Of all the landscapes NaturePhotographers have photographed, mountains remain one of the most difficult to capture well. Being immersed in mountains evokes huge emotional and physical responses; capturing these same feelings in camera using light as your only tool is a definite challenge. An excellent tutorial.
More and more people are looking to minimalism to improve their lives, getting rid of the clutter and stress and only keeping the things that are important. If minimalism can improve the way we live our lives, the way we work and the way we get things done, could it be used to improve our photography? Find out at Smash&Peas.
You want to know what the most common cause of photographer disappointment is? Absolutely, positively the most common? Its the photographer who just came back from a special trip — a safari, a wildlife adventure, birding, maybe even whale watching — with 762 blurry telephoto pictures. The reason is pretty simple: people who have gotten pretty good at shooting at normal range think those skills will translate well into shooting telephoto images. So they simply think “how long of a focal length do I need to get the shot” without realizing that longer focal length requires an entirely new set of photographic techniques (and sometimes accessories) to get sharp images. Read more at LensRentals.
Kinetic Photography, also known as ‘camera tossing‘, is a technique of shooting photos with the actual physical movement of the camera. However, it does not necessarily involve tossing of the camera — you can also shake, bounce, swing or spin it; the goal of the technique is to obtain unpredictable results which are sometimes fascinating, always abstract and rarely boring. SmashingMagazine presents beautiful examples of kinetic photography for your inspiration.
Much of what’s been written on concert photography centers on gear, and the technical aspects of shooting (there are a number of good tips on this site). Of course, gear and technical know-how are important, and DigitalPhotographySchool touches on a couple of salient points. But there are other equally important, more esoteric concepts at the heart of stage photography…that moment in a show that captures the essence of a performer and the emotion they’re expressing.
Refractographs! You’ll know what they are as soon as you see one. They look super high-tech, but you just need a flashlight and a piece of clear glass or plastic to make ‘em happen. Shine the light through the glass and take pictures of the patterns that come through! Try it with marbles, Lite Brite pegs, hyperradial lighthouse-grade fresnel lenses or anything else you have lying around! Find out how at Photojojo.
With the introduction and advancement of digital photography, many people who have “converted” over from traditional or slide film miss certain qualities that they once had. One of the most prominent for many is the colours that you got from slide films such as Fujichrome Velvia, an absolutely stunning film for really vibrant colour saturation. Now whilst you can enhance colour saturation in Photoshop, it won’t match exactly what you got from Velvia but it can come pretty close and add some real punch and colour to your digital images. Learn how to do it at AllThingsPhotography.
When balancing flash with the available light, the combination of settings are usually chosen so that the mood of the setting is retained – or at least have the available light add to the image. In doing so, the advice is often given to “drag the shutter”. In allowing a slower shutter speed, more of the ambient light is allowed to register and influence the final image. Go to PlanetNeil to learn more.
Stock photography is an open aggregate of photographs that can be licensed for specific usage in public, as well as commercial projects. It allows designers and publishers to reduce both time and financial expenditures. Besides photos, stock banks include illustrations, vector graphics and textures. You’ll find 12 free Stock Photo Resources at ReadyPhotoSite and a whopping 250 free photography sites at MediaMilitia. Go nuts.