Direct Flash Glamour Lighting Tutorial.  Studio Lighting with Speedlight or Monolight Flash.

Direct Flash Glamour Lighting Tutorial. Studio Lighting with Speedlight or Monolight Flash.


hey gang thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the last frame in this episode I’m going to show you how to do awesome one light direct flash glamour shots just like the ones you see on the cover of Maxim magazine stay tuned somewhere in the learning curve of lighting and photographing beautiful women photographers are taught that direct flash sucks and you should never use it yet ironically magazines like Maxim published several covers a year shot with one light direct flash and the model or celebrity standing in front of a white wall photographers like Terri Richardson have built a career out of direct flash lighting and now with the Instagram generation getting bored with filters and window light direct flash it’s making a comeback I know some of you are feeling some tightness in your chest right now take a deep breath it’ll be okay the beauty of direct flash is that it is simple really simple but there’s a catch you have to be ok with shadows now indeed shadows can be very ugly and unflattering but when a shadow is well-placed it can be minimized and can add a feeling of more depth contrast and sharpness to an image seriously if you’re a zombie photographer that follows all the rules you might want to click away now I don’t want to confuse you the key to making a great shot with one light is the same as making a great shot with two three four or five lights light placement matters and of course you can only get out of the shot what you put in front of the camera remember crap in crap out these kind of glamor shots really rely on personality if you want them to really feel sexy here’s a series of shots that I’ve done with one direct flash no modifier and the subject is standing in front of a white wall and of course you could do grey or yellow or just about any color for the sake of walking through the details we’ll use this shot this shot was made with a 70 to 200 millimeter F 2.8 zoom lens set at about 150 millimeter the aperture f8 shutter speed one two hundred a second and the ISO 100 I lift the shot with one Paul C buff alien BB 400 which is a 160 watt second strobe you can tell from the shadow that the strobe is set off the camera left the most important lighting factor for this technique is to have your subjects face turn towards or nearly toward the light otherwise you will have very ugly shadows from the nose hopefully you realize that you also have to be careful with hand and arm placement if she were to bring her hand up to her hair the arm would create a horrible shadow another key to the lighting is how high you set the light set it too high and the shadow below her chin gets much bigger set it too low she becomes a zombie also note that I frequently talk about using a slightly low camera angle for glamour so that I’m putting the model in a position of power in confidence with this models posture and serious expression I decided to go with a slightly higher angle so that I’m looking down on her to add a little tension to the movie of the photo the final image required very little post-production beyond the usual color contrast sharpening and of course removing of blemishes here’s another shot that is basically the same setup except the flashes mounted directly above the camera it is a flashpoint 320 M which is a 150 watt second strobe you can see that the shadow falls behind her and since the strobe is just slightly above the height of her head the shadow under her chin helps to define her jaw this shot was made with a 100 millimeter F 2.8 macro lens the aperture f/8 shutter one two hundredths of a second and the ISO 100 this image also required very little post of course you can do this technique with speed lights in fact I learned this technique with speed lights many many years ago when I couldn’t afford studio strobes and speed lights were manual understand that this is also an exercise it is a great way to learn about light you can see here in the 3d rendering that as I change the position of the light there are dramatic changes that occur including the changes to the perceived shape and size of the model’s face and body as always the possibilities are only limited by your own imagination I hope that sparked some ideas for you take this idea and run with it go create and show me what you come up with don’t forget your best shot it’s your next shot so keep learning keep thinking and keep shooting adios

