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Behind the Scenes of a Light Painting Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes of a Light Painting Photo Shoot Light painting is a popular technique used by photographers to make creative images that make viewers wonder, “How’d they do that?” While it isn’t necessarily difficult to get started in light painting, it does get increasingly challenging and more time consuming the more advanced you get. Take a look at this behind the scenes clip of two light painting artists as they set out to create some awesome glowing orb light paintings: Michael Richards and Cameron Edser have an extensive setup that allows them to create images using a variety of methods, including motion...

Zone Focusing: How to Use Those Markings On Your Lens You Might Have Never Used Before

Zone Focusing: How to Use Those Markings On Your Lens You Might Have Never Used Before You’ll seen all those markings on lenses, but do you know what all of them are there for? Some of you might, but for those who don’t or are looking for a refresher, YouTube user Tim Heubeck has put together a quick little how-to that introduces you to the numbers on the front of the lens that are used for zone focusing — a method of focusing that’s particularly useful in street photography. As the video explains, the numbers on the front of the lens use f-stop numbers and focus distance to give you a simple way to achieve precise focus quickly when shooting in a fast-paced...

Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Served as a Reflector for Bounce Lighting Moon Photos

Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Served as a Reflector for Bounce Lighting Moon Photos Conspiracy theorists often point to moon landing photos as evidence that the whole thing was faked by the US government. One of the arguments is that since there’s only one main light source in the photos — the sun — the shadows should have been much darker and less detailed. That argument has now been debunked thanks to one newly uncovered fact: Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit actually served as a great reflector, bouncing light into the shadows and illuminating many scenes. Here’s one of the photographs conspiracy theories point to. It shows Buzz Aldrin descending...

Powerful Portraits Capture ‘The Last Generation’ of The African Custom of Scarification

Powerful Portraits Capture ‘The Last Generation’ of The African Custom of Scarification Abidjan-based photographer Joana Choumali recently captured and put together an incredibly powerful portrait series titled Hââbré, The Last Generation. The hard-hitting collection of images shows some of the final faces of scarification, the ancient practice of cutting the flesh to form permanent markings. The practice of Hââbré, which translates to “writing,” has died down in recent times due to the prohibition of the practice in multiple regions and urbanization of a number of areas. But a generation remains whose physical and metaphorical scars tell a story of who they are and...

Cringe Along as This Comedian Pretends to Be the Humans of New York Photographer

Cringe Along as This Comedian Pretends to Be the Humans of New York Photographer There is an incredibly popular photography blog showcasing the people of NYC that continues to attract followers, pulling at heartstrings across the globe. You may have heard of it—Humans of New York. Everyone knows HONY nowadays; I mean, it has almost 10,000,000 followers on Facebook alone. But would you know the photographer behind it if he came up to you on the street? What would you put up with to be part of the blog? Comedian and actor Tyler Fischer took to the streets of New York pretending to be Brandon Stanton, the real HONY photographer, for this video prank that shows just how...

Photographers Giving Back: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Photographers Giving Back: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep It’s not uncommon for photographers to want to use their chosen profession as a vehicle to do good. There are a number of photography based charities out there and all in all, they’re in it for the right reasons. Speaking of the right reasons, if you’re a parent, you will really appreciate Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS). It’s an organization that provides the free gift of professional portraiture to parents who are dealing with the loss of a baby. While I’m fortunate to have three healthy children myself, my brother and his wife lost their third child right before birth....

Hardcore 7-Year-Old Photographer Stands in a Muddy Torrent to Get the Shot, Doesn’t Even Flinch

Hardcore 7-Year-Old Photographer Stands in a Muddy Torrent to Get the Shot, Doesn’t Even Flinch One of the defining characteristics of a great photographer is the willingness to do whatever it takes to get the shot… and little Bryce Smaic‘s got it! Not to throw down the gauntlet to any of the older photographers or anything, but we’re pretty sure you just got one-upped by a 7-year-old. While out at a cyclocross race in Colorado with his dad, photographer Dejan Smaic, Bryce asked if he could have a camera to take photos with. Dejan, good dad that he is, handed over his Nikon D7000 and 10.5mm fisheye and let the little photographer do his thing. A little while later,...

Texas ‘Anti-Upskirting Law’ Struck Down in Court Thanks to Vague Wording

Texas ‘Anti-Upskirting Law’ Struck Down in Court Thanks to Vague Wording If you’ve been following photography news — and given you’re reading this we’d say there’s a good chance that’s the case — you’ve probably heard something along the lines of “Texas just legalized upskirting photography!” And while that’s not entirely untrue, the facts are a bit less sensational. The case in question is one we’ve told you about before: the Texas Improper Photography Law that was struck down in an Appeals Court a year ago. The case started in 2011 when 50-year-old Ronald Thompson was arrested at Sea World...

8 Issues Street Photographers Run Into and How to Deal with Them

From nerves, to an obsession with a ‘decisive moment’ that may never come, to confrontations with people who don’t want you taking their picture, street photographers run into issues that are uniquely their own. In the video above, the guys over at DigitalRev TV run through what they consider to be 8 of the most common problems new street photographers are likely to run into, and how to deal with each of them. [via PetaPixel] [via...

3 Steps to Using Google Analytics To Help You Get More Photography Clients

3 Steps to Using Google Analytics To Help You Get More Photography Clients Let me ask you a serious question. Do you know what’s going on with your photography website traffic? Like how many visits? Where they’re coming from? And what they’re doing on your website? If not, you need Google Analytics. If you’re not familiar already, Google Analytics is a totally free tool for setting up your website traffic. When used correctly, this free tool can actually help you get more clients for your photography business. Here’s how. Step 1 – Install Google Analytics The one drawback to Google Analytics is that it can’t start working for you until you set it...
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