How to Shoot a Sequence of Photos That Capture a Story

As a photographer, you’ll often concentrate on perfecting your art at taking one perfect photo. However, there are many occasions where you’ll need to string together a sequence of photos with differing styles. Whether you’re shooting a magazine article or making a personal project, knowing how to produce photos that show details, people, and the whole scene is a skill worth having. Shooting a sequence of photos In the example you’re going to see in this article, a traditional puppet show will be used to produce this sequence of photos, but any number of other scenarios could apply. There is always plenty to photograph and although my example shows detail, portrait, and scene-setting images, there are other photos that could also have been taken from the same event. In the image below you can see the area’s that are boxed. They contain the photos you’d be aiming to get from a scene such as this. Let’s talk about each of these shots and why they’re all important. The scene-setting photo This is the big picture that shows your audience...

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Photoshop Power Tip: Use transform again to create complex patterns

The transformation tool in Photoshop is quite mighty. You can rotate, flip, stretch, squeeze and distort your selection. Here is a less known secret: With this little trick you can repeat the last transformation as a copy – so you can build all kinds of complex ornaments, wings and patterns within seconds. Here is how to […] The post Photoshop Power Tip: Use transform again to create complex patterns appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Black and White Photography: Naked City – Fog by Andrea Caliò

Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Andrea Caliò’s recent work called ‘Naked City – Fog’, is a personal project shot in October 2015. The series captures the mood of an urban misty night; in such conditions the city disappears, leaving to the observer misleading views of itself. Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Naked City – Fog by © Andrea Caliò Bio: Andrea Caliò I´m an Italian self-taught contemporary creative with a technical background, based in Bremen, Germany. I express myself through photography, drawings and visual art in general. I love jazz music, architecture, product design and everything that combines aesthetics with functionality. You can see more of Andre’s work here:andrea-calio.comBehance & Tumblr        Share...

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Pushing your Composition to the Edge

The world is filled with photographs. I did a bit of research and found the following statistic. Researchers estimate that the average individual is now exposed to approximately 250 different images per day. It’s no secret that we are now inundated with visual stimulus. Everyone owns a camera and everyone is shooting images. In 1857 Francis Frith took photographs of the pyramids and the Sphinx. The general public was mesmerized by images of a faraway and exotic location. Today, if I search “Images of the Pyramids” I get 7 million results; everyone knows what the pyramids look like. This whole phenomenon translates into a challenge for photographers. How do you shoot something different and unique when the world uploads 1.8 billion photographs a day? There is no easy answer. I don’t know how many times I have heard someone say, “That’s a beautiful image of the shoreline. You are a really great photographer but take a look at this. I shot the same thing last year on vacation.” Some photographers may become frustrated with this occurrence, but perhaps we...

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Top 5 Nik Collection Filters to Improve Your Landscape Photos

One of the best image editing programs available right now happens to be free. The Nik Collection by Google is a desktop photo editing software that was recently declared free of charge earlier this year. Today, the Nik Collection makes available over 55 filters that do everything from old camera and film simulation, to image sharpening, noise reduction, and basic retouching and correcting of photos. Of these many filters, there are 5 within the Color Efex Pro 4 toolset that are particularly useful for landscape photos. This article will highlight these essential filters and why they are so valuable. Note that all tools and filters within the Nik Collection contain certain points that can be individually controlled to apply the filter effect as little, or as much, as you desire. You can also add the effects of several different filters, so be sure to play around with as many as possible to achieve the look you’re after. #1 – Pro Contrast Filter Have a photo that needs higher levels of contrast without sacrificing detail? The Nik Pro Contrast filter...

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Silhouettes

Let’s look at the definition of silhouette: If you want to see some good examples have a look here: Weekly Photography – Silhouette By Haricharan To complete your challenge this week to shoot a silhouette these articles may have some helpful tips for you: 7 Steps to Create Street Photography Silhouettes 5 Secrets to Create a Perfect Silhouette Portrait Outdoors Create Powerful Silhouettes by Telling a Story 5 Tips For Photographing Silhouettes By Roberto Trombetta By AdA Durden By Jeff S. PhotoArt at HDCanvas.ca 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 favourite 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 post the same image twice. Share in the dPS Facebook Group You can also share your images on the...

