Balancing Ambient and Strobe Lighting for Maximum Impact

While shooting in natural (ambient) light alone is perfectly adequate under certain circumstances, choosing to enhance the ambient light in a given scene by adding balanced off-camera flash or strobe can really set your portrait apart with a bright, upscale look.

If you’re just starting out with off-camera flash, you’ll likely find yourself (as we all have) working through the ‘spray and pray’ approach, desperately trying all kinds of flash and camera settings in the hope of dialing in a decent look before throwing it all on the shelf in a disappointed heap. Read more

Budget Macro – Exploring Reverse Ring Adapters

As with any specialized area of photography, the art of macro photography – that is, making images of objects at a very close range – is in a creative world of its own.

This is true not only in terms of the specialized gear required to tell a story at a true 1:1 scale, but even more so in regard to the patience and practice needed to produce a clear and consistent result.

In this article, we’ll explore a technique known as reverse lens macro and consider one economical approach to producing amazing close-up images by using a simple reverse ring adapter and a manually-operated lens. Read more

Next Level Video – DJI OSMO Accessory Review

If you’re interested in adding smooth motion, cinematic video production to your skill set, the newly-released DJI Osmo is a must-have piece for the gear bag. As excellent as this tool is for FPV and interview work, adding a few key accessories can help take your creative vision to the next level.

In this tutorial, we’ll jump in and take a hands-on look at a couple of game-changing add-ons.

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Restoring Scanned Slides and Negatives

If you’ve had the pleasure of converting film slides of days gone by to the digital format, you may have experienced that bittersweet feeling of excitement mingled with a tinge of disappointment upon first viewing the dust, debris and tiny fibers accumulated by storage over the years in the scanned result.

Building on a recent post, Digitally Converting Slides and Negatives with Jumbl, in this video tutorial we’ll take a look at a few simple techniques to help reverse the ravages of time and bring new life back to these important keepsakes by way of Adobe Photoshop.

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Bringing Still Images to Life with Stop-Motion

Over the winter break this year, the kids and I were looking for a fun creative project that we could work on indoors together through the colder months. After a little thought, we decided to enlist a few Lego figures and start working on a small stop-motion video project.

Several days, hundreds of frames and zillions of tedious movements later, we found ourselves with a few minutes of final footage..

Personal projects are an excellent way to stretch and develop useful skills we might never acquire in the normal shooting routine. Read more