Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates dappled patterns of light for a fun portrait look.
Often times when we are using natural light, we see patterns coming through trees/fences etc and use that light to accent our portraits.
With this technique you can do it in a consistently repeatable fashion.
Battery powered flashes are great for shooting portraits on location.
There's plenty to choose from and they vary between small speedlights and bigger, more powerful monolights.
In theory more power means more light and that's usually a good thing for location portraits but can a speedlight be used to light location portraits like a monolight?
That's the question Gavin Hoey puts to the test in this video.
Gavin sets each flash the challenge of being used as a simple fill flash, creating dramatic skies by "over powering" the ambient light and finally getting some beautiful shallow depth of field portraits using HSS (high speed sync) flash.
The results might surprise you!
Here’s a sneak peek at an intelligent, Adobe Sensei-powered feature headed to Photoshop soon.
Meredith Stotzner shares how the new Object Selection Tool speeds up your selection workflow by snapping to the object you want to select using machine learning technology.
Branding has a lot to do with psychology and consistency.
Do you know what your brand colors are saying?
Are you the same person on every platform?
Discuss branding with Vanessa Joy and wedding industry expert Kaleigh Wiese (who is currently rebranding Vanessa's wedding business!) and find where you need to make adjustments in how you're being perceived.
If you use flash in your photography you might be aware that the shutter speed plays a vital role in controlling the amount of ambient light that's captured in an exposure.
Usually when shooting in a studio, the cameras maximum flash sync shutter speed is fast enough to control the ambient light but if you love shooting with fast glass and wide apertures you need to master HSS flash aka high speed sync flash.
In this video photographer Gavin Hoey explains why and when HSS flash is helpful and then goes on to share his simple tips and tricks to make setting up HSS flash really straightforward.
Once Gavin has everything ready he uses the set-up to shoot some eye catching portraits of a medieval knight!
New York Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius wants to prove that not all baseball players are created equal. The Bronx Bomber talks to B&H about his love for all things creative, from photography to digital illustration and how there is so much more to him that just being a baseball player.
Workshop instructor Keith Birmingham conducts a hands-on class on rigging backboard and post remote cameras for capturing a unique angle for covering basketball.
Thanks to PocketWizard for providing loaner gear for SSA participants to use during the workshop.
The Sports Shooter Academy workshops are sponsored by Nikon Professional Services.
Video shot with a Nikon Z and Nikkor lenses.
Video produced by Myung J. Chun for Sports Shooter Inc.
Today we show you how to create a beautiful double exposure effect in only a few minutes!
Learn how to use Levels to change a light background into a pure white background and then blend two images together using the magic of Blending Modes.
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates an image with the look of end of day sunlight using studio lighting and some knowledge of how the “real sun” works.
One trick to creating light that feels natural is to study and understand existing light.
Then when the time comes that you must make it, you will be ready to create your own sun or moon as the case may be.
What happens when two internationally acclaimed photographers and Nikon Ambassadors go on assignment to create portraits of each other?
Watch to see how Jerry Ghionis and Joe McNally execute their vision during this portrait assignment.
Video shot with the Nikon Z 6 and NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S.
Sometimes despite your best efforts, you just aren't able to capture audio at the quality you would like. Whether it's background noise, unwanted dialogue sounds, inconsistent audio levels, or you just want to improve the overall quality of your video, this video will show you how to fix your audio in post.
Keith shares some essential tips and advice on how to get the best results for you, recording your interviews.
In this episode you will learn about recording interviews in a variety of situations and locations, and some tips on how to get the best results.
The episode looks at ENG, Tabletop and recording with Lavaliers.
Today we show you how to use the powerful features of a Wacom Tablet for a beautiful and subtle dodge and burn effect!
Learn the benefits of using a pressure-sensitive tablet, how to create a custom brush to take advantage of those benefits, and how to use that custom brush to softly enhance the highlights and shadows in an image.
Best of all, you can download our Wacom Tablet custom brush for free!
NOTE: This is not an ad!
We've been Wacom Tablet users for years and they're a big part of our editing workflow here at PHLEARN.
We genuinely feel that they can help take your Photoshop skills to the next level (and you can still create beautiful, professional images with a mouse.)
