Sunday, September 30, 2018

How to do Portrait Photography in Bright Midday Sun

In photography, learning and knowing how to use and manipulate light will always be an advantage. Especially when it comes to portrait photography because you aren’t always going to photograph your clients in the most ideal light.

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Sometimes you don’t have a choice but to put your clients in direct sunlight.

Backlight your subjects

You might think that backlighting can only apply during sunset hours, however, it can be used any time the sun has passed its peak. Once the sun angles a bit, you are able to backlight your subject.

This technique is best to keep direct sun off your client’s face and avoid those weird shadows that happen under the eyebrows, nose, and chin.

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Backlighting your clients can help minimize shadows.

It also helps to keep people from squinting. Keeping your subject’s face away from direct sunlight will also help keep them comfortable during the session. Beware of backgrounds as well because sometimes, to keep the light of your client’s face, it may mean having them in front of ab undesirable background.

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Backlighting can also add lens flare to your photos in an artistic way.

Try your best to position your subjects away from direct sunlight while still keeping the background that you desire.

Use reflectors

Luckily, because the sun is high in the sky, and most likely really bright, you’ll have big natural light reflectors at your disposal.

Natural reflectors are great to bounce light back onto your subject without having to spend tons on expensive photographic gear. They are found at the location and can fill in the shadows nicely.

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Use a shaded area to help with bright sunlight. The sand also acts as a natural reflector and bounces light back onto people’s faces.

Natural reflectors include big parking lots, sidewalks, windows, big light-colored walls, silver or white cars, buildings with silver or reflective paneling/architectural designs, light-colored cement walls/floors, sand at the beach, and any found natural reflective surface.

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Use the sand as a natural reflector. Use trees to create a frame within a frame.

Backlight your subject when the sun has passed its peak and position them in front of a large natural reflector to bounce light back onto their face.

Professional photographic reflectors are also great to use if you have one already. Position your subject with their back to the sun. Use the silver side of the reflector to bounce light back onto them.

Be careful not to aim the reflected light directly into your subject’s eyes as it can be really bright, almost as strong as direct sunlight. Angle it a bit until you find enough fill on their face.

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Backlighting your clients can help with shadows.

Make sure you do not place your reflector on the floor pointing upward at your client. This will cause the light to bounce upward which will give you odd unflattering shadows on the face. Rather, have a stand or a friend hold the reflector up so that the light bounced back is around torso height.

Be careful when using the white side of the reflector during midday sun as this can cause your client’s face to wash out and look opaque.

Use a scrim to diffuse light

Some reflectors, especially the 5-in-1 kind, come with a translucent side. This translucent reflector helps to diffuse sunlight without completely blocking it out. You can also make your own using translucent fabric and a PVC/hula-hoop.

How to do Portrait Photography in Bright Midday Sun

Hold the scrim over your client’s face or body to diffuse the light. Be careful of your backgrounds. If your background is brighter than your client, the background will be overexposed. If possible, try and match the light on the background to the light on your client.

Scrims are especially effective if you are going for close-up photos of your client.

Slightly underexpose

Underexposing while photographing in bright midday sun can help you get less washed out backgrounds. Underexposing your photo can also help retain details that otherwise get lost if they are too bright.

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Put your clients in direct sunlight to get a different look.

After the session, you can bring up the shadows in your editing program of choice without losing detail in the rest of the image. Underexposing 1/2 – 1 stop can also help to keep the background details intact.

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You can also expose for both your clients in one photo and in the next expose for the background. Later you can merge both photos so that your final photo is exposed for both the people and the scene.

This will also look a bit like HDR which gives your photo a more artistic and dynamic look. Make sure that both photos are taken using the same lens, at the same distance, with the same framing so that both images line up. Otherwise, it will be more difficult to merge the photos in an editing program.

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Try to avoid photograph clients in really bright backgrounds otherwise, you’ll get this washed out background and lens flare.

