Weekly Photography Challenge – Light Trails

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This week’s photography challenge topic is light trails!

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Your photos can include light trails from vehicles, light painting, or any other moving light source. Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Some Inst-piration from some Instagrammers:

 

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Check out some of the articles below that give you tips on this week’s challenge.

Tips for Shooting Light Trails

How to do Long Exposure Photography and Light Trails at Night

Stacking Light Trails for Night Photography Special Effects

How to Create Dynamic Photos of Car Light Trails

How to Photograph Light Trails from the Back Seat of a Car

7 Tips for Shooting and Processing Star Trails

How to do Light Painting and Illuminate Your Photography

Long Exposure Photography 101 – How to Create the Shot

 

Weekly Photography Challenge – Light Trails

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge.

 

Share in the dPS Facebook Group

You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites – tag them as #DPSLighttrails to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

 

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How to Use 5 Different Lighting Scenarios to Create Expert Studio Portraits [video]

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In this week’s video from COOPH Master Chrissie White, you’ll learn how to use five lighting scenarios to create expert studio portraits.

Here are the 5 tips:

1. Natural Light and Reflector

Place your model next to window and place reflector on the opposite side of the face to create balanced light. For even light, shoot when the light isn’t coming directly through the window.

2. Side lighting

Side lighting creates a moody atmosphere for your image.

Place one light on to one side of the model and black card on the opposite side. This casts a shadow on one side of your models face so the light is split down the middle. if you don’t want it too moody, place a white card on the opposite side instead. That way the models face won’t be in complete shadow.

3. Butterfly lighting

Butterfly Lighting is commonly used for beauty lighting. It is an even light on the model. Place the light in front of the model and above them. You can also use a reflector underneath their face to even out the light.

4. Split lighting

This lighting is dramatic and flashy. Great for shooting athletes and fashion models. Place 2 lights approx 45 degrees behind the model. To soften and make less dramatic, add a butterfly light to the front of the model.

5. Backlighting

Place your light source behind the model to create a hair or rim light. Place another light in front of model or a white card to add some fill to remove the shadow from the face.

Add colored gels to the light to add color and drama. Use cellophane or gels. Be careful of hot lights though.

TIP: Look in the eyes of models for ‘catch-lights’ to see what type of lighting a photographer used.

 

You may also find these articles helpful:

One Speedlight Portrait Lighting Tutorial

6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Evey Photographer Should Know

10 Ways to take Stunning Portraits

How to Pose and Angle the Body for Better Portraits

Create Beautiful Indoor Portraits Without Flash

How to Create Awesome Portrait Lighting with a Paper Bag an Elastic Band and a Chocolate Donut

 

 

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5 Tips for Photographing Festivals

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Goroka Show, Papa New Guinea. © Jeremy Flint

The performance, color and wonderful crowds that are the signature features of festivals make them an excellent subject for photography. Festivals are great organized events worth attending and can occur anywhere at any time.

A festival is defined as ‘a day or time of the year when people have a holiday from work and celebrate some special event.’ Festivals could be a day or period set aside for celebration to commemorate an anniversary or other significant events. A festival may also occur for feasting, such as religious events or for performances of music, theatre, and dance.

These special events are usually held periodically and are designed to entertain, providing a fantastic opportunity to capture some interesting images.

Consider if there is a festival or event you have always wanted to attend? Whether it’s at home or abroad, it will be sure to offer an array of colorful and compelling subjects and scenes.

Here are five 5 tips for photographing festivals:

1. Shoot local festivals

© Jeremy Flint

You don’t have to travel long distances to visit festivals. Find an event that is going on near you and head out with your camera to capture it. Often festivals are seasonal, so time your visit to a festival that takes place during your favorite time of the year such as summer or winter. Arrive early for the chance to get your bearings and find a suitable place to see and photograph the event.

Remember festivals in towns and cities can cause built up traffic, and road closures may restrict access. Allow extra time to get to the event and be observant to ensure your gear stays safe in crowded situations.

