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13 Feb

Why Ultra High ISO Makes All The Difference

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Dropping thousands of dollars on a camera with ultra high ISO capabilities (we’re talking ISO 100,000 or above) is frankly overkill for many types of photography -- portraits are best captured with natural light, wildlife photography is really only possible during the day and fashion photography happens mainly in the studio. But there is one scenario in which an ultra high ISO can make the difference between a decent image and an outstanding one - and that’s when it comes to long exposure nighttime photography. Shooting at night introduces a world of difficulties that photographers don’t face during the day. Not only does nighttime shooting require an entire set of equipment not necessary in the sun - from tripods to cable releases to...
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10 Feb

Are Drones the Future for Lighting Landscapes?

Photo via Ryland West and Paul Heran
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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8 Feb

Replace Any Background In Photoshop

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You've taken a stunning portrait in the studio, but now have grand visions of it with a sweeping sunset landscape, bustling city, or even underwater scene. Sometimes shooting these in the real world just aren't an option, so you have to take matters into your own hands. In this tutorial, we will show you how to take your studio shot and merge it with a landscape of your choice. Start by opening two images in Photoshop - a portrait with a subject you'll cut out, and background you will place them into. This is the portrait we choose, it should be easy to remove her from the white background as it provides contrast. She will be placed in this background. Use your favorite selection tool to...
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2 Feb

4 Most Popular Drone Uses For Aerial Photography

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Whether you're an established photographer with years of experience or just starting out and learning the basics, aerial photography is undoubtedly in the future of the industry. The ability to capture angles and shots that were largely unachievable has made drones an incredibly popular instrument for a number of different forms of photography. Below are some of the most popular uses and the best drones with tips on how to shoot stunning aerial images. Wedding Photo & Video Production Due to the once in a lifetime singularity of wedding photography, there is a ton of pressure to get the perfect shots. Every couple wants their wedding to be special and documenting those precious moments bares a challenging task. In addition to the standard,...
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30 Jan

Everything You Need To Know About SD Cards

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As photographers, we’ve all had experience with SD, or Secure Digital, cards. These thin memory sticks look like a smaller, modern cousin to the floppy disc, and have the power to hold thousands of high quality images or hours of movie quality video. SD cards come in a range of sizes, both physically and in terms of capacity, which can make choosing the right one for your needs a difficult task. Whether you’re looking for an SD card for your phone, GoPro or DSLR camera, this article will help ensure you purchase the perfect card to fit your shooting requirements. SD cards technically come in three different sizes, but only two are commonly used today: SD and microSD cards. Regular SD cards...
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23 Jan

Drawing The Eye In: How To Create Clear Focal Points In Your Photos

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Have you ever looked a photograph and your eye was immediately drawn to one part of it? The rest of the photo seems to drift away, relegated to mise en scene. But you don't mind.  The photo is stunning - striking even - and you can't take your eyes off of it. This sensation happens when a photographer is able to create a strong focal point. Focal points are crucial in any kind of photography, from landscapes to portraits. Most often defined as, "the thing that makes a photo unique," a focal point is basically where a photographer directs the eye of the viewer. Photographers use all sorts of techniques to show you their point of view. Here are a few you...
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9 Jan

Give Your Photo A Polaroid Effect in Less Than Five Minutes

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2016 was the year of the drone and high definition DSLR cameras. Yet something about antique, Polaroid pictures - with their pink and yellow hues and washed out tones has a huge appeal for photographers. Just look at Instagram, with its antique style filters and, until recently, mandatory square crop. We love the look of an old school, Polaroid image, but we don't always have the time or resources to produce an authentic picture on Polaroid film. And when it comes to digital photography, sometimes you want to add a simple, creative effect to an image, but don't have hours to spend tweaking every aspect of your picture in Photoshop. With this tutorial, you can can create a lovely Polaroid effect in under five minutes. Start by...
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5 Jan

Create A Fantasy Sunset Portrait In Photoshop

Photography can transport us to distant, wild and even magical lands. It can force us to expand our minds and believe in things we never thought could've been possible. With this tutorial, you can add a magical effect to any portrait, automatically transporting the subject into a land far, far away. Open your portrait in Photoshop. Portraits with distinct foregrounds and backgrounds where the subject is a clear part of the foreground work best. Start by duplicating the background layer. Then, with the new layer selected, go to Filter>Camera Raw Filter. A new editing screen will pop up. Click on the HSL Grayscale icon in the right side panel. Bump down the Yellows slider to about -60 and the Greens slider to about -40. Then, select...
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28 Nov

Shoot Like a Painter, Think Like an Artist: Zenfolio Pro Tips

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Zenfolio Pro Team member Dan Ballard is a Professional Fine Art Photographer from Colorado. He has an extensive portfolio of award winning landscape and travel images, which have been on display in museums and galleries around the country. Today Dan shares some insight on how to create a powerful image. Photography is Art To create a truly powerful image, we must combine light, elements of the world around us, and emotion in a way that speaks to the viewer in a profound way. Yet, due to the simplicity of pushing the little button, we almost never achieve that lofty end. Normally, we pull out the camera, aim and fire, giving almost zero thought to what we are doing. In Contrast, Painting A blank canvas....
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14 Nov

Your New Favorite Lens: The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

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If you're a Canon shooter in the market for a new, professional quality wide angle lens, then look no further because the Canon EF 16-35mm at f/2.8L III USM is here, and it's your new best friend. Measuring in at 3.5" x 4.4" and weighing in at 1.4 lb, this lens is slightly heavier than its predecessor, and slightly larger than a 24-70 f/2.8 II. Its exceptionally high quality makes it worthy of its L series designation, and will leave you drooling over its stunning results - whether you're a professional or amateur shooter. This lens has a large, 82mm filter size. You can always avoid the cost of the filter by simply not buying it, but only when the filter is...
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