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Pattern pictures or Patton pictures? » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Pattern pictures or Patton pictures? » Gale Photography I recently went to a dinner to raise money for Normandy veterans.  As well as the veterans there were some World War 2 re-enactors.  One in particular stood out as he was the absolute spit of controversial WW2 General George S Patton.  The level of detail he had gone to to replicate Patton’s equipment was extraordinary.  I made it a project to capture how he looked without getting his whole body in. …

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11 Tips for Shooting Travel Stock Photography to Make Money – Photography Article

Stock photography is a tough industry to master. The competition is fierce and prices have been falling over the last decade. But if you are willing to put the effort in and have a long term plan, you can certainly reap the rewards. As a photographer who has been involved in stock photography for over a decade, I have certainly seen the highs and lows. So here are my top tips for shooting travel stock images and how to make…

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500px Blog » Exclusive Licensing Contributor Jason Hampden puts the Sigma 35mm lens to the test during his latest shoots – Photography Article

Jason Hampden is an Exclusive Licensing Contributor based in Greensboro, USA who shoots a variety of content, from intimate weddings to vibrant lifestyle sessions, occasionally dabbling in video content and documentaries. Q: Tell us a little bit about who you are and the gear you use. A: I am a lifestyle portrait and wedding photographer, commercial photographer, and aspiring filmmaker based in Greensboro, NC. Gear I use: • Sony A7RIII• Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART E Mount• Genustech 77mm ND Filter•…

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9 Ways to use Reflections more Creatively for Stunning Photography – Photography Article

Mirrors or windows, ponds or lakes, it really doesn’t matter where you find them, reflections are eye-catching. In this tutorial, I’ll give you some ideas and inspiration on how to use reflections more creatively for stunning photography. We’re fascinated by reflections ever since we discover ourselves in a mirror, it’s no wonder we remain captivated by them. If you want to know about the technical aspect of reflections check out Rick Ohnsman’s article Understand Light and Color to Improve your…

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9 Great Lensball Perspectives for Creative Photography! – Photography Article

One of the most effective ways of getting more out of your photography is to change the perspective. It’s a great way to explore your camera without needing to get additional equipment. The same concept can be applied to lensball photography, where a change in your lensball perspectives can lead to a burst of creativity with your work. It’s easy to think of lensball photography as a one-trick pony, rather like, say, a fish-eye lens. As any fish-eye lens owner…

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Top Tips for Photographing the Best a City has to Offer in 48-hours – Photography Article

Always be on the lookout for interesting scenes in cities. I saw this view in Taipei from a metro train and went back at dusk. You have two days and two nights to photograph a city you’ve never been to before. How will you make the most of this opportunity and come away with amazing photos? You could just turn up without much advance thought and deliver a stunning set of images that fits the brief perfectly. Leaving things to…

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An Introduction to Amazing Abstract Automotive Photography – Photography Article

Some photographs document an event or show a person, place or thing. These are photos of record accurately capturing an image that represents what we see. Other times we want to take a more artistic approach, making a photograph more about a feeling than solely about the subject itself. Sometimes the two mix, for instance in advertising photography, where we might want to accurately show a product but do it in an artistic way that invites the viewer to also…

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How to Use a Pinhole Body Cap for Awesome, Creative Photography – Photography Article

Making a pinhole body cap is a rite of passage on any digital photographer’s journey. It’s a great way to get some of the unpredictability of analog photography without spending loads money on film or having to wait for the results to come back from a lab. But how do you make a pinhole body cap? And what do you shoot once you’ve made your pinhole body cap? That’s what you’ll discover in this article. What is a pinhole body…

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500px Blog » 9 post-processing steps you need to add to your workflow – Photography Article

According to a recent survey, professional wedding photographers, on average, spend just 4% of their time taking pictures. Editing, by contrast, eats up a whopping 77% of their time. While this survey only covers wedding photography, it does give us an idea of the importance of post-production in today’s market. When it comes to commercial photography, high-quality post-processing is essential. 500px Licensing Contributors sell their photos to companies and publications all over the world, and for top-earners, basic editing skills…

