Posts Tagged ‘How-To’

1-Minute D-SLR Know-How Videos from Tamron

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Starting today, optics company, Tamron, is beginning a new video learning series. The “DSLR Know-How” videos will air on Tamron’s YouTube channel every Monday for 12 weeks. The videos are geared toward first-time Digital SLR owners, according to Tamron, but are “also likely to appeal to a broad spectrum of shooters including experienced enthusiasts, and those who simply want to get a better handle on all the exciting features built into their new Digital SLR cameras.”  Episode One, which was released today, features professional photographer, Andre Costantini, giving a very brief overview of the “physics of photography”—a capture device, shutter and aperture. While this first episode was not very in-depth in terms of tips, I suspect those that follow will be, now that they’ve gotten that introduction out of the way.

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How To Retouch Photographs

by Joe Farace

Before you think about retouching any digital image file there are a few simple and basic steps you should consider before you snap the shutter that will minimize the amount of retouching your portraits might need. Good make-up artists are worth whatever they cost and make a big difference in the final portrait. With the right make-up artist and subject you may not need any retouching! Another way to minimize retouching is to slightly overexpose the portrait, making it just a little lighter and brighter than what your meter or camera says is “correct.” This will add a little radiant glow and minimize any minor facial imperfections.

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How To Shoot Macro Photos

by John Holbrook

Macro product photography can be extremely challenging, but also very rewarding. Commercial opportunities for high quality product close ups are strong and growing, both in print and online. In the following pages, I’m going to illustrate the techniques I’ve learned over the past several years doing commercial macro photography of wrist watches. Once you’ve mastered the challenges of photographing a wrist watch, you’ll be well prepared to do all manner of macro product photography.

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How To Make Money As A Photographer

by John Holbrook

I’ve done a considerable amount of freelance photography for the last several years. Most of the work that I’ve done has been related to the luxury wrist watch industry – though I’ve done a fair amount of work outside the watch industry, watches are my first love. I’ve done everything from catalog and ad photography for watch companies, as well as online watch dealers for their Web stores. Since watch companies tend to sponsor high profile sports and events, I’ve gotten the opportunity to do quite a lot of sports photography too – car races, motorcycle races, yacht races, and air races, among others. If it can be raced, I’ve shot it. I’ve done a couple of celebrity photo shoots here and there. And while it isn’t my strongest suite, I’ve even done a few weddings along the way. It’s all been very satisfying work and also very financially rewarding.

Clearly one doesn’t get as much work as I’ve gotten by not having a degree of talent. But I don’t attribute my success to being a great photographer. The truth is (and I’m not the least bit afraid to admit this), there are much better photographers out there. Unfortunately, it takes much more than talent to make money as a photographer. To be successful, you have to be able to effectively sell yourself. It doesn’t matter if you want to do wedding photography, sports photography, product photography or simply work for the local newspaper – you have to market and sell yourself and your talent. Here are some tips on finding and closing more paid work:

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How To Convert Color To Black & White

by Theano Nikitas

What you’ll need: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 ($99.99). For more information, go to www.adobe.com.

Black and white photography has been rapidly gaining popularity in the digital world in part because inkjet printers and papers can now produce excellent monochrome prints. At the same time, software manufacturers like Adobe are implementing improved black and white conversion features providing photographers with the tools to more easily create beautiful fine art prints, elegant portraits and stunning landscapes.

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