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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

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.” Humans DON’T DO WELL with too many choices. We freeze because we get overwhelmed and then we do nothing. If you’re going to choose ONE focal length, choose 50mm. Here’s the mid-range Canon version, and here’s a good nikon version JOHN’S GEAR: He uses a D800 with a D600 backup. 85mm and 28mm prime along with a 14mm Rokinon. Sigma ART series lenses are pretty amazing, and cheaper than Nikon or Canon. I’m personally eyeing the Sigma ART 50mm lens instead of the Canon 50mm f1.2L Rent a […]

Before You Buy A Lens, Listen To This!

So what do you really need to know before you buy a lens?   1) Pay attention to the sensor size (film size) of your camera. The size of the FILM inside your camera completely changes how a lens will look. Now, INSTEAD of film, cameras have digital sensors. So you need to know if you have large sensor or small sensor. “Large film” in a digital camera is called a full-frame sensor. “Small film” in a digital camera is called a cropped sensor. 2) Pay attention to the aperture of the lens you buy. Aperture is like the size of your pupil getting larger or smaller depending on how much light is available. f22 is a pinhole opening (super tiny hole) f1.4 is a wide opening (like an inch and a half wide hole) 50mm f1.2 $1449 50mm f1.4 $349 50mm f1.8 $110 If you’re in a darker area, you will want to open up the hole in the lens really wide to let more light in! Remember the wider the aperture opens up, the lower the f-stop. So f2 is a really large hole but f10 is a small hole. Most cheap lenses you will buy will be not be able to open that wide. A typical crappy kit lens will start at f4, which means it can’t go below f4 ever. If you buy an f4 lens, you miss out on f3.5, f3.2, f2.8, f2.5, f2.2, f2, f1.8, f1.6, f1.4, and f1.2 which are increasingly wider holes. The 50mm f1.8 is an exception to this, it can open up quite wide (f1.8) for about $110. Aperture also affects how much beautiful background blur you can get with the lens. If you buy a lens that starts at f4, you miss out on being able to take shots […]

QPT 006 – Best Camera, Worst Photog VS. Worst Camera, Best Photog

So if you gave the best camera to the worst photographer or the worst camera to the best photographer, who takes a better photo? In this podcast we talk: Don’t let equipment stop you. It’s not JUST clarity or lack of grain or lens zoom. What really makes a photo is the person’s inner eye, their artistic vision How can you grow as a photographer in a way that isn’t dependent on the gear you have? If you understand light, emotion, composition, etc you can take amazing photos just with a cell phone camera. Bad light vs beautiful light is a complete change in the photo The LIGHT quality, angle, color, contrast between darks/lights makes a HUGE difference in the quality of the photo Keep the same camera you have, and UP YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF LIGHT. Use a white sheet as a diffuser to spread out a light source to get smooth shadows You become a better photographer by learning to see the world differently. Not buying better gear. You could go years and years into learning how to understand light. Learning light is the biggest thing you could do to change your photography instead of upgrading your gear

QPT 003 – Buying Lenses And Ebay

How to find the best price for a lens and what are you to do when you can’t buy the lens you want?? First — are there similar cheaper lenses made by Tamron or Sigma? Find the closest cousins to the lens you want. Look for different versions of the same lens. Think 70-200mm, it comes in f2.8, f4, and both versions with and without image stabilization. Obviously you get what you pay for, BUT if you can’t afford it in the next few years, it’s a great option to buy a version. The Canon or Nikon version of a lens isn’t always the best lens! Sigma 50mm ART lens wins over Canon 50mm f1.2. The Canon 50mm 1.2 has focus issues. Go on eBay-> you can find exactly what lenses sold for used. Search for a specific lens (I searched for Canon 24-70mm 2.8) and click on “Sold Listings” under “Show Only” at the bottom of the left column on desktop. Here’s a photo of what it looks like This will show you exactly how much copies of that lens sold for within the past few days. THIS IS AMAZING because you know if you’re getting a good deal in the future when you purchase your lens. Never purchase a lens with scratches, haze, or fungus. Try purchasing the L version of the lens instead of the L II version of the lens. You don’t need the newest of the new lenses. Looking at the 24-70mm on ebay SHOWING SOLD LISTINGS ONLY, I see $1099, $999, $850…etc so once you see the prices that people have paid, you can get a great idea of what is a good deal and what isn’t. If you buy it at the right price on eBay, then that is pretty much like renting […]

My Top Two iPhone Photo Apps

Compared to Lightroom or Photoshop, sometimes mobile apps are maddening when you want to edit them just a little bit. I want more control to fine tune the image! Here are my top two best photo editing apps that you should check out! 1. Afterlight Let’s start with the cost of this app — a whopping 99 cents. While I’m definitely not one to buy a bunch of apps, a buck is so worth it when you can manipulate photos exactly how you want. You begin by shooting a photo or pulling a photo in from your library, and immediately along the bottom you can see the different options. I like to start with a one-touch filter and then modify it exactly how I want later. The list of filters is much longer than Instagram’s filters and they’ve split them up into categories (Original, Guest, Seasons, Fusion, etc). Once you choose a filter, click on the slider tab and you’ll see you have a wealth of choices to change your photo exactly how you want. Here’s the entire list of things you can change: Clarify, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Fade, Highlight Tone, Mid Tone, Shadow Tone, Temperature, Vignette, Grain, and Sharpness. I find that I only use a few of these, but even a little bit of contrast change and sharpness increase and the photo is exactly where I want it. The fine tuning of the app is why it stands out to me — often times the one-touch filters are too drastic of an edit, and with this app I can dial it in exactly where I want. 2. VSCO Cam Cost?  Free.  This app is hipster-friendly, solid style and a piece of art.  You begin by pulling in a photo or taking a photo, which drops […]