It can be easy to pull our cameras out of our bags and start shooting, leaving the fate of the shoot to our post-processing skills and imagination after the fact. However, to really ensure we always get quality images that match our vision, it's important to be prepared. Making a habit of these 14 things will ensure that you consistently get those shots.
Articles written by Alex Cooke
For many photographers, the majority of their subjects aren't models and aren't trained in posing. And so, it falls to the photographer to really be able to guide the subject to finding suitable looks. This great video gives you some quick tips on how to do just that.
I recently came across this great series of videos that follows Landscape Photographer Ben Horne as he travels through Death Valley with his 8x10 cameras and deals with anything from cameras falling off the top of dunes to chipmunks chewing through his engine wiring. It's a fascinating and enjoyable series to watch that gives a wonderful inside look at the love of the art.
One of the most fundamental skills a photographer can have is the ability to separate their subject from the background. It goes beyond just physical distance, however. Good background separation requires control of light, and this great tutorial will show you exactly how to achieve that with a variety of different looks.
Don't worry, we're not about to turn an image black and white save for one spot. The Selective Color tool is one of the most powerful ways to precisely and efficiently make targeted adjustments in Photoshop. This great tutorial will show you how to take advantage of its capabilities.
A common saying among proponents of prime lenses when confronted with the versatility of zoom lenses is: "Zoom with your feet!" However, that does not produce the same effect. Learn about the difference between changing your crop and changing your perspective in this quick lesson.
If you're just getting started in photography, the veritable plethora of rules, terms, and settings can be a bit overwhelming. And while it's important to build up your knowledge of all those things, this great video offers some more practical advice.