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Rim Lighting

Photography TipsHave you ever tried to use rim lighting? It's a great thing to know if you haven't learned yet, and here's a short refresher if you already know. When there's a light on the far side of someone, the light leaks through right around their head illuminating their hair or hat. Sometimes the line can be so crisp that it looks as though they're being cut out. Rim light is beautiful, and it adds a ton of visual interest to a photo. The real win here is taking an extra second to try and look around your environment for some kind of rim lighting. Don't settle for the light you're given, find better light. And also plan to show up during golden hour, instead of trying to do photoshop later and add in something fake. More about rim lighting from New York Institute Of Photography: https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/cameras-and-gear/what-is-rim-lighting

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Use Less Gear! (w/John Yates) – QPT 030

Use Less Gear! (w/John Yates) – QPT 030

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Now why in the heck would John be suggesting this to you? Listen to find out!

  • John shares that he’s a Nikon shooter because the person he learned from was a Nikon shooter
  • I’m a Canon shooter because when I bought my camera I also wanted to do video, and the 5dmkii was full HD and amazing.
  • Make sure that you know how to use the gear that you have. Can you change the correct settings blindfolded?
“If you’re going to choose ONE focal length, choose 50mm.”
  • Approach your shoots with LESS GEAR. One, you get to know your gear REALLY well because you use the same stuff
  • You CAN take amazing photos with older or not-as-pro gear.
  • I love my zoom lens (Canon 24-70mm f2.8L) but John is all about his prime lenses.
  • Prime lenses usually have wider apertures, which is reaaaaally helpful when you’re shooting in low light.
  • John knows EXACTLY where he should stand for a specific lens before he even puts the camera up to his face because he knows his gear so well.
  • Because John sets limits for himself, he actually feels more free.
  • Take different gear than the norm when you go out shooting in order to be more creative
“You CAN take amazing photos with older or not-as-pro gear.”

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