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.
Articles written by Alex Cooke
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.
A decade ago, high quality supertelephoto zoom lenses were generally the exclusive domain of first party manufacturers, but in the past few years, companies like Tamron and Sigma have brought affordable and well-performing alternatives to the market. This great review takes a look at one such lens, the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary.
When you think of aperture choice and depth of field in landscape photography, you likely trend toward using narrow apertures for a wide depth of field. And while that is certainly a great way to approach images, you can create unique photos by using a narrow depth of field, which is what this excellent video explores.
You can spend a lot of time studying techniques, reading gear reviews, and viewing the work of other photographers, but a certain personality trait is probably more important than any of those for becoming a better photographer. This great video discusses that trait and why it can help you improve as a photographer.
Few creative decisions have a bigger impact on the final look of your photos than your choice of lighting. Direct sunlight, backlighting, and lighting crafted from strobes all have their place, and this excellent video comparison will show you the different images you can achieve with each.
With the RF mount, Canon has really pushed the boundaries of optical design and introduced some groundbreaking lenses, the most impressive likely being the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM. If you are interested in this lens, check out this awesome video review that takes a real-world look at the sort of performance and images you can expect from it.
Most street photographers prefer to use a lens around 24mm or 35mm for their work, rarely opting for telephoto options, let alone ultra-long supertelephotos. But that does not mean you can't take great photos with a long lens, and this fun video follows a photographer as he shoots street images with a 400mm lens.