The Importance Of Being Prolific

Individual creativity is achieved through a variety of steps, including being prolific in creating new work
The Importance Of Being Prolific
A long time ago, I read this fantastic article on The Next Web (TNW) that talked about focusing less on being original and more on being prolific. It clearly serves as the inspiration for this post. Look, I completely get it. One of the most innate desires of any creative is to leave their mark on the world. We create because we have the drive to share... Read more

How To Make Unique Color Lens Flares

Ever seen cool colored lens flares over video and wondered how it was done? I created my own for a recent video and wanted to share the process with you!
lens flares
Adding color lens flares to your videos, especially b-roll, can be an interesting way to add some depth and texture to a shot. You can probably download some canned ones, but why not make your own? It’s remarkably easy with a colored light (RGB LED or even a gel on any light bulb), a black background and some basic editing skills.  In this video,... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Watching The Weather

Be on the lookout for any unusual or unique weather conditions and the effects they may have
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM 1 sec. At f/13; ISO 100 April 15, 2019 St. George, UT An integral part of landscape photography is keeping your ear to the ground, so to speak, for any unusual or unique weather conditions and the effects they may have. In the case of this photo, the recent surge of rain had caused a nearby reservoir to overflow... Read more

Easy Access To Shooting Raw Photos (iOS)

It goes without saying that today’s mobile phones have seriously impressive camera sensors, optics and software that have been optimized to deliver stunning photos. Apple is no stranger to this space and is often credited as pushing the mobile photography space forward. You can’t walk down a street in New York City without seeing giant Read more…

It goes without saying that today’s mobile phones have seriously impressive camera sensors, optics and software that have been optimized to deliver stunning photos. Apple is no stranger to this space and is often credited as pushing the mobile photography space forward. You can’t walk down a street in New York City without seeing giant billboard... Read more

B&H Payboo Credit Card Reimburses Your Sales Tax

A new credit card for those who live in a state that requires collection of sales tax on internet orders
If you live in a state that requires collection of sales tax on internet orders, B&H Photo has launched a new credit card that will credit your purchase for the amount of the tax. The official press release describes the process: “The Payboo Card delivers instant, immediate savings to B&H customers. For example, when a customer in Los Angeles... Read more

How To Add A PRO Wireless Mic To A Smartphone

Need to connect a professional wireless lav mic (like a Sennheiser) to your iPhone or Android? It's not plug and play without a special cable!
The cameras in our smartphones have gotten so good that they make a great replacement for many needs—especially video recording for things like mobile journalism, interviews and vlogs. However, as good as the cameras have gotten, even the best on-board microphone still pales in comparison to a lavalier mic for talking heads. The challenge, though,... Read more

Photoville Photo Festival Comes to Los Angeles

An annual photo exhibition in New York City, Photoville LA makes its first visit to the west coast
Over the course of two sun-soaked weekends, April 26-28 and May 2-5, 2019, The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles was home to the free Photoville LA event. Produced by United Photo Industries, the annual photo festival has spent the last seven years in New York City. In addition to exhibitions of local and international photographers, the... Read more

Favorite Photo Editing Tools

Palette Gear and Wacom offer more refined and customizable controls than mice and trackpads
When it comes to post-processing workflows, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “What do you use to edit your photos?” Unsurprisingly, photo editing preferences can be quite personal and vary from photographer to photographer. The ideal setup for me may very well be cumbersome for you. Still, I love learning about the tools people use... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Changing Landscapes

Returning to the same photography spots yield changes in shapes and patterns over time
Anatomy Of A Photo
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G 4 sec. at f/13; ISO 100 January 24th, 2019 Oregon, USA I’ve always been fascinated with finding patterns and shapes within the disorder of nature. Trees fall, rockslides occur and it all results in an ever-changing landscape to photograph. I’m especially fond of finding patterns of tree trunks that have fallen... Read more

Advanced Flicker In Video Education

You’ve seen flicker from overhead lights when shooting video before… but do you know the science behind why it happens, and the math on how to avoid it?
If you shoot a lot of video, especially if you travel, you’ve probably seen it before. That weird flickering that you see on screen but not with the naked eye! You may even know how to fix it (choose the right shutter speed or shutter angle), but do you know the science behind why it happens and the math behind avoiding it? It’s a complex... Read more

Use Natural Angles

Once you capture your "Gimme Shot," begin hunting for different ways to frame up your subject
Here’s the thing about us photographers: we’re very excitable. We spend a bunch of time thinking about what gear to pack for a shoot, then we spend time getting to the location, and then we go nuts taking photos. We fall into our zone of finding a shot, then the next shot and so on. Sometimes, though, we get stuck photographing this one “thing”... Read more

The AIPAD Photography Show: Photography Legends Jay Maisel And Stephen Wilkes

Fine-art photography shows aren’t just venues to see great photographs, but often you’ll also find the artists who create them
While roaming this year’s AIPAD Fine-Art Photography Show in New York, which runs through the end of today, I came across one of the great photographers working today, Stephen Wilkes, who is an artist that has captured many iconic images in his fine-art, editorial and commercial work. Stephen Wilkes discussing a recent Day-to-Night image that the... Read more
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