- How to Photograph Fireworks: eBook Deal Until July 4th
- How To Become a Storytelling Photographer
- Basics of Aerial Photography from an Airplane or Helicopter
- Photographing Acrobats on Trampolines in the Streets
Posted: 29 Jun 2013 03:32 PM PDT
With Independence Day celebrations quickly approaching, we have been receiving many requests for more training on how to photograph fireworks. This publisher has kindly agreed to offer our readers a discount on their popular training eBook for a short time. For the next few days use the discount code PICTURECORRECT to receive half off!
Discount ends July 4th (50% off)
A common result of photographers new to fireworks photography is capturing nothing but bright white spots instead of colorful bursts. This eBook does a great job of explaining the process from start to finish, everything from gear and camera settings to composition and post-processing to achieve great results.
Some of the Many Topics Covered (50 Pages):
With these suggested settings and tips in hand, you should be fully prepared to photograph fireworks. While the exposure fundamentals of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are essential to great fireworks, it's important to make sure you have the right accessories and set up for your shots correctly.
How to Get a Discounted Copy:
You can receive 50% off until the 4th of July by using the discount code PICTURECORRECT at checkout. It also carries a guarantee, if you do not find the book useful just let them know to receive a full refund. So there is nothing to lose in trying it.
It can be found here: How to Photograph Fireworks eBook
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Posted: 29 Jun 2013 01:28 PM PDT
Natan Dvir is a photojournalist and a documentary artist who has a vast range of photographic experience for Polaris Images and other leading magazines. Born and raised in Israel, Natan moved to New York to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts.
In this video he discusses various aspects of being a storytelling photographer and how one should visualize, conceptualize, plan and execute a documentary type photography project. Natan goes on to describe the aspect of becoming a storytelling photographer through various photos explaining how to capture the correct moment at the right time (for those of you reading this by email, the seminar can be seen here):
Natan initially began working for Tel Aviv in Israel with a small time photography gig. This evolved into a full-time photography hobby and soon enough he started working on freelancing contracts. His first big photography assignment was during the Burning Man festival in Nevada. The decision to quit the full-time computer job came for Natan when he attended the Visa Pour L’Image festival that happens in south of France. That festival as per Natan inspired him to a whole new world of news photography and documentary. He soon left his full-time job to take up photography and embark upon a whole new journey.
Natan took up commercial photography to begin with but was more fascinated by people and thus moved on to documentary photography. His first project the Burning Man festival was not a good success as per him. But his second project named Shirat Hayam is what kick started his aspirations. In the video he gives a brief background about Israel and the various settlements. Natan then walks through how he went about shooting photographs in refugee camps, various small villages and towns in Israel and describing the reasoning behind doing this photo shoot.
He provides a brief account of how he found families living by the beautiful beach, surrounded by concrete walls and immediately followed by another fence providing a sense of conflict. Natan decided to tell the story of Shirat Hayam and thus initiated the photography documentary project for the same. He provides various images of what he captured during this assignment.
For this Shirat Hayam project, Natan recollects the following aspects -
As per Natan, the major point was to show respect and engage with these people. This enabled him to visit families, learn about their background, shoot various photos and this eventually turned into a major documentary. He used to even end up staying with these families. He describes these details to summarize what are the few aspects for any documentary photographer to invest into. The video describes many examples and stories giving aspiring photographers pointers and directions on how to develop storytelling photography.
As per Natan, there are many factors that go into deciding your aspirations to become a documentary or a storytelling photographer. A few of these aspects include -
The video encompasses many images and concepts that Natan describes in detail to deliver the message across. He provides tips, suggestions and pointers on how to evolve as a documentary storytelling photographer. Talking from his real photography project experiences, Natan delivers insights into various challenges on how to become a storytelling photographer. Loaded with stories and real life examples, this video will walk you through the journey of Natan and his photography works!
Posted: 29 Jun 2013 12:30 PM PDT
Aerial photography presents unique challenges. It requires much more than just shooting from a high elevation, and it can be very mundane if not done in an artistic and creative way. Professional commercial photography is intended to sell a client’s product, whatever it may be. In the case of aerial photography, it may be that a developer needs to show a recent residential development or a new shopping center. An architectural firm may want to show a project in a scope and perspective that only an aerial photograph can properly portray; a resort may want to show its amenities and golf course. Whomever the client, an aerial photographer must create effective images that successfully illustrate and sell the product.