Use flash

Flash is a great resource to use during the midday sun. Especially when you are in a location where natural reflectors are scarce or you need an extra pop of light. Flash is also handy during midday sessions so that you can properly expose for your clients while keeping the background from washing out.

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Use flash to fill in shadows and compete with the bright sunlight behind.

Since you’ll be competing with the bright midday sun, point your flash directly at your clients to make sure the light reaches them. Using a diffuser can help to disperse the light. If you’re using your flash in manual mode, aim to use it at 1/8th power or more. This will give you enough power to light your clients.

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Experiment with your flash in the high-speed sync mode where you can use shutter speeds higher than 1/200th of a second. You’ll get more fashion styled photos as the pop of light will be more directional and your background will be darker.

Pointing the flash at a big white wall can also help to bounce light back onto your clients meanwhile diffusing the light so that it isn’t so harsh creating a nice blended fill.

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Two different portraits created in midday sun during the same session.

If your flash is attached to your camera, you can slightly bend the flash down to direct it towards your clients rather than having it all the way up. It can add more light to the scene and direct it where you want it to be.

Shoot in Shade White Balance

It might seem a little weird to photograph your entire session in the Shade White Balance and your eyes might take some time getting used to the sepia tones. However, photographing people in shade mode helps to keep skin tones even.

This is very important, especially while photographing during midday sun since it can be really bright and hard to keep the skin tone consistent.

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Have fun photographing in the midday sun.

Shade White Balance allows you to then edit your photos so that you can get the exact skin tones that you desire.

Let creativity flow

Photographing during midday sun may not be ideal yet it can offer many different ways for your creativity to flow. Use shadows to create interesting effects. Try to face your client toward the direct sunlight and focus on the details.

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Review of the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System by Cotton Carrier

If you want an alternative to using the regular camera strap for hiking or walking around town type of activities, then this review is just the thing for you! Read on to find out about the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System and whether it will suit your needs.

Review of the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to review the SKOUT handsfree camera carrying system by Cotton Carrier during a backcountry camping family trip in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park over a period of five days.

To say I was impressed with the performance and comfort of the SKOUT would really be an understatement. I was super impressed with the way Cotton Carrier’s handsfree system worked. It actually held up really well over 30 miles of hard terrain for the duration of the entire trip.

If you have ever been hiking in the mountains, especially the backcountry, you know that total weight and back comfort are very high on the list of priorities for any hiker. I have broken down my review of the Cotton Carrier in terms of the following factors.

Review of the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System

The first day of the hike was without the SKOUT carrier and just using the camera strap around my neck. I was uncomfortable and the strap was so annoying to hold especially after 2-3 hours of a tough incline hike.

Review of the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System

A much happier me with the SKOUT sling on a day hike. Being handsfree was the best part.

#1 – Ease of use

The SKOUT design is a one-size fit all solution for almost any camera and lens attachment. I used it with my Canon 5D MKIII and 16-35mm L lens as well as the 24-70mm L lens. The first setup with the 16-35mm lens was definitely lighter than with the 24-70mm lens. But with both lenses, the sling held up really well.

The side-strap provided the support needed and balanced the weight effectively. Since I was already carrying a heavy camping pack on both my shoulders, the side strap ensured the camera was well balanced on my back. I was really impressed with the SKOUT’s patented “Twist & Lock” mount that attaches and detaches the camera from the anodized aluminum hub with a simple twist.

I have to admit I was a little nervous the first few minutes after attaching the camera to the SKOUT, being completely handsfree. But my body and my back quickly adjusted to the freedom and I loved not having to constantly pull up the camera strap from my shoulders while walking and hiking in the rough terrain.

Hidden inside the system is an internal stash pocket that fits a phone or a few credit cards. There’s also a rain cover/ weather guard so the gear stays safe and dry in less than ideal environments. I actually ended up using this a couple of times during my hike when we got caught is a mild downpour in the moutnains.

