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19 Apr

Your First Aerial Photoshoot: How to Make it Awesome

Aerial photography is mesmerizing. Whether it's a traditional aerial landscape like this one, or stunning abstract aerials like the ones in this post, every aerial photograph we've seen makes us want to take to the skies just a little bit more until — some day soon — we bite the financial bullet and just do it. And when we do, we'll follow every single piece of advice 500px photographer Scott McCook outlines in the amazing expert walkthrough he wrote for us below! Scott captured all the aerials included in this article. It's safe to say he knows what he's doing. So if you're planning to go on your first aerial photo shoot anytime soon, read this now and bookmark it for...
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14 Apr

How to Turn Your Landscapes Into Dreamy Impressionist Images

Meet Matt Molloy, a photography enthusiast and budding professional in Canada. You might've seen some of his jaw-dropping Impressionist painting-inspired landscapes on 500px. So many people have asked us how to create this technique, so he's here to share it with us! Scroll down and learn some neat processing tricks with this Time Stack tutorial. Sunset Spectrum by Matt Molloy on 500px I've always been amazed by time-lapse photography and the unique perspective of time it gives you. Once I got into photography, it was a natural direction for me to go. The more I explored time-lapse photography, the more I realized how versatile it is. Whether it's the perfect shot (selected from several hundred photos of the same scene), enhanced details...
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7 Apr

5 Secrets Every Photographer Should Learn

I am often asked about the so-called “secrets” behind my photography work. Because I believe in sharing knowledge, I am unveiling some of the crucial moments I always consider during my creation process.   1. Gear, Motivation, and Imagination By gear, I don’t mean having the best camera and lens in the world. How many amazing photos do we see everyday with older or budget equipments? Knowing your equipment very well beats not having a hundred megapixel sensor. Ask yourself: Where are the dials? How and what do they perform? How can they be tweaked to give me the best performance? Which is the sweet spot of my lens? Knowing these sorts of things create a more comfortable and confident mood whenever I...
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4 Apr

The Inspiration You Need to Break Out of the Dreaded Photo Slump

The dreaded photo slump is every photographer’s worst nightmare. It’s the dark valley of disappointment that all photographers - professional or amateur - fall into at some point during their relationship with the art form. Sometimes, the slump only lasts a few rather annoying seconds, like when a long exposure doesn’t turn out the way you were hoping or when you realize your shot of the winning touchdown is out of focus. Other times, the slump can agonizingly last for weeks or months (I once went six months without picking up or really even thinking about my camera). If gone unattended, the slump can extend for years. Regardless of whether your camera has been collecting dust for years or if you...
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28 Mar

9 Tips For Shooting a Successful Wedding

Wedding photography has become its own genre – and there’s a reason for it. Weddings are special, intricately planned, one time events. Unlike other styles of photography, there’s no going back for a do over so it’s especially important to be prepared for any obstacles that may arise. Whether you’re a new photographer or a well seasoned expert, the following tips to help you capture the bride, groom, and guests as best you can without making any easy-to-avoid mistakes. How many of these tips are you using today? Before the wedding, ask who will be the “Photo Wrangler” for those big family photos. Make sure you introduce yourself to that person. They’ll be invaluable time savers as you try to get everyone...
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18 Mar

Why You Need A Neutral Density Filter

I studied film in college and work for a photo app full-time, so I like to think I know what I'm talking about when it comes to DSLR photography. Admittedly, having recently just gotten back into taking my own photos, I may have forgotten just how much there is to consider. Specifically, beyond what camera, lens, aperture and tripod to use, I quickly remembered the importance of the oft-ignored filter. For instance, there I was, out on a pier in San Francisco, wondering why I couldn't get the shot I wanted of the Bay Bridge's Bay Lights. Flustered, I scrounged through my camera backpack desperately trying to find something - anything - that could help me get a better looking shot. And then...
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14 Mar

Your Lens Can Make Or Break You: What To Use For Every Type of Shoot

How to pick the right lens
When it comes to photo equipment, lenses are everything. You could have the most expensive camera bodies that Nikon and Canon make - the $6,000 Nikon D4S and Canon EOS 1DX - but that won’t matter if you’re not bringing the right kind of glass to your shoots. If you show up to a basketball game with only a fixed 50mm lens, you’re never going to capture those layups or fouls that happen across the court. If you show up to a portrait shoot with nothing but a macro lens, you might end up with great images of your subject’s eyes, but you won’t capture any portraits worthy of a high school yearbook or a family album. If you’re trying...
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23 Feb

5 Tips for Creating Stunning Food Photography

Everybody loves food photography. But oftentimes, taking compelling and delicious-looking images of food can be harder than the food-related hashtags on Instagram make it look. Food photography is more nuanced than many other types of photography. The beauty and the art of a strong food image is in the details. Everything matters, down to the last grain of rice, drop of milk or sprig of garnish. This makes food photography difficult, and at times, extremely frustrating. Unless, of course, you know a few tricks. 1. As is true with all photography, when taking pictures of food, lighting is everything. And in the case of food photography, natural light is your best friend. The first mistake most amateur food photographers make is...
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17 Feb

Create Your Own In-Home Photo Studio

DIY in-home photo studio
Photo studios are a terrific place to shoot high quality, professional looking images. They often offer a range of backdrops in different colors, with thousands of dollars of lighting equipment - all of which is moveable, adjustable and available at your fingertips. But, unfortunately, few of us actually have a fully functioning photo studio at our disposal, which is why we have to create our own. And the great thing is, it’s easier  to do than you’d expect. You don’t need to be a professional photographer or own thousands of dollars of professional equipment to shoot studio photography. All you need is a camera, a few household items, a little space and a lot of creativity to set up your very...
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12 Feb

Capturing Moments: Advice from a Photojournalist

Photography, in all of its forms, is first and foremost about capturing moments. Whether its the moment a pole vaulter clears the bar to break their personal record or the moment a droplet of water falls from a faucet, the job of the photographer is to capture that fleeting image, which, in real time, might only last a fraction of a second. No one understands the importance of capturing moments and emotions more so than photojournalists. Everyday, photojournalists are thrown into any number of different settings and are expected to capture the spirit and energy of that place or event through the people around them. Sometimes these events are happy ones - festivals, same sex marriage celebrations, concerts - but more...
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