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21 Aug

How to Take Breathtaking Self-Portraits Outdoors

You might be someone who avoids self-portraiture for fear of seeming arrogant, pretentious, or vain. While there are many understandable arguments against it, there are just as many valid reasons that self-portraiture is a cathartic, motivating, and mind-opening genre of photography. Taking photos of yourself is an effective way to organically release emotions, to learn more about yourself as an artist, and to challenge your ability to work independently. In short, it's more than just a photo of the artist behind the camera. Photo by William Randles Many artists, when taking photos of themselves, tend to experiment in the safety of their homes. Indoor shoots are ideal for strengthening your ability to work with minimal resources. If you're...
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7 Aug

How to Shoot Cityscapes

While many landscape photographers will take the free weekend to run over to the countryside and capture a blissful landscape where the mountains touch the sea, others choose to work with what they’ve got at home, in the city. That is, of course, urban landscape photography. Today we’ll talk about shooting Cityscapes. Even if you haven’t done this type of photography before, surely, you’ve seen photos of cities shot during dusk, showing the sky glow after sunset, city lights and car trails. Such a photograph can have a powerful effect due to the mixture of different light sources, capturing at the same time what is a chaotic urban world, and a peaceful calm that is the natural sky. For the same...
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31 Jul

How to Use the Selective Color Tool in Photoshop

When I discovered the selective color tool for the first time, I felt a little intimidated. It looked like a language that only Photoshop experts could decipher. When I finally began to experiment with it, I entered a world of independent creative control. The language I was so afraid of using turned out to be a language I already knew. To make the most of this handy feature, all you need is a little patience and enthusiasm. If you're passionate about altering very specific colors in your photos, Photoshop's selective color tool will help you enhance your workflow flawlessly. Here are some examples of what it can do: The following tutorials will help you understand how to use selective color to enhance...
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19 Jun

Create a Stunning Black and White Image in Lightroom

The digital age of photography is all about color, but there’s no denying the beautiful simplicity of black and white. You don’t need to shoot film or set your digital camera to black and white in order to achieve bold, desaturated images. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to take a color image and turn it into a striking black and white picture in Lightroom. This effect works best with landscapes or images that already have strong contrast and clean lines, as well as portraits if you're going for a more serious, moody tone.  Start by opening a color image in Lightroom. At the top of the editing box, click Black and White to remove the saturation from the picture. If you’re...
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4 May

Drones vs. DSLR Photography

It's a no brainer that DSLR photography still trumps drone camera capabilities, but before we deem DSLR reigning king, let's take a look at some categories where we can closely compare the two. Image Quality Now many of us think that DSLRs blow drones out of the water when it comes to image quality, but it has become apparent that drones are becoming very capable of producing very high level shots. Drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 boast the best cameras on the market today attached to drones with technical specs including 1-inch sensors and 5.2K video resolution. Don't get me wrong, capable high resolution camera bodies like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D4S take breath...
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10 Apr

Create A Gritty, Urban Look In Lightroom That Pops

Urban jungles from New York to Chicago to London are known for their iconic, gray skyscrapers as well as for their colorful buses and taxis. The gritty concrete buildings juxtaposed against the bright yellow or red vehicles make for great photo opportunities. But sometimes that contrast doesn't show up on camera as strongly as it does in person. Start by opening your image in Lightroom. This tutorial works best with a cityscape that doesn't include much sky. We want the focus to be on the man made features of the city. The first thing we're going to do is adjust the general exposure. Start by bumping up your shadows. This will bring a lot more detail into the dark parts of the image and will...
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16 Feb

A Complete How To Guide For Filming with Drones

There's nothing quite like aerial shots, especially with drones. The freedom to be able to capture angles from high above, off a cliff, or in the thick of the moment is unquestionably a major draw for filmmakers. As drones become a prominent tool in photography and film, certain techniques are required to capture specific shots. We've put together tips for 5 different kinds of shots including the Fly-by, the Reveal, the Chase, the High-Pan, and the Explorer (roaming shots). The fly-by is a type of shot where the camera flies by or over a scene. In the video below starting at 0:15 seconds, you see the operator set up on top of the shot and fly over the moving subjects. The trick with...
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10 Feb

Are Drones the Future for Lighting Landscapes?

The dark arts are not to be taken lightly. You might think of Harry Potter, but we're of course talking about night photography! With the abundant mysteries behind shadows and the unknown depths of the cosmos, night photography is an art itself. Unique tools are typically called upon, but more importantly, unique minds are required. Ryland West and Paul Heran are photographers based out of Northern California that specialize in astrophotography who have developed an entirely novel way to light their shots. Instead of using traditional lighting techniques like split and loop lighting, they have enlisted drones as their primary source of light. By attaching LED light panels to certain drones, they were able to mimic natural sunlight under the night sky. By creating...
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27 Aug

Five Landscape Photography Mistakes You’re Probably Making

What's not to love about landscape photography? It gives you an excuse to travel, the freedom to create your own vision in post processing, and it's one of the most powerful ways to convince people that Earth is worth appreciating. Landscape photography is all about massive scale. Talented photographers know how to make scenes look inviting, intimidating or downright unreal. The next time you're out shooting the world (literally), keep the following five common mistakes in mind. By being aware of just a few, you can dramatically improve your shots. 1) Too much sky on a nice day I know...
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