Why Filmmakers Should Learn Photography

Why Filmmakers Should Learn Photography


This week we’re looking in how taking a bunch of photos can actually teach you a lot about filmmaking. Hello my name is Simon Cade and this is DSLR Guide. So, anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that recently I’ve been getting into casual photography. Taking a photo everyday as a way to practice my cinematography. So I found it to be a really really useful experience I definetely learnt a lot So I thought I would share what I’ve learnd with you guys. So the first thing it has taught me is how to really look I definitely think that I notice more about my surroundings now than I’m often on the look out for a nice shot. I think this will definitely help when I’m scouting for locations because I’m getting constant practice of guessing what a location will look like on camera. So this is things like how busy the background is and what light is doing at different times of the day. So not only will it help my filmmaking because I’m building up a catalogue of locations but also because I’m getting practice at making the best of a location. So I think is going be things like having the full sight to say “Well I think this location would look better from this angle or maybe we should come back in the morning because I think the light will be a lot better at that time.” When you have this much practice it does genuinely help with making the best locations and finding new locations. Now you can do photography in controlled conditions just like filmmaking. Wheer you’ve got a very detailed plan and you got full control of the light and the set design and, you know, hiring actors and models. But I think this is also something very worthwhile in just working with what you’ve got. So that kind of photography that I do is the complete opposite of controlled conditions I’m shooting in natural light and absolutelly nothing is setup about the shots I think this is actually really good because you’re learning to work with what you have rather than just, you know, being able to point a massive softbox at something. You’re learning to work with the locations and also getting an eye for looking out for things that happen naturally — rather — than always rushing to, you know, set things up and for me. the best thing about casual photography is that it only takes ten minutes a day or an hour a week. I don’t have to get a script together I don’t have to try and get lots of actors and loads of people involved. It’s very very simple. Which means that I can do it every single day and get that continuous practice of the visual side of filmmaking. Now it goes without saying that photography can’t teach everything you need to know about filmmaking because you’ve got no sound, you’ve got no moviment and of course you’re not interpretating any scripts, or working with actors. So it’s definitely not a replacement but if you could do photography alongside filmmaking it can be a really good way to practice specifically the kind of cinematography side and just those really simple things of lighting and composition just practice practice practice as much as possible which certainly has helped me. But in a way those limits are actually one of the best things about photography because you have to learn to compress all of your ideas into a single frame You don’t have any sound, you don’t have any way of get any backstory across. It’s all about what is in the frame whether it’s people, how they’re posed, what their face expressions are like and you know, where they are. I definitely think that there are some really really iconic photos that do tell us story even though it’s just a single frame The ones that spring to mind for me are those social issues ad campaigns that are often really really powerful and make you think in a different way and I’ll definitely put a link to some of those on the blog post. Now I think it’s pretty difficult to tell a complete story with just one frame Especially if you’re not setting things up or going to iconic events and trying to document them. But I still think it’s worth having this in the back of your mind always looking out for ways that you can tell a story with just one photo. and those things that I’ve put on the blog post are some great inspiration. So if you’re thinking about starting photography then here are some tips which I think definitely would’ve helped me when I was first starting out So I think one of the first things to do is to find some photographers that inspire you. So I’ve put on the blog post the list of people who I follow on Instagram. Who I think take brilliant photos but the important thing is to think for yourself Which photos do you like and thinking about what is it about those photos that makes them strong. Now I would definitely recommend that you use either a phone or just a really really cheap camera because I think it’s extremely valuable to be able to take decent photos without having a camera that has a massive wide dynamic range and lots of colour depth. You know helping to remind you that its not about equipment. And it just means that you’re not lazy with your exposure and just have a mindset of getting it to look good in camera. Next up I think it’s worth remembering the two different kinds of contrast. The first one is once you’ve taken your photo just adding a contrast curve in editing because I think it often really makes the image pop. But then also thinking about contrast when you’re actually looking for shot Wheter is the contrast between light and dark or between bright colours and dark colours or even a highly detailed part of the frame contrasted with low detail. And this kind of contrast works pretty well when you use it to draw the eye towards the focal point of an image. And that’s my next tip which is that I think that strongest photos will usely have a single focal point something for the eye to focus on and that you can say “Thats a picture of a duck” or a picture of a “Train” rather than it just being a picture of a kind of an empty landscape where nothing jumps out at you. And finally I challenge you to take a photo everyday. I’ve definitely seen a big improvement from where I was at the beginning to where I’m now a hundred photos later. And I think it’s taught me mostly to look around more so rather than just taking loads of photos and then going back and seeing which are the best ones which does work for some people. I now spent more time looking around and I’ll keep looking around until I see something that looks promising and only then will I take my phone out to take the shot. So I think that is something that we can really transfer in terms of filmmaking whether it is coming with ideas or even framing up a shot in filmmaking. So I definitely think its something worth doing, that’s pretty much it for this week as usual I’ll put some more information on the blog post with those Instagram profiles and photographers who inspire me as well as the photos that tell us a powerfull story. I’ll also annotate some of my own photos looking at what works and what didn’t work. But that’s pretty much it for this week, I’ll see you next time!