#2 Comfort

Attaching the SKOUT was fairly simple. After wrapping it over one shoulder, there is a single strap that wraps around the torso and snaps into place on the front, securing the entire system. The shoulder strap is really padded well, so even heavier camera systems don’t put too much stress on the body.

Review of the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System

The bracket attaches right where you would attach your tripod insert.

Review of the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System

The bracket then connects to the sling body with a twist and turn and it is quite secure.

Review of the SKOUT Handsfree Camera Carrying System

The crossbody sling with the camera attached to it along with the rain cover.

The cotton fabric is very breathable. I was hiking for almost 5-6 hours every day on some pretty rough terrain. Yet the shoulder and body straps were soft and did not rub against my back. The padding on the shoulder straps is thick and really does support the camera weight across your shoulder nicely.

#3 Durability

Like I mentioned earlier, I used the SKOUT camera sling system over a span of 10 days in the mountains of Colorado. I used it on backcountry hiking days as well as day hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.

After the first few minutes of figuring out how to attach the camera and secure the system in place, I really forgot it was even on my body. I absolutely enjoyed being handsfree and having the camera readily available to snap a photo when I saw a beautiful landscape or wildlife.

No more taking the camera out of the daypack and risking missing the moment. The straps, the clasp, and even the camera attachment held up really well to some rough use during my trip.

Here is a video of the SKOUT handsfree camera system in use during my trip.

Conclusion

All in all, I would definitely rate this product a 9/10 and highly recommend it for anyone looking to do photography on a trail or during a backcountry hiking/camping trip.

It is easy to use, comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and seems reliable even after some rough use in the outdoors.

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Guest column: Rick Scott transformed my photography - The Florida Times-Union

As the Rick Scott era in Tallahassee winds down, I've been reflecting on the pivotal role the governor has played in my life. Turning back the clock, the year was 2010. I was a photographer working the bliss and beauty beat, peddling my pictures of ...

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Briefly: Public invited to hear Patrick Bartley on digital photography - The Daily Courier

Public invited to hear Patrick Bartley on digital photography. Local photographer Patrick Bartley will present “How To Make Award Winning Images Without Leaving Your Home.” This free public talk at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, for Prescott Art Docents at ...



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Bob McClenahan — sharing Napa Valley through photography - Napa Valley Register

And although many photographers have helped define the look and feel of Napa as wine country, for the past few years, arguably some of the most ubiquitous and regionally defining photos have come from Bob McClenahan, whose prolific and high-quality ...



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Seven Important Lessons Learned From Landscape Photography - Fstoppers

Landscape photography can be a sneakily difficult genre to master, as the leap from good to great is much more difficult to navigate than it might seem upon inspection of successful images. This great video examines seven lessons learned about ...



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The No Forced Smile Approach to Special Needs Photography - Fstoppers

"Say cheese" might be one of the most common things you think of when it comes to standard portrait photography. In the days of mall studios or even class pictures, this phrase is something we can all attest to hearing at least once in our lives. With ...



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Week 7 | Photography from Modesto area - Modesto Bee

Week 7 | Photography from Modesto area. Sep 29, 2018. Bee photographers capture images of high school football on week 7. Turlock v. Downey and Ripon Christian v. Orestimba. By Andy Alfaro ...



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A Beginner’s Guide to Abstract Flower Photography

Abstract flower photography can stop you in your tracks. But unfortunately, when it comes to abstract flower photography, you probably don’t know where to start. What equipment do you need? What techniques do you use?

The world of abstract flower photography can seem distant and difficult.

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Actually, it is no harder than any other genre of photography. It can be a lot more rewarding, though. You just need to know how to get started.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the fundamentals of abstract flower photography. You’ll learn about the required equipment, as well as several key techniques for getting powerful abstract images. When you finish, you’ll be ready to go out and start applying these tips immediately.

Sound good? Read on.

What is abstract flower photography?

I’m going to define abstract flower photography simply as this – photographing flowers in a way that the viewer doesn’t immediately see the flower.

