This solar power solution lasted 14 days of shooting in the Himalayas

Imagine using your phone every day and not being able recharge it. Scary, right? Now imagine a filmmaker, who needs to use his cameras all the time, spending 14 days without power. An India-based filmmaker George Thengummoottil was in this exact situation while shooting in the Himalayas. But he didn’t go unprepared. He created a […] The post This solar power solution lasted 14 days of shooting in the Himalayas appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Tim Tadder Answers The Inside Industry Questions You’ve Wanted Answers To Without The Fluff

There’s a sort of similar trajectory that photographers follow if they follow the craft and trade long enough; from the point they begin, to the questions they ask at that point, to the equipment they buy, to the work they produce, to the plateau they’ll hit, to the opinions they hold – it’s all a bit predictable for those of us who’ve been in it long enough to see the trends. That’s not a bad thing necessarily, and certainly understandable when a creative is a neophyte, sussing out the field to see if it’s for them. Should they decide to move forward, to move from zero to one, the list os questions once again are a bit predictable, but unlike those at the start, their answers aren’t so readily available, nor are they static, so they require current and constant evaluation/ What questions? Questions like: How to break into a new market or city? How should a photographer determine pricing? What social media sites should a photographer invest in? Can you rent equipment you own to clients for your...

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Shooting in the Cold – Tips for Winter Photography

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you should stop doing any photography. Winter photography can be magical, here are some tips for shooting in the cold to help you. The weather It’s easy to go out and shoot when the weather is nice and the weather God’s smile down with big fair sky grins. Summer, Spring, and especially Autumn are popular times for photography because there’s no shortage of photo opportunities – comfortable photo opportunities at that. Seasons change, though, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be discouraged, or worse, stop shooting just because winter comes around and the weather outside turns cold. That’s not to say that making photographs in winter doesn’t come with its own set of problems – well, not really problems. Let’s just say that making photos in the colder months is more challenging than it is when at warmer times of the year. There are still quite a few reasons to venture out into the cold with your camera. Here are a few tips that will help you stay productive (and safe)...

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Really Right Stuff Gear Now Available From B&H, Finally

Typically, we tend not to make any hoopla about a new line of products ending up on a common store shelf, or digital shelf, because procuring just about anything is easy these days, but within photography there are certain brands and products that, well, haven’t been. Immediately, two come to mind: Paul C Buff products, and Really Right Stuff. Both of these have historically been available only through the manufacturer’s site and that could at times also mean you couldn’t get them shipped to where you were with ease, nor could you necessarily look at and or test them out in person. That’s just changed for Really Right Stuff as they are now stocking with our good friends B&H. For those that aren’t aware, Really Right Stuff makes some of the best camera support systems around, from custom plates, clamps, flash brackets, pano gear, studio gear, ballheads, gimbal heads, tripods, fluid heads, and all of it designed and manufactured in the United States. [REWIND: SIMPLE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS | WHAT TRIPOD HEAD IS RIGHT FOR ME?] We’ve continually mentioned RSS...

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64 Great Gifts For Photographers

If you’ve got a photographer that you’re going to shop for over the holidays or are having trouble figuring out what to get them for their birthday, then you’ll appreciate these 61 great ideas to help you find that perfect photography gift. We’ve updated this list from time to time with great gifts. 1. Photography Education You can buy these online classes as gifts from Crafts. They also offer a free one. Pretty cool. ( 2. Cameras Although more expensive, no photographer will complain about receiving another camera to add to their collection. Nikon D800 Canon EOS 5D Mark III Fujifilm X100S Hasselblad H5D-60 3. Lenses Receiving a quality lens will bring tears of joy to a photographer’s eyes. Prime Wide Angle Macro Telephoto 4. eBooks Photographers are constantly looking to learn and improve their craft. What better way to help them by getting useful (and affordable) photography ebooks. Photography eBooks Steve Berardi’s Wildflower Photography eBook 7 Photography eBooks Every Photographer Should Read 5. Digital Picture Frame Your photographer can fall asleep looking at all their photos in one...

