HOW TO EXPOSURE A PHOTO CORRECTLY
There are different views on what can be called a properly exposed picture. For example,…

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HOW TO PHOTO THE NIGHT CITY. RULES, ADVICE, TALKS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Photographer Matt Perry shows how to transform eye-catching cityscapes into breathtaking images while working harmoniously…

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Stop the time. Short exposure.
When photographing moving objects, it is possible to ‘stop’ them with the help of a…

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HOW TO MAKE INTERESTING ABSTRACT SMOKE PHOTOS

HOW TO MAKE INTERESTING ABSTRACT SMOKE PHOTOS
How to make interesting abstract smoke photos
Do you see a firebird? Keep reading to learn how to do this kind of magic.

Would you like to learn a little “photomagic”? A magician who does not want to reveal his secrets may say that his trick was done using “smoke and mirrors.” The expression speaks of a kind of optical illusion for the viewer. But in this article there will be no deception, you will really photograph the smoke, and then mirror its image to create interesting effects. So it will be really smoke and mirrors. Let’s start

Tools used for our “trick”

How to make interesting abstract smoke photos
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SHOOTING DRAMA FOOD PHOTOS IN CHIAROSCURO STYLE

The popular style of photographing on food blogs on Instagram and even in recipes books – “chiaroscuro” photography (also known as “dark photography” or literally “chiaroscuro”) is often distinguished by strong shadows and dramatic mood of the pictures. However, what really characterizes this style is the skillful interaction between deep shadows and light areas that serve to highlight an object. Japanese food photographer Reiko Nanto shares the tricks of creating mouth-watering images using the chiaroscuro-style photo capture method.

Dramatic chiaroscuro style food photography
EOS 5D Mark II / EF85 mm f / 1.2 L II USM / FL: 85 mm / Manual exposure (f / 13, 0.3 s, EV ± 0) / ISO 320 / WB: Manual

The biscuits had the theme “Alice in Wonderland”, which inspired the photographer to stylize the shoot after drinking tea in the forest. Reiko used a black reflector (also known as a black flag) in order to emphasize shadows and a dark background. Note that areas with white glaze are sufficiently illuminated – otherwise the image may look dull. To prevent the cookies from looking too flat, the photographer raised it with some stylized supports and took off with side lighting.

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WHAT IS A DECENTRATED LENS?

A decentralized lens contains one or more elements of an optical lens that are either shifted or tilted from its main axis. Such a shift or tilt of the lens elements can potentially lead to blurring / softness of parts of the image due to the divergence of light rays. While in many lenses you can observe very slight decentration of the optical elements, especially on super zoom, strong decentration and tilt can make the whole image blurry, because the lens cannot achieve good sharpness over the entire frame.

It is always useful to check the lens before buying, even if it is brand new. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of manufacturers to manufacture each lens, many things may go wrong once you get your copy. In some cases, this is the manufacturer’s fault (poor quality guarantee / low standards), and in some cases it’s the fault of some guy who casually throws a box with a lens during transportation. Unfortunately, these conditions can negatively affect the operation of the lens and create all kinds of problems. Decentration of lens elements is one such problem, as photographer Nasim Mansurov talks about in a blog post. Continue reading

JERRY SCHATSBERG - MAN OF THE HOLLYWOOD REVIVAL
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JAN BERRY - PHOTO ARTIST CREATING PICTURES FROM JEANS PANTS
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HOW TO MAKE CORRECTLY EXPOSED PHOTOS. PART TWO: EXPOSURE MANAGEMENT
Following the definition of the subject, as described in the first article, it is very…

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