Black and White Photography Tips

It is often believed that good photos are ones with beautiful colors. However, there are other forms of photography such as black and white, monochromatic, infrared etc. There is much more than simple shining colors in pictures. Photography is the recording of light regardless of color and outcome. Black and white has been popular since the early days where cameras would only take these images and were unable to interpret colors.

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“Into the wild” captured by Alin Petrus (Click Image to See More From Alin Petrus)

Black and white photography can be a hard task because your subject is the most important in these photos. With practice you can get the hang of understanding the lighting, the subject and how you want to compose your final image. It is more like a mind-play where you have to imagine your subject in black and white before you shoot the photograph. Below we will explain some common techniques to help you become better at interpreting the situation for a great shot.

5 Uncommon Snow Photography Tips That Can Transform Your Winter Scenes.

Couple in Sheep Meadow, Central Park

Couple in Sheep Meadow, Central Park

It’s that time again when we get to burn off those holiday pounds by trudging through the snow to capture those stunning winter shots.  I’ve got a few extra ones this year, so you’ll see me out there a bit more than usual.

In this article, I want to share with you a few, fairly uncommon tips that I often use, which can make the difference between an average snow photo and an epic one. 

How To Build A Square Ring Light for Less Than $10

I know that Square Ring Flash is kind of an oxymoron, I mean how can it be both square and ring shaped? Well if they can do it in boxing, we can do it in photography. Making a square ring light is significantly easier than making a circled ring light, as straight lines are easier to handle. So easy in fact that you can be done with building a ring light in half an hour and $10, as Isiah Xiong demostrates.

How To Build A Square Ring Light for Less Than $10

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[post syndicated from DIY Photography Net]

Do You Have a Prime Lens in Your Camera Bag?

Do you own a prime lens? Every DSLR owner should have at least one fast, fixed focal length lens in their camera bag. Zoom lenses are great; they can reduce weight and expense. When the situation calls for it, however, a good prime lens can be a photographer’s best friend. In the following article, you will learn what a prime lens is and the many ways a fixed focal length lens can improve your photography.

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“Nikon Prime Love” captured by 55Laney69

Not so long ago, the average photographer avoided zoom lenses. Single focal length lenses, known as prime lenses, were faster, lighter, and less expensive. More importantly, prime lenses offered superior sharpness and image quality.

Fortunately, lens makers have been able to dramatically improve zoom lenses so their image quality is nearly on par with prime lenses, This has been a tremendous boon to photographers, who can replace an entire bag full of lenses with one or two zooms. If image quality was the only criteria, most photographers could easily get by with a couple of nice zooms. Of course, there is more to lens selection than image quality, and there are many situations where a prime lens is still a superior option.

Using Shiny Surfaces & On-Camera Flash for Dramatic Portraits (Video)

In this instructional video, renowned portrait photographer Damien Lovegrove shows us how to achieve a striking effect using a reflective background with an on-camera flash. This technique works great for portraiture, fashion and beauty photography:

Lovegrove has chosen a background of stainless steel with swirling patterns on it. Shooting with a Nikon D300, a 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens, and an SB800 flash, Lovegrove positions himself within close range of his model (4 or 5 feet away) and directs her to look right into the lens.

By setting his camera’s ISO at 200, exposure at 1/200th of a second, and his aperture at f/20.0, the photographer is able to create several magazine-worthy images.

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The resulting photo has a glamorous and dramatic look.

To create a similar background of your own, Lovegrove says, you can use an angle grinder with a sanding disc attached to create patterns in a sheet of stainless steel. Of course, you can also experiment with other shiny surfaces that you find in your environment to see which creates the effect you like best.

[this post syndicated from Picture Correct]