Articles written by Alex Ventura
Regardless of what genre of photography someone is looking to get into, most new photographers have a similar question in mind: what are the essential pieces of gear do I need for photography? The answers vary depending on what you plan the genre of photography you plan to enter. If you are looking to venture into landscape photography, this might be the list for you.
Unless you have mastered the art of shooting your entire video in one clip, your video project will be broken up into different scenes or cuts. Adding transitions between the different scenes can improve your overall project. Are you out of ideas for alternative ways to transitions your video from scene to scene?
B-Roll can add much-needed dynamics to enrich your story in your footage, but using the same type of b-roll over and over again can get boring. Are you stuck with using 120 FPS slow motion and find your work getting stagnant? Not sure what else you can do to change it up?
Photographers and people love bokeh. There are several discussions on how to achieve creamy bokeh backgrounds in your shot and even recommended lenses to achieve this look. Many will tell you to get an 85mm lens or lenses with a longer focal length, but what do you do when you want to incorporate more environment into the shot?
Gimbals are great tools to help you in your video work for smoother motion shots. Sometimes they can be a bit tricky to use and you may not get super smooths results like you were hoping to. Here’s one tip how to improve your gimbal shots, and it’s not how you hold or even move with your gimbal.
When shopping for lenses, you may notice that certain lenses are classified or even recommended for a certain genre of photography. You might see sports, travel, wedding, or even wildlife as the typical use of some lenses. What if you are looking to get into or already shoot food photography, what lenses should you be looking at?
Photographing people, especially when they are not models, can come with some challenges. Not many have the experience of being in front of the camera. Throw some kids into the mix, and it can become a lot more difficult with a different set of obstacles during your session. What can you do?
If you are just starting out in photography and looking to build your portfolio, models may not be jumping at the chance to shoot with you to help you build your portfolio, so you may ask friends to help you out and be your models. Whether you're working with friends or as a portrait photographer shooting non-models every day, getting your subjects to be comfortable in front of a camera and to nail some killer poses isn’t going to happen naturally for most.
Windows can be used to create interesting shots, especially when using the reflections to your advantage, but that’s not the only way to incorporate glass in your photoshoot. There are several different ways, but what if you are looking for a grungy-looking window for a specific concept you have in mind? Here's how to make one.
Looking to add some vintage dust and grain look to your freshly taken digital photos? You know, that look when you come across some old polaroids or 4x6 prints that you dug up from an old photo album that's been packed away in some box… or possibly scrounged from your parents? Yeah, that look of slight imperfections where the ink has been scratched along with some dust that's hard to remove.