Thursday, July 14, 2011

Three tips for getting into the wedding photography business

Taylor Jackson is a wedding photographer based in Toronto. In this video he shares three tips for breaking into the wedding photography business.

Taylor is also the author of New School Wedding Photographer in which he tells everything he knows about starting a wedding photography business.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Documentary photographer, Alex Harris

Alex Harris is a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, North Carolina, and of DoubleTake Magazine. He has taught documentary photography and writing at Duke since 1975.

In this video he shows pictures he has taken both in medical clinics and in Artic communities. He discusses how his work as a documentary photographer in the field resonates with the work of physicians in the clinic.

"Diagnosis: A Photographer's Guide," A Talk by Alex Harris from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Using backlight flash

Bert Stephani shows us how to use flash to backlight a subject in order to help it stand out from the background.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Photojournalism course at SIUC School of Journalism

Photojournalism students at SIUC receive practical training in gathering, writing, photographing, editing and presenting news and feature stories in which the essential information is photographic. Learn more about the course and see some of their work in this video.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Julius Shulman talks about architectural photography

Julius Shulman is a respected architectural photographer, whose career spanned 70 years. During that time he created a comprehensive visual chronology of modern architecture and the development of the Los Angeles region. His images capture the architect's vision and the spirit of the era.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pinhole photography with your DSLR

This looks like a step backwards, but then again it may open up a whole new avenue of photographic image making.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Real estate photography tips

Selling your home? Here are seven great tips for photographing real estate:
  1. Use a wide-angle lens
  2. Clear the room and position items
  3. Put stuff in the foreground to add depth
  4. Use angles, not flat-on shots
  5. Try low light and long exposures
  6. Try sunset shots
  7. Try HDR (high dynamic rage) shots

Friday, April 22, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Using camera movement to create a painted effect

If the light is poor, use a small aperture and slow exposure to see what effects you can create by moving the camera.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Infrared photography with a dSLR

In the first of these two videos, Gavin Hoey shows how he uses a dense infrared filter to take pictures with a digital SLR camera. In the second video he shows how to manipulate the image in Photoshop to emulate a traditional infrared photograph taken on a film camera.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Camera straps - three different approaches

If you want a little more functionality from your camera strap beyond the one that came with your camera, here is a brief video review of three others, and down below there is a selection of other options.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Corey Rich - action photography

Corey Rich has gone from college rock-climber to a legendary photographer whose client list includes Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Climbing, Rock and Ice, Apple, Patagonia, North Face....

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photographer helps find new homes for abandoned dogs

Professional photographer Ginger Monteleone specializes in real estate, interiors, and yachts, but has recently turned her attention to photographing abandoned dogs who are looking for homes. Shelters often don't have the time to take anything but a snap shot of a dog in its run, but Ginger uses her skills to capture the personality of the dog which helps to make an emotional connection to prospective new owners.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

(if you have trouble getting this video to work, try this link)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Photojournalist John Moore covers uprisings in Egypt, Bahrain and Libya

John Moore is a photojournalist and currently works for Getty. He graduated in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 where he paid for his tuition by shooting sports events.

Photographer John Moore on 'Epic' Libya Battles... by Aux3ug

Friday, March 25, 2011

Get close to nature

One of the easiest photo tips around is to get closer to your subject. In this video, Rich Pomerantz visits The New York Botanical Garden and explains more.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Advanced Photographer

Advanced Photographer is a recently introduced UK photography magazine aimed not at the newcomer, but at educating people who have already made their first steps in photography and want to do more.

If you have seen this magazine, leave a comment and tell us what you think of it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Studio lighting on the cheap

Bert Stephani shows us how he created a really cheap studio set up with construction lights, shower curtains and a movers blanket.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Richard Bellia

Richard Bellia is a French photographer who has been photographing rock and roll stars for thirty years and is still using black and white film. He is about to publish his third book documenting thirty years of rock'n'roll.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A 150 year old camera, and still in use

In the marketplace in Jaipur Mr. Chand creates black and white portraits with a 50 pound wooden camera that is now 150 years old.