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That is, an abstract floral focuses not so much on the flower itself, but on parts of the flower: the curve of the petals, the color of the flower center, the play of light on the stamens.

To do powerful abstract flower photography, you have to stop thinking in terms of flowers, and start thinking in terms of shape, color, and light. This isn’t complicated. It’s easy to do, once you get the hang of it. The tips I share below will help you to do just that, so keep reading.

Equipment

To get beautiful abstract flower images, you need two things: a camera and a macro lens.

The type of camera doesn’t matter. These days, essentially all cameras are capable of capturing stunning images. In abstract flower photography, it’s the lens that counts.

So what lens do you need?

Any sort of macro lens will do. I’ve taken excellent abstract flower images with cheap, sub-300 dollar lenses. I’ve also used my much more expensive Canon 100mm f/2.8L lens.

The thing is, abstract flower photography isn’t really about sharpness and perfectly rendered detail. It’s about composition, light and color.

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A tip worth mentioning is that the shorter the focal length of a macro lens, the closer you need to be to your subject to get life-size images. So, for instance, 60mm macro lenses can be a problem when you’re trying to get a close-up of a rose and you keep casting your shadow on the petals by accident.

You may have also heard that for abstract flower photography you need a tripod.

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I would disagree. I don’t use a tripod for abstract flower photography, myself because I find that it’s too limiting. I need to explore the flower through the lens, change my composition, take a few photographs, and change my composition again. You can’t do that with a tripod.

Have you got your camera and a macro lens? If so, you’re ready for the bulk of this tutorial on quick and easy tips for stunning abstract flower photography.

Tip 1: Shoot on cloudy days

If you’ve done natural light macro photography before, you’ll know that you can get beautiful macro photographs at a few different times of the day. First, when it’s cloudy. Second, during the golden hours: just after sunrise and just before sunset.

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I photographed this tulip on a cloudy spring day.

For abstract photography, I recommend that you only shoot on cloudy days.

On cloudy days, the light is even, resulting in colorful, deeply saturated images. And in abstract photography, color is key. In fact, out of all the images featured in this article, all but one were taken on a cloudy day.

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Once you become a more experienced abstract flower photographer, you can start to experiment with other types of light. But until then, stick to cloudy days. Your results will speak for themselves.

Tip 2: Get close. Really, really close!

In abstract flower photography, you cannot just take a snapshot of your subject. Your goal must be to show the viewer something new, something unexpected.

The way to do this is to get close. Really, really close.

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As I said above, you must think in terms of shapes, color, and light. The way to start is to magnify your subject.

Take that macro lens and crank it up to its highest magnification setting (which should be 1:1, if you have a true macro lens). Then get close to a flower. Look through the viewfinder of your camera, and just move the lens around.

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What do you see?

You probably won’t immediately notice a stunning composition. I spend a lot of time looking through my lens without taking any pictures. There’s a lot of experimentation involved, and that’s okay. Which brings us to Tip 3…

Tip 3: Use a shallow depth of field

The depth of field is the amount of an image that is actually in focus.

Images with only a small amount of the subject in focus have a shallow depth of field. Images with a large amount of the subject in focus have a deep depth of field.

Depth of field is controlled by your camera’s aperture setting, also known as an f-stop. A low f-stop (f/1.4 to f/5.6) gives you a nice, shallow depth of field.

On most cameras, you will be able to choose your f-stop. For abstract flower photography, I usually keep it in the f/2.8-3.5 range but feel free to experiment a bit depending on your creative vision. Just keep that depth of field nice and shallow.

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Why do I recommend having so little of the image in focus?

In abstract photography, you must photograph flowers so that the viewer doesn’t immediately see the flower. You must work in terms of light, color, and shapes.

By using a shallow depth of field, you emphasize those elements and take the focus off the flower itself. You shift the focus to the shape of the flower, the color of it, and the light falling on the flower.