Learn a fast and easy way to create interesting art with just some incense and a camera. In this episode, Mark Wallace walks through all the steps for creating smoke photos. Once you know the basics you can expand your editing and create something that is truly yours.
In this video Gavin will show how to combine low-cost LED bulbs and flash in a small home studio.
Normally when Gavin is shooting in his small home studio the lighting he uses is some kind of flash, it's really versatile and bright, but today he's actually going to do a shoot where he balance's flash and LED and combines different lighting types.
Mark Wallace explains his solutions for mounting lights, viewfinder, and microphones to his mirrorless camera.
He also goes into detail on how you can customize your own rig so it's perfect just for you.
Mark also explains how he uses the Tether Tools Case Relay Power System to make sure his camera, lights, and EVF never run out of power.
Have you ever returned from a shooting location to find you had what could have been a good composition if you would have moved about 4 feet to the left or right?
I know I have.
It has happened to me more than once.
I have good news for you.
Photoshop has this Content-Aware Fill tool that can work wonders on situations just like this!
You may have already seen the content-aware fill tool and used it many times.
The technology behind the tool is in many other assets within Photoshop like the Clone Stamp Tool, the Content-Aware Move Tool, and the Patch Tool (to name a few).
While I am sure the technology is sophisticated, it is effortless to use.
In this example, I use Content-Aware Fill to patch an area of the composition that never existed.
Yep, I moved the image to the right, and that empty white space was filled in with grass, clouds, and even a finished road path.
Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill uses data from around the image to replace the white space.
It is similar to the healing brush or even the dust removal tool in Lightroom.
It assesses the environment it is replacing and looks for pixel data that is similar to it.
Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, it can be if you understand that you will also need a bit of help fixing the areas it replaces.
In today’s tutorial, I will show you how I use this technique to fix poor compositions and show you how to use the Clone Stamp Tool to repair the wonky-bits.
Today we're joined by Aaron's mom as he teaches her how to edit childhood photos in Photoshop! Learn how to make some quick and easy photo fixes like cropping, removing distractions, removing red eye, and recreating film noise. You'll also learn a little bit about Aaron and his family along the way!
Are you just getting started in the world of audio recording? Today we're going to help you translate some of the words and phrases you may come across when recording and editing. AB takes you through some of the most common lingo and gives you some tips for getting started in audio recording and editing. Are there other words or phrases you've come across that you need help with? Let us know in the comments.
TTL (Through-the-Lens) makes shooting a breeze.
Point the camera at your subject, set the exposure values in-camera and the amount of light hitting your subject is dynamically determined by a pre-flash emitted by your TTL-enabled light before each shot.
Unfortunately, using TTL has notable drawbacks, as illustrated in the video above.
When shooting in a studio or under very controlled conditions, using manual flash settings will ensure consistent exposures throughout the session.
Alternately, when shooting under circumstances with quickly changing ambient light and/or subject-to-flash distances, the benefits of TTL will be very much appreciated. [Sean]
Up next in the Performers Series, Joe McNally goes behind-the-scenes with Las Vegas showgirl Joli Irvine to document all the glamour on stage and organized chaos backstage.
“There’s a lot of performance experience that I’m photographing here on stage.
That’s what I’m trying to capture – the feeling and glamour of the stage; the performer right before the lights go up and the crowd starts cheering.”
From photographing low-light moments to stunning portraits, Joe utilized the #mirrorless #Z7 high resolution 45.7MP sensor to capture the fine details.
In this 6th video in our audio-for-video series, AB gives us a simple introduction to audio post production, highlighting the different steps of treating your audio once you’re done shooting your video.
From naming your files correctly to thinking about your final output levels, this video will give you a general sense of the common practices used to get your audio sounding just right.
Check it out!
At B&H’s OPTIC 2019, photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins discusses the importance of patience when searching for the right shot.
Capturing powerful photos is possible when the perfect combination of variables occurs: anticipating action; being in the right place at the right time; and practicing patience.
For great images and an education on the importance of respecting nature, you should check out this video.
Lindblad Expeditions Santa Fe-based photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance.
For more than 20 years, he has led expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between.
Images from Ralph’s travels are published widely.