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2. Shoot festivals around the world

If you are traveling abroad, consider visiting a festival during your vacation. Some incredible festivals are celebrated around the world including the Holi festival in India, the Rio Carnival, the Goroka and Mount Hagen shows of Papa New Guinea and Oktoberfest in Germany. They offer the chance to see a unique and varied side to the people of the place you’re visiting.

Goroka Show, Papa New Guinea © Jeremy Flint

There is generally a great atmosphere during these events, and the costume-clad festival participants are dressed to impress and hopefully won’t mind having their photograph taken.

Festivals involving cultures, such as those in Papa New Guinea and parts of Asia, brilliantly combine local culture with exciting tribal traditions. I photographed this image at the Goroka show in Papa New Guinea where local groups demonstrate their unique song and dance.

Goroka Show, Papa New Guinea © Jeremy Flint

Try and get a bit closer to the action and capture the variety of activities taking place. Alternatively, if you are with friends and family and prefer to remain in one place, wait for the action to come to you.

3. Add color

Festivals such as carnivals, street parties, and fetes create endless opportunities for lively, colorful images. Since everyone taking part in the celebrations are enjoying the occasion, they are happier than usual to have their picture taken. You can take advantage of this by capturing interesting poses and joyous people.

Be sure to look out for vibrant individuals in which to point your lens. Take portraits of cheerful revelers and capture the participants in their colorful clothing.

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4. Capture action

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At festivals, things happen fast. With parades and processions, attendees move quickly, so be ready to capture the action. With this in mind, I recommend you use a fast shutter speed to capture any aspects you find interesting. Try experimenting with different shutter speeds of 1/100th of a second and above.

A guy falling off a horse, Llanthony Show, Brecon Beacons, Wales © Jeremy Flint

5. Relax and enjoy it

Don’t get hung up on getting the perfect shot. Take time out from the photography, and you can enjoy it more. Spend time soaking up the atmosphere and see the activities with your own eyes. Similarly, immerse yourself in the event and enjoy the spirit of the festivities and the kaleidoscope of color.

Join in the festivities and dance or walk with the participants if they are marching.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the event, you will have a much more memorable experience.

Conclusion

In summary, festivals offer a wonderful chance to create pictures with color, impact, and action. Most importantly, relax, enjoy it and don’t get too engrossed in taking the perfect shot. When photographing festivals remember these tips to help you improve your images. Therefore, get out there and capture a festival near you and share your photos below!

 

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Unusual Objects

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This week’s Weekly Photography Challenge – Unusual Objects!

This challenge can cover a broad range of objects, big or small. They can be indoors or outdoors. You can shoot them using macro, zoom, or with prime lenses. They can be color, black and white or anything you like.

I can’t wait to see them!

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The following articles may be helpful for the challenge:

How to do Extreme Close-Up Photography with a Macro Bellows

Creative Macro Photography – A Guide to Freelensing

How to Make Funky Colorful Images of Ordinary Plastic Objects Using a Polarizing Filter

Making the Mundane Magnificent: Finding Inspiration in Everyday Objects

26 Imaginative Images of Inanimate Objects

 

Weekly Photography Challenge – Unusual Objects

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge.

 

Share in the dPS Facebook Group

You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites – tag them as #DPSUnusual_Objects to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

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13 Creative Exercises for Photographers [video]

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In this great video by B&H Photo & Video, photographer David Flores, along with the help of B&H’s Todd Vorenkamp, discuss 13 ways you can get your creative photography juices flowing.

In the video, David outlines the following 13 creative exercises for photographers.

13 creative exercises for photographers

1. 2 Dozen

Find a spot and stand in it. Take 24 photos while in that spot.

2. Ten of One

Take 10 photos of one small object. You may need to use close-up or macro.

3. Four Corners

Choose one subject and place it in each for corners of your frame.

4. Set artificial restrictions

Set yourself restrictions of using one of only the following: Color, black and white, photographing while lying down, shadows, only one location, one lens, over-exposing, under-exposing, filling the frame, or negative space. You may think of others you can use too.

5. Use Film

Buy a roll of film so you have to limit your max shooting number to 24 or 36.

6. 12 abstracts

Pick one single common object, take 12 photos.

7. A portable subject

Find something to carry with you and work it into your subject.

