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Trick photography – how to take multiplicity photos

This is a great trick photography technique – multiplicity photos. You make your subject (usually a person) appear more than once in a photo. It’s easy to do, trust me! First off, if you don’t know what a multiplicity photo is, have a look at the example below.

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Everyone likes trick photography! There are some great tips for doing multiplicity panorama photos in an earlier blog post here.

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS PHOTOSHOP

You’ve heard of the Cult of Apple. But did you know about the Sacred Order of Photoshop? “At Adobe we are all about our customers—they’re filmmakers, illustrators, designers, photographers,” says AJ Joseph, the executive creative director at Adobe who spearheaded the “Dream On” video.

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Happy 25th birthday to Adobe’s Photoshop! I’m happy to be able to count myself as a user for around half of that. Cheers to layers and layers of learning for (more than) a few more years to come!

Make sure you check out the “Dream On” video, it’s definitely worth a look.

7 Smartphone Photography Tips for Enviable Instagram Photos

You’ll never need another filter to fix your lackluster Instagram photos. The Cooperative of Photography collaborated with photographer Lorenz Holder to demonstrate some easy tips and tricks to bring your smartphone photography to the next level without purchasing pricey add-ons.

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I’ve already included a video of Photography Hacks from COOPH, and they have not failed to provide another brilliant video. This one, geared towards Instagram (and other mobile phone) photography, certainly gets the mind humming with other ideas. Doubtless, this landed in my reading queues because of Instagram’s new app: Hyperlapse. The hacks may not completely apply to the new technology (which harnesses a device’s gyroscope to stabilize time-lapse videos) but some will.

Go, set your phone in a glass underwater, it’s kinda funky! That’s my favorite hack of the video. Not sure if I’ll get a chance to do that this weekend though, the rumour is rain.

The Ins and Outs of Using On-Line Photos

A few months ago, a friend of mine was scrolling through a photography website when he saw something that made him jump out of his chair.

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Earlier this month, I posted about Creative Commons, which is an easy-to-use schema of copyright protections which empower both content creators and content users. Here’s an article on the same topic, but with information about copyright outside of creative commons and a pretty good example of the plight of one photographer at the start.

All content creators have these same concerns, not just photographers. Doing something well means that others may well copy you; “standing on the shoulders of giants” or some other quote. It’s not a maleficent act, necessarily, it might just be misinformed or coming from a fear of rejection. We can all do better to ask permission, and/or provide pathways to use rights.

The Magic Light of the Golden Hour

My absolute favorite time to photograph anything is a time of day called the Golden Hour. The Golden Hour occurs during the time just before sunset, and just after sunrise.

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On the occasions that I have been outside and taking photos just before sunset, I regret not being able to shoot more. The same goes for the Blue Hour (which is mentioned in another article). The tinge of color in the sunlight adds a dynamic contrast to what we see during the majority of the day. The shadows increase the contrast created by fine details.

This article has some great examples of Golden Hour photos as well as some tips for gear to get to assist in composing those shots that mix the still bright sky and the deepening shadows on the ground.

Seven photographic hacks, one short video

Photographers love simple solutions to challenging problems. How many of us have saved a shoot with a strip of duct tape and a piece of cardboard?

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This was an amazing video. Many of the hacks reminded me of how cameras actually work, which is really what a hack is all about. So many points in learning about video production was hearing what has worked in the past when my professors have found themselves in a crunch. I never leave for a shoot without clothespins, grocery bags or used dryer sheets (they’re great split-second light diffusers and gels, as long as you don’t run them too close to a hot light).

After seeing this great video, I looked at the other stuff they had posted. I highly recommend you do the same (if you liked this stuff)

Thanks COOPH!

Three Uses for High ISO you Might Not Know

You may already know that the ISO setting is used to control your camera’s sensitivity to light. When you use a high ISO setting essentially you are telling your camera to become more receptive to the available light…

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I’ve always told myself that high ISO settings meant grainy images that were taken when it was just too dark for the camera to work its magic. Such were my experiences, and so I became shy, fearful of pushing my camera beyond ISO 800. All the while, I knew that ISO was part of triangular relationship of exposure, but it always seemed less forgiving than shutter speed and aperture. To me, grainy images scream “amateur” much louder than ones with a little blur (which can be artistic) and ones with razor sharp depth of field.

I’m always happy to be proven wrong, and in this case, I think what I really needed was proof. If a camera has a sensor that cooperates with its full range of ISO values, any well exposed image will be admirable. It’s all a matter of knowing how to balance the shutter speed, aperture and ISO to get balanced exposure. Of course, the way you decide to balance the triangle is part of what makes photography an art form.

Three Exercises to Limit Yourself and Grow as a Photographer

Today’s digital cameras are marvels of modern technology, allowing even the most inexperienced photographer access to state-of-the-art imaging systems that were the domain of supercomputers, and research institutions only a few decades ago.

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I used to teach digital photography, it was a great experience for me because I had to find photography subjects for my students that were inside of the private conservatory. We took pictures of our feet, the light fixtures, condensation on the drinking fountain, and even furniture. We stretched our imaginations to find pleasing composition at odd angles.

The article include three tactics for challenging the photographer in all of us. Three limitations to impose. They’re all great to keep in mind and they all help fine tune our visual style as well as the expectations we have any time we glance through the lens.

When is Altering Your Image Acceptable? A Debate on Post-processing

Have you ever used Photoshop’s ‘Content Aware Fill’ tool to get rid of some unsightly object in your otherwise perfect image? Have you ever cropped your image in order to give it a more pleasing composition? I know I’ve done both on many an occasion and I feel no guilt or remorse whatsoever.

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I was kinda shameless, I have to admit. I processed it away though! I was the bridesmaid that passed the groomsman’s coat to the flower girls and opted for my own coat…a very purple coat. We shall say that it did not exactly match the extant palette. The wedding photographer didn’t alter the color of the coat. It was reality, after all!

I had other things in mind, like not being the sore thumb in the loud coat. I may have stepped overboard when I downloaded the picture and darkened and desaturated the purple out of existence. I did get thanks from my cousin, the bride, and I was absolved of my self-imagined crime against the day. Still, the question of photo-processing acceptability is a very real one.

Where is the line: temporary things? unsightly things? Do I airbrush the bags under my eyes away or do I tweak the lighting at the time of the photo and play with contrast in post-production to minimize them? It’s still debatable and very personal too.

Why Prints Matter to You as a Photographer

Digital has done wonders for our industry – it allows us to learn faster, it gives us technological opportunities that we could have only wished for in the “film” days and it has made completely new styles of photography possible.

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Before I knew how huge photography would become in my personal pursuits, I worked with a wonderful guy named Billy. He was a disc jockey of old, and a photographer, when he wasn’t working at the baseball stadium with me. He refused to shoot some gigs with a digital camera, opting for the organic feel of analogue photography.

Without knowing it, the author of this article taps in to that desire to have something tangible and organic. Maybe we’re subconsciously nesting among all of the photo frames and canvases. They represent our memories, life moments, wishes of where we’d like to be, things that conjure a mind space where we may find escape a little easier.

Obviously, there are other reasons to have physical prints, and the author covers them too: control over color, texture and size, and the perception of tangibility that ties in worth. It’s a great article, you should read it!