How to Add Handwritten Text to Your Instagram Pictures

How to Add Handwritten Text to Your Instagram Pictures It’s been quite trendy in the past few months to see handwritten text composited onto images on Instagram. Perhaps you’ve been wondering how it’s done or maybe you’ve just been looking for a way to make your writing even more personalized. No matter the reason why you’re reading this article, if you want to give a more personal dimension to your images with handwritten text, be sure to watch this tutorial. [ Read More ]

What It’s Like to Go Full-Time on YouTube

What It's Like to Go Full-Time on YouTube For many photographers, videographers, and creatives, the dream career is something along the lines of being paid to fly around the world and create content while maintaining an active and successful Internet presence. This landscape photographer seems to have achieved that, and in this video, he talks about the process, his daily life, and his sources of income. [ Read More ]

How to Create Rain in Photoshop

How to Create Rain in Photoshop Rain can be a great addition to an image, as it can communicate so many things: sadness, romance, etc. We don't really get much control over when it happens, however, and even if you're handy with a garden hose, spraying water everywhere probably won't be appreciated by your model or your camera equipment. Here's how to fake it using Photoshop. [ Read More ]

Should Your Next Light Be an LED or a Strobe?

Should Your Next Light Be an LED or a Strobe? For anyone beginning to delve into the art of using off camera lighting, it can be a bit daunting to decide where to start in acquiring new lighting equipment. Here is a great guide to the pros and cons of LED and strobe lighting so that you’ll be able to make the right choice for your next acquisition. [ Read More ]

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial Color grading is amongst the most important step of retouching. Along with lighting, it sets the mood of your image and can also help tie together the different elements of your composition. Learning all the different ways of altering colors in a picture is probably as important if not more important than knowing how to retouch skin or remove objects. In this 20-minute long tutorial, Michael Woloszynowicz explains everything there is to know about the color balance layer adjustment and how to use it to color balance your images in the best way possible. [ Read More ]

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial

Improve Your Color Grading Skills in 20 Minutes With This Detailed Video Tutorial Color grading is amongst the most important step of retouching. Along with lighting, it sets the mood of your image and can also help tie together the different elements of your composition. Learning all the different ways of altering colors in a picture is probably as important if not more important than knowing how to retouch skin or remove objects. In this 20-minute long tutorial, Michael Woloszynowicz explains everything there is to know about the color balance layer adjustment and how to use it to color balance your images in the best way possible. [ Read More ]

10 Helpful Tips for Finding Models to Shoot

10 Helpful Tips for Finding Models to Shoot You've got that fancy new lens and a great concept for a shoot, and now, all you need is a model. Finding models to collaborate with is an art in itself, and making sure you're going about it the right way can be the difference between a successful shoot and a concept that is never brought to fruition. Here are 10 useful tips to get you off and running. [ Read More ]

The Top 10 Movie Props of All Time

The Top 10 Movie Props of All Time The effect a prop has on one's experience of a film can be absurdly obvious or cleverly subtle. However, there's no doubting that when properly employed, props can be the crucial piece that completes a movie. Here are 10 of the best props seen in film. [ Read More ]

The Top 10 Movie Props of All Time

The Top 10 Movie Props of All Time The effect a prop has on one's experience of a film can be absurdly obvious or cleverly subtle. However, there's no doubting that when properly employed, props can be the crucial piece that completes a movie. Here are 10 of the best props seen in film. [ Read More ]

The Difference Between a DSLR’s Viewfinder Autofocus and Live View Autofocus

The Difference Between a DSLR's Viewfinder Autofocus and Live View Autofocus Most photographers use their cameras on a daily basis with little or no thought to how it functions under the hood. For the most part, this makes sense, mastering a tool doesn't require understanding exactly how it functions on the most intimate technical level. There are, however, aspects of camera operation that a cursory knowledge of can aid in being better equipped to address unexpected technical or mechanical issues. Given that autofocus can be finicky, it quickly becomes one of the critical aspects of your camera that you should take the time to learn about. [ Read More ]

How to Make Your Skies More Dramatic Using Photoshop

How to Make Your Skies More Dramatic Using Photoshop So much of a landscape image is in how you edit it; many different personalities and effects can shine through the same scene when processed by different photographers. If dramatic skies are something you favor, this helpful tutorial will show you a neat trick for bringing out more detail and creating moodier looks in Photoshop. [ Read More ]

Why Every Visual Artist Should Carry Comp Cards and How to Make Your Own

Why Every Visual Artist Should Carry Comp Cards and How to Make Your Own

Last week I was asked to shoot some model polaroids and create a comp card for my friend and a fantastic model, Mallory Mims, for her to take with her when meeting with agencies in LA. Before starting I did some research and gathered some examples so that I could give Mallory the best results and ensure she’d make a great first impression when meeting with potential agents. I got a little nervous during my Google search because I wasn't finding consistent standards or templates very quickly. Since I had such a hard time in my own research I am Continue reading "Why Every Visual Artist Should Carry Comp Cards and How to Make Your Own"

Craft Better Compositions with Subframing

Craft Better Compositions with Subframing Studying and experimenting with composition is one of the fastest ways to elevate your photography. Subframing is a versatile technique that can be applied to many styles of photography. Here are some great tips for incorporating subframing in your images. [ Read More ]

Take Your Filmmaking to the Next Level

Take Your Filmmaking to the Next Level There are many ways to go about your video. You can just go at it, shoot away, and edit quick shots together, or you can think about what you want to shoot and use psychological composition to bring your story across in the best way possible. You can have progression of your hero moving from left to right throughout the film, or you can keep your villain to the left and your hero to the right to have them compete in your viewer’s mind. This video shares some smart ways to approach your next film or photography project, even if Continue reading "Take Your Filmmaking to the Next Level"

Adam Epstein Breaks Down the Six Rules for Cinematic Editing

Adam Epstein Breaks Down the Six Rules for Cinematic Editing For video editors and filmmakers alike, understanding the power of the cut is important for telling the most compelling, informative, and/or emotional story. In this video excerpt from MZed, professional editor Adam Epstein (known for SNL and Killing Gunther among other things) provides some thoughtful insight on six rules for cinematic editing, as referenced from award-winning film editor Walter Murch. [ Read More ]