Free PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE, learn everything you need to know about photography in short free lessons

Free PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE, learn everything you need to know about photography in short free lessons


welcome to photo 1 x 1
understanding photography my name is Wolfgang I’m a freelance
photographer and filmmaker from Austria and this is your free online photography
course in the following movies we want to teach you photography in a very new way that will giving you lots of examples and mnemonics that will open your eyes our goal is to make you understand what
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How to Get Clear & Sharp Images in Photoshop [Photoshopdesire.com]

How to Get Clear & Sharp Images in Photoshop [Photoshopdesire.com]


How to Make Clear & Sharp Photos in Photoshop welcome back to photoshopdesire.com youtube channel. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to easily get sharper and clear photographs in Photoshop. Sharpening enhances the definition of edges in an image. Sharpen your image on a separate layer so that you can change or edit any setting later also. convert the layer to smart object Choose Filter>Camera Raw Set the amount of sharpening. A higher value increases the contrast between edge
pixels, giving the appearance of greater sharpness. Reduce unwanted noise while keeping important edges unaffected. Sharpening image will effect contrast. If you find that highlights or shadows are clipped after you sharpen, use the basic adjustment settings panel to get better
highlights, shadows and contrast here is before & after Whether your photos come from a digital camera or a scanner, most images can benefit from sharpening. Save the Settings for Future Use. Download this preset from my official website with just one-click we can add preset easily to any
photograph The degree of sharpening needed varies depending on
the quality of the digital camera or scanner. Keep in mind that sharpening cannot correct a
severely blurred image

What is the best camera? (2019)

What is the best camera? (2019)


