Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour

Blue hour is the time of day after sunset (and just before sunrise) when the sky still has some color it and it’s not pure black. This is the number one tip for shooting night photography – don’t shoot at night! If you want a dark, deep blue sky – shoot at blue hour. This is a bonus – you don’t have to stay up all night getting shots for this week’s challenge. Just catch the blue hour and you’re good to go. Blue hour in New York City. If you need some help: Video Tutorials and Tips for Shooting Blue Hour 5 Quick Tips for Better Blue Hour Photography New Photographer’s Guide to Blue Hour Recommended Gear for Doing Long Exposure Photography at Twilight and Dusk Do you pack up and leave after sunset and miss the fun of night photography? How to do Long Exposure Photography and Light Trails at Night Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and...

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Video Tutorials and Tips for Shooting Blue Hour

Blue hour is a fantastic time to get out and do some night photography. Yes, you read that right – night photography is best done before it’s actually night time. To help you out with blue hour photography here are three videos with examples and tips. How to shoot at blue hour with filters Ray Salisbury takes you on location at blue hour and demonstrates how he scouts a location for the best spot, finds a good composition and uses filters. Get the timing right for blue hour In this next video photography education guru Brian Peterson gives you tips for getting the timing just right when shooting blue hour. He’s on location in Las Vegas. Blue hour photography examples Finally, Brendan Van Son is shooting blue hour in Leiden, Netherlands. In this video, you can see how the length of blue hour varies greatly depending on your geographic location. The farther away from the equator you are, the long blue hour will last. Where I live it’s usually about an hour, so it’s frustrating for me that it’s...

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How to make yourself invisible in light painting photos

Eric Paré is best known for his stunning light painting photos and helpful tutorials. In all his photos, he remains invisible even though he stands behind the model and draws shapes with lights. He does it all in-camera, and many people have wondered how he does it. In this video, Eric and his partner Kim Henry share a few tricks […] The post How to make yourself invisible in light painting photos appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Photoshop Better | Five Tips To Make Better Use Of Your Wacom Tablet

Wacom tablets are incredibly useful tools for those who often work in Adobe programs doing anything other than moving sliders. They may have a bit of a learning curve as new users adjust to the feeling of using a pen to move a computer’s cursor on what amounts to a large, pressure-sensitive trackpad that correlates to your screen’s real estate, but if you put in the time to let it become second nature you will be rewarded in dividends. As with many things related to retouching, there is more to using a Wacom tablet than meets the eye. Little secrets are hovering beneath the surface that can take an already rich experience up a notch. Colin Smith of PhotoshopCAFE has created a 10-minute video detailing five tips to get even more out of your Wacom Tablet. [Rewind:] Wacom ‘Sketch’ & ‘Ink’ | Bringing Apple Pencil-Like Functionality To All iPads For instance, had you thought of tracing on a Wacom? And if you had, did you notice that the traced shapes did not look quite as they should? By going...

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Hasselblad X1D | Hassy Launches ‘Rent A Hasselblad’

The allure of Medium format is ever present, and more so today than ever before, given the more affordable cost, more manageable sizes, and the more attractive styles. There is probably no medium format camera that embodies this quite as completely as the Hasselblad X1D. It’s under $9k, is smaller than a D850, and infinitely cooler looking. But is it for you? Well, our review is en route (probably the toughest camera I’ve reviewed in recent memory) but there’s no substitute for actually using one, and now you can rent it. Hasselblad has just launched their ‘Rent A Hasselblad’ program in countries across the globe (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA), providing the best opportunity to ‘try before you buy’. It’s a global online service that you can get through in a matter of a few minutes, and the only hiccup to be found thus far, is that seeing what availability is in a particular location for a particular time isn’t really fleshed out, so it’s a bit of trial and error. That said, it’s...