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This is what I focus on in my final tip.

Tip 4: Look at the shape of the flower

As I mentioned above, it’s essential that you think about light, color, and shape.

Out of these three elements, I think that shape is most important in abstract flower photography. This is because flowers have naturally interesting shapes: sinuous curves, perfect circles, radiating lines.

The photographs are there. You just have to find them.

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For instance, flowers tend to have such beautiful, soft petals. You can use these to your advantage in your photography. Think about the petals, not as parts of a flower, but as twisting lines. Try to see these shapes moving about through the flower.

Carefully set up a composition that uses these lines. Keep it simple—one or two lines is all you need.

Only once you’ve composed deliberately, keeping the shape of the flower at the forefront of your mind, should you take the image.

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Conclusion

Capturing beautiful abstract photographs can be an intensely rewarding experience.

Make sure you have the right equipment. Then, if you shoot on cloudy days, get super close, use a shallow depth of field and, above all, think in terms of the flower’s shape, you’ll be well on your way to taking stunning abstract flower photographs.

Have any more tips for abstract flower photography? Share them in the comments!

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Why So Many College Graduates Fail in Photography - Fstoppers

Getting a degree in photography can seem like a great way to get a college degree and still pursue what you love, yet many, many college graduates end up failing, despite having four years of intensive training in photography. This great video explores ...



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Gallery: Magical moments in time from the 2018 EyeEm Photography Awards - New Atlas

Billed as the world's largest single photography competition, the 2018 edition of the EyeEm Awards drew more than 700,000 submissions from 100,000 photographers around the world. The jury have now sifted through this mountain of imagery to present this ...



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Batteries and Backups: How to Shoot Off the Grid

Road trips, and other “off the grid” travel adventures are a time for slowing down, for finding the unexpected, and for reconnecting with the world around you. Unfortunately, for us photographers, they can also be a time of anxiety and frustration. How can you keep your camera charged so it’s always ready when inspiration strikes? How can you handle batteries and backups of your photos so they aren’t lost in the mix before you return home?

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As a consummate road-tripper and photographer, I’ve spent many years fine-tuning how to keep my camera charged, and my photos safe, for weeks of off the grid travel. Here are some tips to help you do the same.

Charging 101

Many cameras, from point and shoots to DSLRs, are powered by lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Li-ion batteries are small, lightweight, rechargeable batteries that can tolerate hundreds of charge and discharge cycles.

They are recharged by an external charger, which comes with your camera when you purchase it. That charger plugs into a wall via a two-prong plug and feeds off your house’s Alternating Current power (also called AC power).

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Here’s where charging off the grid gets tricky. Unless you’re staying nightly in a hotel room, two-prong AC plugs (and the charging capacity to power them) are hard to come by. In order to keep your camera battery charged, you will need to adapt.

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Essential Charging Gear

Start out by purchasing a universal Li-ion battery charger. Universal chargers can hold almost any kind of small Li-ion battery, and come with a two-prong plug as well as a 12-volt Direct Current (DC) adapter. This adapter is cylindrical and fits into your car’s 12-volt port (traditionally called a “Cigarette Lighter” charger).

Batteries and Backups: How to Shoot Off the Grid

If you plan to drive for long distances each day and are only looking to recharge a camera battery, this may be all you need. If you plan to charge other devices—tablets, phones, and laptops—or won’t be driving, you’ll need a power bank.

Power Banks

Power banks are essentially big batteries. They receive a charge, either from a wall outlet or an alternative source like solar panels, and hold onto that charge until you need it. Power banks vary greatly in size, weight, and capacity.

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Small USB power banks are perfect for powering cell phones and tablets. Depending on their capacity, they can recharge a phone or tablet anywhere from two to eight times.

Though they are harder to find, some small power banks also have a two- or three-prong port for plugging in a Li-ion camera battery charger. For quick trips where a little backup is needed, these power banks are just right.

