Natural Light vs Off Camera Flash: Two Photographers Shoot the Same Model

Photographers Francisco Hernandez and Vanessa Tellez recently did an experiment: photographing the same model, Hernandez used an off camera flash and Tellez used natural light to see how their styles and results differ. You can watch the shootout in the 5-minute video above. Here are some of the resulting photos of model Alexis Pinkerton:

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Creating a Conceptual Photo of the Full Moon Getting Swapped In

Conceptual photographer Erik Johansson created this beautiful and surreal image titled “Full Moon Service,” showing a couple of workers swapping in a full moon to maintain the lunar phases. Johansson has also released a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the project was done, from concept to final shot. Here’s the 3-minute behind-the-scenes video:
The project was done in the late summer of 2016. It all started with a sketch of what Johansson wanted to create. After creating many of the props used in the shoot (e.g. spray painting a black moon symbol onto one of the worker’s hats), Johansson
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Shooting a 35-Year-Old Roll of Kodak Film

What do you do when you find a roll of film that expired 34 years ago? Shoot with it, of course! Colin Wirth of This Does Not Compute shares the results of a recent experiment in this 8-minute video in which he shoots with some ancient Kodak Plus-X black and white film. If you grew up shooting digital only, you may not know that film has an expiry date on it – usually a few years after it was manufactured. Film degrades over time, but it can still be developed long after the expiry date. The most exciting part of shooting with expired
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This Artist Creates Dreamlike Portraits by Combining Multiple Photos

Viktoria Solidarnyh is a Ukranian digital photo artist who creates surreal, dreamlike scenes by cutting out and combining elements from a large number of photos. She has released a number of behind-the-scenes diptychs showing her source images to reveal how her composites are made. DIYPhotography reports that it takes Solidarnyh an average of 3 to 5 days to find source photos and create her artworks using Photoshop and Lightroom (and armed with a graphics tablet). You can find more of Solidarnyh work on her Facebook, DeviantArt, Flickr, Instagram, and VK.
Image credits: Photographs by Viktoria Solidarnyh
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A Landscape Photographer’s Quest for a Perfect Sunset Photo

Sometimes the excitement of another photographer seeking out the perfect landscape shot is all the inspiration we need to get outside ourselves. Join landscape photographer Adam Karnacz on a quest for the perfect sunset photo in this 12-minute vlog shot among the stunning vistas of the Lake District in Northwest England. In landscape photography, sometimes nothing goes right, but then there are days like this one where everything falls in to place. Karnacz’s enthusiasm is infectious as he takes us with him to the top of Wall Crag, which overlooks the beautiful Derwent Water – the perfect setting for capturing a
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How I Shot a Photo Series Based on The Twilight Zone

I had been itching to do a composite photo series for quite some time. It’s something I had never actually done up to this point, but I was and currently am a huge admirer of the art form. I’ve been following the great composite photographers like Dave Hill and Drew Lundquist for the past several years. I’m a hobbyist, you could say — I work at a company called mOcean directing commercials, but I’m fortunate to be able to shoot photography for some of the movie and television posters that come through as well. I learned most everything I know
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How to Make a ‘2.5D’ Wedding Video: Bringing Photos to Life with Motion

My name is José Ignacio, and I’m a commercial and wedding photographer from Spain. I read a lot of blogs and magazines in search of inspiration — in this job there is a constant search for new ways of telling stories. The ‘2.5D’ technique always attracted me. I’ve seen it applied in other genres, but I wanted to use it in wedding photography. 2.5D is when motion is added to still photos. There are 6 steps to follow to create your own 2.5D video:

1. Select the pictures

Not all photos can be used for 2.
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When an NFL Superstar Photographs Your Family Portrait

I’m not usually one to talk about celebrities that I keep in touch with from photo shoots. Some of this comes out of professional courtesy, and another part of it is that I’m a bit of a private person. However, a current project and fun day in the studio has made for some new images and behind the scenes video that I think you will all enjoy. Here’s a look at the shenanigans that take place when I share the studio with my photographer friend (who plays football), Larry Fitzgerald.
The first thing that needs to be known is that
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A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Black & White Photos in Lightroom

Here’s a 15-minute video tutorial from photographer Nathaniel Dodson that’ll help you learn how to create the perfect black and white image using only Lightroom. Although titled as “3 great ways to create black and white photos,” this tutorial demonstrates 2 different methods for converting the images in Lightroom, with a third segment showing the effect applied to a dramatic HDR photo. At 1:35, Dodson begins with the first method: using the HSL panel. This panel has a B&W tab, which converts the image to black and white when selected. Because the color detail still exists in the image,
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How to Safely Retrieve Files Off Failing HDD, SSD, or SD Cards Using Free Tools

All of the drives we are using to store our precious photos and videos are not 100% reliable. Everybody should know that by now (and back everything up) but even if you are doing it properly, there are times when a drive fails and you have nowhere else to get its contents except from the drive itself. It happened to me recently. A 23GB SD card from a trip, almost full of precious shots, was corrupted when I inserted it into a cheap PC card reader. As a result, both Windows PC and Mac were unable to read anything from
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A Spine Injury Left Me Immobile… So I Built a Giant 20×24 Camera

