Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool

Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool Capture One offers quite a few tools to adjust your raw files. It’s best known for its color editing capabilities, but luminosity adjustments are also very well designed. One of them was introduced last year with Capture One Pro 9, and it’s called the Luma Curve. It’s a powerful feature to adjust contrast manually while avoiding any color shift. Let’s see how it works and how it compares to an RGB curve. [ Read More ]

Quick Workflow Tip for Mac Users

Quick Workflow Tip for Mac Users Today's quick tip is in regard to efficiency. Anyone who has ever talked to me knows that I am 100 percent a Mac user. I feel they are by far the best for photographers. Before getting into a Mac versus Windows argument, it is not so much in regard to the hardware as it is the operating system and the level of efficiency that a Linux-type operating system allows. [ Read More ]

Documentary Film Explains Why Apple Killed FCP7 – But Will It Be Anything More Than a Promo for Final Cut X?

Documentary Film Explains Why Apple Killed FCP7 - But Will It Be Anything More Than a Promo for Final Cut X? There’s an interesting documentary in the works if you’re a video editor. With an obvious pun for the title, "Off the Tracks" interviews professional editors, trainers, and application developers to dig into why Apple made such a shift, when their existing app suite was already successful. I’ll provide some background, but also some editorial commentary below, as I feel like this documentary has potential to either be very interesting or completely pointless. [ Read More ]

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: ‘Treasured Lands’

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: 'Treasured Lands' In 2002, QT Luong became the first person to photograph all U.S. National Parks with a large-format camera. His experience in traveling these beautiful, natural lands is simply inspiring. He was even a featured artist in the epic Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” With all his knowledge and stories gained from decades of creating stunning imagery across the United States, I feel fortunate that Luong authored his photography book, “Treasured Lands.” [ Read More ]

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: ‘Treasured Lands’

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: 'Treasured Lands' In 2002, QT Luong became the first person to photograph all U.S. National Parks with a large-format camera. His experience in traveling these beautiful, natural lands is simply inspiring. He was even a featured artist in the epic Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” With all his knowledge and stories gained from decades of creating stunning imagery across the United States, I feel fortunate that Luong authored his photography book, “Treasured Lands.” [ Read More ]

How I Got Over 900 Million Views on Two Different Photos

How I Got Over 900 Million Views on Two Different Photos Back in 2015 I was pretty active on Google+ and most of my posts would get over a hundred plus ones, which are basically the same as a like on Facebook. Getting this much activity on a public post meant that more people were likely to see it. Eventually this pattern resulted in five photos being selected and featured by Google on Chromecast. While I was excited about the honor, I had no idea how many views would come with it. [ Read More ]

Learning to Deal with the Stress Some Clients Bring

Learning to Deal with the Stress Some Clients Bring For just about the past year now, I have been working in real estate and aerial photography. I mainly work with the agents directly and the most important thing for me to do is be able to establish a good relationship with each and every agent I work with. These agents are my clients and I want to be able to keep them as clients so they continue to come back to me for any photo, video, or aerial work they need to market their properties. Within this short little year I have been working, I've dealt with so much Continue reading "Learning to Deal with the Stress Some Clients Bring"

Never Deal With Syncing Camera Times Again

Never Deal With Syncing Camera Times Again Working with a second shooter has a ton of advantages: you can cover more moments, you get different angles and perspective on the same moments, and they even allow you to try new things during the day that you normally couldn't afford to do. One of the more frustrating things about working with a second shooter though, is when you get back home to later find out that your cameras were not synced to the correct time. What you're left with is images from the reception all intermixed with images from getting ready. [ Read More ]

You Don’t Need That Expensive Lens for Your Photography

You Don't Need That Expensive Lens for Your Photography When you’re starting out as a photographer, it’s natural to lust after the lenses at the top of the food chain. You know the ones. Sometimes they have red rings around the front, or they are the portrait lens that can obliterate a background. Maybe you want the zoom lens that can survive a monsoon. [ Read More ]

Five Hacks to Creating Cinematic Looking Video Without Breaking the Bank

Five Hacks to Creating Cinematic Looking Video Without Breaking the Bank Modern DSLR and mirrorless cameras are capable of shooting razor sharp footage in spectacular 4k 60fps and up. But how do you give your footage a cinematic feel without purchasing pricey anamorphic lenses and professional cinema cameras? Fstoppers is here to help with five great hacks to achieving a cinematic feel to your video without spending a small fortune. [ Read More ]

How to Develop a Style and Trust For Your Implied Nude Clients

How to Develop a Style and Trust For Your Implied Nude Clients When it comes to shooting implied nudes, it is not as easy as simply stripping down as one might think. Soft posing, flattering light, and the trust from client to photographer is essential to capture that perfect look. Having a solid portfolio of this genre is essential to bring in new potential clients who can form a bond with your work. So how does one start out shooting implied looks if you do not already have a portfolio to show potential clients? [ Read More ]

What Photographers Need to Know About Public Domain Images and Stock Photography

What Photographers Need to Know About Public Domain Images and Stock Photography In 2006, Leah Caldwell was eating at a Chipotle near the University of Denver when a photographer took her picture. When she got up to leave, the photographer asked her to sign a release form for use of the images, but she said no. Eight years later, when Caldwell went into a Chipotle in Orlando, Florida, she saw her picture on one of the restaurant’s walls, and subsequently in two other locations in California. [ Read More ]

Publicly Documenting My Private Failures

Publicly Documenting My Private Failures Perhaps this article is a risk to my career by virtue of being too honest, but it's a subject I have wanted to discuss publicly for some time. In the era where social media is the backbone of perception, it's all too easy to feel you can never measure up. This isn't new information and in fact, it's a rather well-trodden path. Even armed with the knowledge, however, I still feel I walk in to the trap of taking the world that is presented to me as the only facts worth knowing. I want to sacrifice my self-consciousness to do Continue reading "Publicly Documenting My Private Failures"

Change Your Marketing Philosophy and Get More Clients

Change Your Marketing Philosophy and Get More Clients Getting clients is one of the most difficult parts of being in business. Unfortunately, marketing knowledge doesn't just appear once you have your license in your hands. As a result, many of us have a look at what our competitors are doing and try something similar, never realizing that there is a good chance that our competitors are also operating from a place of marketing ignorance. One of the most common marketing mistakes I've seen is photographers who spend too much time talking about themselves, and not enough time talking to their clients. This means many photographers are shooting themselves Continue reading "Change Your Marketing Philosophy and Get More Clients"

Were the Sony a9 Rumors True?

Were the Sony a9 Rumors True? Before Sony announced their new a9 mirrorless camera in April, rumors were flooding the headlines about its possible existence. Now that we know what the a9 really is, did the reports hold up? [ Read More ]