Articles written by Alex Cooke
Half of creating a landscape image is in the editing process. This is where you shape the photo to match your personal style and to make whatever statement or evoke whatever feeling you'd like it to. This helpful video will show you how to add depth and drama to a landscape shot using Lightroom.
A lot of us love freelance life simply because it's not the corporate grind. And while that's a great perk, one benefit of the corporate life is a (normally) clear delineation of where work ends and life begins. This great video examines finding that same delineation as a freelance photographer or videographer.
When we talk about Fujifilm's recent success, most of us likely point to their X Series cameras, known for their fantastic design and great system of lenses. Surprisingly however, the bulk of the company's financial success in imaging is not due to their mirrorless cameras, but rather to their Instax line of cameras.
If you're just starting with film photography or are interested in it, processing your own film can seem a bit daunting, but it's really not that hard, especially with black and white film. Furthermore, it can be immensely satisfying. This great video will show you everything you need to get up and running as well as the entire procedure.
One of the most fundamental skills you can have when it comes to artificial lighting is learning to balance the ambient and strobe. This great video goes behind the scenes of a sunset portrait shoot to show how to do just that to get both a properly exposed subject and background.
The Fujifilm X-H1 is the company's newest flagship X Series camera, and with it come some great new features, most of which have an emphasis on video work. This great video gives a quick review of the camera's most prominent features and user experience along with some sample footage.
Minimalism in any art form is a deceptively difficult thing to pull off successfully, as the increased importance of every element shrinks the line between profound and mundane to a razor's edge. Nonetheless, the practice of minimalism — even if only ars gratia artis — can be a sort artistic sieve through which a clarity of your own expression emerges.
Canon's introduction of the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens was certainly exciting, particularly for portrait shooters, but it also muddied the waters a bit in terms of which 85mm option is the best among their three offerings. This great video compares the trio and will help you pick which is right for you.
There is often an element of risk in sports photography: flying baseballs, out-of-control cars, or in this case, a crashing skier. Swiss Skier Lara Gut slid into Photographer Sean Haffey during her second run in the giant slalom in a scary collision at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Fujifilm fans should be pleased to hear that today, the company has announced a new camera, the X-H1, which they're calling "the highest performance camera in the X series lineup." They've also announced two new cinema lenses, the MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and MKX 50-135mm T2.9. Check out the specs on everything here.
Photography in its pure, abstracted state is generally a happy pursuit for those who are passionate about it. In its practical implementation, there are lots of things that can make us grumpy or even disillusioned. This great videos talk about five ways to be a happier photographer.
When someone mentions Rembrandt in connection with photography, you almost certainly think of the lighting of portrait subjects. It turns out, however, that we can take quite a bit about how he treated light and composition and apply it to landscape work as well.
Artificial lighting can be a bit daunting when you're first starting out, with a range of modifiers, setups, and techniques to learn. This great video will introduce you to grids and show you both why and how they're used in artificial lighting scenarios.
For the better part of a decade, we've been hearing doom and gloom analyses about the death of the camera market at the hands of the camera phone and the like. This has been reflected by a steady decline in sales, but for the first time in years, 2017 experienced an overall growth.
We've all seen the phone versus $50,000 camera videos, and while they're fun to watch, the real competition for an advanced camera phone is a compact system camera. This great video examines how well an iPhone X can compete with a popular vlogging camera for video work.
Portrait photography (or any genre involving people) is difficult because no matter how good your technical skills are, there's a prominent human element, and your success hinges on being proficient at working with your subjects. This great video will examine five common portrait photography mistakes to avoid.