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New MeFoto Air Tripod Integrates Selfie Stick & Powerful Leg Locks

Mefoto brings us yet another affordable, portable solution for on-the-go photography with the new Air Tripod Series. This colorful addition to the Mefoto lineup comes with their new ‘Hyperlock’ engineered legs, selfie-stick assembly, and bluetooth remote. *SLR Lounge Premium Members get a 10% discount from MeFoto! Versatility & Portability MeFoto studied how users interacted with their tripods to discover that inefficient leg locks hindered initial set-up and breakdown. Their new Hyperlock system remedies this issue by simplifying the process of locking down each leg section, while simultaneously making it significantly faster and lighter. The result: a tripod that’s quicker to setup, easier to carry, and that takes up less space in a pack, all without sacrificing performance. Typically, a tripod or monopod features a locking mechanism for each leg section, forcing users to adjust each individually in order to ensure stability. With HyperLock, users need to only interact with one locking mechanism per leg. One small turn unlocks and extends the entire leg, and with a simple reverse twist, the legs lock back into place. – MeFoto Press Release...

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18 Shape Defining Silhouette Images

Doing a good silhouette requires a few things. A subject with a good shape, proper exposure, and position of the subject to best showcase its shape and define its outline. Lighting is key, and contrast is essential to get a nice clean silhouette. Look at how these photographers pulled off some great silhouette images. Take note of the kinds of subjects make good silhouettes. By Club Med UK By Kenneth Garcia By grendelkhan By Darron Birgenheier By jqpubliq By Nicolas Alejandro By iggyshoot By Grant By Jonathan Camuzo By Deven Dadbhawala By Nattu By Matthew Roth By Tara R. By Andy Tolsma By Wheats By jenny downing By Brian Gratwicke By Chuck Holland The post 18 Shape Defining Silhouette Images by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.        Share...

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Lightroom Faster | New Update Makes A Known Speed Hack Unnecessary

If you threw a rock in a room of 10 Lightroom users you’re bound to hit 8 or 9 who had a performance complaint. Out of that grouping you wouldn’t have to be a betting man to think all of them would lament its speed, no matter how great their overall affection may be for the program. So naturally, there are work arounds. Of course the very nature of work arounds suggests it has its shortcomings and hurdles, otherwise it would just be ‘the way’. One of the ways many savvy Lightroom users have managed to get Lightroom to perform a bit better is to build Smart Previews upon import of their images, but keep the original files ‘out’ of Lightroom. You could do this by changing parent folder names, or most commonly (because changing names gets messy, real quick), keeping the original files on an external drive whilst leaving the Smart Previews where Lightroom can find them. This accomplishes two things at once; allowing users to keep bulky image files and folders off their working computer thus freeing...

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Sigma Expands Art and Sport Lens Lineups | 12-24mm Art & 500mm f/4 OS Sport

At Photokina 2012, Sigma announced their Global Vision Line, a massive reorganization of their lens offerings, and a more stringent quality control protocol. At the time, we had no idea that their rebranding efforts would be so extensive, or so successful. Prior to 2012, Sigma was considered just another third party lens manufacturer, but as their Art, Sport, and Contemporary lens lineups have matured, they have grown into one of the more respected and exciting brands in the photography marketplace. At this week’s Photokina, 4 years later, it seems that they have continued in their new tradition, with 3 new lenses, the long awaited 85mm f/1.4 Art, a 12-24mm f/4 Art, and a 500mm f/4 OS Sport. 85mm F1.4 Art You can read up on the initial excitement over this much anticipated lens announcement in our original post about this lens here. Their combination of class-leading performance and value have landed them at the top of countless most-recommended and must-have gear lists. With the announcement of this new 85mm, Sigma have essentially completed the set, and now offer prime...