So the title of this video was going to be how to annoy a photographer but I thought more people are going to look for what is the best camera for whatever and This is one of the more annoying questions that I get because on top of that people always ask me What do you think of X and X camera is it good for low-light is a good for Street? It’s just good for a blah blah and you know I’m a photographer. Yes, but that doesn’t mean I know Every camera that’s out there, you know So I don’t want you out to take it the wrong way I mean I am flattered that people would ask me for my expertise But my standing has always been that I’m just a guy that takes halfway decent pictures So let me start off by saying that there is no best camera. I mean there’s different cameras for different uses and Obviously, there’s gonna be a difference between like the professional and the noob I’m going to assume most of you guys out There are noobs Just trying to get into photography and if you’re a professional watching this video, I don’t really know why you’re watching this video Okay, like if you’re a professional you already know there is no best camera alright like a Well-seasoned photographer already knows this and you don’t need me to tell you that and I already know which watching this video But thank you for the likes and the views and please leave a comment subscribe a while back I made a video about street photography with my DSLR camera and I was using the Canon 60d now keep in mind the Canon 60d came out like in 2011. Okay. We’re in 2008 But you know people who look at my Instagram, they don’t know it came out in 2011. No one ever points that fact out and I try to explain that. Yeah, I know it’s an old camera, but you can still get good pictures, but Everyone or people in the comments were like, oh, yeah. I mean, it’s a DSLR blah blah blah of course, you’re gonna get good pictures and then I made a video about shooting with my Fuji x100s a mirrorless camera, you know, of course and Then people started writing comments. Well, I can’t take pictures like that. It’s it’s a mirrorless camera I mean bah-bah-bah as an f2 aperture. Keep in mind this camera came out like in 2012 you know, it’s it’s still really old camera So, alright. Okay. Let me take it up a notch people keep making up all these excuses So I made a video about shooting with my smartphone. I shot with the iPhone 5 This camera. This phone came out like in 2012, I believe so comments Well, it’s an iPhone of course is gonna be a good camera My phone is not as good as yours, but la disc this phone came out in 2012 I mean what camera is not better than the iPhone in from 2012, right? So I thought okay. This shit’s getting ok. Sorry for the vulgarity this getting really annoying I’m going to make a video about shooting with a film camera So I shot with a Pentax k1000 using the Sigma zoom master 35 to 70. Okay that gears from like 1975 alright, and you know what people did they complained? Whoa eyes cuz I Don’t have a lens that fast ba ba ba. Okay, this cost less than 100 this setup costs less than $100 It’s shot on a film camera and people are still finding a way to complain that they can take a good picture So it just occurred to me that No matter what you do People will always find something to complain about they’re always gonna make some excuse that their camera is just not good enough alright now that’s just the reality of things like I want to I want you to ask yourself how Good is good enough for you? Alright like when is the camera gonna be good enough? That you think it’s like the best camera is gonna help you. It’s never gonna be the best camera even now 2019 People are always gonna be looking to the next year or next year’s camera is gonna be way better than mine I’m being way better by then You know, it’s uh, I’m sorry, it’s it’s all bullshit now if you want my honest opinion About photography. I think first of all cameras have been had they reached a point where any camera that you have is just It’s just really good. I mean that’s just the plain reality of it every year some new camera comes out, but all the changes are like Incremental, you know, like very small changes not that much better I mean you can argue about 8k or 4k or in body image stabilization and all that shit But keep in mind the legendary photographer start Henri cartier-bresson. They were shooting like what the 1930s? Come on, you gotta tell me your camera is not better than what he was shooting with Take Ansel Adams. Okay, that guy was shooting with a pinhole camera You’re gonna tell me your camera is Not better than what he was shooting with. All right, I even have a quote for you guys, and I have i written down So here’s a quote for Ansel Adams** Knowing what I know now any photographer worth his salt could make some beautiful images with pinhole cameras, I Mean come on. So yeah Basically, you can have the best everything you have the best gear You can have the best lenses the best model all that But if you don’t have like the proper skills or the knowledge Like basic composition or just your way around the camera. You’re not gonna take good pictures So yeah back to my point When is a camera