The Photographer of Jaipur, India from Frances Schwabenland on Vimeo.

Also on an historical note, I just came across a copy of the The British Journal of Photography on Google Books from 1867. Much of the content seems to revolve around the chemistry involved with photography, but it is certainly an interesting glimpse in to the world of photography in same period as the antique camera featured in this video.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Abstract art photography - an exercise in observation

Even if you are not in to abstract art, abstract photography is a good training exercise that improves your powers of observation. It will help you to notice the details of the world around you and will improve your photography in general. Jimmy Beltz of explains all.

Episode 84 - Abstract Photography from James Beltz on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

EyeSight 2011, best in show

EyeSight is an annual photography show organized by The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This year's judge, Andrew Darlow, talks about the three best in show images that he selected.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Simple lighting for bodyscape photography

Michael Zelbel demonstrates how he improvises lighting in a hotel room using a shower curtain as a diffuser for his flash guns.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Travel photography tips

Getting good travel photographs is not easy. It can cover many disciplines such as portraiture, landscape, architecture and nature. Nigel Atherton of What Digital Camera magazine shares his top ten travel photography tips.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to take wedding photos

Nigel Barker offers some wedding photography pips and tricks using a compact interchangeable lens camera.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mark Peterman, commercial and editorial photographer

Mark Peterman is a commercial and editorial photographer whose work reflects a graphic, story-telling quality with a cinematic feel. This interview covers background, lighting technique and the creative process.

Video by Adorama, the photography people.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the fundamental principles of composition. See how it works and how you can control as Mike explains the fundamentals and shows examples of its use in a number of different images.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The basics of macro photography

Macro photography is close-up photography of small subjects. The classical definition is that the image projected on to the film or digital sensor, is close to the same size as the subject.

Michael Andrew explains the problems of depth of field, minimum focusing distance, aperture and exposure time.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon Explorer of Light & Sports Illustrated photographer, Simon Bruty, photographs a football game at Gillette Stadium between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. He tests the autofocus system and high ISO capabilities of the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, talks about other aspects of the camera and shares a few insights about professional sports photography.

Simon is joined by Canon's technical specialist, Rudy Winston, who talks about the features of the camera. This nine part documentary was filmed by The Phoenix Group. Here are the links to the other episodes:
  1. Image quality - even cropped, these images would make a double spread.
  2. Low light performance -  can work well at 6400 ISO with amazing quality.
  3. Autofocus system - an all new AF system that tracks moving targets.
  4. What's new - ergonomics, weather sealing, monitor.
  5. Simon's gear - what lenses does he take to an NFL football game.
  6. Mk IV vs Mk III - a seemless transition.
  7. One camera does it all - why use a high-end camera.
  8. Simon's insights - how he gets great sports photos.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Skate park moviemaking with a DSLR

This video offers some tips and tricks for DSLR moviemaking. Watch Jasper Gray of Futuristic Films as he shoots in a Denver skate park entirely with the Pentax K-5, the Pentax DA 10-17mm Fish-Eye Lens and a Pentax 200mm Lens .

Monday, March 7, 2011

Night Photography and Light Painting workshops

Lance Keimig talks about the tours and workshops he runs on night photography and light painting.

If you can't wait for one of his courses, he has written a book, Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark

What is hyperfocal distance and what is its use?

Adorama Photography answers the question "What is hyperfocal distance and what is its use"?

ExpoImaging ExpoAperture2 Depth-of-Field Guide - 2-Disc Kit

Many lenses no longer have complete or accurate depth of field markings. This tool gives photographers a full scale that can effectively be read with a single glance.  When all the parameters are chosen, the guide returns a range of apertures and the corresponding areas that will be rendered in focus for each f-stop. This two disc kit  includes a standard guide for 15-135mm lenses and a second disc for telephoto focal lengths from 70-600mm.

The recession as art

The Guardian's camera club runs a monthly assignment. This month they are asking you to photograph the recession, and Alicia Canter offers some tips on documenting the downturn with your camera.

If you want, you can show off your photos on the Guardian Camera Club's Flickr group.