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Tips for Fast and Effective Studio Product Photography

This is the second part of a series that will explore a studio setup aimed at product photography. You can see the first here: Equipment Tips for Quick and Efficient Studio Product Photography. Although this is built primarily for product photography you can use it for a few other genres. In this second part I will be going hands on with an actual shoot. I will show you how to set up a shoot based on the equipment from part one and go over some tips that I have gathered over the years of using it. If you haven’t read part one yet, head over there and give it a quick look so that you are up to speed with how we are about to implement that system. Getting set up Now that you are caught up let’s dive in. For almost every shoot I start by turning on my table lights. Those include the lights behind and beneath my table to allow the surface to glow from within (see photo above). I have one of my Spiderlite TD6...

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Amazon Announces ‘Prints’ & Shutterfly Stock Landslides

When you’ve got that Bezos ideology, fearlessness, and perhaps most importantly, money, you can do some truly great, if not necessarily good, things. You can offer free photo storage to some of your members, seriously boost drone credibility by advocating drone shipping, offer Clarkson, Hammond, and May a new home for their much-loved wit and reckless abandon, and you can tank Shutterfly’s stock by releasing a service you couldn’t even be bothered to speak about. Shutterfly has been one of the primary names in popular photography printing for the better part of a decade, offering everything from basic 4×6 prints, to large-scale wall canvases, and wedding photo-books. That longevity, however, may not be an indication of loyalty, as this week their stock price tanked around 12% yesterday alone. While the causes of this may not be directly stated, it’s fair that Amazon’s new ‘Prints’ service has something to do with it. Some have speculated it was an overreaction to the Amazon news, but if today’s stock behavior is an indication, it’s not really bounced back. Amazon Prints launched without...

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Why I Paid Through The Nose To Have Einsteins Shipped To The UK

I always wondered why on earth someone would pay tens of thousands for “the best” lighting out there when the same could be accomplished with equipment that cost far less. That is until I began realizing why I wanted/needed that kit. For particular types of photography, your lights need to do some fairly uncommon things; things, which, until relatively recently, only very expensive lights could do; think Broncolor and Profoto power packs. Why Did I Choose To Import Paul C Buff Einsteins? As a product photographer, I demand the maximum in stability from my lights. I’m talking about color and power. I focus stack almost all of my photos using a program called Helicon Focus, and if shots vary in color and power from shot to shot (especially power), then the stack will not work. In addition to consistency, I need lights which have a wide power range, can be adjusted in 1/10th stop increments, and have a fast flash duration. Finding lights which can do all of these things is not as easy as you might think. Most...

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The Importance of Setting Photography Goals for Yourself

A wiser person than myself once said that if someone does not know to which port they are sailing, no wind is favorable. I heard that advice early in my photographic journey and it has stuck with me throughout the years. Learning about photography is important. Developing your skills as photo maker is even more important. However, one of the most important things that you can do in order to grow as an artist (and business person) is to recognize the importance of finding a direction, setting photography goals for yourself. Without a direction or goals, all the passion, skill, and creativity you possess will not be enough to help you reach your full potential as a photographer. Finding your direction That is the hard part. Figuring out which direction to focus your energy on can be frustrating and at times extremely confusing. There really are no shortcuts. The key is to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. Shoot a lot. You won’t know what kind of photography you truly love until you let yourself go and become lost...

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Create a Beautiful Print on Wood

Thinking about taking one of your favorite digital photos and turning it a piece of art? You may want to consider printing on wood but you should consider whether your favorite photo is a good candidate for wood print. Here’s some expert advice from Woodscape Prints to help you decide. Woodscape Prints is also offering a free 12″ x 12″ print to one of Photography Blogger readers. More details and rules at the end of this article, good luck! © Woodscape Prints We’ve all printed on canvas (check your email…there’s probably a daily deal for one today) and traditional photo paper, but now there’s clothing, mugs, acrylic glass, aluminum, and our personal favorite, wood. Now some of you may be saying, “but it’s an organic material, and I’m not sure I want to print on something that isn’t uniform from one printing surface to the next.” Or maybe you’re concerned that the grain will detract from the image itself. At Woodscape Prints, we understand your concern. But we believe the organic composition and the grain of the wood only...

