How to Find the Perfect Angle

You know those moments when you’re chimping and wonder why that amazing shot that you thought was going to be, well, amazing just isn’t? Your exposure was right – check; white balance – check; aperture – check; shutter – check. Lens… hmm. Let’s see. Lens? Yes, I shot with the right lens. If you are shooting competently and things are still not working out like you would want them to, I have a great piece of advice for you. There is a tool in your kit that beginners rarely use to full advantage. I’m talking about your feet. At first,
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Photos of Tokyo and Seoul Shot Using a Fractal Lens

Seoul-based photographer Steve Roe recently took a fractal lens around Asia and captured futuristic views of the narrow streets filled with neon signs. Roe used the glass prisms made by Fractal Filters, which launched back in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. “The fractal works are inspired by the likes of Blade Runner and Altered Carbon,” Roe tells PetaPixel. “Both of these feature holographic neon signs, which I immediately fell in love with.” “I looked for a way to try and recreate these without having to do it digitally,” Roe says. “I looked into light prisms and
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16 Photography Greats of the Past and Present Who Inspire Me

I often teach new photographers to study the greats, both past and present. Study and be influenced, but please don’t aim to copy them — I promise you that won’t get you anywhere. Learn from them and allow yourself to be influenced but strive to become your own photographer and to create your own vision. These photographers tell captivating stories, but they also have intriguing stories on how they got to be great. Learn their backstory and I promise you that you will learn some helpful tips on how to find your vision. This isn’t a list of the best
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The Most Important Photo

Sometimes we put things off so many times that the act of delaying that thing becomes automatic. “I’ll get to that thing tomorrow”, and tomorrow comes, tomorrow goes, and that thing never gets taken care of. I fell into that trap, and the thing that kept being put off was taking portraits of my parents. “I really need to make some portraits of my parents,” I would say, “because at some point I won’t be able to do it.” I’d say it over and over and put it off again and again. My wife would say, “You really should
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Gregory Heisler on Embracing Your Own Uniqueness

You know Gregory Heisler, or at the very least, you’ve seen his work. Gregory is a prolific photographer best known for his 70 cover portraits for TIME Magazine and has graced the pages of Life, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The New York Times Magazine. We recently had the pleasure of hosting Gregory in our CreativeLive studios to present his talk on embracing one’s own uniqueness. Now, I attend a lot of keynotes, speeches, and presentations. Not often do I stand in the audience yelling “PREACH!” like I was during Gregory’s presentation. His thoughts on prioritizing the Continue reading "Gregory Heisler on Embracing Your Own Uniqueness"

Shooting a Sunrise Portrait with a Drone-Mounted Flash

This idea had been rolling around in my head for years. I use flashes a lot in my photography. Whether that is a Speedlight on or off camera or in the studio with some big strobes and modifiers. But this is the first time I have ever used an aerial drone-mounted flash. The whole point of this shoot was to light the impossible. I wanted to be able to get a flash where it would be impossible using any normal means. While location scouting I found this rock face with the eastern sky as the background. I first thought it
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A Photo of My Girlfriend, the Lunar Eclipse, Mars, and the Milky Way

I normally love to plan my photos and I would have liked to plan a cool shot with yesterday’s moon eclipse. However, when I planned my current trip to Kyrgyzstan, I didn’t realize I would be there with the lunar eclipse of 2018 (bad planning, I know). I’m staying at the capital of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek. Without a plan, I just went out to a random place out of the city to see the blood moon. I brought my 400mm but I couldn’t really find a cool composition or foreground because the moon was so high up in the sky. The
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How to Break Into Stock Photography: Tips from 5 Photographers Who Know the Industry

Stock photography is one of the most unique niches of the photography world. Not only is the sales model completely different but the range of subject matter, styles and applications is vast. That’s why we asked all five of the stock photographers from The List for advice — how do you break into a niche… The post How to Break Into Stock Photography: Tips from 5 Photographers Who Know the Industry appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

How My Photo Went from Reddit to the Walls of NASA

About 4 months ago, I posted a photo of my 7-hexagon canvas cluster to Reddit’s r/space (on a Sunday, the only day you’re allowed to post your own astro photos to the sub). The title of the post was: “I’m a photographer and print-maker and my passion is the night sky. I made this 7-hexagon canvas cluster in honor of the forthcoming James Webb Telescope. The photo is of the Milky Way over WEBBer Lake, CA.” The post went viral and was on the top of Reddit for several hours that day. I received a lot of interest in
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The Time Between: A Look Through the Eyes of an Astrophotographer

It is the hottest time of the day during the hottest month of the year in Montana, but two hundred feet above me a pair of nighthawks sense a change. They dive and twist with a grace somewhere between fighter pilot and falling leaf, air buzzing through their wingtips, raspy calls beckoning night, commanding the sun to set. The single, sand-rock knob that I sit on here in the prairie while I watch their aerial display will hold the heat I feel through my jeans well into darkness. I wipe sweat from my brow and put my back to the
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Forgotten No More, Or: This is Why Photography Matters

Often it is the backstory and the small stories behind a set of pictures that brings it all together. I posted the above picture back in 2011, photographed on film and included in a set of photos from an abandoned dye-works in Somerset, UK. At the time I said this about it:
I love things like this, the little relics of real people with real lives, people that simply called places like this ‘work’.
I’ve been back to this place, Tone Mills, many times since, but sadly that photo has long since disintegrated. Last summer, after a chance conversation, I
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Shooting Portraits with a $20 Work Light from Home Depot

After seeing photographer Skyler Burt’s experiments with lighting food photos using a cheap work light, photographer Jessica Kobeissi recently purchased that same $20 light from Home Depot for an experimental portrait shoot. The light is the HDX 250-Watt Halogen Portable Work Light — HDX is Home Depot’s store brand. Similar light with the same design and specs can be found on Amazon for $16. Since the light is strong and harsh, Kobeissi recommends placing some kind of diffuser between it and your model (a white sheet can work). But be careful not to place it too close, as the
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Shooting Vintage Car Lifestyle Photos for Self-Promotion

I do a lot of automotive lifestyle personal projects that I use for self-promotion and am constantly on the hunt for new ideas. A friend of mine recently turned me on to Turo, an app for peer-to-peer car rentals. In the past, you had to hire a picture vehicle company to get vintage cars for shoots, and those can be really pricey and are severely limited in terms of how far you can drive the car. I found this 1985 Chrysler LeBaron on the app and immediately fell in love. I did a casting call through, not
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3 Photographers Shoot 1 Model to Show That Style is What Matters

Here’s a 13-minute video in which three photographers (Sheldon Evans, Ricardo Lategan, and Jessica Amdur) were tasked with shooting portraits of the same model (Maya Boraine), a challenge popularized by photographer Jessica Kobeissi. “We wanted to show you that it doesn’t matter what gear you have, where you are, or what you shoot,” Evans writes. “It all comes down to your personal style. “You can take a completely different photo to someone else even if you have the exact same model, same styling, and same location because it’s up to you as a photographer
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