Our modern lifestyle is so hectic that we forget to take a break and enjoy what’s around. It’d be great to pause sometimes and appreciate what nature has to offer. Imagine spending a night by a fire, under the starry sky, with the northern lights dancing around on the horizon. Well, for photographer Curtis Matwishyn it was not a matter of imagination as he got to experience just that at Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan:
“Vibrant Night at Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan” by Curtis Matwishyn (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)
Photographs play a pivotal role in marketing. And with the advent of online selling platforms, photography holds an even more important stature. You need good photos of products to sell them online. For photographers, it’s yet another business avenue to explore. Real estate photography is in a way quite similar. But, in this case, an image of what the place looks on the outside will not suffice. You need to showcase the interiors while making sure that you don’t miss out on what’s unique about it. Photographer Jared Polin takes you through how you can take good-looking interior photos all
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland, and for good reason. Its origins are in a volcano glacier, and visitors can actually walk behind a waterfall into a small cave. Thanks to this, photographers can get really beautiful images with unique perspectives of the fall. Photographer Ben Strauss took the following image of the fall during sunset and it’s nothing short of spectacular:
“Sunset from Seljalandsfoss, Iceland” by Ben Strauss (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)
The image is a 4 shot vertical panorama, each comprising of 3 bracketed shots that Strauss took at
Composition determines how you lay a picture out and how you place objects within the scene to get the most aesthetically pleasing results. It’s perhaps the most important aspect of photography. How you compose your images determines how meaningful they are. Your gear, lighting, editing, and everything else becomes secondary. In this insightful video, photographer Karl Taylor elaborates on some composition techniques you can use to improve your photography:
Taylor talks about quite a variety of techniques that you can use for composing your images better. To start, there’s the trusty old “rule of thirds”. Using this technique, you can
One very interesting aspect of macro photography is how anything can be a potential subject. Macro lenses have the ability to take a magnified image of objects from a very close distance – something that our eyes are not designed to do. This unique perspective is the core reason why many of us find macro photographs fascinating. Photographer Sam Stephens took a macro image of some olive oil drops on coffee, and the image really looks like something out of this world:
“Oil Drops Floating on Coffee” by Sam Stephens (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)
It’s probably that by now you’ve come across the statement, “light is key for photography,” many times already. That’s because it’s a very true statement. Without light, there would be no photography. So, how do you go about taking photos when the light is low? Well, this can be a real challenge. When shooting in low light conditions, you come across issues like camera shake and noise. In this video, photographer Kelechi Amadi-Obi shares 10 tips to take better photos during nighttime:
Obi shares some quite interesting tips that will really come in handy when taking photos during nighttime. Some
If you’re into astrophotography, stargazing on La Palma island can be one of the finest astronomical experiences possible. The small volcanic island has a pretty impressive dark sky that presents a pristine view of the outer world. Interestingly, there’s a pretty restrictive lighting policy there to maintain a dark sky. But if you want an even better view, you can ride up to the nearby mountains and avoid all the haze and clouds. This is exactly what astrophotographer Martin Lovekosi did and what he captured is simply mind blowing:
“Mlky Way from La Palma, Spain” by Martin Lovekosi (Via Reddit.
With most of us growing up in the world of digital photography, film photography has become something of a novelty or challenge to try out. It sounds and feels fun to do. If you too want to try your luck with film photography, Willem Verbeeck has a video just for you. Since we are not accustomed to using film, we could definitely use some knowledge in this matter. In this video, he shares 8 of his tips and tricks for film photography:
Verbeek shares some useful tips that come in handy when working with film. For instance, he shows you
The universe started with the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago and has been expanding relentlessly ever since. Inside of this ever expanding universe we have uncountable nebula that form new stars and galaxies. Simply speaking, a nebula is a collection of a tremendous amount of gases at a very high temperature and pressure. Some of them have extraordinary shape making it stand out from others. What astro-photographer Liam has captured below is the Pencil Nebula which gets its name from its long linear appearance:
“The Pencil Nebula” by Liam (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.
*Note: We may not be able to do street photography right now, but it might be a great time to study and strategize for the future.