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Tips to Help You Find the Right Photography Studio Space to Rent

Are you looking to up your portrait, fashion, or product game but are running out of space in your home? Maybe you are on the cusp of having a steady stream of clients but small droughts here and there have you worried about signing a lease for more space. Or perhaps you are curious about what you could do with some professional equipment and a dedicated space? Renting photography studio space is often a perfect solution for any of these situations and more. By Ravenshoe Group Casual studio renting sounds ideal; no need to own extra gear, no monthly rent, no lighting/heating/insurance costs. But it can have some drawbacks if you’re not careful. Here are some tips to help you find the right photography studio space to rent. What do you need in a photography studio? Some studios have all the gear you would ever need; C-Stands, professional strobes and modifiers, and a gaggle of backdrops. Others will give you a heated space and an outlet, that’s all. Image by Erik Söderström/Flickr Your first step before renting a space...

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LensRentals’ Roger Cicala Pulls Apart A Gorgeous Nikon 105mm f/1.4 To Find A Mix Of Old & New

As I write this I have one of these very Nikon 105mm f/1.4 lenses on my desk; a lens with so much hype it is hard to live up to, and yet, thus far, it’s impressive. Nikon’s 105 1.4 is the very first 105 1.4 in existence, so they’re sort of setting foot in new territory here, but territory we were all curious about. The move was interesting because Nikon already has an 85mm 1.4 which is superb, and there’s the also sublime 105 mm f2 DC, a bit of a cult icon and a special lens given its defocus control that lends an amount of control over the quality of the bokeh. That’s something the new 105 doesn’t have, what it lacks there it hopes to make up for opening up that aperture all the way up to 1.4, and also Nikon seems to want to bring the somewhat finicky DC into the modern era. But did they? The fine people at LensRentals did a full-on dismantling of one such example and what they found was maybe a...

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Simple Way To Transfer EOS Pictures to iPhone

2016 was a big year for gear releases in the photo & video world, with the Canon 5D Mark IV, a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art, DJI Drones, and powerful Profoto strobes, just to name a few. One thing we’ve been seeing from companies over the last several years is the movement towards quick and easy transfer through built-in Wi-Fi capability, a sign that instant media is more relevant than ever. The ability to transfer images quickly to a smart device opens a host of possibilities for client satisfaction, marketing strategy, and is overall just a great business asset. The 5D Mark IV is a prime example of this movement, with its much-needed upgrade to Wi-Fi transfer. Nikon cameras have carried built-in Wi-Fi in both their DSLR’s and point-and-shoots for several years now so Canon is definitely trying to make up for lost time with this recent enhancement, but Brian Worley of P4Pictures notifies us of a simple technique for those of us with certain EOS cameras that don’t carry this new feature. [REWIND: Canon 5d mark iv review] An...

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Add Functionality and Battery Life to Your Sony A7 with the MOZA Cage

MOZA sent me their recently released MOZA Cage for review, and while I’m slowly and inevitably getting into more filmmaking with my Sony a7R Mk2, I’m still a photographer first. I thought to myself, “How can I review this cage as a photographer.” After taking delivery, however, I found it quite easy! There are a few unique things you can do with this cage that make it perfect for certain types of photography, not just as a tool for filmmakers. MOZA Cage Handheld Camera Gimbal Stabilizer If you’ve never heard of the term Cage used in conjunction with cameras, in very basic terms a cage is just that. It’s a cage that you screw your camera into, and it provides you with multiple handle options, cable routing options, attachment options (think LED panel lights / microphones, etc.). Cages can range from very basic and a couple of hundred dollars, up to fully featured monsters that will see you shelling out more than a grand (USD). But this one, the MOZA Cage is a mid-priced cage with many features of...

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From ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ To ’21 Grams’, This Breakdown of Rodrigo Prieto’s Work Is Major Photographic Inspiration

The video below is 6 minutes of video made for the modern ADD consumer that hits direct and hard, relentlessly delivering information and insight you as a photographer could benefit from – but you’ve got to pay attention. If you ever get a chance to sit down with a successful photographer for a drink and ask about their influences, you’ll find (about 3 gins in) that films and videos feature heavily. Of course we draw our inspiration from our collective experiences, things we see even in the peripheral, but inspiration directly from film is pretty much standard. It could be the work of Tony Scott in Top Gun, Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’, or pretty much anything from Rodrigo Prieto. Prieto is a cinematographer and director of photography for movies like Wolf Of Wall Street, Babel, Argo, 21 Grams, 8 Mile, Lana Del Rey’s Blue Jeans short, and a succession of others. His visuals have played a significant part in representing a more raw and modern gritty film style, paired with classical theory, and part of what makes it masterful is...

