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How to Create an Advanced Product Composite in Photoshop – Photography Article

Creating fantasy composites is always fun: you get to invent your very own worlds and characters. Technically, in a composite sense, you can also get away with more unrealistic elements. When you are creating a scene that needs to feel and look like it exists in our reality, it can be a little more tricky. We all know the rules of this world, so any rule-breaking will be spotted straight away. When I shot and post-processed this creative product image, I…

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Four Types of Light to Master for Landscape Photography – Photography Article

Perhaps one of the key things that an aspiring photographer needs to learn is that the quality of light is one of the most important elements in making a great photo. Often, it’s the light that makes or breaks the photo. I like watching Mark Denney, because he always presents his material in an easy-to-understand fashion, and even when you might know all the material he is covering, he’s still enjoyable to watch. In this video, Denney describes four types of…

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500px Blog » 9 things every food photographer should know – Photography Article

“Food is good,” Food & Wine contributor Andrew Zimmern recently said. “Food with a story is better. Food with a story you’ve never heard of is best of all, and food with a story you’ve never heard of but that you can relate to is the holy grail.” For well over a century, these “food stories” have been told in photographs, from the technicolor spreads featured in McCall’s in the mid-1930s to the lush pages of Gourmet in the 1980s.…

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Stop Asking How and Start Asking Why – Photography Article

When analyzing a photo, do you care more about how a photo was taken, or why the elements in the photo are there? If you’re trying to grow as a photographer, you might need to stop asking how things are done, and why they are done. In art, there are a lot of questions we ask when looking at a photo. To a lot of people, the most important is how. How did they do this, how long did it…

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How I Shot This Model in Just Fifteen Minutes – Photography Article

Sometimes it’s fun to set yourself a challenge, maybe shooting with limited gear or with a very quick turnaround. On this occasion, I had no choice. The shoot was conceived and captured in under fifteen minutes, and the images were edited and submitted less than half an hour later. Here’s how it came about. Every July I attend the International Gathering at Gerlev Idrætshøjskole in Denmark. This brings together more than 150 people from around the world to dance, train…

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The Art of Composite Photography: Part Four – Photography Article

We are now four parts into the art of composite series, and this week we touch upon style and influence. I group these two aspects because you can not have one without the other. Your style will eventually be the thing that influences people to pay for your work, and your influences are where your style comes from. Your style is the alchemy, that personal magic that makes your work uniquely yours. Some photographers spend all their career trying to create…

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Five Ways to Help You Out of a Creative Rut – Photography Article

Creative blocks can be a great cause of anxiety and/or frustration for many of us. And, while a creative rut might seem inescapable when you’re on the inside, looking out; actually freeing yourself from this oppressive, suffocating feeling may be a lot easier then you think. So, why do creative blocks happen — at least, in a theoretical sense — and how do we remove these blocks?  Coming to you from the wonderfully creative mind of Jamie Windsor, this video tries to dissect the…

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The Power of Luminosity Masks in Photoshop – Photography Article

Photoshop is an extremely intricate program for which there is a multitude of ways to accomplish any one task. Nonetheless, one of the most fundamental techniques almost every photographer should know is how to create and use luminosity masks. This great video tutorial will show you how to use them. Coming to you from Nathaniel Dodson with tutvid, this helpful video will show you all about luminosity masks in Photoshop and why they are so useful. Luminosity masks are so helpful…

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So You Want to Make a Movie? How Are You Going to Pay For That? – Photography Article

In an industry dominated by budgets in the millions, or even hundreds of millions, how can an independent filmmaker get their vision to market? YouTube, VIMEO, luck? The festival circuit? Making a movie is expensive, so how does a rising artist find enough financial support to break into the business of film? Film Market Access Inc. Kirk Cooper of Film Market Access Inc. (FMA) runs a series of market readiness programs designed to help aspiring filmmakers navigate several of the most…

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Useful Gimbal Tripod Head Configuration Tips – Photography Article

When I purchased my first large zoom lens it came equipped with a tripod foot. I quickly learned that a standard ball-head wasn’t the best way to use one of these beasts on a tripod. This started my venture into the gimbal games and actually helped in ways that I didn’t anticipate. I could tell by just looking at a gimbal tripod head that it would serve much better for this use, but I wasn’t sure if I would like…

