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Photographer Creates Epic Fire Angel Light Painting with Just a Smartphone
Photographer Creates Epic Fire Angel Light Painting with Just a Smartphone
Von Wong is known for his epic photography and this project was to be just that—epic. The challenge set forth was to capture a model surrounded by fire, almost on fire really, using nothing but a smartphone, absolutely no Photoshop.
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How to Use a Manual Lens
How to Use a Manual Lens
Manual lenses are becoming more popular as adapters make it easier to use whatever lens you like. Mark Wallace gives us a tutorial on how to set up your manual lens and throws in some practical tips for when and where a manual lens can be best utilized.
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4 Tips for Getting Better Pictures of Your Kids
4 Tips for Getting Better Pictures of Your Kids
This mom blew the world away with gorgeous photos of her kids, and now she shares some tips with us for photographing children. Elena Shumilova has over 60 million views on her photos, and SmugMug visited her in her home in Russia to see her process first hand.
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Tintype Celebrity Portraits at the Sundance Film Festival
Tintype Celebrity Portraits at the Sundance Film Festival
Before digital there was film and before film there was the wet plate collodion process—a truly elaborate and complicated process. There is still a rare group of people who use this method. Celebrity photographer Victoria Will is one of those rare wet plate photographers.
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Boudior Isn't Just for Women Anymore: Make Room for Dudeoir
Boudior Isn't Just for Women Anymore: Make Room for Dudeoir
You’ve probably heard of boudoir photography, but have you ever heard of dudeoir photography? A popular photo trend for women may have just crossed over to men. This news clip reports on photographer Natalie Licini, who shoots what she calls “dudeoir”—and she’s seen more and more men looking for this type of service.
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Do You Know the Darkroom Origins of Photoshop?
Do You Know the Darkroom Origins of Photoshop?
Twenty-five years ago, Photoshop started out as just a little tool in a photographer’s tool kit. Today, it has become one of the most powerful tools for any photographer. Konrad Eek works up a couple film prints using photography altering techniques that are now represented by Photoshop tools.
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Billion Dollar Airbus Photo Shoot: How It Was Made
Billion Dollar Airbus Photo Shoot: How It Was Made
The angles and points of view, formations, movements, numbers, locations, sun position, and all those sorts of details had to be anticipated on the ground—the filming had to be done in one go. So many people working in harmony to create few pictures isn’t something you see every day.
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How to Create a Silhouette Photo with One Light
How to Create a Silhouette Photo with One Light
Silhouettes can be a fun and beautiful way to illustrate a scene and are surprisingly easy to create. Photographer Gavin Hoey shows us how to perfect the silhouette with a one light setup.
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A Quick Guide to Getting the Right Exposure
A Quick Guide to Getting the Right Exposure
How many times have you struggled with getting the proper exposure? Your camera has built in features to help you out, but you have to learn how to use them before they’re of any use.
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How to Pose and Photograph Newborn Babies
How to Pose and Photograph Newborn Babies
One of several things to keep in mind is that a sleeping baby is much easier to pose and photograph than one who is awake. Cotta uses white noise as a lullaby to keep the baby from waking. You should also turn off your camera’s focus confirm beep. Most new cameras have a silent mode that reduces the burst speeds but is much quieter. If you’re working with a mirrorless system, just turn off any sounds and you’re set.
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How to Shoot Dramatic Portraits in Dark Locations
How to Shoot Dramatic Portraits in Dark Locations
The advantage of using a really deep parabolic umbrella in a shoot like this is that it’s, well, deep. That means you can really focus the light on your subject without spilling any of it on to the background. In this case the background had a lot of distracting elements, such as paint shifts, banners, and items that really did not add anything to the images.
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How to Retouch Wrinkles in Photoshop
How to Retouch Wrinkles in Photoshop
There are many ways of removing wrinkles in Photoshop, and there are even third party plugins that do the job for you. However, the goal isn’t always complete removal since that can leave your subjects looking like they came out of a cartoon.
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How to Modify a One Light Portrait Setup to Get the Look You Want
How to Modify a One Light Portrait Setup to Get the Look You Want
For this set of portraits, Grimes placed a 36″ Rapid Box softbox over the camera and used a reflector to bounce some light back up under the model’s chin. Grimes likes using a light gray background, so he puts his subject close to the background—but not too close. Keep in mind that this exact setup can work for low key portraiture.
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How to Combine Flash With Ambient Light for Cool Bokeh Shots
How to Combine Flash With Ambient Light for Cool Bokeh Shots
Once you have the bokeh ordeal all set up, it’s time to light up the subjects. In this case, Morgan used three lights, one of which was used to pop up the shadows—that would be the part that receives the least amount of light but it generates the definition and detail in the shot.
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How Does National Geographic Choose Its Photos?
How Does National Geographic Choose Its Photos?
More than anything else, it was the story and social commentary of the image (in addition to its beauty and composition, of course), that made this photo the grand prize winner of this year’s contest.
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