- The Three Main Challenges of Zoo Photography (and How to Overcome Them)
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- Complete Workflow, Storage & BackUp for Photography
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- 10 Landscape Photography Tutorials to Help You Shoot Like A Pro
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- The Value of Photography Magazines
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- Amazing Bursting Balloons Photographs (Interview and Tutorial)
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- Cross Process Ektachrome for the Blues and Greens!
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- “End Love” by OK Go Blends Stop and Slow Motion in Awesome Ways
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- The Ultimate Beginner’s Introduction to Exposure
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- DIY Digital Holga
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[tweetmeme]Here’s another great eBook from author/photographer Edward Verosky (also the author of 10 Ways to Improve Your Boudoir Photography Now). This time around, it’s all about the black magic of flash photography… something that a few of us could use some help with (certainly myself included).
This eBook covers the topic of flash photography and artificial lighting from both a technical and practical standpoint — simple setups with outstanding and reliable results. It dives into all the technical aspects of flash photography, but then pulls back to reality with examples of easy to understand setups for almost any situation. This book is a great resource and tool for anybody wanting to learn more about artificial lighting.
“100% Reliable Flash Photography” can be purchased through Edward Verosky’s website for $9.95. (affiliate links)
ABOUT THE BOOK
100% Reliable Flash Photography is a 75 page downloadable PDF eBook available for instant download. The book contains a large amount of content coupled with sample photos and lighting diagrams.
After a short introduction, we start with a good deal of terminology and definition (this lighting stuff has a language of its own). Then we go through some of the theory of working with light — how it behaves and how we can control its effect on a subject. A lesson in camera control follows, with a focus on technical skills needed when working with artificial light.
The following chapter gets into the main concept of this book: standardization. This applies to your gear, settings, and the way you work. The goal here is to give you a method for dealing with the technical side of things so you can focus on the artistic side. Another big chapter covers working with manual settings, both in-camera and on-flash. It’s really not so scary, and it turns out that manual settings are easier to use than auto or semi-auto settings when working with flash photography.
The entire last chunk of the book looks at specific settings and setups for both indoor and outdoor shooting. We’re talking bounce, ambient, single/multiple light sources, and more. The very end is a little bonus section that talks about some of the photos and models used in the book (of course, with more awesome sample shots).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Edward Verosky is a creative boudoir, portrait, and editorial photographer working out of Austin, Texas. His distinctive photography is emotionally engaging, and often stylistically cinematic. Ed has many years of experience making women look beautiful in pictures.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
This book is highly recommended for anybody wanting to learn flash photography. It does require a basic understanding of photography and camera control, but I would assume that most people getting serious about flash are covered in this area. There’s quite a bit of technical stuff in this book, but that’s the nature of artificial lighting. Though it may be overwhelming at first, a little study and practice can clear up any anxieties.
For the people who already know external/artificial lighting, I’m sure there are a few points in there worth checking out. In addition to covering the basics, the book gets into simplifying the process and becoming more productive with limited time and equipment. In general, it’s a great resource to have on-hand if you’re into the lighting stuff.
“100% Reliable Flash Photography” can be purchased through Edward Verosky’s website for $9.95.
Design your own free photography website with Wix’s website builder, and save time and money you would have spent hiring a web designer. With Wix, no programming is needed to customize one of the brilliant Flash templates, designed specifically for photographers. Choose a free template and immediately start customizing it, without downloading anything or even confirming an e-mail registration.
Wix is highly intuitive, and playing around with the design elements is a fun and even addicting process, even for those with no technical skill. The website builder’s user interface is graphic-based, and a simple drag-and-drop process allows users to customize design features. The result is a brilliantly designed, unique website that lets you share your photographs with the world.
Here are a few of the free design elements Wix offers, to create your own Photography Website:
Templates – Choose a template that compliments your photographs. Each template is fully customizable – change the color, texture and layout as well as the content itself.
