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Help! Why is My Lens Vignetting? – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

Help! Why is My Lens Vignetting? – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor When you see lens vignetting, it means that the corners of your image are darker than the center. (You can really notice it in Angie’s image above.)  Since the lens Angie used was a wide-angle, fast prime, it made the problem even worse. The wider the aperture, the more that light rays at extreme angles are blocked off by the barrel of your lens. As you stop down your…

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My Favorite Tripods – iPhone Photography Article

My Favorite Tripods Curious about Tripods and how this piece of equipment can help you take your photo game to to the next level? Let’s chat about my three personal favorites. Yup. I have three favorites, with two of them being my go-to tripods. Oben AT-3565 Aluminum Tripod One of my go-to favorites is the Oben AT-3565 Aluminum Tripod. If you were to peek at my personal gear stash, this beauty is right… This is only a snippet of a…

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Pop-Up Flashes vs. Speedlights – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

Pop-Up Flashes vs. Speedlights – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor  Any flash unit has only a certain amount of light that it can generate. That translates to its effective range. It’s important to understand this concept.  When the subject is too far away from your flash, the subject looks too dark. But the opposite happens too. When the subject is too close to the flash, they appear washed out or too white. Know your flash range and keep your subject within that…

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An Introduction to ND Filters – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

An Introduction to ND Filters – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor A neutral density (ND filter) is a special type of filter used to reduce the amount of light entering into a camera’s sensor when you’re shooting in bright situations. They also open up an entire world of new creative possibilities to you.They allow the photographer to select a combination of creative effects such as wider apertures, longer exposure time, extended shutter speed, and sensor sensitivity that would otherwise…

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What the Heck is Bokeh? – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

What the Heck is Bokeh? – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor For this project, you’ll need a dark background with multiple sources of light, and a subject of your choice. A black or navy cloth with a string of Christmas lights strung across its width is perfect. If you can’t talk one of your kids into posing, just find a cool object for your subject.Next, you’ll need to make your filter. Place your lens on a piece of black construction paper, trace…

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Printing Photos from Lightroom – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

Printing Photos from Lightroom – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor Out of the box, your monitor won’t likely match the color space you’ll use for printing like sRGB or Adobe RBG. That’s the reason your printed photos may not look even close to what you see on your monitor. Calibration helps you correct your monitor’s color space so you don’t get any surprises. There are some free downloadable apps to help you calibrate your monitor, like Calibrize, or the Lagom…

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Setting White Balance with Kelvin – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

Setting White Balance with Kelvin – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor Where AWB really falls down on the job is with very bright (think snowy landscapes) or very dark (think a black car, or black cat) subjects. That’s because AWB chooses an exposure that averages out the tones in a scene. That’s why snow often looks blue-gray, and black cats look a bit gray or muddy straight out of camera.Another time that AWB struggles is if your subject is…

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How to Add Metadata to Your Photos – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

How to Add Metadata to Your Photos – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor Metadata files store three types of data about an image– Descriptive, Rights, and Administrative. Descriptive data: headlines, captions, keywords, persons in image, location, company creating the image, artwork, and product shown in image. Rights data: Identifies the creator of the image, the copyright (if it exists), credits, and underlying rights. The underlying rights may include commercial licensing information, and links to rights reserved under Creative Commons. Administrative data: Creation…

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Get Everyone in Focus in a Group Photo – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

Get Everyone in Focus in a Group Photo – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor I highly recommend that you use a tripod whenever you’re shooting a group. Shooting a group is always a little stressful, and that extra surge of adrenalin is enough to make you a little shaky. Having your camera on a tripod will calm you down and keep that camera steady. Doing this will give you the extra few seconds you need to recheck your settings,…

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7 Reasons to Rent Photography Equipment Instead of Buying – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

7 Reasons to Rent Photography Equipment Instead of Buying – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor For all my rental needs, I trust my friends at Borrow Lenses. They have a simple process to book the gear you need.Search in real-time for the gear you’re interested in renting (you’ll see pricing displayed at the same time.) Decide on the length of time you need to rent. You can rent anywhere from 3-90 days. Return your rental in the same box it arrived in,…

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Best of 2019 – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

Best of 2019 – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor The New Year is always a time to look back on the highlights from the passing year. So my team and I sat down to find our very favorite student photos from 2019. And I’ve gotta tell you, it was no easy task! We agonized over our decisions because we had so many amazing photos to choose from. We narrowed the field down to just 12, one for each month of the year. Emotion…

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10 Tips for Great Beach Photography – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor – iPhone Photography Article

10 Tips for Great Beach Photography – David Molnar – Your Photography Mentor Using the natural elements available in beach environments can create some unique picture opportunities. When you arrive on a beach, pay attention to all the small details that you can find, like the surrounding rocks, the flowers, textures, trees, waves cracking in different areas, or the mist from the water.You can also combine your camera settings with the natural elements for spectacular effects. For example, use a…

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