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Speed to Exceed: Profoto Reveals Pro-10, The World’s Fastest Studio Flash

This week at Photokina Profoto announced the D-2 Monolight, claiming to have created the ‘World’s Fastest TTL Monolight’ surpassing the power of the B1 with the offering of a 1000Ws version. They’ve somehow managed to exceed their own standard with their latest release. [REWIND: NEW PROFOTO D2 IS BUILT FOR SPEED | “WORLD’S FASTEST TTL MONOLIGHT’] Introducing Profoto’s Pro-10, a beast of a full-studio strobe with a breathtaking flash duration of 1/80,000 of a second and a staggering 2400Ws of power. Designed for the most creative and ambitious photographers in the world, Profoto consistently delivers incredible light shaping tools and the Pro-10 does not disappoint. It puts the photographer in full control thanks to its intuitive design, bright display, and tactile controls. There are no creative boundaries when there’s no speed limit, and Profoto has done the seemingly impossible by redefining speed as a whole. The perfect marriage of speed & power Speed and power are both paramount for what you can do with a flash and Pro-10 sets a new benchmark for the combination of the two. It...

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Tutorial: How to create and use different colored lights for composites

As some of you may recall, one of my very first blog posts (my 4th to be exact), was about compositing. I talk about compositing constantly in many of my posts, because I guess it’s sort of my “thing,” but I figured it was about time to share another of my handy dandy tricks for pulling […] The post Tutorial: How to create and use different colored lights for composites appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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This is how you force your phone to upload HD movies and photos to facebook

If you are uploading photos and videos to facebook directly from your phone, you may have noticed that the quality is not on par as the photos you are uploading from your computer. The reason for this is that by default, the facebook app is set to upload low res photos and videos to facebook […] The post This is how you force your phone to upload HD movies and photos to facebook appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Comparing The Fujifilm GFX 50S To The Hasselblad X1D | At First Glance

In a way-too-early comparison between the newest medium-format kids on the block, we take a look at the Hasselblad X1D and just announced Fujifilm GFX 50S. Body Type The Hasselblad X1D sports a sleek rangefinder-style mirrorless body weighing in at 725g, making it lighter than the Canon 5D Mark IV and Sony A99II. While we don’t know the exact weight of the Fujifilm GFX 50S, with it’s SLR-style body, focal plane shutter, and detachable EVF, and chunk-style appearance, it’s wishful thinking to believe this camera will be as light as the Hasselblad, Canon, or Sony. Comparing images along with video of testers using pre-production models of the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX 50S, the Fujifilm looks massive at least 30%-40% bulkier than the Hasselblad X1D. While size and weight aren’t all things to consider, it’s clear it’s a focus for both of these cameras as to appeal to a varying audience, and as such: Advantage: Hasselblad X1D Versatility Both of these cameras are using the tried & true and generally excellent 50 megapixel Sony medium-format sensor. Both cameras can...

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How to Use 1 Natural Light Setup to Create 3 Different Portrait Looks

As a portrait photographer, the majority of my work is shot on location. This can be outdoors or in my clients’ homes or places of business. I mostly shoot using natural light and have become adept at finding the best light source in any location as well as creating backgrounds that won’t interfere with the subjects. In this tutorial, I want to show you an easy, natural light portrait setup you can recreate in your own home. Simply by repositioning yourself and your model, you can create three distinctly different portraits from this one setup. No special lighting or fancy equipment is needed, and the techniques are straightforward and easy to master. Experiment to create different looks using various backdrops such as plain walls or sheets, or different outfits for your subject. You can also get different effects by changing your lens, distance to the subject, and experimenting with different apertures. Equipment Below is a list of the items I have used for this setup and suggested substitutes: SHEER CURTAIN or FABRIC: You can buy a sheer curtain or...