good enough especially for like my style photography? I do a lot of night pictures. Let me tell you these days Cameras, go up to like ISO 45 450,000. I mean, when are you realistically ever going to need that ISO? The highest ISO I ever go over is like 3,200 all right, and that’s why I like I shoot with like really old camera. I use the 5d Mark 3 which I Think came out in 2012 I’m not really sure. I was using the Fuji x100s I came out in 2012 Yeah, and I’m still using those cameras, you know, like they’re really really old cameras I never go over ISO 3200 now I know there’s some pro photographer thats gonna say it’s better if you get the image to no image at all. Yes, that’s true So that’s useful at the time. But let’s be honest most of you guys watching this video Just want to take nice Instagram pictures for your blog or to show your friends. All right And yeah, I do so prints, but you know what my highest selling prints are Actually shot with my phone the iPhone 5 now Ask yourself this our other professional photographer is going to be buying your images. I mean, do you think people care? Okay, do you really really think people are out there look at all I’m not gonna buy that pictures got some lens fringe-ing right there. Oh shit I see some noise in the shadows ba ba ba na like I Know the prints I saw have some of that because they were shot on the phone but like no one ever notices that shit No one ever talks about that on Instagram and yet people are always like oh, I’m not gonna buy that camera It’s got a little bit of Lens curvature blah blah blah. Oh, I see some fringing on their own better Not buy that you know, that’s only like the pixel peepers. That’s like Not gonna I don’t want to offend anyone but like the people who always write that shit are really just like trolls online They don’t they just like reading the specs on the computer. They don’t actually go out there and shooting I mean, yeah, and then there’s this whole mega pixel race, you know, like every camera wants to have more and more megapixels you Do know that the more megapixels the camera has the lower its low-light performance is going to be right. I mean Earlier, I was talking about how my camera on like I never go over ISO 3200 Or even most of the times I’m shooting automatic with my phone and people never notice But like I think I remember somewhere you only need two megapixels to print out a billboard Okay for me the sweet spot is 12 megapixels, like most of the cameras I use have 12 megapixels But people always want to go higher why To crop. Okay, I’ll give you that. Sometimes you have to crop But if you rely on cropping too much I think you gotta rethink your stance as a photographer like I personally don’t like cropping like ever and Instagram does crop my images, but For the most part. I almost never crop and I use the old style Which is you just walk closer to your subject or further away you so yeah, I guess that was kind of a long rant, but That’s what you get for asking me. What is the best camera? All right, like It really bothers me when people think you only take good pictures because you have a good camera All right. My good camera is from like 2011 So I don’t know what you guys are waiting for out there I don’t I don’t know. What kind of camera you think is going to solve all your problems Because good gear is not going to solve your problems. Okay, it might make you better but To be honest, most of the people out there buying your prints and your pictures They’re not going to notice these small things like oh, there’s a darkened corners. Oh, there’s noise in the shadows, blah blah It that’s that’s just the reality of it. Now if you are professional and you’re still watching this video for some reason like yeah I understand you need a camera that shoots 20 frames a second. You know, you need like the sharpest image Because you do wedding photography or whatever. So yeah, you’re a professional Of course, you need these things. But most of you guys out there watching this video. You’re just starting out in photography or you’ve been at it for a while too like an amateur you Think a new camera is going to solve all your problems. It’s not I’m telling you that right now. I Mean you guys watch Digital Rev. They have like those pro photographer cheap camera challenges and Yeah, I mean You have to rely more on your skills than the gear itself so Actually, I feel much better letting all that out. You know, I’m sorry for some of the profanity in there. It’s just This shit pisses me off. You know, why do people think that you only take good pictures because of your camera? I mean you don’t ask for example a writer. Hey, which which computer do you use to type up your book or like which typewriter use, you know, you never ask writers that So why do people think oh, yeah, what camera do you use to make those pictures that camera must have been really good. It’s It’s nonsense. Alright. Anyways, thank you for watching this rant. I hope you didn’t unsubscribe But you know I’m here to lay down the knowledge on the noobs and this is something you have to get to your head It’s not the camera. It’s you you have to come in terms of You