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Skype vs Snapchat? | Microsoft Is Moving Into The Social Space

Instagram announced their ‘Stories’ feature a little over a year ago and the add-on was in direct competition with Snapchat’s main feature: allowing users to post fleeting pictures and videos that expire in 24 hours. Engagement of Instagram Stories has increased exponentially as more users take advantage of the ever-increasing feature-set of face filters, location tags, stickers, drawing tools; some creatives even leverage their Stories as ephemeral advertisements. Tensions have risen between the two applications as Instagram continues to imitate Snapchat, except execute better, and Microsoft is trying to slice ou their own corner of this media market with their Skype consumer app. You read that right. The team at Redmond just has crafted a deal with Swing Technologies, a startup that makers of the “living photo” app SWNG. [REWIND: What’s New With Instagram | Evolving Business Tools & Improved User Experience] Launched in 2016, under the guise of Polaroid Swing, SWNG had the mission to ‘reimagine’ the photograph. The SWNG app allows users to create interactive one-second clips or ‘living photos’, similar to the Live Photos feature on...

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How to Shoot High-Traffic Locations Creatively

The experience of the hustle and bustle that comes from shooting in high-traffic, highly photographed areas is a pain that most photographers know all too well. People can be packed into overlooks and pull-offs with hardly even room to stand let alone set up a tripod. It seems as if everyone is trying to get the same shot. Not that there’s something incredibly wrong with making photographs just like the person standing next to you. If you are simply after a snapshot to record where you’ve been then a quick capture or two taken from the herd will do just fine. However, if you’re like me, you probably want more from a location than just a cookie cutter photo. When I visit a well-known photo spot that is crowded with people all shooting the exact same thing, I feel a need to produce something that is more of an artistic expression of how I view the scene. While recently shooting in Yosemite National Park, I observed this situation in full force. But how can you shoot in these high-traffic...

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ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate: Efficient RAW Workflow for Professionals

A good workflow is such a powerful, time-saving and inspiring thing. There is even a certain romance to it – a routine of steps melting into the background that lead to a finished photograph. This creates a result to be proud of, one to inspire you to go out and photograph more, be it a product shot, an image from a recent trip to Iceland (everyone seems to be going to Iceland), or an artistic portrait. It can also be an inexhaustible source of frustration or an excuse for procrastination. I know it’s certainly been all of these things for me, and the latter much more often in the past. The people behind ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate must have had a similar experience, too, but they created tools that set up a solid workflow foundation for any photographer. Somehow, my desktop really is this clean. I don’t know how. Mind you, ACD Systems faces an obvious, towering obstacle by the name of Lightroom, a piece of software that has been the industry standard for nearly a decade now. I’ve...

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How to Stylize Your Images Using Complementary Colors in Lightroom

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you a process that uses complementary colors to stylize your images and create a consistent theme in your collections. I recently embarked on an 1,800-mile road trip through the dusty outback of Western Australia. After two days on the road, I arrived at Karijini – a national park famous for its iron-rich earth, icy-cold gorges and sheer remoteness from absolutely anything. The Middle of Nowhere – Karijini National Park, Western Australia Karijini is awash with complementary characteristics; hot deserts, icy-cold gorges, warm days and freezing nights. Nothing quite compares, however, to the daily occurrence of Karijini’s natural complementary colors. Each night, my eyes were treated to a beautiful blend of golden earthy tones and cool shadows. And each night, they couldn’t get enough. You may find yourself getting a little trigger happy when you’re on a holiday. Perhaps you are trying out a new lens, maybe practicing new techniques or just getting carried away with the shutter button – we’ve all been there! If so, you’re likely to return home with a...