If a little backup isn’t what you’re looking for, it’s time to call in the big guns. Portable power stations range in size from 150 to 1250 watts and are designed to be a full-service power solution. Power stations offer three-prong ports for AC power, multiple USB ports, and a 12-volt port.

They can charge camera batteries, laptops, tablets, and cell phones with ease (charging capacity varies by model).

Batteries and Backups: How to Shoot Off the Grid

Portable power stations are relatively large, as well as heavy. To illustrate, they are great at a campsite but too bulky to hike comfortably into the backcountry. These power stations are recharged by plugging them into a wall outlet, or by connecting them to solar panels and allowing them to charge for 8-12 hours.

If you’re looking for serious charging power, or plan to be off the grid for long stretches, a portable power station is a wise investment.

Note: Portable power stations cannot be brought on airplanes, though smaller USB power banks often can.

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Photo Backups

Is there anything worse than returning from travel and finding your image files are corrupted or missing? A savvy photographer will avoid this scenario by doing daily backups of their images.

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Backing up images online to the cloud is an option if you have fast, reliable Wi-Fi at your disposal. Set the backup to happen overnight, and you’ll wake up knowing your images are safe.

Fast Wi-Fi is hard to find. Hotel and coffee shop connections are often sluggish, so always be prepared with another backup plan. If you’re traveling with a laptop you can either back up the images directly to the computer or carry a rugged external hard drive. If the images are critical, such as a wedding gallery or a shoot for a client, back up the images to two different locations.

Batteries and Backups: How to Shoot Off the Grid

When traveling without a laptop, invest in a portable backup device like a Gnarbox. These small drives have an SD card slot and will copy and store all of the card’s images. Again, if the shoot is extra-important, be sure to back up the images to at least two locations.

Conclusion

Keeping your camera and other devices charged while on the road can be a challenge, but is made easier with a few pieces of essential gear designed to meet your charging needs. Together with regular backups, you can take images off the grid with ease and peace of mind.

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Automating image capture for 3D scanning through photogrammetry

3D data creation is part of a growing trend in the use of computational imaging techniques within cultural heritage digitization shops. In particular, operational adoption of photogrammetry has been witnessed at such institutions as the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), the Smithsonian, and the University of Virginia Library. 3D data use cases abound. For instance, it can be […]

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What's Behind the Recent Lull in Photography Bookings? - Fstoppers

If your bookings are on a downward trend, you are not alone. With many photographers claiming a significant decrease in clients, let's take a look at what is causing the sudden dip. I am a full-time wedding photographer. I also have a decent ...



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Original Observer photography - The Guardian

A Hollywood film star, a Labour activist and a boxing match all feature in this showcase of the best commissioned photography by the Observer in September 2018. Josy Forsdike. Main image: Jeff Goldblum photographed by Pål Hansen for the Observer.



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Photography club starts up - The Courier=Times

A new photography club is getting its start in Roxboro. This club will be for anyone with an interest and passion for photography. Whether you've just bought your first camera or you've been taking photographs for years, you are cordially invited to ...



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Crystal Lake Camera Club plans photography exhibit - Northwest Herald

Members of the Crystal Lake Camera Club will exhibit some of their favorite photographs Oct. 5 in the Sage Gallery during the First Friday Arts Show hosted by Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the Dole Mansion, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. The ...



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Friday, September 28, 2018

Vandalia man publishes MSP photography book - Jefferson City News Tribune

In hopes of encouraging people to visit the Missouri State Penitentiary to learn its history, Michael Schlueter's fine art photography book of the old prison in Jefferson City is now on sale. Schlueter, a fine art photographer from Vandalia, published ...



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Social media photography topic of camera club - Huntington Herald Dispatch

OLBH Director of Information Services Brian Rodehaver will be the meeting speaker and will provide information concerning social media photography. The OLBH Camera Club meets the first Tuesday of each month. The club is free, open to all and is ...