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How Shooting Photos Based on a Theme Can Improve Your Work

In this article we’re going to talk about how having a theme before you go out to shoot can improve your images. I used to go out on the street, in order to find the perfect shot. Months in a row I did that. I knew that I loved this lack of control, but something didn’t match. I wasn’t as excited as I thought and even my images weren’t good enough, I couldn’t understand why. So, I took a small break from hunting beautiful images and I started to watch how others worked. I looked at many professional photographers, to find what makes them click. That was when I realized my big mistake. My problem was that every time I went out, I had nothing to focus on. My eyes were looking for pictures everywhere, but my mind wasn’t able to sort out all these images. Something was missing, and that was a theme. Taking pictures based on a theme has a lot of benefits and it can change your shooting approach in a very positive way. That’s why...

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Winner Announced for The Capture a Special Moment Photo Contest

UPDATE! winner announced! Congrats to the winner of the GotPrint photo contest, Eddie Hennessy, photographer of the following image! We’ll be in touch shortly with your prize! If you didn’t win, we hope you consider submitting your image(s) to our Constructive Critique section to continue learning and growing from our community! Original Contest Info The following is a sponsored Photo Contest. Description: Capture a special moment in someone’s life (or yours) for a chance to win a complete photography marketing package from GotPrint.com. A special moment can be any event deemed to be memorable in our lifetime such as a wedding, birthday, family gathering, newborn and so on. Prize: $200 worth of custom prints from GotPrint.com. This prize will allow the winner to boost his/her photography business with customized promotional items such as business cards, postcards, flyers, brochures, banners and much more. Enter Below | See Current Entries If the widget above is not working, please click here to view the entries.Deadline: All entries must be submitted by Dec 1st, 2016. Winners will be announced December 14th, 2016.Judging: All...

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Select & Mask vs Refine Edge | Having Your Cake & Eating It Too

Many photographers have been grappling with Adobe’s baffling choice to remove the refine edge tool in favor of the new “select and mask.” Adobe has been known to leave legacy features for generations, with about a million ways to skin the proverbial cat left intact for users who are set in their ways. The thought that they’ve recently cut an extremely commonly used tool is not sitting well with a lot of people, however, there’s great news for you people who hate select and mask – refine edge lives! It’s just sadly not obvious how to access it, but it is simple. All you have to do is make your selection, hold down the Shift key, and go to Select > Select & Mask. Voila! Old school “Refine Edge” appears. You’re welcome. Back to the task at hand – Nathaniel Dodson has made a video for Tutvid detailing the differences in results one gets when doing knock-outs with the new Select & Mask vs the old Refine Edge. He uses three different photos and an older version of Photoshop...

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How to Price Photography Products and Services for Profit

Think pricing your photography is overwhelming? You’re not alone. If there’s one question that every photographer struggles with time and time again, it’s how to price their products and services. How should you price your photos? What products should you offer? How do you make sure your prices are high enough to make a profit, but not so high that you drive away business? No matter how hard you’ve worked to develop your client base, if you don’t have a consistent and effective pricing model in place, you’ll find yourself treading water. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be hard to come up with a pricing system to help you reach your goals. To figure out what you’ll need to make annually to run a successful photography business, we’re going to break your expenses down into two important sections: the cost of doing business (CODB) and cost of goods (COGs). Then we’ll explore session and product fees to determine how you can price for profit and success. Considerations When it comes to pricing, there is no one size fits all...

