Making Fashion Photography Easy

Making Fashion Photography Easy by Olympus Photographer Joe Edelman
Fashion and beauty portraits are fun to shoot and allow you to explore your creative instincts with very few rules to cramp your style. While the end result can seem elaborate and expensive to create it doesn’t have to be. Here are my tips for creating with simple lighting and household props that won’t break the bank and will leave you with more money for some awesome Olympus gear!

— – —

Making Fashion Photography Easy by Olympus Photographer Joe Edelman
more at Olympus

Advertisements

The Art of Black and White Photography

Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann
Digital photography has conquered the market at breakneck speed despite the fact that in the early years of the technology, professional photographers eyed its development with skepticism. As photographers migrated from analog to digital, they suffered through more than their share of growing pains, struggling with the new technology and doubting its viability. The following questions were among those being asked:
• Is it actually possible to make large, quality prints from digital images?
• Don’t digital photos look artifcial?
• Do the colors look natural?
• How does digitalization affect black and white photography?

In order to answer these questions and to get acquainted with digital photography, one thing was certain: it was necessary for photographers to devote time to learn about the technology. Not only was it essential for photographers to become familiar with a new, and rather complex camera technology, it was also necessary to thoroughly understand the new image manipulation programs. Many photographers initially shied away from these efforts, and as a result, traditional analog photography had to be defended by those who had not even acquired an in-depth knowledge of the digital process.
— – —

The Art of Black and White Photography | Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow
by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

Mastering the Model Shoot: Everything a Photographer Needs to Know Before, During, and After the Shoot

For the first time ever, world-famous photographer and fashion lighting instructor Frank Doorhof takes you behind the scenes to reveal every step of his model-photography workflow–the same workflow that has made him a hero to photographers around the world thanks to his practical, budget conscious, no-nonsense approach.

In this groundbreaking book, Frank starts right at the beginning with how to find models, find great locations, work with backgrounds (you’ll be amazed at his tricks for creating stunning backgrounds for just a few bucks), and work by yourself or with a team (stylist, hair stylist, and makeup artist) to create an image that will get your photography noticed. Then, it’s on to an in-depth look at the lighting setups and looks that made Frank famous (complete with diagrams and detailed explanations).

You’ll see how Frank lights his images (you’ll be shocked at how simple most of his lighting setups are and you’ll be able to create these same setups yourself), plus he covers the critical little stuff nobody else is talking about, including: how to calibrate your monitor (and why it’s so important); how to use a color target to nail your color every single time; and why (and how) to use a light meter to get consistent, reproducible lighting each and every shoot.

Frank also shares his own retouching techniques through step-by-step tutorials, and he takes you from start to finish through a number of different looks so you can see exactly how it’s done, and recreate these same looks yourself. If you’ve ever wished there was one book that covers it all, the whole process of photographing models from start to finish, not leaving anything out, then this is the book for you.

— – —

Mastering the Model Shoot: Everything a Photographer Needs to Know Before, During, and After the Shoot

by Frank Doorhof

Figure Photography

Learn to capture the beauty of the female form
Billy Pegram shows you how to design nude and semi-nude images that are both creatively challenging and marketable. From location selection, to lighting and posing, to image-design concepts for specialized markets, you’ll master the process from start to finish!

Learn how to:
Design figure images for a variety of markets—from fine-art to fashion.
Create outstanding results in the studio or on location.
Produce lighting effects that are both flattering and attention-getting.
Select locations to help your images stand out.
Isolate body parts for specialized markets.
Develop images in pinup, glamour, erotic, editorial, and commercial styles.
Style your models and sets in inventive ways for added appeal.
Work effectively with new models and more experienced ones.
Enhance your figure images in postproduction.
Design images for multiple usages—and enhanced marketability.
— – —

Techniques for Digital Photographers
Figure Photography
by Billy Pegram

In Focus: Camera Basics

Confused over what terms such as “shutter speed”, “aperture”, “ISO speed”,”exposure compensation”,”white balance” mean? Have no fear – our Camera Basics series take you through each of these important fundamental concepts of photography, so that you won’t only get to know your camera better, but also have a better idea of how you can tweak camera modes and settings to get amazing shots!

Camera Basics #1: Aperture
The first thing to consider when taking photographs with a digital camera is the effect that the aperture can have on your pictures. How will the photograph finish change depending on the aperture is widened or narrowed? In this article, we study the effects of varying apertures on depth-of-field by comparing several examples, and learn about the concept of f-stops.
— – —

Camera Basics #2: Shutter Speed
When taking photographs, you want to have a good grasp of shutter speed and its effects on your photographs. What kind of effects can you create with a faster or slower shutter speed? Let us examine the effects of different shutter speeds with the help of the following examples.
— – —

Camera Basics #3: Exposure
Exposure is one of the major factors that can make or break a picture. Let us talk about how we can go about make best use of exposure to get the best results from a shot.
— – —

Camera Basics #4: Exposure Compensation
Exposure compensation is a function you can use to change the exposure set by the camera (camera-determined correct exposure) into something of your own preference. Here, we find out more about the function, and learn how to identify subjects that require positive or negative exposure compensation along the way.
— – —

Camera Basics #5: ISO Speed
ISO speed plays an equally important role as aperture and shutter speed in its effect on exposure. Now let us learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of turning up the ISO speed.
— – —

