- The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography eBook at 60% Off
- How to Choose the Right Lens for Landscape Photography (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Laundry Day for Superboy
- 8 Tips for Shooting Standout Bird Photography
- Building Futuristic Miniature Worlds with Photography (Video)
Posted: 20 Jun 2014 07:03 PM PDT
Michael Grecco is one of the best-known celebrity photographers in the world. His beautiful, insightful work is all around us–on movie posters, in advertising, on magazine covers, everywhere. "I delight in inspiring people," he writes. "I want them to stop, think, and feel." Now Grecco shares the secrets of great portraits in his book Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography. We were able to get a 60% discount for our readers ($10 marked down from $25) which ends soon. Deal found here: Lighting & the Dramatic Portrait
Sections on cameras, illumination, film and digital, creativity and conceptualization, connecting with the subject, and having a point of view, plus intriguing case studies that show "how I got that picture," make this book a resource photographers refer to as they take on their own clients. Whether the subject is a star or a soccer mom, Grecco shows how to add artistry, drama, wit, humor, and personality to their portrait.
Some of the many topics covered (99 pages):
“Assistants and other photographers have asked why I would want to give away my secrets in a book. But I don’t see it that way. I am just passing along what I have learned through years of experience, along with some insights about my process that I hope will help you perfect your own. I believe the most important thing you can take away from this book is how I discovered what worked for me. No one can get inside my head and think the way I think – in the end, we all make our own discoveries.”
“The techniques described here are not all my secrets; I have learned a lot from being on film sets and talking to other photographers. If I had relied on a set of fixed rules and principles throughout my career, my work would have been repetitive, it would not have evolved and improved, and I would have become bored and stale. I continually look for new ideas and new ways to handle different situations, trying out new lighting solutions, camera tricks, and overall approaches. Think of this book as a starting point for your own creative process; experiment, see what works, take chances, and most of all, enjoy!” -Author Michael Grecco
How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:
Our readers can receive 60% off until Friday, June 27. 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 30 day guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the book just let us know and we will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.
Offer found here: Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait
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Posted: 20 Jun 2014 05:39 PM PDT
Focal length and perspective make a big difference in the outcome of your landscape photography, which means you should familiarize yourself with how they impact the images. This way, you can make an educated decision when selecting which lens you should be using. Luckily, in this quick, but informative, clip below, Steve Perry breaks it all down for us:
As Perry explains in his video, a telephoto lens will make objects appear to be larger and closer to the camera, whereas a wide lens opens up a scene quite a bit more.
There is also a common understanding in photography that you can “zoom with your feet” meaning if you want a tighter shot of an object, walk closer to it. While this is true, physically moving closer to the subject using a wide lens will not replicate the effect of using a zoom lens.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t “zoom with your feet,” but you should be aware of the differences and limitations between the two options.
Go to full article: How to Choose the Right Lens for Landscape Photography (Video)
Posted: 20 Jun 2014 02:01 PM PDT
Everyone loves a good creative portrait and this one has managed to capture they eye (and hearts) of the Internet. By the looks of it, it must be laundry day for the young superhero:
These Are Your Moments, a photographer based in Port Colborne, Ontario, captured this great image that creatively captures childhood.
I have to say, it is pretty awesome!
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Laundry Day for Superboy
Posted: 20 Jun 2014 12:00 PM PDT
Instantly improve your photos of birds in the wild with these eight tips. Then, learn everything you need to know to capture the beauty and grace of birds in the wild, from lighting and gear to reading bird behavior. Join esteemed biologist and expert bird photographer Neil Losin in the online Craftsy class Photographing Birds in the Wild for 50% off—an offer for PictureCorrect readers.
1. They say patience is a virtue
When photographing birds, you don't have a lot of control over lighting or positioning. Once you find the bird you want to photograph you have to be patient and stay ready to get the shot. Getting impatient and trying to corral a wild bird will not help you to get a great shot.
2. Make use of your continuous shooting mode
Many birds can move quickly and change directions quickly while in flight—quicker than it takes our brains to tell our fingers to press the shutter. To avoid missing a magical moment, use the continuous shooting mode to capture a rapid succession of images. This allows you to pick the best image out of a series.
3. Use a long lens and/or teleconverter
For most birds, you need to be far enough away that you don't scare them off. This requires a long lens. Ideally, we all would have access to an 800mm lens to give us some distance from our subjects while allowing us to capture the amazing detail in feathers. If you aren't so lucky, grab the longest lens you have and shoot from as close as the bird will let you get. Consider using a teleconverter to extend the length of your lens, typically at a fraction of the cost of a whole new lens.
4. Use a fast shutter speed
Since birds move quickly in flight your shutter speed needs to be fast enough to freeze the motion. This is similar to sports photography. Think 1/1000 of a second or faster. The longer the lens and the further away the bird is, the faster your shutter speed needs to be to keep the bird in focus.
5. It's OK to shoot in direct sunlight
When shooting portraits of humans, we tend to avoid shooting in direct sunlight because of the harsh shadows that are created on the face. With birds, the effect is not the same and many times they look better in direct sunlight because of the way some species' feathers reflect light.
6. Know something about the birds you are shooting
Like any photography subject, having some knowledge is helpful. If you know some basic facts about the bird you would like to photograph—where it lives, when it eats, when it is most active — you may come up with some better photos and spend less of your time waiting around.
7. Be sensitive
Birds generally have great eyesight and can see you coming before you see them. Many birds in the wild spook easily, so it's important to not make any sudden movements or loud noises. Also, as with most wild animals, staring them in the eye is perceived as a threat and can cause them to fly away.
8. Focus on the eye
If at all possible, focus on one of the eyes. Just like photography of human subjects, the viewer is drawn to the eyes. Having eyes in focus makes for a stronger image.
Now that you have a few tricks up your sleeve, take the next step towards spectacular bird photography when you sign up for the online Craftsy class Photographing Birds in the Wild for half off. Enjoy lifetime access to eight easy-to-follow video lessons you can watch anytime, anywhere as you master lighting, focus and composition. Plus, get personalized advice and your photos critiqued by expert Neil Losin.
What do you find to be most helpful to keep in mind when photographing birds?
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Posted: 20 Jun 2014 11:35 AM PDT
David LaChapelle and his crew are some of the industry’s best model builders, having built to scale models of buildings and landscapes for multiple blockbuster movies. When not building a model cityscape for a film set, LaChapelle dedicates his time to a project he calls LAND SCAPE. Part miniature photography, part landscape photography, the project is a curious mix of photography techniques that is sure to inspire. Take a look at the two-part video series below to go on a backstage tour of the making of LAND SCAPE:
The LAND SCAPE project stemmed out of a series of similar photos LaChapelle had taken of gas stations that he had built. He has now moved on to expand that collection adding refineries to the collection.
Having scouted locations already, LaChapelle takes his crew and the refinery out to the desert, where they spend an entire day and part of the night photographing them from various angles and in various lighting situations. As you can see, the team doesn’t travel lightly. Alongside their PhaseOne camera, they also have an entire workstation–complete with an iMac and power supply.
What LaChapelle creates is even more than impressive than he thought possible. The tiny glowing structures come to life in the photographs with a futuristic believability to them.
Go to full article: Building Futuristic Miniature Worlds with Photography (Video)
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