8. The Unselfie-selfie

Put yourself into the frame. Use a tripod and set up some nicely framed compositions.

9. The Mixing Bowl

Lot’s of exercises in one. Write a bunch of different exercises down onto a piece of paper and cut them into strips. Place them into a bowl/hat and pick one out. That is the exercise you focus on.

10. The Change-Up

Try a different genre of photography.

11. 9 elements

Include the 9 elements of art. Light, Shadow, line, shape, form, texture, color, size, depth. Add focus, tonality, quality of light, negative space. Take only one image per element.

12. Steps

Go somewhere you have always wanted to photograph. Pick a number of steps to take before stopping to take a photograph. Use this number over a few blocks and see what you end up photographing.

13. Two Trips

Go to a space without your camera and then go back with your camera afterward and photograph the things you had noticed.

 

You may also find the following articles helpful in finding photographic inspiration.

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These Inspiring Landscape Photographers will Make You Want to Take Better Photos

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These landscape photographers are taking some inspirational photos.

We thought we’d share these with you to get you inspired to go out and take some fantastic landscape images. They are in no particular order.

1. Rach Stewart

 

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2. Daniel Greenwood

 

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3. Jacob Moon

 

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4. Daniel Tran

 

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5. Jay Vulture

 

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6. Warren Keelan

 

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7. Gergo Rugli

 

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8. Mads Peter Iversen

 

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9. John Weatherby

 

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10. Tony Hewitt

 

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Who inspires you? Let us know in the comments below.

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The dPS Top Street Photography Tips of 2018

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This week on dPS we’re featuring some of the top articles in different categories that were published on the site over 2018.

We’ve already shown you the Top All-Round Photography Tips, the Top Photography Gear Tips, the Top Post-Processing Photography Tips, the Top Landscape Photography Tips, the Top Portrait Photography Tips, and the Top Travel Photography Tips of 2018.

This one is all about the best street photography tips of the year.

Here are the top street photography tips articles of 2018:

1. 4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

2. Which Street Photography Lens is Right for You?

Which Street Photography Lens is Right for You?

3. 10 Tips for Photographing Street Markets

10 Tips for Photographing Street Markets

4. Panning and Other Tips for Adding Motion to Your Street Photography

Panning and Other Tips for Adding Motion to Your Street Photography

5. 6 Tips for Aiming Low and Going Unnoticed in Street Photography

6 Tips for Aiming Low and Going Unnoticed in Street Photography

6. How to Avoid Distracting Backgrounds in Street Photography

How to Avoid Distracting Backgrounds in Street Photography

7. Tips for Getting Started in Street Photography

Tips for Getting Started in Street Photography

8. 5 Essential Shots You Need to Get for Street Market Photography

5 Essential Shots You Need to Get for Street Market Photography

9. 6 Ways to Improve Your Street Photography

6 Ways to Improve Your Street Photography

10. How To Easily Improve Your Street Photography Portraits

How To Easily Improve Your Street Photography Portraits

We hope you have enjoyed the week of top photography tips and that you learnt some new things from reading them!

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Happy New Year 2019 and the Ultimate Guides of 2018!

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Happy New Year 2019 and the Ultimate Guides of 2018!

Wishing you the happiest new year from the dPS family. We look forward to bringing you more great tutorials to help you on your photographic journey in 2019!

As a bonus, here is a summary of some amazing dPS Ultimate Guides we published in 2018 that may be helpful for you.

Happy New Year 2019 and the Ultimate Guides of 2018!

Each is available as a free PDF – just click on the ones you want to download below.

Enjoy, and if you feel these guides are valuable, please share this page with your friends!

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The dPS Top Travel Photography Tips of 2018

The post The dPS Top Travel Photography Tips of 2018 appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Caz Nowaczyk.

This week on dPS we’re featuring some of the top articles in different categories that were published on the site over 2018.

We’ve already shown you the Top All-Round Photography Tips, the Top Photography Gear Tips, the Top Post-Processing Photography Tips, the Top Landscape Photography Tips, and the Top Portrait Photography Tips of 2018.

This one is all about the best travel photography tips of the year.

