Have you ever wanted to take beautiful nightscape photos? Are you looking for night photography ideas? Landscape and astrophotographer Rachel Jones Ross not only teaches you how to take better photos at night, but how to create magical nighttime images. Her tips include scouting locations, using the PhotoPills app, changing your perspective and more.
Paul Seibert, aka Beholding Eye, shares his 5 aerial photography tips to help you get the best shot from above. He goes over which camera lenses to use, basic camera settings, how to get the most out of your experience and more. Whether you’re using a drone or camera, in a helicopter or plane, traveling to a new city or in your home town, these tips will help you improve your aerial photos!
Portrait photographer Lola Melani shares her five tips you need to know before your maternity photoshoot. She covers the importance of creating a shot list, keeping your gear to a minimum, directing your clients, taking inspiration while still coming up with your own photoshoot ideas and more.
Using flash is one of the technical aspects of photography that’s difficult to understand, mainly because it’s something you cannot really see with your own eyes. Working with natural light, you can usually envision how your shot will turn out, and then when you become a bit more skilled, you can even envision how the effects of aperture and shutter speed will affect your images. Working with flash further complicates our visual relationship to what we’re photographing.
Lightning is one of Nature’s most impressive displays and capturing it with a camera is a challenge, but the results can be almost as grand as the natural spectacle. There are a lot of overlaps between lightning photography and fireworks photography, but lightning’s unscheduled appearance adds an element of luck to the adventure.
A softbox is an enclosure designed to fit around an artificial light source, such as a flash tube or halogen lamp. Its reflective interior intensifies the light output and projects it through its only means of escape—the front diffusion screen. This creates a quality of light long appreciated by photographers and videographers, which resembles the softer light one might find streaming through a window. Learn more about this important lighting tool here.
Image sharpness is an important part of the equation when purchasing a new lens. Who among us has purchased a lens without first inquiring about, among other things, how sharp the lens is? But the bottom line is “sharp” isn’t the end-all of the medium. If anything, it’s often the blurry elements that catch our eye and make us want to linger a while longer.
Time lapses are tough. There is a ton of information you need to know about photo and video to make the best possible time lapse, and if you dare tackle advanced shoots such as day to night or hyper-lapse, you need to be at your best. Here are some more tips to help improved your time-lapse photography.
Mood boards have long served as efficient platforms for communicating ideas in the advertising, fashion, and film worlds. Their popularity stems from the simple fact that it is easier to show than to describe the direction of a visual project when working with a large creative team. Freed from its commercial roots, mood boarding can be a powerful exercise for photographers working through new ideas or planning future projects.
Photo studios come in all shapes and sizes. If you are working with small subjects, there is no reason to rent a massive loft or build an addition onto your house to get the shots you need. In many of these cases, a functioning setup can take up as little space as a table. Like all things related to photography, tabletop studios can be as simple or complex as their creators require.