Galleries – Showcase your photographs by arranging them with one of Wix’s many gallery styles. Each gallery style has its own unique layout, so you choose how your photos are presented. Gallery styles include matrix, slideshow and carousel formats.
Mini Web Pages – Create a separate page for information about the photographer. Another page describes your inspiration or artistic vision. Each collection of photographs, arranged by theme, date, project, etc. can have its own gallery page.
Menus – Building menus into your website creates an enjoyable browsing experience for visitors. Menus are automatically linked to your web pages – all you have to do is customize their appearance. Title your menus with the names of your galleries, your Bio page, and a Contact page.
Widgets – Include a Contact Form that visitors can fill out to get in touch with you, to ask for more information about the photographer and his/her creations.
Music – Add a music player widget to add an audio element to your website. Upload your own music files, and customize the On/Off switch.
Social Media – Add a link to your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace account. Publish your Wix creation on a number of social networks.
Another neat thing about Wix websites is that they are SEO compatible. This means that search engines such as Google and Yahoo are able to index sites created with Wix, so when someone performs a search for your photographs, your Wix site will appear in the search results. Wix’s SEOMyWix blog provides tips on how to optimize your website, to attract the most amount of traffic as possible. There are also plenty of video tutorials and helpful articles on using the various elements of the website builder, in Wix’s online Help Center.
I recommend using Wix if you are new to web design but still want to achieve professional results. Websites created with Wix are completely free, with the option to upgrade to a Premium accounts for users who wish to gain control over their domain. Upgrading also allows you to insert a Shopping Cart widget onto your site, so that clients can purchase photographs or service packages directly. There are a few Premium packages from which to choose, but each one is much cheaper than hiring a professional web designer.
Check out examples of photography websites made with Wix by visiting Wix.com, and clicking on “Explore” at the top of the homepage. Go to the Photography section. Or, start browsing the entire gallery of Wix photography templates by choosing “Create” from the home page, and opening the Photography category. Find a design that will illuminate your artwork, and make it yours with customized, easy and fun web design. Give your photographs the brilliant web design they deserve.
I’m trying something new with the link roundups, so bear with me while I get it all figured out. This post is testing the Postalicious plugin — it basically taps into my Delicious stream and generates a link roundup based on a set of parameters. I bookmark a lot of stuff anyway, but since separating out my Twitter accounts, I’ve been much more active (and collecting many more bookmarks).
Like I said, I’m still figuring out how I want to do all this. If it goes as I hope, I’ll be sharing fewer links more often with less work.
- An Introduction to Smoke Photography
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- A Practical Review: Canon 800mm f/5.6 Lens
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- More Tips For Increasing Light Leaks
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- Shooting Tethered with Lightroom 3 Beta-2
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- 33 twitter accounts to boost your photography skills
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- young me now me photo contest
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- Leica Tour: Inside a Camera Company at a Crossroads
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- NYCPP : New York City Polaroid Project
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- Breathtaking Examples of Long Exposure Photography
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- Impossible Project Releases Special Edition Polaroid 600 One
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- 10 Tips for Working with Models
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- 30 Ethereal Examples of Smoke Photography
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- Putting Together A Fashion Photography Team
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- Lomography Colorsplash Flash
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Please join me in welcoming Wix as our newest blog sponsor! They’ll be filling the home page banner for at least the next month, and those of you who visit the blog via the web may have already seen their banner displayed.
Wix offers up a simple and powerful online platform for creating Flash websites — and for free! They also have a premium service that allows you to use your own domain, display your Wix-created site without ads or Wix logos, extra storage, premium support, and a few other goodies.
As photographers, you may be asking yourselves “How is this relevant to me, and why is Brian taking on a Flash website generator as a sponsor?” Yeah, just hear me out. Visit their sample websites and click on “Photographers” (2nd link down on the sidebar). Go ahead and flip through the sites and tell me that isn’t cool! These are all very unique sites and quite professional in appearance — definitely worth a look.