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Fujifilm Brings Tethering to the X-T2 With New Firmware

When the Fuji X-T2 was announced it was a big upgrade from its predecessor, the X-T1. Of the many things that were enhancements (the 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor, faster processor, 4K video, 1/8000 shutter, 1/250 Flash sync), the X-T1 still had one thing up from its younger sibling; tethering. Fuji announced some time ago that a tethering would be on the horizon, and after many moons, a new firmware was released a few days ago that bring that capability. Fuji shooters who are rocking the X-T2 will now enjoy the benefits of tethered shooting; a long requested feature from studio based X-Photographers. The new firmware brings tethering support for the already existing Adobe Plug-in (with limited functionality) and compatibility with Fuji’s HS-V5 software; as well as a new Mac-only Pro Plug-in for $80. [REWIND: ADOBE COLOR THEMES | HOW TO CREATE & USE THEM FOR COLOR GRADING IN PHOTOSHOP ] In Fuji’s familiar Philosophy of Kaizen standard the new firmware brings bug fixes and improved usability, including fixing the X-T2’s compatibility with the Nissin i40 Speedlight a...

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3 Video Tutorials – Portrait Retouching Tips Using Lightroom

Many of our readers use Photoshop to edits portraits, but what if all you have is Lightroom? Or you don’t know Photoshop as well? You can certainly do most of your portrait retouching using Lightroom. Here are some video tutorials that walk you through a complete edit of one portrait from start to finish, using only Lightroom. I have also included one that I myself did too. Every photographer has their own style, so take what works for you from each and apply that to your own editing style. #1 Extended Lightroom Portrait Edit by Adam Lerner Photographer Adam Lerner walks you through his portrait editing process from start to finish. He will give you some tips and tricks and great hidden gems inside Lightroom that you can use. #2 Full Lightroom Portrait Editing by Photos in Color Ed Gregory from Photos in Color processes a portrait using Lightroom from end to end. He makes a very different looking end result so if you’re looking for some style ideas and tips this might be a good one for you....

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5 Personal Audit Questions To Help You Market Your Photography Business

When it comes to your freelance photography business, the expression “Good things come to those who wait” couldn’t be further from the truth. You’ve got to put in a bit of hustle and market your business. The sad truth is that great photography can suffer from bad marketing. Read that sentence again and let it sink in. It’s likely that we all know someone who’s insanely talented but doesn’t get nearly enough recognition, and we all know someone who needs to spend less time on social media and more time working on their photography skills. So what can you do to ensure you don’t fall victim to this marketing injustice? Knowing how and where to market your portfolio is the key to driving people to your content, gaining recognition in your field and establishing connections to clients. A marketing strategy can help you determine which platforms make the most sense for your business and what methods will put you in touch with prospective customers, communities and contracts. How can you start building a successful marketing strategy for your photography...

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Minimalism

Viewing some images that are good examples for minimalism is the first step. Then it’s your turn. Weekly Photography Challenge – Minimalism This one should be fairly simple (pun intended). Find something and shoot it in the most minimalistic way possible. Put less into your image. Get closer and crop tight. Another way to think about it is to simplify. Like these: By Kim Seng By A_Peach By Andy Smith Put on a long lens, use a wide aperture, maybe even try a close-up or macro lens. Watch the edges of your image. Remove anything that doesn’t add to the photo. Keep it simple. Share your images below: Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to...

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Adobe Color Themes | How To Create & Use Them For Color Grading In Photoshop

Made from Adobe’s ever-expanding knowledge base gleaned from basically every creative industry, Creative Cloud contains many, many, useful features you may not have heard of or tried yet. One little gem that has eluded many is Color (formerly Kuler.) Color lets you create color palettes in a few different ways. If your color theory is shaky, Color will provide the knowledge for you by letting you select a color rule and a hue, then creating a palette of five colors for you based on the color rule you select. You can also upload photos to Color and generate palettes, called ‘themes’, based on a mood you choose from a drop-down menu. All the ways to create themes are customizable whether you’d just like to make a slight adjustment from what Adobe chose or make something that’s completely of your own creation. For making themes out of things you find as you live your life, there’s the AdobeCapture CC app, which has integrated a few Adobe asset-creation apps, including the old Color app, into one. Just use your phone’s camera...