5 More Tips for Olympus OM-D Cameras

5 More Tips for Olympus OM-D Cameras


Hi my name is Robin Wong and I want to
share five more tips on using Olympus OM-D cameras. In one of my recent videos
i’ve shared five tips using Olympus OM-D cameras. If you have not seen that
video I’ll put a link up here. Please check it out. I will not repeat any of
the tips and here in this video I’ll share five more additional tips. Let’s
get right into it! Tip number one – the magic “OK” button. The
OK button is a useful shortcut in many shooting scenarios. When shooting in
various exposure modes, shutter priority program or aperture priority we can
adjust the exposure compensation. As you stray too far all you have to do is just
press and hold the OK button and when we do that we can bring back
the exposure compensation to zero. This works both ways either we plus or minus
the exposure compensation to either extremes and when we press and hold the
OK button, we’ll bring it back directly to zero. A
lot of people didn’t know this trick when we move around the focusing point
as the AF target area moves further away from the center, the quickest way to move
it back to the center is by pressing and holding down the OK button and by
doing that we bring the focusing point right back to the center. A lot of people
didn’t know this trick and will keep pressing the buttons or swiping on the
screen to have the focusing point right back to the center. Whichever works for
you. Also when we activate the highlight and shadow control by adjusting the
curves separately we can tone down the highlights and increase the shadows and
control the mid-tones, and when we stray too far from the original line in the
curve we can bring everything back to the straight line, you guess it right
press and hold the OK button. Everything goes straight again. I think we are starting to see a pattern
here. Similarly for when we use the Color
Creator mode we can adjust the colors we can change the saturation as we move
further and further away from the neutral color, press and hold the OK
button and we go back to the default setting. Tip number two – you can break the shutter
speed limit of your camera by using silent shutter. Typically every camera
will have a mechanical shutter speed limit and for higher-end OM-D models
the limit is 1/8,000 of a second, and to break this limit all you have to
do is go to electronic shutter or enabe silent shutter. You can do that from
the super control panel – changing the drive mode to silent where there’s a
heart shape there, by enabling this now you can break the 1/8000 second
limit and you can go to as fast as 1/32,000 and that is two stops more
advantage! I find this to be very helpful when I use very bright aperture lenses
especially the F 1.2 PRO lens, when I shoot under bright sunlight to avoid
overexposure and yet I can maintain the F1.2 shallow depth of field effect. Tip number three – enable 1 to 1 preview during image playback. Typically when we reviewed an image
after taking it we will have to scroll a few times to get into 1 to 1 or 100%
view and we don’t even know which one is 100% view to enable instant
preview to 100% go to the menu under the cogs go to d2 and we will find the
review default setting, under that go to “equally value” this will enable instant
1 to 1 playback. Now bear in mind that if you shoot RAW your preview of
100% or 1 to 1 is actually five times. This is because the camera uses a
smaller preview JPEG and it is only five times to show you a hundred percent
preview. However this changes when you use full JPEG and by using the full size
JPEG the camera will give you a true 100% view which is equivalent to seven
times and this is also true if you’re shooting RAW + JPEG. Tip number four – if you are shooting with
continuous autofocus C-AF make sure that you use low (L) sequential
burst shooting and avoid using high (H) sequential bursts. The continuous
autofocus only works with low sequential shooting. The main reason why Olympus
cameras received negative reviews when it comes to continuous autofocus and
also auto focus tracking was because a lot of these large review sites, some of
them the reputable sites they actually adopted HIGH equation burst when the
tested the continuous autofocus performance of Olympus cameras. Here is
the truth when it comes to continuous autofocus – if you enable high sequential bursts on any Olympus cameras from past and present it does not work! You will
have to select LOW sequential burst to allow the continuous autofocus to
effectively work! When we select continuous autofocus mode and that’s CAF
now it is very crucial to enable that the burst sequential mode, if we choose to
use that it’s actually in low sequential bursts, that’s actually 10 frames per
second for mechanical and about 18 frames per second for electronic but
enabling this the camera will fully utilize the continuous autofocus and we
will get good results. However if we somehow enable high burst sequential
either is mechanical at about 15 frames a second or electronic shutter which is
at about 60 frames per second the camera will not engage continuous autofocus and
only single autofocus which means only the first frame we will get the
autofocus and the rest of the frames there is no AF performed. Now this is also true for PRO Capture
modes if you want to use to use continuous autofocus use Pro capture low
and if you want to use single autofocus then you may go to much higher which is
Pro capture high continuous autofocus will continue to work with Pro capture
low Tip number five – use smaller autofocus
target area. To enable the small AF target area, from the AF selection screen here
all you have to do is use the front dial and turn it around until you find the
smallest autofocus area, you will have to cycle through different larger groups of
autofocus points and finally you’ll come to the smallest one. Use this as this
will give you a much more precise auto focus. Okay here is a bonus tip now the
camera has this auto EVF and LCD screen switch which is very annoying as
you put your finger around it it just randomly switches off and we do put our
finger in here if you have a lot now to disable it you can either dive deep into
the menu to find the EVF auto switch or there is a shortcut which is out here
now look at this button up here all you have to do is press and hold it and you
enable a EVF or the switch shortcut now when you have turned this off you no
longer have the annoying of the switch When you place your finger or hand near
the EVF but bear in mind that you have to manually turn it on and off switching
between the LCD screen and EVF and the EVF auto switch no longer works. That’s all the tips I have to share in
this video. I hope you have found these tips useful, if you have other tips and
tricks to share please leave them in the comments below I would love to hear from
you. If you have liked this video please give me a thumbs up and please consider
subscribing to this channel and I hope to see you again in the next one.
Remember to go out and take more photographs. Bye bye!