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How to Simulate Long Exposure using Stacked Image Averaging – Photography Article

Silky water effects, streaked clouds, motion-smoothed with an ethereal look; long exposure photography seems to be in vogue as photographers discover the looks that can be created. There are multiple ways to achieve this. The most basic is to buy a standard neutral-density photography filter which cuts the light, allowing you to use long shutter speeds without overexposing your shot. You can achieve exposures minutes long, especially when using 10-stop ND filters like the Lee Big Stopper or even the 15-stop Super Stopper. I…

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How to Understand Light and Color to Improve your Photography – Photography Article

The morning sun shone through my kitchen window, catching the vase with a rose in it on the window sill.  A low cross-light highlighted the texture on the rose, while the purple glass vase cast a pattern of colored light across the counter.  The photographer in me studied the light, saw the potential for a photo, and went to get the camera. From observing the sun shining through a vase on the window sill to the finished image, this idea started…

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500px Blog » 12 Nude Photography Tips & Tricks from a World-Famous Photographer (NSFW) – Photography Article

Image credits: All photographs copyright Greg Gorman and used with express permission from COOPH. Our friends at COOPH—the cooperative that brings you killer photography tips, tricks & ideas like these from earlier this year—recently got the chance to work with world-famous photographer Greg Gorman and tackle a particularly sultry subject for their newest video: nude photography. Nude photography is a tricky subject because the line between art and porn is precariously easy to cross if you don’t know what you’re…

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500px Blog » How to produce your own creative shoot, plus, stellar photo shoot ideas – Photography Article

Bettina Bogar is a Toronto-based photographer and creative director from Europe. She began her career in Budapest, before moving to Canada to further her creative goals. She specializes in commercial photography and has shot for brands like Lululemon, Airbnb, and Tim Hortons. In this post, in collaboration with the 500px Blog, she shares her insights into producing your own photo shoot. Whether you’re just starting out or years into your career, creating new, original photos should always be a top…

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8 Micro Habits That Will Completely Change Your Photography in a Year – Photography Article

Do you want to become a master photographer… …in only a year? That’s what this article is all about. Because in it, I’m going to give you 8 micro habits that will completely change your photography in a year. These micro habits are small adjustments in how you go about taking photos. They take very little effort. But if you make a real effort to follow them, you’ll be a photography master within a year. Sound good? Let’s get started. 1.…

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500px Blog » 10 mistakes to avoid when Licensing your images – Photography Article

To understand what makes an image marketable, we first need to know what doesn’t. That’s why we asked Dave Fitzsimmons, Asset and QA Supervisor at 500px, and Aedin Guyot, Search & Metadata Specialist, to tell us about some of the most common mistakes Licensing Contributors make when uploading their images. From technical mishaps to keywording faux pas, let’s take a look at ten of the top reasons a photo could be rejected—and how to solve them. Technically imperfect images Pay…

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How to Take the Perfect Macro Photo (Step-By-Step Guide) – Photography Article

In this article, I’m going to show you exactly how you can take the perfect macro photo. I’m talking about macro photos that are unbelievably good – the kind of photo that professionals strive for. Because it turns out there are a few simple macro secrets. And if you use them regularly, you can practically guarantee some gorgeous macro images. Are you ready for some step-by-step instructions that will take your macro images to the next level? Let’s dive right…

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500px Blog » Contributor Sergey Vinogradov on capturing a subject’s “inner world” – Photography Article

Exclusive Licensing Contributor Sergey Vinogradov is a Russian fashion and portraiture photographer who gravitates toward capturing the emotional man, humanizing him, and creating a narrative where masculinity and emotion can be synonymous. Browse his Licensing collection here. Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in photography? A. My name is Sergey Vinogradov and I live in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. I find that it is always difficult to [talk] about myself, more…

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This Back-to-Basics Photography Exercise can Improve Your Photography – Photography Article

