Learning how to use a camera properly is the most important aspect of improving a photographer’s skills. Composition, lighting and post-processing on a computer have a big impact on the quality of the photo, but still they are second on the list of priority skills. The main thing is the camera.
Five common camera setup errors
A professional photographer, Ugo Cei, spoke about one elegant trick he uses to teach his clients how to study the camera better: take a brown paper bag, put the camera in it, and blindly, without looking at it, adjust the ISO, shutter speed and aperture to the desired values. If you can do this, then you already know your tool enough and can move on (it goes without saying that you also need to clearly understand how these basic settings work). Continue reading
In this article, you will find some important tips for photographing works of art. You can use them to photograph paintings, prints, drawings, textiles, etc.
How to photograph a work of art
Pay attention to the teip auxiliary lines at an angle of 45 degrees and perpendicular to the wall, which help when setting up the camera and lighting
Camera selection and settings
A fixed-lens digital SLR is the best choice. But compact cameras with manual control, and even an upscale smartphone, are also useful.
Some very important camera settings Continue reading
The most obvious solution for shooting an athlete is to photograph a person on the field (court, track, etc.), but this is not entirely practical. Often such portraits are not exactly what the client is looking for. A “traditional” portraiture in many cases is not able to capture the strength and energy of the athlete.
Photographer William Sawalich shows how to transfer the full power of an athlete in action in a studio setting. Add energy to the frame in the form of running, jumping or swinging. Smart use of lighting and effects can convey the speed and strength of an athlete, even in the studio. Continue reading