Taking portraits with a model or of somebody you know is nowhere as challenging as photographing strangers in public. You get very limited time to work, and you don’t always get to apply all the composition techniques and color theories that you might’ve studied. You need to be quick and precise. This makes it very difficult for street photographers to take the perfect street portrait. Photographer Joel Sternfeld, on the other hand, is somebody
Unlike other photography genres like portrait, fashion, wedding, or product, street photography requires you to be present out in the field and wait for the moment. Think of it like shooting wildlife or sports. You never know what’s going to happen. And you can’t spare a second to get distracted. Street photography requires you to be always on the lookout for the right moment, and simultaneously be creative. This “pressure” is one of the core reasons why many beginners find street photography quite intimidating. Photography Evan Ranft talks about 7 street photography tips to help you get started, and shares
Ballet is undeniably a beautiful art form that demands the utmost dedication and strength. And when it comes to photographing ballet dancers, you’ve got two distinct art forms coming together. When done the right way, ballet photos are no less than a beautifully done kind of art in itself. Levente Szabo specializes in taking ballet photos, and the following image is a stunning example of how beautiful it can get:
“Beautiful Ballet Dancer” by Levente Szabo (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)
Szabo shot the image at f/2.2, 1/300s, and ISO 200, with all-natural light.
The moon is our closest outer-space neighbor, and this familiarity may be why we aren’t as amazed by it as we are with other celestial bodies . What seems like a simple white spherical mass has in fact many interesting stories to tell. All we need to do is have a closer look. And don’t worry if you’re lacking the right equipment. Astro-photographer Semeione took the following 56 panel mosaic of the moon so we can see some of the incredible details the moon exhibits:
“Detailed Composite of the Moon” by Semeione (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)
The real world is far from ideal. Circumstances can turn against you on the day you’d scheduled a shoot. Well, a simple solution might be to reschedule the shoot, right? But think about it, a day wasted is an opportunity lost. Would you rather work on a new project the next day or rework on the same project? If you want to be profitable as a professional photographer, it means being able to make the most of your time. Photographer Jason Lanier shares a moment of how he continued his work amidst heavy rainfall so that he didn’t have to
What do you think makes a good portrait? Generally, we say that a good portrait is the one that’s able to capture the persona of the subject in discussion. But, when we really think about it, how can we truly see a person based off of a single image. It’s just not possible. A single image can’t be the reflection of a person’s traits. Photographer Jamie Windsor explains why he thinks this is a deliberate manipulation of how an audience perceives people:
“I don’t think that one single image can communicate the complexities, nuances, contradictions, thoughts and feelings of a
We appreciate nature for all the beautiful landscapes and the great experiences we get to have while we trek through it. But, the universe is much more magical than how we normally think of it. As beautiful as life is on our planet, the world outside is equally magical. It’s just a shame that we don’t get to enjoy it with the naked eye. Of course, thanks to advancements in photography, cameras today are very much capable of showing us what lies beyond our sky. For instance, photographer Scott Aspinall came up with the following image that has our natural
What’s so cool about dandelions is the way water droplets cling to them. You could photograph the water droplets just as they are, but why not up your game by taking it a step further? The tiny water droplets on dandelions act as a refracting body and create miniature images of the things around them. Photographer Steward Wood elaborates on the process and shows you how you can take images of dandelion water droplet refraction:
Wood gives you an extensive look at the entire process showing you what it takes to capture photos like his. What you’ll notice is that
Of all the breathtaking natural phenomena that we can witness, the midnight sun phenomena in Norway is definitely something special. For about 76 days a year, between May and July, northern parts of Norway get to enjoy sunshine 24 hours a day. The sun just gets close to the horizon and starts rising again. How cool is that? And as photographers, just think about the photography opportunities this presents.
Luckily, when photographer Marco Grassi was in Senja, he got to experience this interesting phenomenon when he managed to take the following image. The result is simply out of this world:
Street photography is all about capturing raw moments. The opportunity to capture stories and moments as they unfold is what makes street photography so interesting. And in order to do that, blending in is key. You’ve got to be a part of the street in order to purely capture what goes around. If you happen to stick out in any way, the natural flow of stories may break, and the expressions of people can change. It thus becomes essential for a street photographer to blend in seamlessly. Photographer Roman Fox shares three tips on how you can:
The night sky is simply magical. It unveils to us what we fail to see the entire day. Also, it makes us realize how we are a part of something big, like really big. And thanks to the advancement in photography, today we have the ability to get a visualization of what lies beyond our sky and our natural visual capability. Photographer Marcin Zajac took the following image from a cave on the Australian coast and it’s a beautiful reminder of what we’re a part of:
“Cathedral Rocks and the Milky Way” by Marcin Zajac (Via Reddit. Click image to