Articles written by Alex Cooke
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.
Photography is a remarkably wide pursuit, with dozens of genres and career paths, but there are some common mistakes that almost all photographers make at some point. This excellent video discusses nine common mistakes almost every photographer has made at some point.
A good wide-aperture 24mm lens can be a versatile option for anything from astrophotography to events coverage and even portraiture work. For Nikon mirrorless shooters, the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S lens could be that option, and this great video review takes a look at what you can expect from it in practice.
As deepfake videos become more and more believable, they are a cause for serious concern over their ability to be leveraged to misrepresent things like news stories or politicians. Researchers have come up with a clever new technique for detecting deepfakes that can help fight this problem.
When Canon announced its RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM lens, a lot of photographers were a bit perplexed by the f/7.1 maximum aperture at the telephoto end. Nonetheless, it is a versatile lens, and this great video review takes a look at how it performs in practice.
Pete Souza needs little introduction. As the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan, Souza had the crucial duty of documenting innumerably many historical moments, a job he did with an empathetic touch that has made his work the model for many aspiring photographers. I recently had the chance to speak with Souza about his work, his approach, and his new film.
Few of us enjoy standing in the cold, the rain, a snowstorm, etc. But if you follow a lot of the world's best landscape photographers, you might notice that they will frequently brave the elements for photos. This excellent video discusses why you should bundle up and head out into bad weather with your camera more often.
Both Lightroom and Photoshop are complicated and nuanced applications with wide ranges of capabilities and features. This excellent video tutorial details 10 helpful tips and tricks for using them that will help you edit more quickly, find new capabilities and ways of doing things, and create better overall images.