Here are the top travel photography tips articles of 2018:

1. How to Put the Fine Art into Travel Photography

How to Put the Fine Art into Travel Photography

2. Avoid These 5 Major Mistakes Made By Travel Photographers

Avoid These 5 Major Mistakes Made By Travel Photographers

3. 4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

4. The First 10 Things You Need to Buy After Your Camera for Travel Photography

The First 10 Things You Need to Buy After Your Camera for Travel Photography

5. Tips for Making Your Travel Photography Packing List for International Trips

Tips for Making Your Travel Photography Packing List for International Trips

6. 5 Ways to Ensure That You Stay Ahead of the Travel Photography “Game”

5 Ways to Ensure That You Stay Ahead of the Travel Photography “Game”

7. 5 Ways to Find Great Locations for Travel Photography

5 Ways to Find Great Locations for Travel Photography

8. 7 Travel Photography Hacks to Get You Going Places

7 Travel Photography Hacks to Get You Going Places

9. 5 Ways to Photograph Travel Icons

5 Ways to Photograph Travel Icons

10. Travel Photography Secrets That You May Not Have Tried

6 Travel Photography Secrets That You May Not Have Tried

11. 7 Tips to Make Travel Photography Interesting Again

7 Tips to Make Travel Photography Interesting Again

12. Why Olympus Mirrorless Cameras are Top Notch for Travel Photography

Why Olympus Mirrorless Cameras are Top Notch for Travel Photography

13. Tips for Selecting What Gear to Take Along for Travel Photography

Tips for Selecting What Gear to Take Along for Travel Photography

14. Six Non-Photography Tips to Super-Charge Your Travel Photography

Six Non-Photography Tips to Super-Charge Your Travel Photography

15. How to Search Potential Cityscape Photography Spots Online Before Traveling

How to Search Potential Cityscape Photography Spots Online Before Traveling

Next up, we’ll show you the dPS Top Street Photography Tips of 2018.

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The dPS Top Portrait Photography Tips of 2018

The post The dPS Top Portrait Photography Tips of 2018 appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Caz Nowaczyk.

This week on dPS we’re featuring some of the top articles in different categories that were published on the site over 2018.

We’ve already shown you the Top All-Round Photography Tips, the Top Photography Gear Tips, the Top Post-Processing Photography Tips, and the Top Landscape Photography Tips of 2018.

This one is all about the best portrait photography tips of the year.

Here are the top portrait photography tips articles of 2018:

1. How to Take Unique Crystal Ball Portraits

How to Take Unique Crystal Ball Portraits

2. Video Tutorials – Portrait Posing Tips

Video Tutorials – Portrait Posing Tips

3. Five Common Portrait Retouching Mistakes to Avoid

Five Common Portrait Retouching Mistakes to Avoid

4. Best Camera Settings for Portrait Photography

Best Camera Settings for Portrait Photography

5. 4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

6. Five Budget Portrait Photography Hacks to Save You Money

Five Budget Portrait Photography Hacks to Save You Money

7. Tips for Posing People in Outdoor Portraits

Tips for Posing People in Outdoor Portraits

8. How to Choose the Best Portrait Lens According to Three Professional Photographers

How to Choose the Best Portrait Lens According to Three Professional Photographers

9. 3 Simple Ways to Use Framing and Layering in Portraits

3 Simple Ways to Use Framing and Layering in Portraits

10. 5 Tips How to Set Up a Home Studio for Dramatic Portraits

5 Tips How to Set Up a Home Studio for Dramatic Portraits

11. Tips for Doing Natural Light Headshots and Portraits

Tips for Doing Natural Light Headshots and Portraits

12. 5 Creative Indoor Portrait Locations for When the Weather is Blustery

5 Creative Indoor Portrait Locations for When the Weather is Blustery

13. Tips for Using Flash for Beach Portraits

Tips for Using Flash for Beach Portraits

14. How to Make a Dramatic Portrait with Light Painting Using Items Found in Your Home

How to Make a Dramatic Portrait with Light Painting Using Items Found in Your Home

15. 5 Quick Portrait Posing Tips to Flatter Your Subject

5 Quick Portrait Posing Tips to Flatter Your Subject

Up next is the dPS Top Travel Photography Tips of 2018.

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