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Advice for Working With Animals on Set

Advice for Working With Animals on Set

Photographing kids can sometimes be difficult, and even some adults can present challenges during a photoshoot. Shooting animals can present similar challenges along with whole new ones you may not have thought of before. Whether or not the animal is professionally trained to be in front of the camera, you need to be prepared.

How to Quickly Replace the Sky In Any Photo

How to Quickly Replace the Sky In Any Photo

As a photographer, you should come to expect Mother Nature isn’t always on your side. Maybe you found the perfect location for a shoot, and when it’s finally set up, the sky isn’t exactly how you want it. Maybe you are just traveling around and taking photos of the beautiful landscape, but the sky leaves more to be desired. What about real estate photography, need to shoot the property at a specific date and time but they want a rich and blue sky with some clouds but there are no clouds in sight.

What Does it Take to Crash The DJI Spark?

What Does it Take to Crash The DJI Spark?

While shopping the market for a drone, there are many things to consider. Is durability one of them? Well, it should be, but it's not usually taken into account while shopping. Depending on your reasoning for adding a drone to your inventory of gear, you probably are focused on image and video quality combined with flight time.

Using Off-Camera Flash to Create More Interesting Wedding and Engagement Photos

Using Off-Camera Flash to Create More Interesting Wedding and Engagement Photos

There are several ways to create more interesting photos, one way is to use off-camera lighting to help separate your subject from the environment or even making them the main focus of the shot. Carsten Schertzer shares 10 flash techniques he uses in his wedding and engagement photos to make them more interesting. These technique do not have to stop there, some of them can be used in other portrait sessions or even shooting products.

Five Slider Tips for Beginners

Five Slider Tips for Beginners

There are several tools out on the market for filmmakers to help improve your video with smoother motion throughout the film. One popular choice is the camera slider. There’s no doubt you have seen a smooth camera motion from the result of a camera slider before. If this is your first time using one, camera slider marker Rhino has released a video with five tips just for you to help you get started.

Cloning Yourself in Photos or Videos

Cloning Yourself in Photos or Videos

How many times have you seen a video or photo where a subject or even the artist themselves appear in it multiple times and wondered how they did that? Having a background in graphic design, I always guessed you just merge the footage or photos together and mask sections out to reveal the subject in each area. Well, it is as simple as it sounds but if you are not sure how to get started or how to do that, Peter McKinnon shows how he cloned himself in both photo and video using Photoshop and Premiere, respectively.

How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage

How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage

If you shoot or looking to shoot video, one question that you might be trying to think a solution for is how to get smoother video footage. I am not sure how many people would be interested in watching a video that you are trying to produce if it is entirely too shaky especially if that doesn't fit the mood of the video. Some scenes like a chase sequence may work better with shaky footage, but some scenes will work better with a smoother shot.

How to Add Fake Slow Motion to Your Footage

How to Add Fake Slow Motion to Your Footage

While editing video, there are several effects you can add to the project to exaggerate, dramatize, or put focus on a specific portion. One popular method to do this is to slow down the footage. Many of the new cameras that are coming out today are able to shoot in higher FPS (frames per second), allowing this technique to be achieved effectively in camera. It might confuse some that shooting more frames per second equals slow motion video, but it's right. When you play the higher FPS clip at an average playable frame rate of 24 FPS, the time line for that clip is extended resulting in slow motion.

Behind the Scenes with Karen Alsop on Adventures of Quadriplegic Mother and her Son

Behind the Scenes with Karen Alsop on Adventures of Quadriplegic Mother and her Son

I previously wrote about Benjamin Von Wong's latest project with Sarah Jane in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Benjamin’s portion was just half of the project set up by Karen Alsop. She invited Benjamin to join in on some friendly competition. While her approach and style was different, there was still some amazing images created out of this cooperative project.

How to Shoot Suspended Objects with Fishing Line

How to Shoot Suspended Objects with Fishing Line

Shooting suspended objects in your images can be done a few different ways, from the use of Photoshop to the simple and effective use of wire or fishing line. My first instinct would be to grab clear fishing line. Not having done any work with fishing line in suspending objects, I would not even have thought about getting brown or even a greenish tint line to use in the set, as Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens packs in his fishing line kit box for various projects and scenes. In this video, he shares all his tips on this approach, including how he decides to use a certain color based on the background.