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Studio Lighting Setups & Examples

This presentation highlights the differences betwen reflector lighting, umbrella lighting and softbox lighting using examples.

My Favourite Site to Learn from Others

In photography, learning from others is one of the best ways to educate yourself about what makes a good photograph and what doesn’t. Like many online photographers, I have a number of favourite sites I look through each month/week/day to go through photos and articles to develop a better understanding photography.

One of my absolute favourite websites is SportsShooter.com and its Student Critiques project and I’ll tell you why after the jump.

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3 Basic Rules for Great Candid Photography

Candid photography is the art of consistently shooting pictures of people in natural unposed moments and actions. Candid moments can often capture the unique moments that reflect the true nature of the subjects rather than an image that posed shots portray – so instead of a photo of the family standing in a row looking surprised by a flash, you catch them all laughing together in a tender happy moment.

Candids are also the more difficult photos to take and are more often taken by accident and luck, rather than by using any definite technique. Professional photojournalists and documentary/lifestyle photographers on the other hand make a living by knowing how to shoot these types of photographs in a consistent manner. This post talks about 3 simple techniques one can use to capture candid photos in a consistent manner.

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Basics of Wedding Photography – Part 4/4

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In this fourth and final part of the Basics of Wedding Photography, we’ll talk about shooting group portraits and finally the reception party.

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Basics of Wedding Photography – Part 3/4

So far in Part 1 and Part 2 we’ve looked at:

  1. Understanding and setting expectations with the Bride & Groom
  2. Preparing your equipment
  3. Planning logistics.

We’re now ready to tackle the big day and take some great photos. Here’s what you should keep in mind as the day progresses.

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Basics of Wedding Photography – Part 2/4

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Ok, so you’ve got your equipment ready, the next step is to scout out the location ahead of time and be prepared for the conditions. This post will guide you through the process.

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Basics of Wedding Photography – Part 1/4

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Wedding photography is a very challenging endeavor and there are a lot of things a photographer must prepare for and be aware of before they even attempt their first wedding. First of all, just because you’ve attended a wedding doesn’t mean you can photograph it well. We highly recommend that any would-be wedding shooters first begin by assisting as a 2nd shooter with an experienced wedding photographer before even attempting one on their own. It’s fairly easy to become a 2nd shooter, as long as you’re a decent photographer, as many wedding photographers are looking for reliable 2nd shooters all the time on the internet.

Once you’re ready to try going out on your own, remember there is a lot at stake in shooting a wedding, so being prepared can help smooth out the day and ensure you do a great job that the bride and groom appreciate.

This guide will delve into some of the basics of wedding photography, and help you in your development in this highly demanded skill.

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5 Must-Watch Movies for Photographers

There aren’t too many photography movies I’ve seen that photographers would find worthwhile or truly useful.  Sure there are some movies that have photographers as the star, but usually the whole photography part is glossed over.

This is my list of must have movies about photographers or photography that one could actually learn something from and be fired up to head out and shoot some picture after watching. What are they?

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Top 6 Game-Changing Photographers Who Inspire Us

There are thousands of photographers online nowadays and as a result it’s so much harder for anyone to make a real impression on people. With all these photography resources at our disposal, I think there’s a real threat of information overload! So I’ve taken the liberty of listing out my favourite inspirational photographers. Of course there are hundreds more, but I only have so much room on this blog :)

These photographers really take creativity and execution to another level in my book. These are the guys who’s blogs you need to be subscribing to if you’re not already, because you’ll not only be inspired every week but you’ll probably learn something too.

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The Best Nikon Lens Combo for Street Photography

Street photography is one of the most popular photography styles that attracts people to the field. It’s also one of the hardest arts to master, not only because of the technical difficulties in finding interesting compositions and being able to handle the camera on the fly, but also because many people are intimidated by shooting photographs of strangers on the street. This is why small, compact lenses are ideal for this type of photography, in fact many street photographers use smaller more inconspicuous cameras as well so as not to bring attention to themselves in public, allowing them to shoot intimate moments they would otherwise have disturbed.

What are my favourite Nikon lenses for DSLR street, portrait and photography in general?  The 2 below, read the post to see the sample galleries and to find out why.

 

20mm F2.8 and 35mm F2

20mm F2.8 and 35mm F2

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