4 Digital Zoom Tips | Digital Cameras

4 Digital Zoom Tips | Digital Cameras


This compact camera has something called digital
zoom. Now what digital zoom physically is, it’s
not the zoom that’s actually happening when I’m using this lever here, which is physically
moving the elements in the lens. Digital zoom literally just takes the sensor
within the camera and zooms in on that sensor. So basically, yes, you’re going to get closer
to whatever it is you’re photographing, but you’re going to lose quality and you’re going
to lose resolution along the way. For that reason I always recommend never using
digital zoom, because if you really do want to go in and get closer, that’s always something
you can do after the fact in a program like Photoshop, that way you have a larger file
with more data that you can crop in or crop out how you want. So if you’re even thinking for a second about
using digital zoom, don’t do it.

Digital Photography Editing Software | Digital Cameras

Digital Photography Editing Software | Digital Cameras


The standard in digital photography editing,
as most people know, is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop’s a really powerful program that
can do everything from the simple basics, cropping, brightening, and sharpening your
photos, to much, much more complex things like high end portrait editing, dropping out
backgrounds, silhouetting images. There’s a whole lot of other programs out
there as well, ones that Adobe makes and other companies, specifically Adobe Lightroom, which
is a raw processing program similar to Photoshop. It’s something you use before you bring a
photo into Photoshop. Similar to that is Adobe Bridge, which is
an organizational viewing program that also works really closely with Photoshop but before
the fact. If you want to go and experiment out there,
there are a whole slew of other programs that you can use, however most people have accepted
that Photoshop is the standard and pretty much the best editing program you can get. Another nice thing about Adobe is, if you
want to give a try, you can easily go to their website, download and get, I don’t know, a
30 day free trial. The same goes for Lightroom and Bridge, and
all their programs, so it’ s really great.

Cyberpunk Photography – Rain Photoshoot

Cyberpunk Photography – Rain Photoshoot


So, today we’re going to take a photo that
I’ve been waiting a long time time to take. And uh first of all I want to apologize for
the quality of this video, because I wasn’t planning on making this video, it just kind
of happened because it started raining and on a whim I just came all the way over here
to take the photo that I’ve wanted to take for a long time. Conditions are perfect but we’re still waiting
for it to get dark. And actually I tried to make this video before,
but I failed so I think you guys will enjoy the photo I get out of this and if this is
your first time on my channel please be sure to subscribe, like, comment. I hate to sound like a casual Youtubber but
that kind of stuff helps my channel grow so just give it a like and I want to show you
guys what we’re going to be taking a picture of today. Alright so, we’re here shooting at the Coex. As you can see it’s really really rainy right
now. It’s pouring you know? But I have my umbrella and my camera is still
getting wet.That’s okay but I am really excited about this picture, I am just waiting for
the darkness to come. I think I can still take some nice pictures
right now but like I said I have been waiting for this picture a really long time and initially
I thought I would shoot it from below because you don’t always want to shoot from the same
position. Sometimes you want to shoot from the top and
sometimes from the bottom. But I couldn’t get the composition the way
that I wanted so I’m just gonna shoot a little bit below. So this is one of those times where I am going
to use my tripod. I don’t always use my tripod but I know that
I am going to be here a long time waiting for like the right moment when someone walks
by so I think uh I’ll get pretty tired if I don’t have my tripod. It’s getting darker and uh before it gets
dark I want to tell you guys thank you for watching this video and please be sure to
subscribe if you haven’t subscribed before, like the video, comment. Really please leave a comment or like, it
really really helps me I’m begging you practically. But I hope you guys will enjoy the way the
picture looks. And yeah it’s a pleasure I am happy you guys
like my channel, I mean I am not huge like a million or even a thousand but it means
a lot to me you know? That you guys are here. So like, people are always asking me what
settings I use on my camera and to be honest, I let the camera decide most of the time I
mean I am in some control. I shoot in aperture priority and I open my
aperture as wide as it goes. But in this case since I am using my tripod
and I want everything in focus for sure, I’m gonna be shooting at f8 and I’m being very
careful not to overblow my highlights. I’m gonna be shooting manual today. And uh yeah that is pretty much all I have
to say about it. I mean I just look at my histogram most of
the time and make sure I am not screwing up but there are people coming so I am going
to shoot right now. And you know,most of the time people assume
you just take good pictures all the time but to be honest, I take a shitload of pictures
and then later when I am post processing I’ll decide which pictures look best. Like maybe I will shoot 400 pictures a night
or an evening and then maybe I will get 1 nice picture out of every 30. It’s not like, “Oh I’m a great photographer
every picture I take is amazing.” It’s more like you have to take…you have
to be patient. And wait like this. For a long time. And wait for people to walk into your frame. That’s how you do it and uh take a photo. Now I don’t always use a tripod but today
is a special day because I’ve been waiting for this one. and here comes a guy. I’m gonna take the frame. Yeah, like I said sorry for the really crappy
quality but I make a video about myself and I am shooting by myself and I have to hold
an umbrella with one hand and click the shutter with the other and hold the phone while vlogging
so sorry. So like right now I am using the 5d Mark III. As you can see it is really really wet. I’m having to constantly clean it especially
the front element. But you know I can take the kind of pictures
I take with any camera I can use my smartphone I can use film. People always ask me which kind of camera
I use. I get really annoyed at that question like
what are your settings? Guys that doesn’t matter. Now the reason I am using 5D mark III is mostly
because I do a lot of timelapse so I can use a big ass card. The battery lasts a long time and it’s weather
sealed. As you can see, since I shoot in the rain
a lot, It is very very important for me but yeah…don’t fret about the settings or if
you have a crappy camera it doesn’t matter. You guys see the pictures I post, sometimes
I use my smartphone or like I said film cameras. It doesn’t matter. Yes I am using an expensive camera right now,
but it’s mostly just for the weather sealing, but yeah it is getting darker and it’s getting
colder, I’ve got gloves on now see? And I put the beanie on. I think it will be a good video, despite the
bad sound quality.