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How to create realistic snow in Photoshop

It’s that time of the year, and maybe you became impatient while waiting for the first snow to fall. Or perhaps you’re like me and hate taking photos while it’s snowing. Either way, Photoshop comes to the rescue. In his latest tutorial, Jesús Ramirez will show you how to add realistic snow to your photos. […] The post How to create realistic snow in Photoshop appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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New Lightroom Downloader App Allows Lightroom Creative Cloud Files To Be Downloaded En Masse

Lightroom changes and cloud integration have been much ballyhooed, but one concern that photographers have had regarding the cloud has just been addressed. Adobe has released a new ‘Lightroom Downloader’ app that will allow Creative Cloud users to grab all of their cloud-stored files at once. Before this release, there was no way to download all of your files stored in the cloud, which was concerning to those who thought they might jump ship, or if the ship should go down entirely one day. Now, users can simply download the Lightroom Downloader app and acquire all their files in one swoop. It works like this: first, visit Adobe’s download page and download the app for your operating system. OS X High Sierra and Windows 10 are supported, and the download is free. Open the app and sign in and it will scour your account for photo and video files. Once they’re all accounted for, it will tell you exactly how many there are and how much space they consume. You will be prompted to choose a location that can...

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Relativity Theory-Inspired ‘Layer-Lapse’ Sheds New Light On NYC And Concept Of Time-Lapse

Inspiration in art can come from anywhere and anything and for some the biggest inspiration is from those dominating the field. The most common advice is to never copy and instead take the inspiration and put an individual twist on it to make it entirely unique; not everything has been done before. Julian Tryba is a photographer, videographer and cinematographer that epitomizes this very notion with his most recent layer-lapse of New York City. His first layer-lapse took place in Boston and consisted of about 30 layers per scene that were manually animated. The project was a pivotal moment in his career that allowed him to focus on photography full time. “Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.” For the NYC layer-lapse, Julian was...

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This technique will save you hours of guesswork matching saturation in composites

When compositing, saturation is one of the more difficult things to really judge with the naked eye. It can be difficult to get things just right, and we can waste hours tweaking things until we get something we’re happy with. Sometimes, we just need a little assistance. That’s where this quick Photoshop tip from digital […] The post This technique will save you hours of guesswork matching saturation in composites appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How to Shoot in Manual Mode Cheat Sheet for Beginners

The “Manual Photography Cheat Sheet-Reloaded” by The London School of Photography is a clean-cut, visual way of showing you how to step-up your photography game from automatic to manual shooting. Not only does shooting in Manual Mode enable you to produce sharp well-composed imagery – but you’ll also gain a stronger understanding of the inner workings of your camera and just how all those curious settings work in synch with each other. By shooting in Manual Mode you have full control of your shutter speed, ISO, and aperture, among an array of other settings that can further fine-tune your images. Manually controlling the aperture, for example, can help you achieve those beautiful portraits with blurred bokeh backgrounds. It’s also highly useful for changing shutter speeds, enabling you to achieve amazing shots of those fast-moving subjects like cars or cyclists in crystal clear motion without sacrificing quality. You may often find yourself in a tricky lighting situation where everything appears far too dark, too light, or very grainy. Unfortunately, automatic mode can’t always hack these extreme conditions and often activates...

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Ex-Aperture Engineering Director Creates iCloud-Integrated Raw Processor | RAW Power for iOS

With the release of iOS 10, Apple introduced official RAW image capture support, but with few choices in terms of editing options, advanced mobile photographers were left wanting. The idea to edit RAW photos on a mobile device has been a dream of photographers since our phones evolved into more than just communication devices. The ever-increasing power of mobile devices and optical prowess, namely the spearhead devices of iPhones and iPads, has led to media campaigns that were filmed and edited on the same device. In the flood of apps that followed the announcement of RAW support, applications fell into two camps, clunky, requiring either a subscription or external devices to get the most of the app, and intuitive, blurring the lines of what mobile device is capable of. A new iOS application, RAW Power falls in the latter. [REWIND: GNARBOX Review | Rugged Portable Backup & Raw Editing System] Nik Bhatt, a former Senior Director of Engineering on the Aperture and iPhoto team, has brought his team’s RAW Power desktop application, to the mobile scene. RAW Power provides...