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Phase One Releases New 100MP IQ1, 2 New Lenses & Capture One Pro 9.3

Amidst the buzz and brouhaha at Photokina, certain brands are stealing the show, but everyone takes centerstage for 15 minutes of fame and many had been waiting to see what Phase One was releasing. Not one to show up to a party empty-handed, Phase one has released a new 100MP digital back, two new blue ring lenses, and Capture One 9.3 to tie them all together. The IQ1 Digital Back The new IQ1 digital back is a slightly less specked IQ3, though with price point of $33k it is coming at a price advantage of around $10k over the IQ3. It’s likely safe to assume here that with that price Phase One is directly going for the throat of the Hasselblad H6D-100c, though the Hassy comes with a body for that same price. Like the IQ3 it is offered in mounts for the Phase One XF cameras as well as the Hasselblad H line, and the pertinent specs are as follows: 101 Megapixel Resolution – full frame 645 medium format images with a native size of 11608 x 8708...

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Photography 101: 10 Tips on Buying Gear

10 Tips on Buying Gear You’ve saved just enough money to buy that lens you have always dreamed of, but should it be your next purchase? Here are 10 tips to help you decipher which investment to make next to further your photography career. 1. Lenses before bodies As far as aesthetic and overall artistic performance, you’re going to see bigger differences in the lenses that you purchase versus the camera bodies. Sure, a camera body may let you have a higher resolution, better low light performance and dynamic range, but the aesthetic quality of your images is determined largely by the lenses. In addition, camera bodies come out every couple of years, but lenses see updates ranging between 10 to 20 years. A lens is more of a long-term investment and you’re going to see a bigger overall difference in your photographs by buying and investing in lenses before bodies. 2. Choose the Right Camera Body Pick the camera body that’s right for you. Know your purpose and know what you like to shoot, and select your body...

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How Playing With Manual Mode Can Help You Learn Exposure Faster

I have a disclaimer before I even begin this article. I shoot much more often in Shutter or Aperture Priority than I do in Manual mode. I save Manual mode specifically for studio shooting, for some tripod work where I have a lot of time to get the settings perfect, or for situations where the lighting is very consistent. Learn Manual Mode to better understand exposure However, I think it is immensely important for you to try to periodically shoot in Manual early on, especially if you’re just learning. Take a look at your camera. How many buttons does it have on it? New cameras these days can have 20 or more buttons on them all doing different things, but in reality, there are only three settings that make the photograph: the ISO, the Shutter speed, and the Aperture. Before you even go out, turn your camera to Manual mode and figure out the fastest and most comfortable way to change each of these settings. You’re going to do a lot of that in Manual. Understanding shutter speed The...

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How to Incorporate Sports Photography Into Your Home Without Having it Look Like a Dorm Room

Unless you actually are a professional athlete, or a sports agent, filling your home with sports photography presents a bit of a challenge. For the average fan, displaying your love of sport puts you at risk of appearing unrefined in your design styles. This belief has nothing to do with the photography itself, of course. Sports photos are among some of the most beautiful, emotion-filled photography in the world. And why should a love of sport be any different from, say, nature scenes or abstract art? We should surround ourselves with pleasing images, whatever the genre. The issue with sports photography as decorative pieces comes from our childhoods. Because many children become sports fans during their youth (as opposed to fans of abstract art), sports-themed photographs and memorabilia often adorn our bedrooms early in our lives. As we age, our interest in sports may not have changed, but our style preferences should have. And therein lies the rub: How do you decorate your home with sports-themed photos while still maintaining a mature and aesthetically-pleasing decorative style? To be clear,...

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Seven self hosted alternatives to Flickr (and every other hosted image service)

Flickr had the potential to be what Facebook is now, unfortunately Yahoo squandered multiple opportunities to make something of Flickr, now Yahoo has decided to offload Flickr to Verizon which is just one of many reasons I have decided to discontinue using Flickr. It’s a shame to be leaving Flickr because I like the way […] The post Seven self hosted alternatives to Flickr (and every other hosted image service) appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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