Zeiss lenses hold a bit of a legendary status when it comes to portraiture, with the Batis 85mm f/1.8 being particularly well known. Still, it is on the expensive side for an 85mm f/1.8 lens. Does it justify its premium price tag? This great video review takes a look at the lens and what you can expect from it in real-world usage.
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Flash can be an excellent tool to freeze motion, especially when you are working in the studio or do not have extreme amounts of available light for using ultra-fast shutter speeds. But you can get even more creative results by mixing the freezing power of a flash with a long exposure that captures motion, and this fantastic video tutorial will show you how it is done.
You might think the difference in setups that create high key and low key lighting is significant, but on the other hand, just a slight change in modifiers and light position can make a huge difference. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to create both high key and low key portraits using two strobes with almost identical modifiers.
When you think of landscape photography, you probably automatically assume the usage of a tripod, but it is not always a necessary tool, and in fact, it can even be a detriment. In fact, a tripod can actually end up being a hindrance, and this fantastic video discusses why you might want to keep your camera in your hands more often.
We all have our personal style and photographic habits, and that is not a bad thing; after all, they are what define us as creatives. On the other hand, we can end up stuck in a bit of a rut if we never stray outside our comfort zone, and this excellent video reminds us why it is important to push ourselves every once in a while.
Landscape photography is unique in that you can't move the elements of your frame to adjust the composition, and as such, it can be easy to fall into the trap of making your photos too busy without even realizing it. This excellent video tutorial will show you five signs that your landscape photos may be too busy.
A good wide angle zoom lens can be invaluable for a wide range of applications ranging from events coverage and landscapes to astrophotography, and one of their most important properties is their sharpness. The excellent video review compares three options for Nikon shooters: the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S, and NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lenses.
We tend to be inundated by images of grand, epic scenes when it come to landscape photography, and it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking those are the only photographs worth taking. This excellent video discusses why even seemingly normal scenes can be turned into worthwhile images.
Knowing how to shoot in manual mode is one of the most fundamental and useful skills you can have and something every photographer should master as soon as possible. If you are new to photography, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to use manual mode to take complete control of your photos.
Most of us edit in Lightroom using the numerous sliders, and while those are perfectly fine the vast majority of the time, a tool that contains the power of many sliders all in one is hiding in plain sight: the tone curve. If you have not used it before, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you how to use it for everything from adding contrast to color grading.
When you are new to photography, it is not uncommon to be bombarded with a wide variety of (often conflicting) advice on what gear to buy, how to shoot, how to run a business, and more. Some of that advice is genuinely helpful, and some is incorrect or even downright harmful. This helpful video essay discusses five common photography myths heard by beginners and why you should not fall prey to them.
Dramatic portraits that mix the natural light of the sun behind the subject with a strobe to emphasize the model are a popular look and a fantastic way to practice lighting skills and to build your portfolio. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to shoot one such portrait to produce professional results.
No doubt, a 35mm lens is one of the most useful a lot of photographers can own, beneficial in a variety of scenarios ranging from events coverage to portraiture. However, with many premium options reaching well past $1,000, they aren't always cheap. This great video review takes a look at a much more affordable 35mm lens, the Yongnuo YN 35mm f/2 S DF DSM.
No doubt, 2020 was one of the most difficult years ever for a lot of us, and maintaining a business was a tremendous challenge. This great video features a photographer breaking down his income for the year in exact amounts to give you a good idea of how things have changed since the start of the pandemic.