I recently found myself with a spine injury, which proved to kinda be a big road block to my photography. My photo projects usually involved lots of driving and walking, two things that proved to be extremely painful due to my crappy health. One day, sitting around bored, I decided to create a camera that was as immobile as I was. Armed with a rough sketch, and a misguided sense of self-confidence, I built a 20×24 camera over a weekend. I first built the film/paper/glass etc holder. A laminate of Masonite roughly cut with a jig saw created a fairly
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How Photographer Bill Frakes Used 35 DSLRs to Shoot the Kentucky Derby

Native Nebraskan Bill Frakes has had a long career in which he has photographed in 138 countries and all US states. He has captured everything from Pulitzer Prize-winning images of Hurricane Andrew for the Miami Herald, where he was a staffer, to commercial work for Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, Mars and Reebok. Last week we revealed the absolutely massive camera kit Frakes was bringing to cover the famous horse race. Today we tell you why and share some of his spectacular images.
Frakes’ giant Kentucky Derby camera kit. Photo by Bill Frakes.
“If you can fall in love everyday,” says Frakes, a
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How to Capture a Bold Wine Bottle Photo with a Single Speedlight

If you’re interested in product photography, Dustin Dolby‘s channel workphlo is definitely worth a bookmark. Using minimal equipment, he’s able to capture distinct looks like this makeup shot, and in this tutorial he’ll show you how a single speedlight can produce a bold beautiful wine bottle photo that looks 100% pro. As usual, Dolby breaks down his tutorial into some very easy-to-follow steps. First, he collects all the frames he’ll need to composite the final image, then he builds his shot in Photoshop, and finally, he adds some finishing touches that really help round out the look he’s
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How to Build a Simple Sound Trigger for High-Speed Photos With Arduino

Are you stressed? What better way to de-stress is there than to break things while making cool photographs at the same time? You can break anything, from spaghetti to fancy glassware, there is no limit. It will take you about half an hour to build the Arduino circuit and write the code for this sound triggering photographic system. This circuit used an Adafruit Electret Microphone Amplifier to detect the sound, and an opto-isolator to trigger the flash. Smash away!

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How to Build a Simple Sound Trigger for High-Speed Photos With Arduino

Are you stressed? What better way to de-stress is there than to break things while making cool photographs at the same time? You can break anything, from spaghetti to fancy glassware, there is no limit. It will take you about half an hour to build the Arduino circuit and write the code for this sound triggering photographic system. This circuit used an Adafruit Electret Microphone Amplifier to detect the sound, and an opto-isolator to trigger the flash. Smash away!

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Photoshop Trick: How to Swap a Photo Background Using Only Blend Modes

Here’a neat trick for you Photoshop lovers out there. If you’ve shot a subject in front of a gray background, you can actually swap that gray background very easily using only Blend Modes. No selection or refine edge necessary. This post-processing walkthrough comes to us from Unmesh Dinda of the YouTube channel PIXimperfect, and it’s admittedly not the most intuitive way to drop in a background. Selecting out your subject is still going to give you the cleanest edges without worrying about spill-over from the brush. But if you’re in a hurry, this is much quicker than painstaking use
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This is How You Capture Emotion in a Wedding Photo

Australian wedding photographer James Day recently shared a beautiful wedding photo and story that are tugging on heartstrings around the Web. It’s a terrific example of emotion being captured and conveyed in a shot. The Sydney-based photographer was shooting portraits of a newlywed couple on April 30th after their ceremony in Bowral, Australia. Here’s how the photo came about, in Day’s own words:
I was photographing Adrian and Roslyn at sunset. I was setting up those grand sunset scenes… you know the ones… the little people in a big scene… I love those kinda shots… but tonight that just didn’t
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How I Found My Niche in Professional Photography

I’m Alastair Philip Wiper, a British photographer based in Copenhagen and working worldwide. From the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, to giant shipyards in South Korea and radio observatories in Peru, I work with the weird and wonderful subjects of industry, science, architecture. Finding a niche has been very important for my career, so I’m going to share a bit about how I went about it. About five years ago, I decided to turn my hobby into a profession and I’ve often been asked about what it took to do this – so here we are. This isn’t supposed
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Walkthrough: How to Edit a Landscape Photo in Lightroom and Photoshop

Lots of photo editing tutorials these days focus on one specific technique or edit—how to sharpen, or how to use the HSL tool, for example. But if you’re just starting out and you need a complete photo editing walkthrough, this tutorial will take you through a landscape photo edit from start to finish. The tutorial was put together by photographer and filmmaker Peter McKinnon, and it can be broken down into three parts. In Part 1 (Start – 6:30) he shares some shooting and organizing tips you can use in the field and before you start
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I’m a Wedding Photographer, and I Fell Into a Fountain with All My Gear

As wedding photographers, we often work in conditions that are far from perfect. We also often need to make decisions in a split second so the day runs smoothly for the bride and groom. Everyone of us is also afraid of doing something that may prevent us from completing the job. And unfortunately… that happened to me. I fell into a fountain. I’m one of those people who learns new things the hard way: from my own mistakes. And I’m actually quite happy that this accident has happened to me. I learned a massive lesson from it, and I know
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