8 Reasons Why Photographers Should Learn Video as Well
As photographers, it is very easy to focus on stills and ignore the world of videography. However, video is an increasingly powerful tool and understanding it can benefit your work and career as a stills photographer. This 5-minute video by COOPH offers 8 reasons why you should be getting to grips with moving images and how you can quickly improve a short film.
Here’s a summary of the 8 basic points:
#1. Video is great for engaging with your audience on social media
#2. You can create behind-the-scenes videos to attract new clients
#3. Vlogging allows you to build and improve your brand
#4. Use cinematic shots to create awesome fillers
#5. Creating tutorials online will help boost your fan base
#6. Promoting your films is easy through social media channels
#7. Video gives you lots of different skills and a better portfolio
#8. Collaborations with other YouTubers is great for widening your audience
Check out the video above to hear explanations of these tips.
Behind The Lens: Meet The Next Generation of Fashion Photographers
Each year marks the turning point where a new crop of burgeoning talent are able to display their latest conceptions that allow purveyors to witness fashion conceived in an entirely different way that may have seemed unfathomable to create. This new era of expressionism is being ushered in with legendary photographers Inez & Vinoodh, as the duo seeks to bring forth creativity in its purest, most authentic form in conjunction with the mentorship program Mastered. In an exclusive interview, V…
Building an 8×10 Large Format Camera Entirely By Hand
Photographer Dieter Schneider started building cameras about five years ago, and last year he fashioned a 4×5 camera using a CNC Machine. This year he took things to yet another level, creating an 8×10 large format camera entirely by hand without using computer-aided machinery. You can watch the entire build process in the 35-minute video above.
“In this video I want to show you parts of the process, from start to finish,” Schneider says. “Everything is handmade.”
The camera features a classic look, was made using cherry hardwood and brass, and was designed for wet plate photography.
“I also spend a lot of time on the finishing process to make the camera look as good as I can get it,” Schneider tells PetaPixel. The entire build, from start to finish, took about a month.
Here are some photos of the finished camera:
Schneider says one of his upcoming projects is to build a portable darkroom for wet plate photography.
How to Use the Foreground to Create Depth in Landscape Photos
Sometimes a beautiful landscape scene doesn’t look as good on camera as it did to your eye, but that’s because translating a 3-dimensional scene into a 2-dimensional space is challenging. Using strong foreground elements in your composition is one way to create depth and counter this problem, as shown in this 8-minute tutorial from Nature TTL.
There are a huge number of different rules and compositional guides you can adhere to, but one lesser-known rule is the “Rule of Odds.”
This suggests using an odd number of objects in your foreground, as the eye tends to find itself being drawn to the middle one. This means that you can use objects as stepping stones, drawing the eye into the image.
The ultimate goal is to “lead the viewer on a path around the shot,” and that can be doing using carefully chosen foreground elements.
Another thing to think about is introducing a “lead-in line,” which more obviously points the viewer through the image.
This can be further emphasized through motion, which in itself can create interesting foreground elements.
An incoming tide benefitted the above scene by creating separation of the pieces of rock, and a slow shutter speed smoothed out the movement nicely.
Check out the full video above for more composition tips, including instruction on how to properly focus when including foreground in your landscape photos. For more nature photography tutorials, you can subscribe to the Nature TTL channel.
Full Disclosure: I own and run the Nature TTL channel.
Out-of-this-World Landscape Photos of the Atacama Desert in Chile
As a landscape photographer, the Atacama desert in Chile has always been a dream trip for me. As the driest desert on Earth, it offers one of the best night skies to shoot astrophotography. Its amazing landscape mirrors those from Mars which makes it one of the most incredible experiences for any photographer and space enthusiast.
In a five-day driving trip, we went from Antofagasta through Paranal Observatory Hand of the Desert San Pedro de Atacama and Los Flamencos National Reserve. The nights were extremely cold dry and quiet while the days were colorful and filled scenic landscapes.
Out of all the trips I’ve done, visiting Chile has been the most rewarding experience I’ve had since I started landscape photography. Everything about this place is out of this world.
All the images were taken with a Fujifilm XT-2, Fujinon 35mm f/1.4, Rokinon 12mm f/2.0, and a Mavic Pro Drone. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.
About the author: Jesse Echevarria is a landscape photographer based in New York. You can find more of his work on his website, Instagram, and Behance.
Yayoi Kusama’s Kaleidoscopic Infinity Rooms Arrive at the Broad Museum
Ever since debuting her single Infinity Room at the Broad Museum, lines have wrapped around the Los Angeles block just for the 45-second timed entry to Yayoi Kusama’s fantastical room. Finally, the museum is dedicating an entire exhibition to the Japanese artist, featuring six of her famed infinity rooms, alongside other large-scale installations and a selection of her paintings.
