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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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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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24 Aug

7 International Food Photographers Whose Pictures Will Leave You Drooling

@_c2k: _c2k is a food photographer whose studio work is the stuff other photographers strive for. Her images feature a lot of Asian cuisine, all perfectly styled against clean, well-lit, white backgrounds. She shoots most of her images from a straight on, wide angle aerial view, allowing the impeccably placed, bright ingredients to speak for themselves. She doesn’t distract from the beauty of the food with extra props, tools or place settings, which gives the dishes an extra fresh and healthy feel. Scrolling through her Instagram feed will make you want to get adventurous in the kitchen and try out your own dumpling or chicken teriyaki recipe. Check out _c2k on Instagram here. María C: María C is a food blogger and photographer whose...
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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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29 Oct

Light-painting With Steel Wool: A Beginner’s Guide

“And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire…” It certainly does – at least for a little while. And it’s a beautiful sight to behold. Am I talking about love, or steel wool spinning? Maybe both! As a photographer, you’re (probably) interested in the latter. Steel wool is one of the greatest first steps into the world of long exposure photography. What? ‘Steel’ burns!? When it’s ultra-thin - yep. Burning steel wool can be whirled and spun to create fiery, artistic patterns, with sparks dancing across the landscape. This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide to reproduce your own clichéd…*cough* contemporary art masterpiece. Enjoy! Equipment Checklist: DSLR / Mirrorless Camera Lens (ideally 10-50mm) Sturdy Tripod (Optional) Remote Shutter Metal ‘Cage’ Whisk (Large) Steel Cable (4 ft &...
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11 Oct

Studies Show Blue Lights Can Lift People from the Blues

Though it may sound counterintuitive, recent studies suggest that blue tinged LED lights can have a positive effect on the human emotional state. This comes as part of a wider study looking into the impact different colored lights have on human emotion. As part of a look into human-centric lighting, different light colors are being explored throughout various environments and times of the day to understand how such a simple, yet prevalent aspect of our everyday lives can have far-reaching consequences on our mood, feeling and emotional state. One would imagine that the color blue, normally signifying a sad, melancholy state, wouldn’t be an ideal hue to shine down on others to lift their spirits. Not true. The Gatwick airport in...
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