My thought is this… If you want to put together a portfolio or a photography website to display your work, but you don’t have the know-how or funds to create something on your own, Wix is the place to go. Hey, if nothing else, start off with a free site and build it up until you’re satisfied. When you get the dough to upgrade to the premium package, go ahead and get your own domain. At that point, you’ll have an awesome display of your work.
If you want to learn more about Wix or about how their site works, be sure to check out their FAQ in addition to the main site. They cover topics such as search engine friendliness, PayPal integration, stats packages, and more.
So who is this online service for? I’d say it’s a very good option if you don’t already have your own photography site or portfolio, you don’t want to spend a bunch of money to get your site going, and/or you don’t want to deal with the technical side of website creation. Hell, even if you already have a site, you’ve got the money and know-how for a custom site — you still might get a kick out of creating a Flash site through their platform.
If any of you out there already have a Wix-generated website, let us know in the comments so we can check it out!
Wow… it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted a link roundup. Not sure if I’m just getting tired of the content out there, or if things have actually been slow on the web due to the changing seasons. In any case, here are a few articles to chew on this weekend.
And if you’re a Delicious user, you can tag any interesting photography articles you encounter with “for:auer1816” and I’ll be sure to check them out each week as I search for new content.
- The Only Way to Rent Photo Gear – Borrowlenses.com Review
Many of us have heard of Borrowlenses.com, but Jim actually does an in-depth review of the company and service. Worth a read if you’re contemplating renting from them.
- Discover Seven Ways to Create Sepia Images in Photoshop
digital Photography School
Here are a few different methods for toning your digital black and white photos.
- How to Make a DIY Ring Flash [Tutorial]
digital Photography School
Here’s a really clean DIY tutorial for making a ring flash adapter to fit your strobes. Handy!
- 43 Photography Hacks, Mods And DIY Projects
For you DIY’ers, this is a huge list of projects for light modifiers, backdrop mounts, backdrops, lights, and lighting fixtures. Good stuff for setting up a studio on a budget!
- Photo Critique – a new segment on PhotoNetCast
Want to have your photo critiqued on a podcast? Check out the new feature for PhotoNetCast and see how you can be part of it.
- Digital Photography Jargon? Easy!
digital Photography School
Confused with all the digital photography jargon? Here’s a good starter list for clearing your head.
Awesome things on the web this week… as usual.
- Beyond Phototips’ Photography Contest
Susheel is giving away a couple of cool prizes — all you have to do is get creative with DETAIL. Try to dramatize a detail from some object that you would normally not have even noticed. Deadline is December 21st.
- PROJECT: Iron Chef Photography – Paperclip
In the latest Iron Chef Photography project, Neil challenges us to photograph… paperclips. See what you can do with such a simple object! Deadline is December 25th.
- Something New – A Photography Project
You still have a little more time to find a partner and swap gear for a chance at a free equipment rental. Deadline is December 20th.
- Turn Ho-Hum Color into WOW! with Photoshop
digital Photography School
A good quick lesson on working with LAB color space in Photoshop to punch up your colors without creating nasty artifacts.
- ZORIAH: Behind the Image – The Pakistan Earthquake
An absolutely stunning photo and the story behind it straight from the photographer. This type of journalism is top-notch, and it really gives you an idea of what’s happening around the world.
- A Guide to Measurements in Photography – Part One
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With all kinds of numbers and scales in photography, this guide lays out the essentials for understanding them.
- The Headphones Pop Up Flash Diffuser
Here’s an easy little project for creating your own flash diffuser for use with a pop-up flash.
- Create your own bargain on a dSLR this Christmas
Here are a few tips for saving money on camera equipment this holiday season.
- 11 Fun Lego Photos
digital Photography School
Some fantastic scenes can be created and photographed using Legos. Here are some good example photos.
- 5 Tips for Great Street Photography
Tips and examples for improving your street photography game.
- Four Reasons to Consider Working for Free
David Hobby presents some compelling arguments for working for free as a photographer. Before you jump to conclusions, just hear him out.