“My desire was to predict and measure the infinity of the unbounded universe, from my own position in it, with do…
Photog Terry Richardson Banned by Conde Nast, According to Leaked Email
Conde Nast magazines have blacklisted photographer Terry Richardson because of numerous allegations he sexually assaulted and harassed models and stylists, according to a report in The Telegraph. The newspaper reports that an email circulated to Conde Nast magazines says the publishing company “would like to no longer work with the photographer.” In addition, any shoots planned with Richardson or any unpublished stories he shot should be “killed or substituted with other material.”
The email, signed by James Woolhouse, Conde Nast executive vice president and CEO, is reported to have been sent out Monday October 22, one day after The Sunday Times of Londonpublished a story asking why Richardson, who has never been charged with a crime but has been accused many times of sexual assault, is “still feted by fashionistas.” The story called Richardson “the Harvey Weinstein of fashion.”
Numerous models have said that Richardson exposed himself to them, forced them to perform fellatio and abused them in other ways. (See PDN‘s 2014 story on the allegations, and calls on his clients to stop working with him). In 2014, model Charlotte Waters published a graphic account of being mistreated by Richardson, and other models said he would ask for sexual favors during casting calls. Claims by Waters and others lead to calls for Richardson’s clients to stop working with him. But the following year, his images appeared on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar.
In 2010, model Rie Rasmussen said Richardson’s victims feared retribution. “They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves.”
Richardson’s clients have included Conde Nast’s Vogue and GQ, Hearst’s Harper’s Bazaar, as well as Vice, Purple, i-D, H&M, Equinox and other commercial and editorial clients.
Phase One’s Film Styles Pack Features Analog Photo Filters for Pros
As the growth of VSCO has shown, analog photo filters are a big business these days, and Phase One wants to get in more on the action. They’ve just announced a new Film Styles Pack with analog photo filters designed for photographers using Capture One.
“This newest Styles Pack is designed for photographers who long to create the feel and texture from the days of analog photography,” Phase One says. “For artistic visions attracted to the colors, contrast and grain of these analog images, Capture One Film Styles help photographers get one step closer to creating this special atmosphere in their images.”
This new pack, which comes just a few months after Phase One’s first style packs, contains 15 different film looks, each of which can be applied at 3 different strengths. So, what you get is 45 possible styles, 33 of which are color looks and 12 are black and white.
Here’s a selection of before-and-after examples showing what the styles can do:
Phase One says these new filters can serve as a springboard for photographers who wish to speed up their workflow.
“Capture One Film Styles give photographers a head start in the editing process, providing a solid foundation of adjustments for a faster workflow,” the company says. “Styles function as inspiration, providing a quick view of images, with a variety of editing options.”
Here’s a short video intro to the new Film Styles pack:
Drone Footage of a Mailman Delivering Mail After California Wildfires
Earlier this month, aerial photographer Douglas Thron captured this apocalyptic footage of a mailman delivering mail in a Santa Rosa, California, neighborhood that had gotten burned to the ground by raging wildfires.
“Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail,” Thron writes.
Many of the mailboxes that remained were standing in front of houses that had completely been reduced to ashes and rubble, but mail was still faithfully delivered to them.
Beware the ‘Scam’ of Vanity Galleries, Photographer Warns
If your dream as a photographer has always been to have your work exhibited in a big city gallery, you might want to be aware of “vanity galleries.” Here’s a 6-minute video in which photographer Mathieu Stern warns this type of gallery, which he calls a “scam.”
Stern was recently contacted by a gallery in London that offered him the change to have his photos exhibited in their space. But instead of taking commissions on sold artwork, the gallery is purely fee-based. In other words, photographers pay a hefty sum to have their work displayed.
After some initial excitement, Stern visited the gallery’s website and noticed that it was filled with low-quality work. He then dug deeper and found many reviews online by disappointed photographers who feel cheated by the gallery (and who also call it a “scam”).
The problem is that since these vanity galleries make their money directly from the photographers and artists up front, they have no incentive to select high-quality work that will sell. They also have no incentive to help promote the photographer’s work and sell it, since they would simply be spending additional time, money, and resources.
“Commercial art galleries derive their profit from sales of artwork, and thus take great care to select art and artists that they believe will sell, and will enhance their gallery’s reputation,” Wikipedia states. “They spend time and money cultivating collectors. If the artwork sells, the gallery makes a profit and the artist is then paid.
“Vanity galleries have no incentive to sell art, as they have already been paid by the artist.”
What’s more, due to the pay-to-play nature of vanity galleries, the exhibitions are usually avoided by the influential critics you hope the work will be seen by.
Stern says he saved himself from losing around $1,000 by doing his research and not handing his money over to the vanity gallery, and now he’s trying to caution other photographers about this type of offer.
If your sole goal is to be able to say your photos have been shown in cities like London, Paris, and New York, then perhaps vanity galleries are for you. But otherwise, you may find that you’ll end up receiving a lot less than you paid for.