A good aerial photograph should convey much more than just information about a city grid or of a landmass from a high elevation. Care must be given to the composition of your subject in aerial photography, just as it would be for any other kind of professional photograph. Most aerial photographs are taken from an oblique angle as opposed to straight down, as in satellite imagery. The oblique view gives much more interest and dimension to the image, not to mention it is much more practical to shoot from an oblique angle than from straight down.
Although one may be able to capture a satisfactory image with a few exposures, I find that for critical composition I need to circle around the view quite a few times to be certain that I have what I want for the final image. I allow 20 to 30 minutes of shooting once I get to the location. A shoot can be much faster, perhaps, but I would rather take more images to make sure that I have the perfect shot. Aerial photography requires a fair amount of consideration. You are trying to navigate an aircraft with a pilot while moving at 100 MPH, and the pilot usually doesn’t know exactly what it is you are looking for with respect to angle, distance, and elevation–the three most important factors in composing a good aerial photograph.
The first thing to consider is the type of aircraft to use: a small airplane or a helicopter? Aerial photography from helicopters is easier than aerial photography from a plane. Helicopters have much more control, so getting your camera angle is much easier. They can also fly much lower. Although helicopters are much easier to navigate for composition, they are not always practical. Their hourly rates can be prohibitive, and they might not be available in many locations. I have contracted helicopters from a couple hundred miles away from the shoot location, but that can be very expensive. Because of these limitations, it’s important to learn to shoot from a small airplane.
Cessna’s (152, 175, etc.) are the best planes to work with for oblique aerial photography. They are very popular and almost always available. They are affordable (around $175/hour, which includes the pilot), and most importantly, they have an overhead wing, which is critical. The other important factor with the Cessna is that the pin from the window can be taken out to allow the window to be in the full up position while shooting. While flying, the wind will keep the window all the way up and out of the way for an unobstructed view. You will have to inform the pilot that you need the pin out before take off; it’s a simple thing to do. I also try to “fly left” (pilot is on the right side of the plane), because I am right-handed. It is more comfortable and easier to maneuver myself when shooting down and to the rear, which is how you will be shooting.
It’s a different world up there, and it is advisable to scout the location from the ground first in order to find your subject. It is hard to orient yourself, and knowing of a few large landmarks near your shoot location is very helpful. Of course, having GPS coordinates is important as well, but there have been times when the GPS has failed and I had to depend on my own reckoning to find my location.
Once I arrive at the location, I am in constant communication with the pilot. I will have him or her go as low (in a plane, 500′ in rural areas and a minimum of 1000′ in urban locations) and as slowly as possible. I will then start circling around the subject many times, starting at the lowest elevation that I can. I usually vary the elevation in order to insure that I have the shot I want. It isn’t easy to compose when flying at a minimum of 100 MPH. When I get to the optimum camera position, I ask the pilot to bring the wing up. This gets the strut out of the way and puts the airplane into a “slip”, which pushes the aircraft further away but maintains the camera position so the perspective doesn’t change too much.
A few other common sense things to keep in mind are:
One of the most important elements in a good aerial photograph is clear light, and that can be a very frustrating and challenging thing to deal with, especially in large urban areas where there might be air pollution and haze. A clear, cloudless high-pressure system day is best. I have gone out on an aerial shoot, only to have to turn around and come back down because the conditions suddenly changed and were no longer favorable. A haze filter over the lens can also be helpful.
Aerial photography can be a new adventure. It is a totally different perspective, and it has a place in both the commercial and fine art worlds. However, remember the Boy Scout motto and be prepared. If something goes wrong with your equipment up there it could be a disaster for your shoot and your client. Always cover yourself with a backup camera and lens system. After over 30 years in the business, I have seen it all!
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Posted: 29 Jun 2013 11:27 AM PDT
You don’t often hear about live photography events. There are photography shows where you can view an artist’s work or photography exhibits where you can scope out new equipment, but rarely do you hear of an event where someone is actually taking the photos in front of an audience. Well on May 7th, photographer Jordan Matter stood outside the Grace Building in New York City and photographed the STREB EXTREME ACTION team bouncing on a trampoline while a large crowd stood and watched the action (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
This live photo shoot was done to promote the book, Dancers Among Us, which captures dancers all around the world in both ordinary everyday moments and big celebratory moments. The idea is to convey the passion we should seek in everyday life, taking it in and enjoying all it has to offer. And just as the book is about living in the moment, so does Matter’s live photoshoot give passerbys the opportunity to stop and enjoy the acrobats in their moments of flying through the air.
After the photoshoot, a live screening was given of the photos taken during the day, and prints and books were raffled off to the crowd. The show was a success in spreading the love of photography, dance, and life.
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