Lighting 103: Using Gels to Shift the Ambient ~ Strobist

Abstract: By combining a white balance shift in your camera with a complementary gelling of your flash, you can easily and efficiently alter the ambient color temperature of an entire environment.

In addition to controlling the color of light from your flash, gels can also allow you to alter the color of the ambient areas of your frame. The portrait above, done for the Baltimore Sun, is a good example. I made it as a storm approached, and the light was gray and pretty neutral. Read More…

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Step-by-step Guide to Long Exposure Photography ~ Francesco Gola

In the past few years, thanks to the diffusion of useful accessories and photographic filters with good quality and low prices, the technique of long exposure has become increasingly popular among photography enthusiasts. Even if this technique can be used both in studio and in a urban environment, the perfect playground of long exposures is landscape photography.

Unfortunately often it happens that the result we get is far from our expectations, and we end up classifying the long exposure as a demoniacal technique. However, following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography, you’ll see how easy it is to get a good result on the first attempt (or almost). Read More…

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5 Simple Techniques for Leading the Viewer’s Eye in Your Images ~ Erin Fitzgibbon

As photographers, it’s easy for us to make conscious composition choices that allow us to balance our photographs or to create harmony within them. It’s is more difficult however to try and lead viewers through your photographs. We rarely consider how to influence the viewers of our photographs. When composing images, we don’t think about the different elements in our images and the order by which we want viewers to see those elements. Check them out…

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Wow! 2017 underwater photo contest winners ~ Eleanor Imster

Last week, the winners of the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) contest were announced. This year’s competition had entries by 4,500 photographers from 67 different countries, the most since the contest’s start in 1965. Check these out…

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Color Theory Tutorial for Photographers (Video Tutorial) ~ Meghan B

Dave Morrow has made a career for himself by photographing serene landscapes and teaching others how to do so from start to finish. For this reason, many people are surprised to discover that one of the elements Morrow considers to be key in the making of a great image is color. Although color is one of the primary components we perceive in a photograph, photographers often overlook the treatment of colors in their own work. In this in depth guide, Morrow shows viewers the dramatic effects that a working knowledge of color theory can provide: Watch…

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To the edge of the world ~ Mitchell Kanashkevich

“Don’t go! You’ll get lost! The road is horrible! There are bad people! ”For a few seconds the words of the hotel owner’s wife made me a little concerned and then… they made me want to go even more. I was planning a trip to the most northern point of Colombia – La Punta Gallinas. The point is located in La Guajira – Colombia’s roughest region and home to the indigenous Wayuu people. I heard about this area a few years back and the idea of a desert, a sea full of fish and lobster, and a fascinating culture sounded incredibly appealing. Read more of his blog…

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De-Mystifying Resolution in Photography ~ Linda Pizzitola

Low resolution photos may look great on your monitor at “screen resolution”(72 ppi or pixels per inch). The small file size downloads fast and is easy to share online. Plus, you can get a lot of these images on a memory card.

But photos taken on a camera’s ‘basic’ or ‘low’ quality settings don’t cut it when you want professional quality images for print publication. With some exceptions, a resolution of 300 ppi is considered the minimum quality standard for printing photos. More on that in a moment. But first… Read on…

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Action Photography: AF Modes for Nikon Cameras (Video Tutorial) ~ Rajib Mukerjee

If you get action photography right, it’s extremely gratifying. All those breathtaking images of fast action are pretty intriguing. If you don’t get it right, you end up with a lot of unwanted blur and missed opportunities. In this video, Steve Perry explains some of the tricks that he uses to shoot action photos: Watch…

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Turn candy wrappers into gels ~ Chris George (Video)

This video is simple and straight forward plus something new for you to try. Great Idea to Try, Watch…

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Photography Locations: Revisit and Reshoot ~ Anne McKinnell

As a devoted wanderer, the joy of visiting a new photography location is like food for my soul.

Fresh sights, sounds, smells, and experiences await with every unknown place I go, and the whirlwind of excitement is all-encompassing as I make images of all the things I’m seeing for the first time.

Because I know this experience so well, I can attest to one fact: the pictures almost always turn out better the second time around. Informative…

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