I am a serial procrastinator, I will do it tomorrow is a common theme. However my goal this year is to meet my deadlines! Nothing is more unprofessional than missing a deadline for a client. With Google Calendar and a simple Excel / Google spreadsheet file I am able to schedule a multi-deadline schedule in a few clicks.
I would like to wrap up my Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits series in a quick roundup on the most common mistakes I have been noticing beginner Beauty photographers make.
I will sure talk more about Beauty photography in the future, but I’d like to summarize a few things at this point.
In part 1 I covered the process of building the best panoramas with little distortion by finding the no parallax spot in your lens. In part 2 we add in our model and use curves and levels to colorize the sky in Photoshop. In addition, this tutorial builds on utilizing the combination of plugins and Photoshop to target specific tones of your image, which is a great technique when building a dramatic environment. [more]
In the last article I shared, “The Most Important Setting in Lightroom is Set To Off By Default”, I believe there was a misunderstanding because while talking about auto-saving your edits, I didn’t also discuss backing up your Lightroom Catalogs. It is important to back up your catalog and as you will see in this video I’d even highly recommend changing the Lightroom default location for a more secure backup. [more]
As more and more photographers are shooting backplates on location and subjects in the studio, I’ve found the best tool for the job isn’t necessarily your lens or the camera but a specific tripod head that finds the no parallax point in your lens. This was by far our favorite purchase of 2013 here at RGG Photo. [more]
Change is afoot and 2014 could well be the year that completely redefines the photo and video landscape as we know it. It doesn’t matter if you you shoot weddings, fashion, portraits, landscapes, products, food or concerts – these changes will affect us all. Here are three game changers – let’s take a look at what they are, what they could mean for you, your photography and your business. [more]
“Trevor, I have been editing this wedding for the last few days and now my Lightroom catalog says it is corrupted! When I opened a new catalog and reimported the photos from my hard disk I can’t find any of my previous edits I worked so hard on. I am so frustrated! What did I do wrong?” Keep this from happening to you by having Lightroom automatically save your changes, but this setting is off by default. I’ll show you where to turn it on. [more]
Incase has been making some of my favorite iPhone cases for the past couple of years. When I saw their camera bags, I was intrigued but skeptical. After doing some research and drooling over how this bag (Incase Ari) looked I decided to buy one and take if for a test spin. I figured I could always return it if it didn’t meet my needs…
This is yet another article of the Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits series. If you haven’t read the first three, you can find them here: on compositing, on shooting Beauty portraits on location and in studio.
Today I would like to talk about framing, posing and directing your models when shooting Beauty portraits. While lighting and compositing are very important parts of creating a striking image, the model’s pose, facial expression and her body language can make or break it.
Some photographers have the wonderful ability to marry creative technique with technical application, and then convey this to us in a way that is genuinely interesting and educational. I picked up three such books this year and would describe them all “inspir-cational” – a wonderful mix of both inspiring work, combined with a high level of educational value. If you’re looking for a little learning as well as something to inspire in the New Year, I can heartily recommend all three. [more]
Each week on Fstoppers Answers, we answer a question asked by the photography community. This week, we were asked – “How do you market to social media? (When marketing your photography on social media, is it more effective to always be trickling out content constantly, or less frequently but higher quality and more content at once. For example, if I do a shoot with a model, should I post a photo a day, or a set a week?)” [more]
You finally got that Canon 5D Mark III camera you have been desiring and now you are trying to figure out how best to take advantage of all it’s great new features. Here are five ways I have customized my camera to best fit my needs while shooting weddings, events and portraits. [more]
We talked about SmartAlbums a few weeks ago with their black friday launch and there was an overwhelming majority that agreed it was a complete game changer. I’ve been on the beta for about two months and have had the chance to do a review for you guys. The program is so simple to use but if you’re too lazy to read there is a screen-share video at the end. It’s a quick walkthrough of me building a personal album, it’s silent though, so you should probably suck it up and read it, oh and then buy it.
It seems like Stillmotion is never content sitting still for long. These Portland based filmmakers have spent the better part of a decade chasing their dreams and doing so on their own terms. The one consistent thread for Stillmotion has always been executing amazing stories that need to be told. [more]
Each week, we ask the public to submit a question to have answered in our segment called “Fstoppers Answers“. Last week we asked “When Did You Make the Jump to Full Time Pro?”. This week, we asked the staff of Fstoppers “How Did You Approach Your First Agency/Client?” [more]