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Online learning platform CreativeLive cuts jobs in quest for profitability

Chase Jarvis. (Photo via CreativeLive)

Online learning company CreativeLive laid off an unspecified number of employees Friday in what CEO Chase Jarvis described as a restructuring.

The job cuts were made in the company’s Seattle and San Francisco offices. Though the company isn’t saying how many employees were let go, both offices are expected to remain open. CreativeLive has more than 10 million students who use its platform to learn about topics including photography, video, music, and many other subjects via live and archived video classes.

The company has raised nearly $60 million to date, including a $25 million round that closed in May 2017. Investors include Greylock Partners; Social Capital; GSV Acceleration; and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.

At the time of the funding, CreativeLive said it had more than 100 people between its two offices, declining to be more specific. LinkedIn puts the current number at 152 employees.

Jarvis is a professional photographer, founded CreativeLive with Craig Swanson in 2010. Jarvis sent this statement in response to our inquiry.

Today we restructured our business so we’re best positioned for profitability and for continuing to serve our community of more than 10 million students worldwide. As a part the restructure, we’re parting ways with some really talented and hardworking teammates from our Seattle and San Francisco locations. Obviously this is hard stuff by any measure, and in this case, we had to make some tough calls. But the changes we made today put us control of our own destiny and make sure CreativeLive’s is positioned for success over the long haul.

Employees who were let go are expected to receive severance packages and lifetime access to CreativeLive classes, and assistance

CreativeLive focuses on creative-related online classes but also hosts video related to leadership, business, and self-improvement. It has a flurry of competitors in the larger online education industry, including Coursera, MasterClass, Udacity (which just had small layoffs), and others.

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The online education industry is expected to reach $286 billion in 2023, up from $160 billion in 2017, according to Research and Markets.

After raising its most recent round of venture funding, CreativeLive said it would use the cash to refine and improve its products, including its live and on-demand video platform. CreativeLive is also making a push to work with enterprises. Swanson left the company in 2015.

In addition to running CreativeLive, Jarvis also has his own show, Chase Jarvis Live, and is a podcaster. He recently partnered with Apple for a collaboration called Photo Lab. Known for his adventurous commercial shoots, Jarvis was an early champion of smartphone photography with his 2009 book, The Best Camera, and an app of the same name that was a forerunner of Instagram.



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Lenny Kravitz Launches Photo Exhibit Featuring Daughter Zoe, Susan Sarandon - Hollywood Reporter

Lenny Kravitz unveiled his first project as Dom Pérignon's creative director — and his first exhibition since his debut photography book, Flash, in 2015 — at the Skylight Modern space in New York City on Friday. Before an evening VIP showing of ...

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The Essence of Photography: What You See Reflects Your Inner World

Here’s my favorite quote from Jay Maisel, one of the legends in the world of photography: “If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person.” As photographers, we often get bored in the place we live and we want to travel as much as possible to get different and more interesting pictures.

We think that it is all about pictures. But I’ve found that for me, it’s exactly as Jay Maisel said: the more I know about life, about people, about art, the better and more interesting my pictures become to me. If I’m in the process of learning from some new artist or new philosopher, it will reflect in my work and in what I see in front of me.

That’s a very obvious thing, of course, but what we forget to do is to constantly update our inner selves. We tend to think that what we know is enough and that we just need to go out and find the good pictures waiting for us. But that’s not true. All those motivations are enough for a time, but afterward they disappear and we need to update ourselves constantly.

We need to dedicate way more time to those “updates” than to actual photography.

I have one particular example I’d like to share with you. It’s an illustration of the behind-the-scenes thoughts that go on in my mind when I see something and take a picture.

I took this following picture in the Baumanskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia:

The man was Russian. He initially wanted to sit on a nearby bench, but homeless guys who were sitting there drove him away, telling him that he attracts police.

Something told me to wait as I watched how he sat below this bench, where the light was much better. He laid his carpet out, placed all of his belongings on the ground, took out a book, and started to read.

