Using reflectors in photography

Using reflector in photography

Controlling light is one of the most important skills a photographer can master. One of the many tools that can help you manipulate light in different situations is a reflector. Reflectors come in different forms, materials and sizes. While any of these types of commercial reflectors are available on the market, if your budget is tight you can always try to improvise or make one yourself. I always try to have at least one reflector with me at all times, especially if I am planning to shoot outdoors. Continue Reading

How to find your photos online

When you post your photos online there is always a risk they might get used by someone without your permission. Whether an image is on your website, a photo sharing site or on a critique forum, it is in the public domain and there is always some potential someone might use it for gain without giving you a credit or compensation. Even if you use a watermark or a no-right-clicking code on your website to protect your images, a dedicated person will find a way, either by cropping or making a screenshot to get your photo. Continue Reading

Choosing a color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB and ProPhoto RGB

Choosing color space

Once you start working with images you will quickly encounter different options for working color spaces. These spaces are responsible for a range of tone and color the image produces. The larger the space the more of a range the image can potentially portray. I am being asked quite frequently “what color space should be used” and “why not just use the biggest”? The answer to this question is not as straightforward as one might hope it would be, and it largely depends on photographer’s preferences, workflow and mode of image distribution. Continue Reading

Using Business Cards

Business Card

Many people underestimate how powerful a business card can be as a tool to grow your business. If you are serious about photography and doing it professionally you must have business cards. Even if you are a beginner or just do it as a hobby it is still useful to have business cards to spread the word. Continue Reading

Building Performance Photo Video Editing Computer on a Budget Part 2

Building Performance PC on a $1000 Budget

In this follow up article to “Building Performance Photo Video Editing Computer on a Budget” we will put together a great photo/media editing machine on a $1000 budget. Because of this budget constraint some performance from the previous build, especially of the video editing end, will have to be sacrificed. But because this is a custom build, we left a lot of room for upgrades in the future.

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Basic shooting with built-in and on-camera flash

In photography light is the most important factor and every serious photographer needs to understand how light works and learn how to control it. Unless you exclusively shoot in studio environment you will always find yourself in situations where flash can greatly improve the image, but the only unit available is built-in or on-camera flash. Personally I am not a big fan of using only a single on-camera light source but if the situation dictates it I try to make the best out of it. Today I will briefly describe some of the basic tricks that can be used with on-camera flash to improve lighting conditions. Continue Reading

Building Performance Photo Video Editing Computer on a Budget Part 1

Building Performance PC

As a modern photographer or a videographer your personal computer is an essential tool in your arsenal, along with the rest of your photo and video equipment. In fact, on average you may spend a lot more time behind your desk rather than in the field with your camera in hand. For this reason we decided to write a two part article that will guide you in building your dream editing/studio workstation. Continue Reading

Using Lens Filters

Some photographers with an outstanding portfolio choose to never spend any money on camera lens filters. But I believe that filters are very useful in digital photography, they provide an additional level of lens protection and can help you achieve photographic effects that are either impossible to replicate in post-processing or just too time consuming. Personally I think every photographer should have at least some filters in his/her bag of tricks or at the very least understand the difference between filters, their benefits and shortfalls. This is why today I will talk about advantages of using filters, different lens filter types, uses, problems, effects and more. Continue Reading

Understanding Image Noise

Noise is a natural aspect of life. We face it every day; whether it is visual, aural or social, we find it distracting and try to reduce it as much as possible. In this article I will talk about image noise in photography, but similar principals apply to video, especially if shot with the same camera. Digital photography is still fairly young. Initially, noise was a prevalent concern of every camera manufacturer, but as sensors and image processing software continue to improve this issue is slowly becoming negligible. If you have the latest and greatest DSLR, the chances are, you will see very minimal noise. But if you have an older model and struggle with this issue, keep on reading. Continue Reading