SHOOTING IN MANUAL MODE
by Kyle Jenkins
Welcome to the second installment in our Essential Tips to Great Outdoor Photography. This three-part series is meant to help anyone wanting to become a better outdoor photographer. Last time we talked about timing, composition and inspiration. In this article we explore using a D-SLR or pro-level mirrorless camera on manual mode to fully control your creative expression.
When I was first learning about photography, it helped to think of the camera as a mechanical eye, which is essentially what the technology is trying to mimic. Relating the features of our eyes to the controls on the camera can make the concepts less foreign. In this comparison, a camera’s aperture is like a pupil that dilates and contracts depending on light levels, and the shutter is like an eyelid that opens and closes to control the light that reaches the pupil. Just as your pupils will contract and your eyelids will instinctively shut when you look toward the sun, so you will have to use a quick shutter speed and a small aperture when shooting in bright conditions. In low light, on the other hand, keeping your shutter open longer and using a dilated aperture will allow as much light as possible to reach the sensor. Once you learn to control these two variables and gain an understanding of ISO, you can take just about any photo you like.
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TIMING, COMPOSITING, & INSPIRATION
by Kyle Jenkins
Recent advances in digital technology have allowed us to bring small, powerful and durable devices deeper into the wild than ever before. We can capture places and moments that might have been too remote or dangerous to lug around a large format camera and heavy wooden tripod. Today we might not be as technically skilled or nearly as patient as the masters of old such as Ansel Adams, but we do get the opportunity to take some phenomenal shots that simply were not possible a hundred years ago.
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10 wedding photography mistakes every beginner will make (and how to get better)
By Angela Nicholson
Shooting a wedding is one of the toughest assignments that a photographer can take on, there are lots of potential issues and the stakes are incredibly high. To help out, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, has compiled a list of the most common wedding photography mistakes that photographers make when starting out shooting weddings, along with some of her best wedding photography tips for how to avoid them.
10 TIPS TO MAKE SELECTIONS THAT CUT OUT ANYTHING IN PHOTOSHOP
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10+ Powerful NSFW Photos From The 2017 Birth Photo Competition Prove That Moms Are Badass
The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of their 2017 contest, and the photos they chose show the struggles mothers go through to bring new life into the world, and the sheer joy that follows.
We took your breath away with last year’s contest, and these new photos will leave you even more amazed. Each one tells a story of pain, perseverance, and finally, relief. They document a baby’s first moments of life, and a family’s first moments of unity.
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The jury selected the best works from 50,000 submissions.
The jury of the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, held with the support of the Natural History Museum in London, named the best photographs of 2016, PetaPixel reports.
Tim Laman became Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his work Entwined Lives, showing an orangutan up the tree in the Indonesian part of Borneo. This photograph was selected from over 50,000 submissions sent by participants from 95 countries from all over the world.
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