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Marie Kondo Helped Me Clean My Portfolio – Photography Article

At the start of the new year, Netflix released the cultural hit show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. No show has made me change my lifestyle around more than this one was able to. But I didn’t just use it to clean my room, I used her methods to clean my portfolio.Lately I’ve been scrolling through my website wondering if everything on it is still worth it. Do these images have the impact I think they do? Are certain things hurting…

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Glare Be Gone From Eyeglasses Using This Different Photoshop Technique – Photography Article

If eyes are the windows to the soul, eyeglasses can be the dust on the on the screen, with their reflective surfaces obscuring arguably the most important part of a portrait — the eyes.  Everyone has their own technique for removing glare from eyeglasses — I’ve personally made generous use of the clone stamp tool to achieve this — and Colin Smith at PhotoshopCAFE brings us a new technique in this tutorial. By making use of the camera raw filter…

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See How Photographer Creates a Roadtrip Through Iceland – Photography Article

So let me start with a bold statement. Adrian Sommeling is probably the most famous composite artist in the world. If you have not seen one of his images before, you are either short-sighted or you live in Scunthorpe. I do not think modern technology has blossomed there yet. Anyway, Sommeling’s work is renowned for its craftsmanship, its humor, and family, as he uses his son Nic in most of the images. In Sommeling’s fantasy world Nic has played tennis with the sun, flown on…

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Doing the Vertical Video Thing – Photography Article

Our usual way of looking at scenes and people and all the things in the world is at 120-200° depending upon the different things that we see. We were use to seeing our horizontally. That is until we got into smartphones and further into Instagram stories. Since then the need for high quality Vertical videos has increased and the creators who are able to pull of amazing vertical videos tend to get more eyes on them. In this video, YouTuber…

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The Best Way to Get Into FPV Drones – Photography Article

Drones are great tools for photography and video, but with technology changing at such a rapid pace, racing drones (FPV) are becoming much more popular and in demand for commercial work. It can be a little overwhelming to learn this technology all at once, so I am here to help you with your first setup. All it took for me was one hands-on experience with a couple FPV guys to realize this type of droning was going to be a lot harder than I…

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What Can You Accomplish With a $79 Camera? – Photography Article

Photographers love their advanced and expensive gear; it makes our jobs much easier and can produce some absolutely stunning results in the right hands. But what can you accomplish with a $79 camera that’s over a decade old? The results might surprise you.  Coming to you from Toma Boncu of Photo Tom, this great video follows him as he shoots with an old Canon PowerShot camera from 2007 that he found on Amazon for $79. I have to admit that…

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Check Out This Incredible Behind the Scenes Look at Filming a Wedding – Photography Article

Wedding videography is a grueling, difficult job full of all sorts of challenges of both the creative and technical variety, and watching a skilled videography team can be tremendously instructive whether you are new to the field and looking to learn or a seasoned master looking for new tricks and ideas. Check out this incredibly comprehensive behind the scenes look at everything that goes into filming the big day. Coming to you from Scott McKenna, this awesome behind the scenes…

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The Overlooked Importance of a Focal Point in Photography – Photography Article

It is easy to overlook just how important having a really strong focal point is to making a photograph truly successful. This insightful video discusses the multitude of ways a focal point helps a photo and how you can improve your own. Coming to you from Craig Roberts with e6 Vlogs, this great video discusses the importance of focal points in photography. One mistake I often notice beginners making is taking what is otherwise a nice photo — technically sound and…

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Always Be Patient With Landscapes: Wait for the Right Moment – Photography Article

Everyone who is photographing landscapes knows how important light is. With the right light situations, a boring landscape can transform into something magical. It is not only choosing the golden hour, but also waiting for the right moment. You need to be patient. We all know light is the key element in landscape photography. Often, the golden hour is the most attractive moment of the day, when the light is soft and the shadows are long. But landscape photography is…

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What Happens When Four Photographers Shoot the Same Model? – Photography Article

The neat thing about photography is how different photographers can have vastly different creative ideas and interpretations of the same subject. This awesome video follows four photographers as they shoot the same model; see what they came up with!  Coming to you from Jessica Kobeissi and friends, this fun video follows them as they all photograph the same model in various spots around Tokyo. Each of the four photographers got to choose the location and wardrobe for the model before they set…

