The beauty of artificial lighting is that you can create shots in just about any situation no matter the ambient light, and you can create a wide variety of looks in one location simply by varying parameters like the position of the light or its distance to the subject. This excellent video shows a photographer discussing how he got three different shots in one location with the help of artificial lighting.
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Full frame is generally accepted as the standard format for most professional work and is what most photographers would choose if given the option. However, that does not mean that full frame is the best choice for everyone nor that you should spend extra money for it, and this fantastic video details several reasons why.
Capture One and Photoshop make for a powerful combination for editing portraits to produce professional results. This fantastic video tutorial gives a complete guide to editing a portrait from start to finish using both applications and a wide variety of creative tricks and techniques.
The Nikon Z 5 is the company's affordable full frame mirrorless camera, and despite its price, it comes with a variety of features for both photographers and videographers that make it a good option for a variety of different applications. This great video reviews the Z 5 and compares it to the Z 6.
Before the EOS R5 and R6, Sony was generally acknowledged as the leader in mirrorless camera technology, but now that the aforementioned Canon cameras have arrived, the competition has grown much fiercer. How do Canon's new mirrorless cameras hold up against Sony's comparable models? This great video review and comparison answers that question.
One of Canon's niftiest new gadgets is the EF-to-RF mount adapter that can accept both variable ND and circular polarizing filters, allowing you to use them with any EF lens without having to worry about individual filter size, making it useful for a wide range of situations. This great video review takes a look at the adapter and how it performs in practice.
When it comes to family portraiture, using natural light instead of flash is often a popular choice for several reasons. Whether you are shooting portraits of other families for money or simply trying to create your own memories, this fantastic video features five great tips for creating authentic natural light family portraits.
Retouching hair can be one of the trickiest tasks you have to do as a portrait photographer, and there is no universal technique that fits every situation. Beyond that, frizzy hair is probably the most challenging of all. This fantastic video tutorial will show you several different ways to retouch frizzy hair using Photoshop.
Autofocus has become remarkably fast and reliable, but there are still a lot of situations in which manual focus might be the best choice to get the shot. This fantastic video tutorial details six techniques you can use to ensure you can nail shots when using manual focus.
A good macro lens is one of the most versatile optics a photographer can own, enabling you to take highly detailed shots, but also being a great option for sharp portraits and more. This fantastic video review takes a look at the new Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art lens and features a lot of helpful sample images.
Having the ability to work with off-camera flash can make you a far more versatile photographer and enable many new creative avenues that simply are not possible with natural light. This great video follows a photographer as he moves from working with natural light through to multi-light setups with a wide variety of modifiers and techniques, and you are likely to learn a lot from it.
The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2020, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.
Fuji's new XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR lens is one of their most ambitious to date, and it brings with it the promise of ultimate portraits, with buttery smooth bokeh and very narrow depth of field. How does it hold up in practice? This fantastic video review shows the kind of images you can create with this unique lens.
Fall is undoubtedly one of the best times to be a photographer, as the leaves change and give rise to brilliant scenes full of vibrant and dramatic colors. To make sure you are able to take full advantage of the season, check out this fantastic video tutorial that details 13 helpful tips for better fall images along with a lot of great example images.