The digital age has made photography easier, cheaper, and more accessible than ever before.  Even people who wouldn’t call themselves “photographers” now carry a camera in their pocket in the form of their cellphone. However, has the ability to snap a picture without skill or knowledge made photography too easy? Even for you reading this article who’ve come to this site to learn more about making better photos – has the ease of making digital photos with modern cameras robbed…

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7 iPhone Camera Accessories To Help You Take Better Travel Photos – iPhone Photography Article

I love using my iPhone as a travel camera. For a while after getting my iPhone, I used it as a backup to my DSLR. But more and more I’m finding myself relying it as my main travel camera. The truth is, your iPhone is a great camera for travel. And it’s about to get even better with these accessories. Here are 7 important iPhone camera accessories that will make your iPhone even more powerful. Make sure you pack a…

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8 Tips for Better Fireworks Photos – Photography Article

If you’ve been to a great aerial fireworks display, I’m sure you’ve heard the “oohs” and “ahhs” of the crowd, captivated by the colorful spectacle. Here in the United States, the Independence Day holiday is when many of us try our hand at fireworks photography.  I’m sure if you live in other places in the world, you also have holidays celebrated with fireworks.  So how can you capture those moments in a photo and elicit those same “oohs” and “ahhs”…

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Make Easy Panoramic Images with Microsoft ICE – Photography Article

Vista at Dead Horse State Park, Utah. Fourteen images stitched in Microsoft ICE. You’ve no doubt seen panoramic images and perhaps even know how to make them. Whether using the tools built into programs like Lightroom and Photoshop, or perhaps another dedicated panoramic creation program, or even the sweep-panoramic capability of many cellphone cameras, you’ve used this technique to make images larger than you could make them in a single shot. In the past, the choice was not as great,…

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7 Signs You’re in a Photography Rut and 7 Ideas to Get Your Groove Back – Photography Article

Are you in a photography rut? You are not the only one. Nope. Not at all. We all get this, as painful and as frustrating as it is. It sneaks it’s way in; you may not even realise it at first. Then “Bam!” it hits you square in the lens. You’re in a creative, photography rut. You’re doing the same thing over and over. Your camera bag is becoming an irritant. Your workflow is getting so routine that you could…

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The Principles of Beautiful Photography, From History – Photography Article

The Principles of Beautiful Photography, From History – CreativeLive Home > topics > photo & video > What Makes Beautiful Photography? Behind the Images that have Stood the Test of Time <link rel="stylesheet" id="js_composer_front-css" href="https://www.creativelive.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/js_composer/assets/css/js_composer.min.css?ver=5.6" type="text/css"… This is only a snippet of a Photography Article written by…

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Seated Posing Tips from Lindsay Adler – Photography Article

Seated Posing Tips from Lindsay Adler Home > topics > photo & video > Lindsay Adler Shares Why Sitting Isn’t Ideal in Portraits (But How to Make it Work, Anyway) <link rel="stylesheet" id="js_composer_front-css" href="https://www.creativelive.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/js_composer/assets/css/js_composer.min.css?ver=5.6" type="text/css"… This is only a snippet of a Photography Article written by Stephanie…

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This Crosswind is Driving My Drone Crazy – Aerial Photography Article

Heading Offset Due To Crosswind As mentioned in my 10/25/2018 blog, “Flying in High Winds – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?,” wind can affect your drone’s flight control system. In severe situations, its effects are immediately apparent on your screen, such as an image that bounces around. However, there’s another more subtle effect that can impact the quality of your videography, which you should know about. Review of Your Drone’s Flight Control System First, let’s review what keeps your drone…

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Zoom-in With a Fixed Lens Camera – Aerial Photography Article

Zoom-in With Your Drone’s Fixed Camera Lens At one time or another, everyone has had situations where zooming in on a video clip adds that finishing touch. Whether it’s for effect or for greater stand-off distance, the convenience of camera zoom takes your photography to the professional level. In this blog, I’ll show you how to get Full High Definition (1080p) results at a zoom factor of 1.4x using a fixed-lens camera. This is good information for venues like sporting…

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