Use these seven tips when considering the right tool to capture your street photography
By Amy Touchette
When Oskar Barnack and Ernst Leitz invented the Leica 35mm camera in 1924, many street photographers happily put aside their large format cameras for its compact, unobtrusive body and fast captures.
But now, almost 100 years later, the array of equipment that’s viable on the street has grown exponentially, both technically and creatively. If you’re...
In this YouTube video, Mads Peter Iversen breaks down why he relies so heavily on his 24-105mm zoom lens
I recently found this video by Mads Peter Iversen while researching popular focal ranges for zoom lenses and thoroughly enjoyed what he put together. In this video, Iversen breaks down why he relies so heavily on his 24-105mm zoom lens. His explanations and illustrative photos are quite wonderful and, if I’m being honest, it has me considering whether...
Follow these steps to fine-tune your artist statement and make it the best it can possibly be
Once you’ve written your artist statement, you’ll want to fine-tune it to make it the best it can possibly be. Follow these steps:
Compare your draft to your project and to your practice as a photographer.
Do the ideas and details portray you and your photography authentically? Delete those that don’t.
Do any of the images in your series...
Communicate your project and personal vision in your artist statement with these writing tips
An artist statement conveys not just what our images say, but all the things they can’t, by their very nature, say. It’s also a way to communicate our project and personal vision to others who aren’t privy to our thoughts and creative process. It tells people in our industry that we are serious, dedicated; that we’ve put time into thinking...
The importance of the quality and direction of light when it comes to composing your photo
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
160 sec. at f/8.0; ISO 400
August 24, 2019
Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT
It’s hard not to overstate just how important the quality and direction of light is when it comes to composing your photo. While there are lots of ways to create beautiful photos during the middle of the day, when the sun is at its...
Because when we write about our photographs, we’re forced to express what they portray and what compelled us to make them
We see the world in visual terms and we express ourselves through visual art. Had we wanted to express ourselves with words, we would have become writers, right? And yet, crafting an artist statement or writing about our work in some form, for one reason or the other, is inevitably asked of us.
The good news is that any discomfort or frustration you...
From individuals to property owners, find out under what circumstances you need model and property releases
When do you need to get a model release?
Is the person in the photograph identifiable? If no, you don’t need a model release.
If the person is identifiable, ask yourself:
Is the image being used to advertise a product or service? If yes, get a model release.
Is the image being used to further the interests of a business? If yes, get a model release.
Because if you can’t find your images, then they are as good as not taken
Any professional photographer will tell you that the time they spend on administrative tasks is probably double the time they spend actually photographing. Ranked most important among those administrative duties is the ongoing management of their digital archive. Because if you can’t find your images, then they are as good as not taken.
Apple Keynote is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion for motion graphics for Final Cut Pro X, Premiere, Resolve or any NLE
If you’ve been wanting to make awesome animated lower thirds, animated callouts, title sequences and more, but don’t have the chops or want to learn Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion, then Apple Keynote may be the solution for you. Check out this tutorial on how to go from Keynote to Final Cut Pro X (or Premiere or Resolve), and see what...
Letting your mind explore without any expectations can help you get out of a creative funk
I suspect that more than a few of you will be able to relate to this story, and that’s exactly why I want to share it. I was recently in a pretty big creative funk that I couldn’t shake. That tends to happen whenever I find myself having to be creative on a deadline and the ol’ muse just isn’t cooperating. I just couldn’t get into a groove...