The Rule of Thirds | Digital Cameras

The Rule of Thirds | Digital Cameras


One thing you’ll hear a lot of photographers
talk about and a term that gets thrown around a lot is something called the rule of thirds. Now, I just want to make a point and emphasis
this, that it’s not so much a set of rules as it is more a guideline of thirds. It’s basically a concept, and pretend this
is your viewfinder and this is the frame you’re looking at, that breaks that frame down into
nine sections. And a lot of cameras will even let you overlay
your viewfinder with dotted blinking red lines very similar to this to help you with the
rule of thirds. So it’s going to look something like that. Now the whole concept basically is to put
your subject in these intersections of these lines to make for a more visually pleasing
photograph. So for example, if you’re taking a picture
of say a portrait of somebody, let’s say they’re like this, kind of an ugly looking guy, doesn’t
have a mouth. This would be a good use of the rule of thirds. That eye is right in that intersection and
it splits it really nicely. It breaks his face down into three different
parts. This works the same with anything. Whether it’s a portrait, a landscape, you
know, anything like that. Now I don’t ever follow this and a lot of
really famous well respected photographers break this every single day. The way I personally like to shoot is I take
my frame and I like to break it right down the middle. I like to split it, well let’s say, like this. I call this the rule of six. What I like to do is I like to put a subject
over here. Let’s say it’s you know let’s say it’s like
a mountain, and then the subject over on this side. Let’s say it’s a guy. This isn’t perfect, but exactly what I do,
but it’s just a different way of thinking. You break it down halves and halves. The reason I draw this out for you is because
there really is no single rule out there that’s going to make you a great photographer. Everybody has their own way of shooting and
their own style. It’s just the rule of thirds is a really good
way to start out learning basic composition principles and what’s going to look good in
the frame. And one last point, and I think that this
is a really important one and this relates again into the rule of thirds. The last thing you want to do, 95 to 96 percent
of the time, is center your subject right in the middle of the frame. That breaks not only the rule of thirds, but
Dan’s rule of six as well. Don’t do that. And that’s a little bit about the rule of
thirds.