sony a6000 uses Hybrid AF which combines Phase Detection and Contrast Detection. On the sensor, you have lenses which is the Phase Detection part, giving it the ability to focus really quickly on your subject. Then it switches to Contrast Detection to get that nice, crisp quality.
The best parts of each system work together to give you a fast and precise AF. Have you tried out a camera with Hybrid Autofocus?
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 02:55 PM PDT
New York-based photojournalist Amy Toensing is known for her amazing aptitude to tell people’s intimate stories through images. As a regular contributor to National Geographic, Toensing travels the world to meet people and experience their culture. In this video, she explains that as a photographer, you have to be able to humble yourself and step outside your comfort zone to fully experience a new culture, people, or place:
Toensing explains that, as a photographer, you have to immerse yourself in the setting and learn from the people in order to get natural, true-to-life images. People, including photographers, like familiarity. We want to shoot in familiar environments, or with people with whom we are comfortable. Forcing yourself out of this comfort zone makes you pay more attention to your subject, setting, communication and capturing the image naturally.
Tips to Help You Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
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