His work documenting conservation issues in Baja California was published in the National Geographic Traveler story, Is Baja on the Block?
A selection of his polar images was featured in the companion book to the major motion picture Arctic Tale.
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he makes some simple beautiful portraits with a less commonly used light shaper, the Lantern. The great thing about a lantern is it throws light everywhere creating a gentle and soft light that looks great on any subject that sits for your portrait session.
At B&H’s Optic 2019, photojournalist and New York attorney Richard P.
Liebowitz discusses the ownership of intellectual property, and he emphasizes that, as a photographer you need to iron out details—in writing—of who owns the copyright to your work before you sign a contract.
If you’re a photographer interested in the best ways to protect your photos, this is a video you need to watch.
Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq., is a New York attorney who focuses on intellectual property law related to copyrights at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC.
A 17-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA), he has produced award-winning photojournalism.
Richard now helps his fellow NYPPA members and other artists around the world resolve intellectual-property infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis.
As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and is passionate about helping the creative community.
Today we show you how to change a subject's pose with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop! Whether you're trying to get the perfect composition or trying to nail a particular effect, the Puppet Warp Tool can help you reshape and reposition any body part–for the perfect pose, every time.
Shooting on location gives you an instant backdrop which will immediately tell a story about what you're shooting. However having a great location is only the start of the process however, so in this video photographer Gavin Hoey has some simple tips for maximizing the character in your location portraits shoots.
It's all about forward planning. Gavin starts by hiring the right model and outfit for the look he's after. In this case he combines a grimy urbex location with a beautiful red dress. Then he works on adding controlled flash to the existing ambient light to create some drama in his images. Finally he adds some simple props which when used on their own or combined together, create a variety of different looks within the same location.
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he walks you through the process of creating natural looking flash photography by working and balancing the strobe with the natural available window light coming into the location. When people claim flash photography does not look natural, often times they are not mixing it well with the environment. By working with the natural light in the space, your flash photography will be elevated to the next level.
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
In this fifth video in the Audio for Video series, AB discusses tips and techniques for how to best capture audio with lavalier and boom mics. From ways to conceal lavs on talent to proper operation of a boompole, you’ll see real-world examples of the types of methods that are used to enable great audio capture, regardless of environment or application. Check it out.
As a photographer, you've probably run into a situation where your camera's sensor couldn't capture the full range of brightness levels in a scene, necessitating techniques – such as bracketing – to obtain a higher dynamic range image.
Well, those recording audio often face a similar issue capturing the full range of sounds available without clipping and/or distortion.
However, the new Zoom F6 uilizes 32-bit floating recording and dual analog to digital converters (one tuned to capture loud sounds, one tuned to capture low sounds) which the unit combines to create a full range of clean audio.
The processing is so good, in fact, that it's almost impossible to clip audio when the device is set to 32-bit recording (the limiter isn't even available at this setting).
Every studio needs a mirror but to avoid accidental light bounce it's usually kept well away from the shooting area .
However if used carefully, a mirror can make a great prop.
In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how to use a regular household mirror in a small home studio and create a stunning reflection portrait.
Gavin covers all the essential information you need to recreate this photo including, what type of mirror, how to light a pure white background and some simple Photoshop tricks that help give the final mirror image some polish.
I switched to using back button focusing about a year ago and now I never want to go back. [Sean]
From the Canon Austalia YouTube Channel:
Learn how to back button focus with this step-by-step video guide by Canon Collective Ambassador, Kass Brumley.
With this video guide, you will learn how back-button focus works, use cases and how to set it up on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and similar models.
These are the key steps to follow in order to set back-button focus:
Step 1: Disable Autofocussing from the Shutter Button - 1:53
Step 2: Select ‘Metering Start’ - 2:13
Step 3: Assign Your AF-ON Button - 2:33
Step 4: Select a Focussing Mode - 2:53
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates a dynamic portrait using the qualities of hard light. While soft light hides texture, hard light brings it out, casting shadows and patterns as well as helps with color saturation and contrast.
John Todd is a dynamic sports photographer who's managed to capture some of the biggest sporting events from surfing, to golf, to soccer. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the New York Times, and the list just goes on. I sat down with him and asked him for his inside tips for outstanding sports photography that you can go right out and use.