OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PART III

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PANNING, & BOKEH

by Kyle Jenkins

Finally, on to the fun stuff! Thanks for sticking around and joining us here for the third and final installment in our quest to become better outdoor photographers. First we talked about timing, inspiration and composition to lay the foundation; then we got technical in part two learning about shooting in manual mode; now we can take what we learned and use it in the real world. Here are some techniques to help you capture some of the more difficult subjects mother nature presents us with.

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OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PART II

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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OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PART I

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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Beginner wedding photographer mistakes

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.

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Krishna & Bunga Weddingclip

Krishna & Bunga same day edit by Johanes Dharmawan

Videography: The Leonardi Team
Make Up: Adele
Dress: Yumika Tsurai
Decor: Nefi
MC: Emil Eriyanto – MKE
WO: Multi Kreasi Enterprise
Location: Ritz Carlton Kuningan, Jakarta

The Prophet

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise on your lips.

by Kahil Gibran

 

25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling

 

1. STORIES HAVE POWER

Outside the air we breathe and the blood in our bodies, the one thing that connects us modern humans today with the shamans and emperors and serfs and alien astronauts of our past is a heritage — a lineage — of stories. Stories move the world at the same time they explain our place in it. They help us understand ourselves and those near to us. Never treat a story as a shallow, wan little thing. A good story is as powerful as the bullet fired from an assassin’s gun.

2. EFFECT ABOVE ENTERTAINMENT

We love to be entertained. Bread and circuses! Clowns and monkeys! Decapitations and ice cream! A good story entertains but a great story knows that it has in its arsenal the ability to do so much more. The best stories make us feel something. They fuck with our emotions. They make us give a flying fuck about characters and places and concepts that don’t exist and won’t ever exist. The way a story stabs us with sadness, harangues us with happiness, runs us through the gauntlet of rage and jealousy and denial and underoo-shellacking lust and fear (together, lust and fear may stir a “scaredy-boner”) is parallel to none. Anybody can entertain. A juggler entertains. A storyteller makes us feel something. Makes us give a shit when we have no good reason to do so. Fun is not the last stop on the story train. The storyteller is master manipulator. The storyteller is cackling puppetmaster.
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