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5 Tips for lighting a green screen for a clean key

One would think that lighting up a green screen would be similar to working with something like a white seamless backdrop. But there are a few differences. Unlike a white seamless, green screens aren’t blown out beyond your camera’s dynamic range. They can also reflect colour back onto your subject. And you’re usually shooting on a green […] The post 5 Tips for lighting a green screen for a clean key appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Canon Releases Free 1D X Mark II AF Setting Guidebook

The EOS-1D X Mark II Canon’s Pro Series Flagship camera is by far the pinnacle of Canon’s professional gear, producing impeccable imagery at top performance standards. The 1DX Mark II comes packed with dynamic performance capabilities and requires an bit of technical knowledge to really make use of its abundance of features. With a more sophisticated and complicated AF system, Canon has provided a 148-page guidebook to help users navigate through the new AF algorithm and AI Servo AF III+. [REWIND: SONY A99II VS NIKON D810 VS CANON EOS 5D MARK IV] specs 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF Built-In GPS, CFast & CF Card Slots The guidebook is comprised of 6 sections with two whole chapters focusing on AF configuration, “as well as chapters on AF area selection modes, 61-point reticular AF...

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Adobe Creative Cloud Flash Sale | 25% Off

Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan was had a price break weeks ago, but many missed it. However, B&H is offering the same Creative Cloud Photography Subscription for the sale price of $88 right now. The catch? You’ve got hours to do it as the sale ends at midnight. Get it here. It’s not hard to extol the virtues of the Creative Cloud plans, given the sort of all-encompassing suite of photo editing tools from desktop to mobile. You can organize, retouch, edit, enhance, and share your work operating within an interconnected set of robust applications. Also, given the nature of the cloud plans, you’re privy to constant updates of all kinds, including new camera support, lens support, and on and on. Furthermore, all your assets can be linked via the cloud, so your desktop apps that come with (Photoshop and Lightroom), can work with the large suite of mobile editing apps including Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, Lightroom Mobile, Adobe Spark, Adobe Portfolio, and Adobe Premiere Clip. [REWIND: SYNC WITH LIGHTROOM MOBILE FOR QUICK EDITS ANYTIME, ANYWHERE]        Share...

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FLASHPOINT / GODOX XPLOR 600 HSS TTL | FULL REVIEW

Several years ago Profoto started a small revolution in the lighting arena with their B1. The idea of building a high-powered strobe with an on-board battery, capable of shooting in High Speed Sync and TTL metering modes was new, and since the introduction of the B1 and its rise to popularity, there have been many imitators. In this post, I will discuss one such imitator, the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL. Flashpoint is Adorama’s new in-house lighting brand, and it already features an impressive selection of full sized strobes and speed lights, all of which include 2.4G radio receivers/tranceivers. This means that you can control any combination of their lights with one smart trigger, the R2. It should also be noted that products branded as Godox are exactly the same as those labeled Flashpoint, albeit without the product support offered by Adorama. The XPLOR 600 is currently the flagship offering from Flashpoint, and is available either with or without TTL metering, with a fitting price difference between the two. While I am not in any way endorsed by Adorama...

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Datacolor Spyder5ELITE Giveaway ($309 Retail)

Ready for an awesome giveaway? Check out the latest from Datacolor! Prize: Spyder5ELITE including the new Spyder5ELITE+ software upgradeRetail Value: $309 *Includes a 90 day trial to Adobe CC Photography PlanHow to Enter: See the Giveaway form at the bottom of this post. what is Spyder5+? Datacolor® Spyder®5+ builds on the original award-winning Spyder5 software by adding new unique features for further confidence in your digital color workflow. With new features including softproofing, automatic room light switching and one click calibration, Spyder5+ will be a game changer. You’ll experience the ultimate in color calibration with these enhanced capabilities, and the software upgrade is available for all existing and new Spyder5 customers, with the option to purchase a Spyder5PRO+ or Spyder5ELITE+ upgrade. New Features | Spyder5PRO+ Automatic Room Light Switching – ensures users’ monitor profile changes as the room light conditions shift, with no user interaction required 1-Click Calibration – streamlines a user’s workflow with a single click to start the calibration without having to re-select saved settings Profile Management Tool – gives users the ability to edit, remove, rename,...

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How to build your own heart and star shaped DIY ringlights

It’s December. So it’s safe to talk about Christmas now, right? While the technique isn’t specifically related to Christmas, these videos obviously are. The music kinda gives it away. In this pair of videos, YouTuber Eva Landry builds up two DIY ringlights from scratch. One in the shape of a heart, the other a star. The construction […] The post How to build your own heart and star shaped DIY ringlights appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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