Scott Kelby is offering a new show on KelbyTV dubbed Photography Tips & Tricks and it’s off to a fantastic, and mighty informative, start.
This first episode “features Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, and special guest Bill Fortney sharing tips on using Auto ISO, bracketing, and setting up a remote camera in places to which you don’t have access.”
Wedding photographer duo Lin & Jirsa have a new post up on SLR Lounge, showing you how they got a dramatic shot of a couple in a wine room.
The post shows you the shot both before and after they added lighting, so you can really see just how much it added to the atmosphere and mood of the final photo. In the lighting diagram you can see that they used two strobes, triggered by two PocketWizard Plus® II radios, outside the room and behind the subject and one tungsten video light in front. The contrasting color temperatures from the mixed light sources, in addition to the fisheye lens, give the photo style to spare.
The Borrowlenses.com blog has published a story on how to set up a photo booth at your next holiday party. They detail how it can be done on a budget and won’t take up too much valuable partying real estate.
Borrowlenses.com suggests using a three light set-up with speedlights — one to act as the key light in an overhead softbox, one pointed down at a white reflector for some fill, and another to light up the background.
Thoughfully, they’ve suggested one good way to make sure you’re not chained to the booth all night long — PocketWizard wireless triggers! Attach a FlexTT5® to your camera and let your guests trigger the whole shebang themselves using a hand-held Plus® II.
A designer by trade, Ed McGowan picked up his studio’s DSLR in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. His delicately composed shots lie right at the intersection between design and photography. Below, his account of Viridian.
The idea for this portrait came the day before when some co-workers and I were exploring a little creek down the road. The creek itself was not too impressive, but I started to think of ways to disguise and transform it with the use of some clever photography. One of the ways was to use short DOF by shooting a wider aperture. The issue with shooting wide apertures is it tends to let in too much light. To counter this I used a ND filter. Since I knew we would be shooting in the later afternoon and the sun would be at the subjects back, I decided to use off-camera lighting to light the subject.
Marko Saari is a freelance photographer from southern Finland whose imaginative and narrative-driven fashion work caught our eye. Read below for his account of his recent retro-futuristic shoot at a historic and unusual home. We present Marko Saari’s Futuro.
For this shoot, I was inspired by the Futuro plastic house, designed by architect Matti Suuronen. When it was announced that the house would be shown at a local museum as a special exhibition, I had the idea to create a colorful fashion shoot that would match the bright yellow house, using slightly muted 1960′s tones.
Scott Wyden Kivowitz is aNew Jersey photographersharing his passion for photography any way he can. Scott regularly hosts photowalks in New Jersey and loves educating other photographers on all aspects of the art. Scott is also the Community & Blog Wrangler at Photocrati and the Photographers SEO Community, teaching other photographers on how to increase business with their Web sites. What follows is Scott’s account of how he achieved a corporate portrait with limited time and physical room.
For the most part, every time I have a photo session to do, I am using at least a pair of PocketWizard radio triggers. For example, if I am out and want to play with wireless flash photography at night, I will typically have a PocketWizard on camera and another firing off a flash. However, going wireless is not a requirement. Sure, photographers can still pick up a long PC cable to trigger their lights, especially when the session is in a studio. Wires can be hidden (sometimes) under rugs, backdrops, etc., but in the example you will see here, I used a pair of PocketWizard Plus II units not because I had to, but because it made the job easier.
When photographer Tristan Shu got a chance to work with some of France’s best freestyle skiers, he knew he had to produce something spectacular. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Tristan created a meticulously timed image showcasing the skiers’ precision and skill. How did he do it? Read the account and see the video below to find out.
Photographer Eric Rolph knows what it takes to get a great beach shot. He’s based in Maui, after all.
There’s few things more beautiful than a sunset on the beach in Hawaii, but photographing in such an environment can be tricky. Lighting conditions are volatile, using flash with daylight is a delicate operation, and to confound it all, salt and sand can be very unforgiving to your gear.
Eric needs to pack minimally, despite the challenging conditions, and depends on PocketWizard Plus II radio triggers to help him do that. No dragging around cables in the sand or blowing in the breeze.
To see Eric’s tips and tricks, including a lighting diagram, read the full article on Pop Photo and to see more of his work, visit rolphphoto.com.
What do you get when you mix photography and trampolines? If you’re London-based photographer Dan Coffey, one awesome composite of all your friends in mid-air. Here’s his behind-the-scenes take on this fun, summer evening shoot.
There’s something really cool about seeing people frozen mid-air, like time-lapse or slow-motion video, we’re seeing something captured our eyes can’t see normally. With this in mind, I set out to shoot a composite of a group of friends on my trampoline, all mid-action, in a way that would be impossible, or at least very dangerous, in real life.
Tyler Brown is taking a photo a day for 366 days in order to improve his off-camera flash skills and he’s not shying away from trying anything! He’s tried his hand at product photography, self-portrait, freezing motion and plenty more and he’s still got over 150 days to go. Here’s his account of Day 179 – The Bike Rig.