At that moment, I remembered some art, some painter. Something popped into my head. I couldn’t remember what exactly, but I decided to look it up later.

Later on, I did remember what I was inspired by. It was this:

This is a painting done in 1873 by Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin, titled “At the Door of a Mosque.”

A crop of Vereshchagin’s “At the Door of a Mosque.”

I took some pictures of this man while he was walking and I thought I was done, but something made me wait and continue watching. I don’t think I would have noticed the photo I captured above had I never seen the painting by Vereshchagin before.

Many famous photographers (including Jay Maisel) say to “be open” and to “learn to see something you have never seen before.” That sounds like good advice, but is it true?

By “something,” the photographers mean some gesture, event, people, emotions, etc. But let’s think of it as if it were a language — say… Vietnamese. If you don’t understand Vietnamese, the language won’t reflect with your existing knowledge in your brain, so you’ll only hear sounds, not words.

I believe the same is true in photography — to be able to understand what’s in front of you, what you see has to reflect with your existing knowledge and experiences.

So the more experience and knowledge you have, through seeing and living through more things, the more tools you have to use in your work.

Be “open,” of course, but also be constantly updating your imagination with masterworks by great artists, keep talking to interesting people, keep reading books, and keep adding to your knowledge — it will lead to photographs with new dimensions.

About the author: Alexander Light is a photographer focused on street, travel, and landscapes. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website, street photography portfolio, Facebook, and Instagram.



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Ricoh announces development of the 24MP GRIII with 3-axis IBIS

The Ricoh GRII was announced way back in June 2015. It contained a 16MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor with a 28mm equivalent lens and became very popular, especially amongst street photographers. Now, Ricoh has announced the development of its successor. Yup, you guessed it, the GRIII. While the focal length and maximum aperture stay the same, […]

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Zeiss Unveils the Batis 40mm f/2 Close Focus Lens for Sony E

Zeiss has announced the new Batis 40mm f/2 CF (Close Focus) lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, a product the company calls “the most versatile lens in the Zeiss Batis family.”

Sitting between the Batis 25mm f/2 and the Batis 85mm f/1.8, the new 40mm f/2 is designed specifically for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the a7 and a9 lines. The Batis lineup now covers five focal lengths ranging from 18mm to 135mm.

The Batis 40mm f/2 CF has a minimum focusing distance of 9.45 inches (24cm) with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.3.

“The ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF is able to tackle various photography challenges thanks to its special 40-millimeter focal length,” Zeiss says. “From portrait and street photography to landscape and architecture – anything is possible with this high-resolution fixed focal length.”

An OLED display on the lens shows the photographer the distance and depth of field.

Other features include a floating lens design, high micro contrast, ZEISS T* for reduced reflections, weather and dust sealing, and splash protection.

The new Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF will be available in November 2018 with a price tag of $1,299.



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Zeiss adds 40mm f/2 Close Focus to its Batis range of lenses

A new camera with zero card slots isn’t all that Zeiss has announced at Photokina this year. They’ve also announced the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF lens, too. It sits in between the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses in the Zeiss E mount lineup. The Zeiss Batis lenses were developed specifically for the Sony […]

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Great Photography Teachers: The Vision of Shahidul Alam - PDN Online

Some of the school's most accomplished graduates have been recruited to its faculty, and are now training the next generation of photographers. He created Chobi Mela, the annual photo festival in Dhaka, to bring together renowned photographers from ...



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Fall photography workshop - Aitkin Independent Age

On Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Steve Kohls will lead this class teaching photographers to maximize their camera while giving tips on technique and equipment. A vehicle is required. Meet at the park's trail ...



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Art Association's photo exhibition part of Wichita Falls' last Art Walk for season - Times Record News

What: Fifth Annual Wichita Falls Art Association Photography Exhibition. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4. Exhibit runs through Oct. 31. Where: WFAA Gallery, 8th and Ohio (Holt building). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues. thru Sat. Admission ...



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