Affordable Aerial Photography

Interested in aerial photography but don't have the budget requirements for a plane, helicopter or even unmanned aerial vehicle? No problem. Go fly a kite. Kite aerial photography has become increasingly popular in the digital photography era, and this post at DPS showcases several dozen amazing kite photos that demonstrate just how powerful and effective this fairly simple technique can be. More important, it also links to useful information about learning kite photography for yourself. True, you're going to need a small investment in the necessary equipment, but it's a fraction of the cost of flight school, and a way to open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities. 

http://digital-photography-school.com/61-amazing-kite-aerial-photography-images
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Interested in aerial photography but don't have the budget requirements for a plane, helicopter or even unmanned aerial vehicle? No problem. Go fly a kite. Kite aerial photography has become increasingly popular in the digital photography era, and this post at DPS showcases several dozen amazing kite photos that demonstrate…

Getty And Google Stock Photography Deal

The stock photography world has been almost nothing but bad news for commercial photographers in recent years—unless you're one of the fortunate few who seem to have figured out how to make a buck with microstock. But last week Getty got into hot water with many photographers by reaching what Rob Haggart of A Photo Editor calls a new low in terms of licensing. Apparently Getty and Google have struck a deal to provide select Getty stock images to Google Drive users at no charge. That's an audience of more than 400-million users with access to the stock, including the ability to use it for commercial purposes. One photographer reports receiving a flat, one-time payment for the privilege in the amount of $12. It really is a game of quantity in the new stock world. It's a wonder photographers can survive at all. Is this the future of almost free stock, or a temporary blip on the commercial photographic landscape? Have you been able to earn money from your photography? Has your stock business declined in recent years, or has the democratization of the field meant that you're now able to supplement your income with stock licensing? If you've got experience or an opinion on the matter, I'd love it if you'd chime in below. 

http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2013/01/16/getty-hands-google-users-free-commercial-images-photographers-get-12/
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The stock photography world has been almost nothing but bad news for commercial photographers in recent years—unless you're one of the fortunate few who seem to have figured out how to make a buck with microstock. But last week Getty got into hot water with many photographers by reaching what…

How Does Heisler Do That?

To learn complex studio and environmental lighting, you could go to photo school. Or, it seems, you could simply seek out every Gregory Heisler behind-the-scenes video on the web and watch them all repeatedly. In the end I'm sure you'd save a few bucks and probably learn more from Mr. Heisler's videos. He's just that good, and he's even better at at explaining in simple terms and in his charming way just how he pulls off a shot and makes it look effortless. It's a glimpse into why he's such a master of portrait lighting.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/01/greg-heisler-will-now-bts-for-you-my.html
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To learn complex studio and environmental lighting, you could go to photo school. Or, it seems, you could simply seek out every Gregory Heisler behind-the-scenes video on the web and watch them all repeatedly. In the end I'm sure you'd save a few bucks and probably learn more from Mr.…

Sunsrise, Sunset... What's The Difference?

Did you know there's a difference between "dawn" and "sunrise"? Or that "sunset" and "dusk" are not the same thing? This never occurred to me until recently when a photographer friend, well versed in photographing architecture at the edges of the day, pointed out to me that I was using the terms interchangeably, but that I should not. Dawn is the time when light first starts appearing in the sky, whereas sunrise is when the sun itself becomes visible. The reverse is true at the end of the day: sunset encompasses the last moments of visible sun in the sky before it dips below the horizon, and dusk is the time after the sun has disappeared when there's still plenty of glowing light in the sky. The difference between these times, as you can imagine, is dramatic. When the sun is still visible in the sky the light is strong and directional and usually golden and warm. Beautiful light, no doubt. But after the sun has disappeared, the light becomes soft and non-directional, and the whole attitude of a scene changes significantly. To that end, Anne McKinnell has written about her favorite techniques for photographing during dusk, in the twilight, when all the other photographers have gone home. Check out her suggestions for tips and techniques that apply equally, in my opinion, for working at dawn as well.

http://digital-photography-school.com/shooting-in-the-twilight-zone
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Did you know there's a difference between "dawn" and "sunrise"? Or that "sunset" and "dusk" are not the same thing? This never occurred to me until recently when a photographer friend, well versed in photographing architecture at the edges of the day, pointed out to me that I was using…

The Field Studio

Aha! As someone who spends a lot of time lurking around in the photoblogosphere, this new book comes as somewhat of a surprise. It's not something I've seen explained before in much detail; not necessarily a hip, hot topic, but one that can teach you a whole lot about creating fine photographs. It's how to photograph nature on a pure white background, as manifested by the super-talented nature photographer Niall Benvie. Niall's new book, The Field Studio, is perfect if you're interested in photographing nature with a different twist, whether that's in your studio or homemade stand-in. Better still, this book is sure to lend much assistance to anyone who wants to learn about photographing still lifes in the studio, or photographing almost any subject on a white background for that matter. The best photo insights, I find, are the ones that translate across disciplines. And in learning something so specific as photographing nature in the studio, one will surely learn a lot about photography in the broader sense. It looks like a good volume to add to your library.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/the-field-studio-new-ebook
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Aha! As someone who spends a lot of time lurking around in the photoblogosphere, this new book comes as somewhat of a surprise. It's not something I've seen explained before in much detail; not necessarily a hip, hot topic, but one that can teach you a whole lot about creating…

Camera Buying Guides

Care to improve your camera-buying prowess? Browse one of superstore Adorama's 65 free buying guides online to help you hone in on the perfect camera and lens for your next purchase. Of course, these buying guides are practical way beyond learning just what gear to splurge on. They're helpful for learning about photography too, as they encourage you to consider the methods and techniques that you use, and to learn more about them as you learn what equipment might be most practical for a given way of shooting. The point is, by learning more about gear options, you can learn more about photography. These buying guides are the perfect way to learn more about cameras and techniques—whether you're considering a compact digital camera for family events or a big dSLR for a budding photojournalist. How you shoot determines what you buy, so thinking about what to buy can help you figure out how to shoot. It's a perfect symbiosis!

http://www.adorama.com/alc/category/Buying-Guides
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Care to improve your camera-buying prowess? Browse one of superstore Adorama's 65 free buying guides online to help you hone in on the perfect camera and lens for your next purchase. Of course, these buying guides are practical way beyond learning just what gear to splurge on. They're helpful for…
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