Articles written by Alex Cooke
When you're first starting out shooting portraits, one of the most important decisions you can make is the focal length you shoot at, as it can vastly change the way a subject is rendered. This helpful video will show you how various focal lengths affect the look of a portrait to help you choose which one is most suitable for your work.
Aruba: a wedding guest collapsed and was attended to by medics after witnesses said he spent the majority of the wedding nervously watching the photographer and mumbling things such as: "No, no, that's the wrong angle, you idiot! The D750? Seriously!?"
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 2017, 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.
Yongnuo, known mostly for their low-cost near-clones of Canon flashes and lenses, has announced a new lens, a 14mm f/2.8 with autofocus. This lens is not a Canon clone and should offer photographers a lower-cost alternative for those looking for a wide-aperture, ultra-wide-angle option.
The Nik Collection was a highly popular editing suite that was eventually purchased by Google, who made it free, but also unfortunately abandoned development of the project. DxO bought the collection in October of this year and has now set the middle of next year as the date of its rerelease.
The beauty of a studio space is the ability to carefully craft light exactly as you'd like it to be, giving you the opportunity to get as nuanced as you would like. In this video, you'll move beyond some of the more common three-light setups and see a very precise design and the portraits that were shot with it.
Lightroom is likely where you spend a lot of (if not the majority) of your time working on images, so any tips that increase your efficiency or control over your images can add up to big time and quality gains over the long run. This helpful video contains 10 lesser known Lightroom tips and features that should be of use to most any photographer.
When you're retouching a portrait, I'm willing to bet that you spend the majority of your time working on the subject's face, because, well, it's a portrait. Nonetheless, your subject's face isn't the only part of them, and with a little extra work on their hair, you can really make the entire image pop. This great video will show you how to do exactly that.
About a week after confirming that the company does indeed throttle the processors of phones with aging batteries, Apple has issued an apology while announcing changes that should ease the process for consumers with aging phones while also keeping them more informed.
In its seemingly inevitable march toward becoming another version of Facebook, Instagram recently confirmed that recommended posts will now be a part of what users see, further muddying already fragmented feeds. The reaction from most people has been negative, which is unsurprising.
There's a lot out there about how to maximize the use of natural light, most of it revolving around working during golden hour or diffusing it somehow. However, that restricts you quite a bit, and golden hour light may not actually be the right quality for the what you're trying to convey. This great video examines how to get better images no matter what the light.
If you're looking to get into the Fujifilm world, it's hard to go wrong with X-T1. Though it was recently replaced by the X-T2, it's a highly capable machine that puts out amazing files and feels like a camera that was designed by photographers for photographers. Today only, B&H is offering a crazy deal, taking almost $1,000 off X-T1 bodies and kits.
If there's one thing I've learned from having dual career paths in science and the arts, it's that the ways of thinking are not all that unalike and that really, scientists and artists are often trying to understand the same thing from different perspectives: the meaning and importance of human existence. This great talk examines how one engineer and photographer combined the two to overcome his colorblindness and create his own perspective of the world.
Imagery is more prevalent than ever, and as capable technology finds its way into more hands and more people become hobbyists and even pros, good imagery is more prevalent than ever too. As such, it's harder than ever to distinguish yourself as a photographer. But it's not impossible. This interview explores how one photographer believes that should be done.
Given the choice, most of us would probably buy the latest and greatest camera bodies as soon as they came out, because hey, new toys are cool, right? But most of us don't have unlimited budgets, so it's important to know when you really need to upgrade and when it's just a case of gear lust. Here's what to consider when you're wondering if it's time to buy a new camera.
Tilt-shift lenses are some of the more exotic hunks of glass out there, but they enable some very unique capabilities that simply can't be accomplished with normal lenses. This interesting video shows how their shift capabilities can be used to easily create panoramic images.