- Halo Removal Tutorial
Here’s a good little Photoshop technique for removing halos using a combination of selection tools, selection refinements, and the clone stamp.
- 100 +1 Best Photography Blogs, Websites, Podcasts, and Magazines of 2008
Your Photo Tips
A great list of informative, entertaining, inspirational, and creative photography websites. If you’re looking to fill up your feed reader, this list is a good place to start.
Halloween is officially over, and I hope everyone had a safe evening. Here’s what’s been happening around the web over the last week.
- Seagate FreeAgent Go Drive “Fall” Photo Contest
Here’s a great project for the Fall season, and it fits in nicely with the stuff I’ve been talking about related to photo backups. All you have to do is enter your best “Fall” photo for a chance to win one of three external hard drives from Seagate!
- Exploring Small Strobes: Why Use Speedlights Off Camera
Tips and techniques for using off-camera strobes in a variety of situations: replacing natural and artificial light, macro lighting, background lighting, backlighting, and using multiple strobes.
- Always Use a UV Filter
A few good reasons why you might consider keeping a UV filter on your lenses.
- Review: Adobe Photoshop CS4
A full review of the new features in Photoshop CS4, ACR 5, and Bridge CS4.
- Ultimate Guide to Taking Portraits at Night
Tips and tricks for shooting night portraits, including ISO, flash, lighting, background, motion, color, and more.
- An Over Due Review: Digital Railroad vs. Photoshelter Collection
A quick look and comparison of these two services, and their eventual failure.
- Review: The Art of Black and White Photography
John gives us a good honest review of this book and who he’d suggest it to.
- Tips for shooting star trails pictures
Star trails photography is at the same time easy and rewarding, it can produce results that will leave most viewers in awe with very little effort. Here are some tips for getting started.
- How to photograph smoke abstracts
A great tutorial on shooting smoke — things you’ll need, setting up your equipment, and processing the images.
Another round of informative and inspirational photography stuff…
- How To Use Vintage Lenses with Your DSLR
Those good old manual lenses are the best! Here’s a rundown on how you can use them with your newer digial SLR.
- Chidren Shot Dead in West Bank Village
A sad story of the brutal reality that plagues the Middle East… two young boys shot in the head, and the story of the effect it’s had on their families.
- Review: Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger V2s
Ever want the ability to fire an off camera flash without cables? Check out this review of the Cactus wireless flash trigger.
- Discover How to Become a Photojournalist
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Tips and suggestions for improving your photojournalism skills. This includes things like focusing on people, submitting photos, and using the right equipment.
- High Speed Photography
Chase gives us a rundown on high-speed flash photography. And he uses the material from the Kung Fu project to show us how it’s done.
Great stuff this week — check it out!
- Great Photography Techniques, Tips, Tutorials and Resources
This is a massive list of resources! Some serious learning to be had.
- Obvious Street Photography Tips
A great set of short tips for street photography including tips for equipment choices.
- Macro Photography 101, Part 2
In-depth discussion on the topics of depth of field, lighting, and various equipment options for macro photography.
- Review: Epson P-6000 & P7000 Photo Viewers
A quick review of some Epson photo viewers — aka: battery powered backup hard drive with an LCD, card reader, and some buttons.
- More Troy Paiva Photographs Of The Pearsonville Junkyard
A great set of photos from photographer and urban explorer, Troy Paiva.
- PhotoNetCast #10 – It’s all about Books
In this episode, the four of us bring a few photography book recommendations — some technical and some artistic.
- 37 Paid Gigs That are Only a Phone Call Away
If you’re looking to make a few bucks with your photography, here are a few things you might look into.
- The Nuts and Bolts of off-camera flash – miscellaneous topics
The final installment of a 4-part series. This one goes into various topics mainly centered around sync speed of a flash unit.
- Stabilizing your camera without a tripod
A list of tripod alternatives that are cheap, easy to use, and small enough to fit inside your camera bag.
- David Griffin on how photography connects us
A great talk from the photo director of National Geographic, on the power of photography and how it connects us with our world.