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3 Simple Photography Tips for Parents – How to Take Better Pictures of Your Kids

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive as a writer here at Digital Photography School is, “How do I take better pictures of my kids?”. There’s just something about becoming a parent that helps you understand exactly how fleeting childhood is, as well as how important it is to capture it. Whether you’re using a pro-level DSLR camera, a point-and-shoot, or your phone’s camera, here are a few quick and easy tips that will help you take your momtography or dadtography to the next level and take better pictures of your kids. 1. Emotion Trumps Perfection It’s never a bad idea to learn about the technical aspects of photography. But when it comes to photographing your own kids, the truth is that the photos you’ll treasure the most are the ones that capture genuine emotion. When you pull your camera out, don’t just look for the perfect smiles. Look for genuine expression and emotion, which tends to happen most often when your kids don’t realize you’re watching them. Similarly, when you’re culling images, don’t automatically trash every...

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Stop Asking What Gear You Should Buy | Here’s What You Should Ask Instead

“What camera should I buy?” This is a question that gets tossed around a lot by newer photographers with money to burn and tech obsessed hobby photographers that upgrade their gear as frequently as people upgrade their smartphones. Karl Taylor is a professional photographer and educator with an extensive twenty year career under his belt. Take one look at his portfolio and it becomes obvious why he is a Hasselblad ambassador who creates educational content for Broncolor regularly. Karl’s direct approach without sugarcoating makes him a favorite among many and he has some tough love to give for anyone obsessed over the latest gear. [REWIND: 4 TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY LOVE & HOW TO START WITHOUT A LARGE INVESTMENT] It. Doesn’t. Matter. There are manual 35mm film cameras selling on eBay for a few hundred dollars that are more than capable of producing great images – in fact these ancient workhorses were used to produce and satisfy all photographic needs prior to digital and they managed. Extrapolation software was used for properly enlarging images for...

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Medium Format Landscape Photography | Kai Wong Tests The Fujifilm GFX 50s

The GFX 50s from Fujifilm is one of those cameras that has changed the mirrorless landscape. The “fuller frame” sensor offers an effective capturing area 0.79 times larger than the more ubiquitous 35mm full frame that can be found on most upper-level DSLRs. The GFX 50s is loved by some, disliked by others, and even more don’t understand the appeal – much of which can be said about the former DigitalRev host, Kaiman Wong. The two came together in a recent video when Kai got his hands on the GFX. [REWIND: 5 People The Creative Community Doesn’t Like or Need Anymore] Kai’s ‘review’ of the GFX, has his traditional bumbling-like antics, which can be described as a pseudo-Jeremy Clarkson bit where the wit and humor got lost in translation, but his views give some insight to how the GFX 50s performs in real-world scenarios. For those who need a refresher on the specs: 51.4 MP 43.8 x 32.9 mm CMOS sensor, Bayer array with primary color filter 2x SD card slot; SD/SDHC/SDXH memory cards UHS-I/UHS-II 117-point TTL contrast-detection system...

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Field Test and Thoughts: Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

Ask any experienced photographer what his or her all around go-to lens is, and odds are high that the response will be the 24-70mm f/2.8. Not only does it cover a useful range, but the fast aperture makes it ideal for shooting in low lighting conditions when you don’t have a prime lens handy. The long-standing problem with this lens? It is notoriously pricey. Enter the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 lens! Along with Sigma, Tamron has been upping its lens game recently by offering high-quality budget versions of popular lenses. In fact, the original Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens (Model A007) was first announced in February 2012 and has been on the market for awhile. This year, a highly anticipated second version was released. Here’s what the specs are and what I think after comparing it to my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II. The Specs The official name of this lens is a mouthful: Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032). Let’s dissect some of that terminology. SP is Tamron’s version of high-end lenses, similar to the...

