Portrait, Macro, Landscape, Cityscape, Architecture, street, Astral photography or even video/filming. We all have our specialty but we can also all use a little help to save time and help prepare our shooting sessions. This time, iLHP surfed out there to gather the best links/apps that will guide you in that quest. Of course, we recommend bookmarking this page so that you can get back to all those helpful links easily!
Catching the Best Light
These links are helpful for every photographers, from portrait to macro including landscapes or Astral photography. This will help you know exactly when to wake up at dawn or when to leave your daily job to catch the best lights and shadows, in other words, to give the best atmosphere and charisma to your photographs!
A few weeks ago we at iLHPfeatured the renowned animal photographer, Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio. As promised, Alex agreed to share some of her animal portrait tips with us this week.
iLHP: Hi Alex, thank you for joining us again. What inspired you to become a photography tour leader and can you tell us about your trips?
Alex: Thank you for having me! I’m a huge advocate for getting out and seeing the world. I love that most places in the world are accessible within 24 hours – you just need the time and funds to get to them. Travel has opened my eyes to the way other people live. I’m humbled to see those who have less than we have here in Australia. I think travel broadens a person’s mind, and exposes them to circumstances and situations that fire up the soul and senses. The first thing I always want to do when I get back from a trip is to go again.
We’re used to say that it’s the 40 first years that are difficult when you play Golf, in Photography, we’re used to say that you start having good shots after 10 thousands of them. Of course, those are proverbs and fortunately for us it doesn’t represent the reality, but it has a hint of truth, at least it translates the fact that it’s not an easy activity that you will master over a month of practice.
Here we’ll help you get some tips you never heard before to help you improve:
6. Listen to Music While Shooting or Editing Your Photos
Photography is an art, it is important to stimulate it and what more ideal than to listen to music while doing what you love the most? Music will help you vary your habits in terms of composition, but it’ll also help you try new ways to post-process your pictures. While on the field, it can also help you focus on your subject/ composition because you’ll be isolated in your own world. Of course, that doesn’t apply if you shoot a model, at least not with headphones, instead, try that: Fashion Shoot Jam. Depending on your mood, or on the atmosphere you aim at, try different kind of music, from classical to heavy metal, pop or even reggae. Whatever works for you.
You’ve dreamed about it? Here it is! As I promised you while sharing Cyril Verron’s interview, you can find here the tutorial of one of Cyril’s most outstanding pictures. I want to thank Cyril for revealing some of his secrets and of course for the time he took to share his knowledge with us. So without any further due, let’s start now!
First, let’s see its EXIF data obtained with his Canon 5D II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and then I let Cyril explain everything (Editor’s note: Translated from French, descendez tout en bas pour voir la version Francaise):
As you’ve probably read the first part of “My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer” I will jump right away to the second part of this fabulous experience. If you have not read the first part, you can read it here. After reading this part, I also recommend going back to the first part to see the image samples again with their captions so that you can understand better the explanations.
The Creative Art Philosophy
I see eye to eye with Thomas’ photography philosophy, I mean, even before meeting him I’ve always loved and found the artistic
photographs appealing. It has just consolidated my vision. The purpose is not to take naturalistic pictures where you can identify the species, see how the insect’s eyes are made or it’s little hair. The purpose is more about artistic and fine art photographs. In order to reach this goal, the first thing is not to take big close-ups but on the contrary the environment where the subject evolves must have a bigger impact. Having the subject quite small in the photographs is not a problem, it’s actually the contrary.