One of the most popular books that I read during my childhood was Eric in the Land of the Insects, written by the Dutch author Godfried Bomans. In this humorous fantasy, nine-year-old Eric enters the landscape painting that hangs on his wall and he discovers a world of man-sized wasps, bees, butterflies and other insects that is stunningly similar to the world of humans. Once photography became a part of my life and I purchased the Canon extreme macro lens MP-E 65 mm f/2.8, my world was populated with grasshoppers, spiders, snails, flies, dragonflies and butterflies—Eric’s world.
Working as a second shooter has infinite upsides. Whether you’re looking to polish your photography skills, build a portfolio, work towards starting your own business, or simply keep shooting for a love of the craft, second shooting is a golden ticket. Additionally, assisting a main photographer lets you flex your creative muscles without the headache of running your own business.
Summertime is all about the great outdoors, barbecues, and bright sunshine. That last bit, sunshine, scares off plenty of amateur photographers. Though natural light is touted as the best light, the bright sun can make it extremely difficult to capture those beautiful blue skies. As award-winning wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela says, “The sun is a honey badger – it doesn’t care.”
So you want to become a wedding photographer? Or perhaps you’re new to the game? Either way you’re probably aware of how competitive the industry is. All it takes is a local Google search to see what you’re up against in your area – there is no shortage of styles, quality, packages and prices for prospective customers to choose from. This is why it’s become so important to stand out from the crowd.
If you’ve ever watched a 3D movie and wondered ‘how does all this 3d stuff work’ or ‘I wish I could make something 3d’, then this article is for you! This is a quick and easy method for creating your own anaglyphic 3D images with only one camera.
Photography is about perspective; time-lapse photography offers a different perspective than that of normal shooting, it focuses on the subject of an often overlooked macro-perspective of the world and the results can be very moving. I’m not talking about extended exposure photography I am going to attempt to explain how to make a time lapse Video with your DSLR even if you don’t have a video function.
Layer masks are a great asset to Photoshop and can open up an entire new world of photo editing – once you know how to use them. If you already understand the concept of layers, you know that layers can be adjusted in transparency – referred to as the opacity level in Photoshop. This makes the top layer invisible to a certain extent and allows the bottom layer to be seen. This is adjusted using a percentage rate – 90% opacity would be barely see-through, while 10% opacity would make the layer virtually invisible.
Most people only think of a nighttime landscape as one that is indistinct or includes only the silhouettes of the mountains against the starry skies. The fact is that the settings and timing used for a nighttime or extremely low-light photograph can often catch shades of color and effects that are completely indiscernible to the naked eye. This means nighttime landscapes are worth some experimentation.
Photographing landscapes can be a difficult subject to capture – the lack of control over your subject is quite high, and oftentimes you may find yourself compensating in the digital dark room.
Photographing under the cover of darkness is one of my favourite things to do, everything seems to come alive at night, and what isnt you can bring alive through various lighting techniques. I’ve noticed that more and more people are giving it a try as it can be easily be done with any SLR, tripod, shutter release and a flashgun or torch.