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Grazia Magazine’s Photoshop Blunder | The Burden Of Creativity & Cultivating Cultural Awareness

@dilokritbarose #NoFilter That California sunlight☉ glow and orchid pink @lancomeofficial Lip Crayon in 320 As visual creatives, we have been given a unique gift; a gift that allows us to see the world with a fresh sense of wonder where others see the mundane. It is an ability to appreciate the beauty and splendor of the world around us as we encounter it and not as we think it should be. We have a creative license to push boundaries and perceptions, but with that license comes a responsibility, a burden even, to be aware of the fine line that we walk between capturing the beauty and imposing it. A recent cover of Grazia Magazine shot and edited by photographer An Le, featuring Lupita Nyong’o, highlights why this is important. If you’re not up to speed on this event, a picture is worth more than words. Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like. #dtmh pic.twitter.com/10UUScS7Xo — Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) November 10, 2017 In an article on...

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5 color grading mistakes filmmakers should avoid

Proper color grading is one of the important elements of your videos. It affects the mood of the scenes, and it can affect the viewers’ emotions. Proper color grading takes some time to master, and Matti Haapoja from TravelFeels points out to five mistakes you should aim to avoid during this process. They are common […] The post 5 color grading mistakes filmmakers should avoid appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Luminar – The New Powerhouse for Fine Art Black and White Conversions

I recently embarked on a project of creating black and white images for an upcoming exhibit at an art gallery. The images have been shot, now the only question that remains is how will I handle the post-processing. In years past I’ve relied heavily on Lightroom and also Nik Silver Efex (yep remember that program). I have found, however, that the black and white conversions and looks created by the Nik Collection are starting to get a little dated. It was very trendy some years ago to process in Silver Efex, but now that Google is no longer updating the program I find that the presets are not working as well for creating looks that appeal to today’s art buyers. One of the images in the collection. I used Lightroom for some initial adjustments then used Luminar as a plugin to finish off the editing. So I decided to process my images using Luminar by Macphun. I was already familiar with the program and the easy to use interface, so I thought I would push myself a little further...

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5 effective tripod hacks for your next film project

It’s rare that I actually see new ways to utilise a tripod. When these videos pop up, they’re invariably just a rehashing of somebody else’s tips and tricks. It’s not that I think I’ve seen or know them all already, but it’s just rare that I see something new. Maybe you have seen or even […] The post 5 effective tripod hacks for your next film project appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Jen Rozenbaum On Boudoir Photography & Being Shamelessly Feminine | Not A Man’s World

Over the years society has developed the ideal mold for what a woman should be. A woman should be a loving mother and a doting wife; she should be able to whip up a good meal, keep a pristine home, and on top of these ‘musts’ she should also be feminine, beautifu,l and desirable. A woman’s self-worth is woven so deeply within the fabric of this mold that her self worth is in jeopardy if any of these areas are lacking, but it shouldn’t be, and photographers like Jen Rozenbaum are on a mission to change it. [REWIND: THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY | TERRY RICHARDSON CUT FROM CONDÉ NAST & HOW WOME ARE RISING] The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller #beauty #love #boudoir #boudoirphotography #empower #fierce #curves #bodypositive #longisland #lingerie A post shared by Jennifer Rozenbaum (@jenrozenbaum) on Nov 11, 2017 at 9:34am PST Jen Rozenbaum is a boudoir photographer in New York City specializing in helping women shamelessly...

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5 Tips for Mastering Shadows in Your Photography

Walking into a dimly lit room can be a photographer’s worse nightmare. Dark walls, low lighting, and weird shadows are enough to give even the calmest photographer a case of anxiety. Does this sound familiar? It did to me when I was first starting out and claimed to be a natural light photographer. Because let’s face it, I did not know how to use my flash and more importantly did not know how to read light. Yes, I said that right. As a photographer, you not only see light but also need to learn the art of reading light – the type of light, the quality of light and also how the light will affect your final image. The more I started to photograph people and places, the more I realized that but finding light among the shadows wasn’t really that scary or daunting. Master the shadows Imagine for a moment the confidence you would feel if you can walk into any indoor lighting situation and think to yourself, “Yes, I got this”. And I don’t mean using your...

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