Articles written by Alex Cooke
Gels are one of the cheapest and most versatile ways to quickly add a splash of creativity and visual interest to an image. That being said, it is important to use them carefully to avoid the issues that can arise with them. This is where grids can become highly useful, and this great video will show you how you can use them in combination with gels for better images.
There is a surprisingly wide variety of macro lenses available, each with different capabilities and specifications that can make for an easier workflow or more unique images. This great video will give you an overview of some of the best and most popular options and the sort of images you can expect to make with them.
Modern post-processing technology allows us to drastically alter or even fundamentally change images, and this has created entirely new ethical questions about the boundaries of digital manipulation in different genres. This great video features a seasoned photographer discussing his thoughts on the matter and how different situations change those boundaries.
A good wide angle lens is a fantastic and versatile tool that can help you create all sorts of interesting images, but they can also be quite expensive. However, when you dive into the world of vintage lenses, there are quite a lot of great deals to be had. This great video features three awesome vintage wide angle lenses, all of which you can buy for under $100 on the used market.
Whether you like it or not, vertical video is quickly becoming a more popular format. With more and more people using their mobile devices as their main means of entertainment and information consumption, vertical video is becoming a natural means of delivering content, though it takes a different way of thinking, particularly since most professional devices are designed for horizontal creation. This great video will give you eight tips to improve your vertical videos.
You might think that Photoshop is the place for more advanced edits, and while that is generally true, it often surprises people just how much you can get done using only Lightroom. This excellent video will show you five great editing tricks to take your images further when working in Lightroom.
Traditionally, you probably think of using color gels to change the hue of your subjects or to add a splash of color to a backdrop, but with this clever technique, you can use color gels to change the color of the sky. This great video will show you the theory behind the technique and how to change the sky to whatever color you please.
Samyang has begun to expand their lens lineup into the realm of autofocus while trying to retain their reputation for being sharp and affordable. One of their latest lenses, the 75mm f/1.8 for Sony E mount cameras, provides a unique focal length great for portraits combined with a wide aperture, all in a small package. This helpful video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of results you can expect from it.
Choosing where to focus in a landscape photo can be a tricky thing, with photographers often resorting to techniques like using the hyperfocal distance or focus stacking. If that is something you struggle with, this excellent video will show you five different ways to choose where to focus in a landscape image.
When you think of landscape photography, you likely think of vividly colorful images. However, there is an entirely different world of black and white landscapes that can be just as entrancing in their own way, and this great video will show you how you can create them using Lightroom.
One of the neatest things about photography is how different people can create such different representations of the same subject. What happens when that subject is literally the exact same photo? This fun video shows the results of over 1,000 photographers editing the same images.
It can be stressful as a photographer to constantly feel pressure to get a winning image, but it is important to remember why we became photographers in the first place. This excellent video discusses why we should remember that photos are not the only part of photography.
With the current situation surrounding the pandemic, most of us cannot conduct photoshoots in person, leaving us to resort to creative ways to keep making photos. Many photographers have turned to online photoshoots via platforms like FaceTime and Skype. If that is something you are interested in, this great video will give you lots of helpful tips for improving your shoots.
Editing large batches of photos (such as those from a wedding) can be an extremely time-consuming task. What if software could do it for you? Would you use it? This interesting video takes a look at editing a wedding entirely using automatic software and the kind of results you can expect.
Astrophotography is a genre with a lot of specialized equipment designed for very specific purposes, but a lot of photographers still use normal consumer cameras to create their images. What sort of images can you create with a camera specialized for the task? Check out this great video to see what is possible.