Camera Basics #6: White Balance
White balance is a feature that ensures that the colour white is reproduced accurately regardless of the type of lighting under which a photo is taken. At a very basic level, it is common to use the Auto White Balance setting. However, this setting is no one-size-fits-all solution. For a white balance setting that best suits the lighting source, choose one of the preset white balance settings on your camera.
— – —

Camera Basics #7: Metering
The metering function measures the brightness of a subject and decides how much exposure is best for the photo. Let’s take a look at each metering mode available, and get a better idea of which of them to use is best to use under which conditions/scene.
— – —

Camera Basics #8: Establishing Focus
The one thing that enables the photographer to convey his photographic intent to the viewer is establishing the focus. What are the secrets to establishing the best focus? Let’s find out more about the special features of autofocus (AF) and manual focus (MF).
— – —

Camera Basics #9: AF Modes
When establishing focus on a subject, it is vitally important to anticipate the subject’s movement and capture it at the right moment. This means it is essential to know the appropriate autofocus (AF) mode to use for a stationary subject, and which to use when the subject is moving. Let us take a closer look at the 3 types of AF modes.
— – —

Camera Basics #10: Picture Style
With the Picture Style function, you can adjust the colour tone and the contrast to enhance the charm and appeal of the subject. By selecting the perfect Picture Style setting, you can get perfect results in expressing your shooting intent in a vivid photo.
— – —

Camera Basics #11: Phase Detection AF
Phase detection AF (also known as phase-difference detection AF or phase-difference AF) is the autofocus system used in viewfinder shooting on DSLR cameras. Its main feature lies in its rapid autofocusing speed. In the following, we will explain more about phase detection AF, and how Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF utilizes the latest AF technology to enable phase detection AF even in Live View.
— – —

Camera Basics #12: The Viewfinder
When it comes to shooting, a vital part of the camera is the viewfinder. Nowadays, there are cameras that do not come with viewfinders, only with Live View shooting. However, as you get more experienced with photography, you will realise how much shooting with a viewfinder can affect your photos. In this article, we take a closer look at the viewfinder.
— – —

Camera Basics #13: Live View
The implementation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Canon’s latest camera models have vastly improved shooting conditions in Live View. Live View, which features fast AF speed that measures up to viewfinder AF, is gradually becoming the choice method of shooting for many photographers. In the following, we will explain more about the characteristics of Live View.
— – —

Camera Basics #14: Position and Angle
The position and angle are two elements that greatly influence the outcome of your photos. Since they have such a significant impact, varying them ensures that you will be able to get a different effect in your photos. In the following, we go over 3 points each in relation to the position and the angle.
— – —

Camera Basics # 15: Program AE
The Program AE mode, a semi-automatic mode where the camera automatically sets the aperture and shutter speed, enables you to shoot quickly to capture sudden photographic opportunities, and yet still retain creative control over other settings such as white balance.
— – —

Camera Basics #16: Aperture-priority AE (AV mode)
Want to create photographs with a lovely background blur (bokeh effect), or perhaps ensure that everything in the image remains in focus? The Aperture-priority AE mode is a convenient mode to use for achieving those effects. Let’s look at this mode in closer detail.
— – —

Camera Basics # 17: Shutter-priority AE (TV mode)
Shutter-priority AE mode is a shooting mode that is useful for when you want to ‘freeze’ subjects in action, or conversely, photograph moving subjects with motion blur. Read on to find out how you can use it!
— – —

Camera Basics # 18: Manual Exposure (M mode)
If you want control over both the aperture and the shutter speed, Manual exposure mode is the way to go. It might be quite a tough mode to conquer for a beginner, but also can be very convenient to achieve certain shooting intentions. In this final article in our Camera Basics series, we take a closer look at this mode and what it can be used for.
— – —

In Focus: Camera Basics
more details at SnapShot

An Eye for Birds: A Photographic Journey

Join Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne and BirdWatching Magazine on a photographic journey – learn pro tips, techniques, styles and tools. Take your bird photography skills to the next level and download this multi-part series.

— – —

An Eye for Birds: A Photographic Journey
more at Olympus

The Canon Camera Manual 2017

Overview: Canon have become one of the leading developers of imaging technology since their humble origins as an optics manufacturer in 1933. They now boast a class leading range of cameras, lenses and accessories that are used by amateurs and professionals the world over. If you are looking to dip your toe into the world of photography, or you are interested in upgrading, then this manual has a wealth of information on the range available, to help you make a better informed choice as to what is right for you.

Get informed
The range of digital cameras, lenses and accessories available is huge and can be confusing. This can often put a lot of people off. We’ve compiled a guide that is designed to introduce you to the Canon range and break it down into sections that outline the main camera and lens types with at a glance specifications to help.
Essential camera craft
Our illustrated and easy to follow guides can help you hone your camera craft. Understand your camera’s capabilities better and learn more about aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings and metering. We also have a multitude of hints and tips on a varied number of subjects, to really get you inspired; and then go out and take better photos.
Creative photography projects
Do you want to learn how to photograph your pets, or understand more about flash lighting and portrait photography? We’ve got everything you need in our comprehensive creative photography section that covers a wide range of topics. Our guides have been compiled by professional photographers and can take you beyond what you thought possible.
— – —

The Canon Camera Manual 2017
via mobilism