- 8 Things You Should Always Keep in Your Camera Bag
- How to Use Shutter Speed and Creative Camera Motion for Artistic Effect (Video)
- How to Position a Beauty Dish for Flattering Portraits (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: East Ukraine Gypsum Mine
- Beautiful Tilt-Shift Timelapse Features a Tiny Sydney, Australia (Video)
Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:33 PM PDT
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There are a few things every photographer should keep in his or her camera bag. Check our list to make sure you’re not forgetting something important!
1. Spare memory card
There’s nothing worse than having the perfect shot, going to take your picture, and your camera telling you your memory card is full. To avoid going through all your pictures on the spot and deleting the bad ones—which is incredibly frustrating and time-consuming—keep a few spare memory cards in your bag at all times; they take up zero space, so there’s no excuses!
2. Microfiber cloth
A microfiber cloth is one of the most useful and cheapest accessories a photographer can have in their bag. It’s primarily used for cleaning dirt and dust off of camera lenses, but it’s also extremely useful for wrapping up other accessories in your camera bag (memory cards, lenses, flashes), to keep them from being scratched or damaged.
3. Plastic bag
It happens to all of us photographers: we get stuck in the rain. Make sure you have a grocery bag tucked away in your camera bag for those unexpected downpours. All you need is a hole in the bag for the lens, and you have an inexpensive way to keep your camera dry and still get your perfect shot.
4. Mini tripod
Carrying a full size tripod isn’t always practical. Keep a mini tripod in your camera bag so you are never caught without a camera support again. Travel models can be folded very small for storage, and although they are obviously not as sturdy as full size tripods, they are still versatile. They can be set up in places a full size tripod would struggle with (in trees, on walls, very uneven surfaces) and are perfect for low-light photography.
A flash is excellent for adding additional light to your shot. If you haven’t tried before, you’ll quickly see that it will add a whole new depth and dimension to your photography. A flash is a must for every serious photographer.
A full day of shooting will eat away at your battery life, especially if you overuse the LCD screen, which drains the battery quickly. I always like to keep a spare battery in my bag. I also find that turning your camera off and on repeatedly uses a lot of battery power. Hopefully, keeping a spare battery is obvious; if your battery runs flat, there’s nothing else to do but pack up and go home!
If you’re using a camera with a changeable lens, it is vital to have at least one extra lens. This is to give you greater choice with your focal length and will also be a backup lens if anything happens to your primary lens.
Keeping your manual in your bag, might just save you one day. It can be used to sort out a camera problem or a setting you are struggling with. It can be difficult to remember the variety of settings on your camera, so always keep it handy!
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Posted: 24 Jun 2014 05:09 PM PDT
Motion blur can be used to create compelling action shots, but have you tried using it to bring movement to stationary scenes? In the following video, Bryan Peterson demonstrates three techniques for introducing movement into your photographs for beautiful abstract results:
Introducing Vertical Motion Blur
To introduce motion into the next shot, Peterson stops down to f/22, which gives him a shutter speed of 1/6 of a second. He also sets his camera at the lowest ISO setting. While shooting the same tree from the previous picture, Peterson simply moves the camera up while the shutter is open:
Physically moving the camera in a vertical direction creates even motion blur that works well with the vertically oriented background.
In the next technique, Peterson simply frames the shot, and zooms in with his lens while the shutter is open.
This creates an interesting swirl as the lens moves.
Twisting the Camera
Peterson created a swirl by moving the lens in the previous shot, and for the third technique, he creates a circular motion blur by twisting the camera body back and forth in front of the subject.
You’ll have to move quickly for most of these techniques, so be sure to hold on to your camera!
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Posted: 24 Jun 2014 02:45 PM PDT
Beauty dishes are widely used modifiers in portrait photography and can help to create a number of key “beauty effects.” Rather than diffusing the light like a soft box, a beauty dish focuses harder light in the center, while falling off around the edges, creating a concentrated pool of light that can both soften skin and create beautiful shadows to sculpt facial features. Although there are many ways of positioning a beauty dish, it definitely has a “sweet spot” where it works best. In the video below, photographer Lindsay Alder talks about some of the keys to finding that sweet spot:
As you can see from the video, the primary key in positioning a beauty dish is finding the right balance between the angles (contrast/shadows) and the desired skin effect.
Tips for Using a Beauty Dish
When to Use a Diffuser
A beauty dish is a rather hard light source with semi-soft edges, and there are times when softer light is needed to even out the contrasts in a person’s skin. Lindsay mentions oily skin as an example: the oils often reflect light, creating bright highlights in hard light. Using a diffuser neutralizes the highlights and reduces contrast all the way around. Although many photographers use a soft box for this, if you’re still wanting the other effects of a beauty dish, a diffuser sock can be placed over the dish providing the same effect.
When to Use a Reflector
Use a reflector when you want to preserve a sense of shape (that comes from placing the beauty dish off of front-and-center), yet still want skin softness. A reflector will fill in the shadows, thereby reducing the contrast that causes texture (i.e. rough skin).
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Posted: 24 Jun 2014 12:21 PM PDT
Here is something we don’t see everyday: the inside of a gypsum mine located in eastern Ukraine. The photo-op was discovered by Yaroslav Segeda, a Ukraine resident who has a deep history in urban exploring. Segeda can often be found scaling—to dizzying heights—all kinds of buildings and objects, usually without any safety equipment or permission:
According to Segeda,
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Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:49 AM PDT
Tilt-shift photography is a technique that make scenes appear to be miniature by blurring part the top and bottom slices of the photograph. The effect is traditionally done using special lenses that allow you to tilt them in different directions to shift focus, but tilt-shift can also be replicated using programs like Photoshop. In the timelapse below, Filippo Rivetti added the effect to the entire clip, creating a very vibrant and very tiny Sydney:
Rivetti captured the thousands of photographs required to make this timelapse in various landmarks around Sydney, Australia using his Canon 5D Mark III and 7D, either of which were outfitted with a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 24mm f/1.4, or a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. Check out some of the stunning stills he captured:
The stills that make up Tiny Sydney were edited together using software called LRTimelapse with some of the special effects coming from Adobe’s After Effects, mainly the lens blur responsible for the tilt-shift look.
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