Thinking Beyond the Rule of Thirds & Unleashing the Power of Composition

It’s easy to worry about shutter speed, f-stops, and your ISO, but what about composition? How you arrange the frame and play with sight lines, lead lines, and foreground/background space are just as important as anything else.

Of course, you can crop in post-processing, but you can only fix so much. B&H Photo released this very informative tutorial, guiding us through the history and tricks about composition. Although it’s long, the video is worthwhile for anyone–from the absolute beginners to the wise pros.

Looking to Buy a Second-Hand Lens? Keep This Cheat Sheet Handy

I was looking through Digital Camera World’s tutorials when I came across this sweet cheat sheet. It’s a quick run down of the basics to buying a second-hand lens.

Besides stating the obvious — like looking for scratches and checking the internal elements for dust — it also provides some helpful buying tips that every photographer should keep in mind (dealers should always give a money-back guarantee and make sure its writing).

Save the image and keep it handy.

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DIY Mirror Prism: Lindsay Adler’s Cool In-Camera Effect

One of the famous Fashion photographers Lindsay Adler, who has been featured on Sublime and teaches some workshops with B&H, released this video about a cool idea to use for fashion shoots.

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Instead of manipulating after the fact with photoshop, or trying some crazy/expensive set design or costume, Lindsay simply took three mirrors, glued them together, and had herself a DIY mirror prism. The prism gave her a neat in-camera effect, centering her models in surreal and jaged kaleidoscope-like cityscape.

Definitely a cheap and awesome idea to try.

“Prismatic” fashion editorial behind the scenes with Lindsay Adler from Lindsay Adler on Vimeo.

Do You Shoot RAW? A Quick and Funny Video Tutorial

I was told awhile back that shooting RAW is a whole lot better than Jpeg. That it’s much easier to fix white balance (which I’m always adjusting) and exposure issues with the RAW format. It took some time, and some mediation, to understand, but now I agree.

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This recent video tutorial from Phlearn could help others like me. It makes the post-processing editing with RAW easy to understand. And what’s better, I like this guy’s personality. He seems like a good buddy to have around.

Enjoy raw image processing video!

Google Street Photography? Doug Rickard Uses the Google Image Archive for A New American Picture

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Street photography has always skirted the line between privacy and art, between the notion of keeping someone’s moment private and the photographer’s wish to share, and between exploitation and documentation.

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In this video, photographer Doug Rickard talks about why he decided to utilize Google Street View cameras to document areas of America that have been forgotten, ignored, or left alone and how this process dealt with street photography’s inherent tension between privacy and art.

And perhaps at the same time, using new technology, Rickard may have invented an altogether new genre of photography.

Doug Rickard from Pier 24 Photography on Vimeo.

Jenny Woods Interview: Get Angry and Make Art, Never Stop Creating

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Jenny Woods is passionate. Her fine art portrait photography grips you like a fever. It’s no wonder why on her website she says, she doesn’t think, she feels. What’s more, she also says she’s addicted to sadness. And this intensity can be felt from her work.

Leaving school to pursue her unique vision, fine art portrait photography has become her life. Her fine art/street photos have been featured on FStoppers and Vogue Italia. She also has a large following on her Tumblr and Facebook.

In this interview, Jenny talks about how she likes finding beauty in the ugly things, how her work is like schizophrenia, and that to create art you got to create solely for yourself.

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Antonin Kratochvil: “Never Use Your Camera to Make Pictures… Use Yourself, Your Experience”

World Press Photo award winner and VII photo agency co-founder, photojournalist Antonin Kratochvil knows a thing or two about risking safety for a shot.

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He went the ruins of Chernobyl, recorded the horrors of Iraq, and even found the time to photograph the likes of George Clooney and Bono.

In this interview with Canon, he talks about why he shoots in Jpeg, why he insists that his students only shoot with one lens, and how a shallow depth of frame communicates more vividly than a deep focus.

This video allows us a small glimpse into his genius.

An Amazing Foot Shot from World’s Highest Rooftop

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How does it look to be at the edge of the Burj Khalifa 820 meters up? National Geographic and landscape photographer Joe McNally, who’s known for his “Faces of Ground Zero” and work with Life, sharedhis landscape photography techniques & this foot shot on his Instagram yesterday to let everyone know.

He wasn’t even supposed to be up there. Normally, vistors are allowed only to the observation deck.

But instead standing inches from the 820 meter tall edge, he took this foot shot from the very top of the world’s tallest building. McNally pointed his camera downward and captured what is truly a dizzying shot, his feet extending from the top!

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Be sure to check out Joe McNally’s blog and Instagram.

Is Street Fashion Photography Making Monsters or Gods?

Garage Magazine released this short documentary about a week ago. Besides being a commentary about today’s newly democratic fashion photography opinion-makers, the short offers a brief history and overview of the fashion bloggers, street photographers, and of course models, making names for themselves.

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This video is really great at showing how just because there are more voices and photographers blogging about the newest or most popular fashion or model, doesn’t mean that these voices are creating more peace. There’s just more space.

A good video for any aspiring street fashion photographer!

Michael Monaghan Interview: Beautiful Women in Beautiful Seattle

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Seattle-based portrait/lifestyle photographer Mike Monaghan regrets nothing about going all in for photography. Instead, he is seeing his hard work and training pay off. Influenced by both national and local Seattle photographers, Mike’s work captures the beauty unique to Seattle.

He started fashion/portrait photography 4 years ago and has been expanding ever since. His work has been featured on FStoppers and has April 6th exhibition at Seattle’s Art/Not Terminal Gallery.

In this interview, Mike talks about how he approaches every photograph he takes, his post-processing workflow, and how being positive and genuine works no matter what.

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