5 Tips for Photographers Who Want to Break Into The Fine Art Marketplace

Concise article by Tiffany Mueller with five great tips first featured in Lightstalking

Making the jump from a hobbyist to a professional artist takes not only skills as a photographer, but also requires a good deal of business smarts and acumen.

Color of Ramadan: An Incredibly Difficult Photo Project

Behind the sceens story to these stunning pictures.

What attracts you to creative conceptual work like in Colors of Ramadan?

I think because it’s super hard, I like to I challenge myself so bad sometimes that the results are not really as expected.

Photography Tips - Wildlife shots at night - capturing a lion

As I reviewed the photos of my recent Namibian safari I noticed that there were quite few images taken at night, at the floodlit waterholes in Etosha. Here I explore some of the photographic challenges faced in these conditions and how to overcome them to successfully capture a shot such as the one below.

  • Level - Intermediate to advanced
  • Subject - Technique
  • Camera type - Digital SLR
 1/25 sec a f 4.0, ISO 6400 374mm (Canon 1Dx and EF200-400, f/4L IS USM)

1/25 sec a f 4.0, ISO 6400 374mm (Canon 1Dx and EF200-400, f/4L IS USM)

The Challenge

Essentially there is but one challenge - a lack of available light. Although the waterholes are floodlit, do not imagine some brightly lit football stadium, they are lit just enough to see with the naked eye.  In order to capture as much light as possible it is necessary to use longer shutter speeds so the stability of the camera becomes critical. Also the low contrast causes mayhem with the autofocus so manual focus is often required, which is tricky in low light. 

Stability of the Camera

Our subject, the lion, is essentially static, calmly drinking at the waterhole. Therefore the only source of potential motion blur is the movement of the camera itself, exacerbated by the long lens.

So here are Martin's top tips to stabilise the camera:

  1. Place the camera on a tripod! Honestly, even if you do nothing else, this will massively improve the chances of getting sharp photos....Got it? PLACE THE CAMERA ON A TRIPOD!
  2. Tighten any clasps - spend 20 seconds ensuring the tripod will not collapse!
  3. Weigh the tripod down - you will find with a heavy camera and/ or a small amount of wind that even on a tripod there is still some unwanted movement.
  4. Remove any straps from the camera or lens -  this minimises any movement from the wind and removes the chance of accidently snagging the strap at just the wrong moment.
  5. Use "mirror lock up" - even the movement of the mirror causes camera shake.  
  6. Use a cable release, remote trigger or self timer to trigger the shutter - otherwise every time you press the shutter you are just moving the camera!

And that is it! Easy as that :)

Focusing

To maximise the chance of success with autofocus, use spot focusing and select the centre spot. Typically the centre spot is more sensitive that any other and therefore offers the best chance of achieving focus.

However, once it has got too dark for autofocus to work and you have finished verbally abusing your camera, it is time to go pro! MANUAL FOCUS to the rescue!

So here are Martin's top tips for manually focusing in the dark:

  1. Temporarily set the camera to its highest ISO setting - we are going to use live view to check focus and this brightens the image on the screen.
  2. Obtain initial rough focus with the naked eye - this can be done through the view finder or with live view but you are going to need live view next.
  3. Fine tune the focus using the magnification available in live view - the ability to magnify the image allows you to see the fine detail required to get the photo not only sharp but focused where you want it.
  4. Reduce your ISO back to an acceptable level - you probably do not want to be taking the image as ISO 25,600+ if you can help it!

At this point I normally turn live view off and use my binoculars to view the subject to then trigger the cable release at the right moment.

SNAP!

Martin Sean

 

 

 

12 Steps to Successfully Promote your Photography on Instagram

Instagram, love it or hate it understanding how to exploit it for your own photos can only be a good thing!

300 million is a big, big number. It can seem overwhelming, but it’s a great tool to not only create community, but also to become a better photographer. So how do you create a presence for yourself in all that noise?

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Author: Robin Ryan


Four Essential Considerations to Help You Create Excellent Macro Photographs

I do love to dabble with macro photography and if you do to there are some great tips for you right here!

you have found yourself frustrated by your attempts at macro photography or are experiencing some trepidation about diving into macro photography, don’t start tearing your hair out just yet. You will be glad to know that successful macro photography rests primarily on four essential factors.

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Author: Jason D. Little


Creating a Cinematic Effect for youR photos in photoshop.

Photoshop CC tutorial showing how to apply the cinematic effect to your photographs. The cinematic effect that we're going for is the teal-orange look, which is a very popular movie effect in action movies today.


How Famous Street Photographers Got Over Their Fear of Shooting on the Street Read

Some people can do it, some people can! It can be a struggle to do street photography but for many the rewards are worth it. Here are the stories of three famous street photographer and their top tips for street photography.

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The world isn’t such a bad evil place like the media portrays. Everyone with a camera isn’t necessarily a terrorist either. The first step to feel confident in taking photos is knowing you are not doing anything wrong.

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Author: Julius Motal


How I Make Money as a Travel Photographer in 2015

"No not me unfortunately, I am still starting out on my journey!" - Martin

This is a revealing interview with Brendan van Son, 30, who for the last 5+ years has been a successful travel journalist.  Here he shares how he lives, works and makes his living as a successful travel photographer today. 

In general, I abide by what I call “The Octopus” approach to income generation. After 2 years trying to make it in traditional journalism, I realized that as a freelancer you need to try to have your hands in as many different pots as possible to survive.

Read the full review here

Author: Brendan van Son



How Nicholas Goodden a London Photographer Got 70,000 Followers on Twitter

Creating an audience is a fundamental part of you photography business and twitter should be part of all photographers strategies. In this interview Nicholas Goodden shares how he established his audience

We’ve gone past the days of sales techniques where you cold call people and you twist people’s arm to come and see what you’re doing. You’ve got to dig a little bit fur- ther and make people first like you and trust you, and people think of you as someone who actually knows what he’s talking about. That’s what I try and do.

The Story Behind That Picture: "How to Win Photo Competitions"

Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator and photo competition judge. Here Thorsten shares his advice on winning photo competetions.

  Winner of the   Maybank Photogarhy Awards   2012, by Muhamad Seleh Bin Dollah

Winner of the Maybank Photogarhy Awards 2012, by Muhamad Seleh Bin Dollah

So, each photo competition has it’s own soul and style. Just like people have different tastes, photo competitions have different tastes.

The first and obvious question in deciding to participate in one or the other competition to ask is:

“Do I have some images in a style that would fit in?”

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Author: Thorsten Overgaard


Cinematographer Eve Hazelton Explains the Five Pillars of Exposure

Eve clearly and simply explains the five ways that exposure can be effected and controlled. While the Eve is talking about cinematography it can all be applied to photography and is certainly worth spending the 6 minutes to watch this video.

Author: Eve Hazelton


Using a Tilt-Shift Lens for Focus Control - Video & Photography Tutorial

Tilt and shift lenses can seem daunting to use at first but this easy to follow video should go some way to explaining the ins and outs and these unique lenses.

Today we will talk about how the Tilt-Shift lens works and how we will use it as a creative focus tool for our shoot today. I have a 45mm 2.8 Tilt-Shift lens...

Author: Jay P. Morgan


AF-ON & Back Button Autofocus

I have been using back button focusing for many years now and, although it does take some getting used to, I would not switch back.

Steve Perry provides an indepth look at back button autofocus technique in different senarios over at PetaPixel.

...Back Button AF turns focusing into an almost instinctive act for many photographers. It’s a fantastic alternative to switching between single shot AF for static subjects or continuous AF for action....