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Learn How to Create This Awesome Day and Night Shot in Camera – Photography Article

It is pretty amazing just how much you can accomplish in post-processing software nowadays, but there is something particularly satisfying about creating an image that looks like it took lots of Photoshop work entirely in camera. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to recreate this fascinating day and night image all in camera.  Coming to you from our friends over at SLR Lounge, this awesome tutorial will show you how to create an interesting day and night split…

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How the Ways We Simulate Sex on Screen Are Evolving – Photography Article

It is a strange thing when you think about it: films have long had fight and stunt coordinators to make the simulation of violence and dangerous situations both look realistic on screen and to protect the actors involved in the scenes. Yet, simulating sexual scenes is often done without expertise and often in very inappropriate ways that can and have seriously affected those involved. Here is how that is changing for the better. Coming to you from The Atlantic, this…

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Do You Really Need That Fast, Expensive Lens? – Photography Article

We all love to drool over those beautiful, fast (and oh so expensive) f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses. But do you really need that top shelf glass, or would you be better served by saving your money and investing in a cheaper version? This great video talks about some of the more intangible facets of lenses and why it’s about more than just the widest apertures.  Coming to you from Daniel Norton, this great video talks about some of the factors…

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Go Behind the Scenes With a Wedding Photographer and Off Camera Flash – Photography Article

Weddings are a nonstop whirlwind of technical and creative challenges, and the more knowledge and tricks you can have for both categories, the better. This awesome video follows a photographer behind the scenes at a wedding and focuses on his use of off camera flash to help you learn how to quickly and effectively turn dull and drab lighting into professional images no matter where you’re shooting. Coming to you from Taylor Jackson, this great video follows him behind the…

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Why Does the Vibrancy Slider Feel So Good!? – Photography Article

What do oversize truck tailpipes, paleolithic sculpture, and the vibrancy slider have in common? And what might they have to do with helping us create more engaging photographs? Why do some abstract paintings move you and others don’t? Why should we react to an abstract work of art at all? What Is Neuroaesthetics? Questions like the ones above are studied in the fascinating field of neuroaesthetics. It’s the branch of science that addresses the evolutionary development and biological underpinnings of…

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The Power of the Pivot – Photography Article

Humans are the greatest adaption machines in the world. We are, by nature, made to adapt. Put a human in any kind of stressful or competitive condition and eventually, over time, the body and mind will adapt and learn to overcome that situation. This is our superpower, and not enough people use it efficiently. I believe there are two key things needed to survive in this industry: persistence and the power to adapt/pivot. That is it. There are many industry…

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How to (Almost) Never Miss a Shot – Photography Article

Missing a shot is something that happens to every photographer, but there are ways to make it happen less to you. Here’s how to almost never miss a photo. Whatever style of photography you shoot, sometimes, things happen really, really slowly, and sometimes, they happen instantly. Even in landscape photography, a break in the clouds can open up, casting perfect light across the scene for just a few seconds. Whether you shoot rock stars or rock formations, the tips in this…

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Photographer Creates Her Own Spacesuit for Fantasy Portrait – Photography Article

Anya Anti is an internationally published photo artist from the Ukraine who now lives in the Big Apple. If you have never seen her work, you are missing out on a whole series of quirky, interesting, and fantastical images that stir up emotion and imagination. I am a big fan of photographers who go that extra mile, either by creating props or building their own sets. Anya regularly creates installations to shoot her models in, and these are just as…

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How to Be More Confident as a Photographer – Photography Article

Confidence is one of those important attributes that are really useful for a photographer. While too much can definitely be a bad thing, not enough can dramatically reduce the opportunities you’ll have to make great work. Not having enough confidence as a photographer is a big problem when it comes to producing work and gaining clients. If it appears like you don’t believe in yourself, then you’re going to struggle to get others to be motivated to work with you.…

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500px Blog » 12 tips to help you start and grow your photography business – Photography Article

You might have the creative part down, but in order to launch and maintain a successful career as a professional photographer, it’s just as important to focus on the business side of your workflow. It might not be as fun or glamorous as the actual shooting, but it’s what will keep you going in the long-term. A common misconception about photographers is that they spend most of their time behind a camera. But depending on their field, many devote a…

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