Photography Techniques Articles

Why use a Photography Light Meter?

Photography light meters aren't essential for taking great photos or shooting great videos but they do make it much easier. By using a light meter it is also possible to measure the amount of light hitting...[more]

Travel Photography: Religion

Religion is an important part of any culture, and a travel photographer should consider attempting to capture the rituals associated with the local religions where they are visiting.  Just like local cultures, however, photographers need...[more]

Understanding Fine Art and Stock Photography

Stock photography and fine art photography are two different topics. The former is defined as the supply of photographs that have been licensed for defined uses. These are a cheaper and more convenient alternative to...[more]

Understanding Illustrations and Graphics and Stock Photography

In the days of technology and convenience, stock photography has become a source of graphics for various industries and fields. These are defined as photographs licensed for use, in most cases for a fee. Using...[more]

Travel Photography: Young People

When traveling to other areas of their own country or even countries, photographers will often encounter new people and experiment with travel photography. And, the difficulty of taking photos of young people will vary by...[more]

Travel Photography: Water

Travel photography is a way for both amateur and professional photographers to document their travels and potentially capture some amazing shots. And, just like the people of the area can tell a story, so can...[more]

How To Take Great Current Event Stock Photos

Taking great current stock photos is similar to being a photojournalist. You are required to take pictures at events like a wedding or when a political speech is going on. As the photographer, you will...[more]

The History of Stock Photography

The history of stock photography, or photographs created not to fulfill a particular assignment but rather for sale to any client who may need them, tells the story of how the photography world has been...[more]

How To Take Great Music Stock Photos

Taking stock photos in the Music category gives you a whole bunch of choices. Music is a very diverse and wide subject and there is no hard-set rule on what you must photograph. As there...[more]

How To Take Great Animal Stock Photos

Animal stock photos are always in demand. Whether you are visiting a local zoo or taking photos of pets, capturing great animal photos to sell later can be pretty simple.  What You'll Need: Wide angle...[more]

How To Create 3D Photography

3D photography fascinates many people, but few realize that it's actually much easier to do than you might imagine. This tutorial will show you a very easy way to create high quality 3D photographs which...[more]

How To Take a Self Portrait with an SLR

Taking a self portrait with a digital SLR camera is normally much easier than with a compact point and shoot. That's because they offer some very useful features which make taking photos of yourself much...[more]

Stock Footage: How To Put Yourself into History

Stock Footage is a great way to add extra interest to your video productions. Stock footage is readily available from the Internet and can add something that you wouldn't normally be able to add.  You...[more]

Production: How To Shoot Action Scenes

Regardless of the genre, action scenes between the good and the bad guys are found in most films released on the market. In order to do an effective action scene, a filmmaker must have at...[more]

Production: How To Make a Time Lapse Video

It is possible to make a time lapse video using your camera. You will need some good editing software as well. This type of video is used to take a long time segment and then...[more]

Production: How To Do an Wide Shot

A wide shot is usually the first shot that is covered in the shooting schedule for a scene. The reason a wide shot is done first is because it involves the most complicated lighting of...[more]

Production: Understanding Depth of Field

Properly understanding depth of field is part of what makes a great photographer.  This understanding comes from practice with cameras. Space "Depth of field" is a term that describes how much of the space in...[more]

Production: How To Apply the 180 Degree Rule

The 180 degree rule is very important to keep track of during production. Applying it to your shots will make all the difference when you get into the editing suite. Step 1 - A Line...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Do High Key Lighting

High key lighting is a style that creates a very unique, high contrast look. It is achieved by using very large bright lights as the key while not having any fill so that one side...[more]

Production: 4 Lens Techniques

Production is a wide term and cannot be limited to lens and camera techniques. With that said, lens is the eye of the camera and a video or photograph cannot be taken without it. The...[more]

Production: Tungsten 3200K Color Temperature

When putting on a production, one of the biggest things to keep in mind is the color temperature of your lights. Color temperature is measured in degrees kelvin and had nothing to do with the...[more]

Production: How To Edit Audio Like a Radio Edit

There are several techniques you can use to give the end result of your production looking like a professional did it. One of these techniques is using radio edit style to edit your audio. A...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding the Arc

Doing an arc shot requires camera movement around the subject. It's not a full circle around the circle, but it does cover half of the subject. Definition of an Arc Shot An arc shot is...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Trucking

This camera movement is also often referred to as tracking shot or crabbing. Similar to the dolly in terms of movement, but instead of moving in and out of your subject, the trucking shot is...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Zoom Out

A good videographer will know how to effectively use camera movement to tell a story and to keep the viewers interested. The zoom out is one camera function that provides numerous opportunities in telling stories....[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding the Pan

One of the most basic camera movements is the pan. In the early days of cinema, the pan shot did not come about until the 1900s when rotational tripod heads were first introduced. Stemming from...[more]

Production: Understanding the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the most common rules that photographers use. Basically, the rule of thirds states that you can break any image down into horizontal and vertical thirds. When you break...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Do Low Key Lighting

Low key lighting is a style of lighting that is commonly used by photographers and filmographers. Generally speaking, most people set up low key lighting so that they can achieve the chiaroscuro effect. With the...[more]

Production: How To Use Warm Cards

Back when production was done with film people used filters on their lenses and lights to create a certain kind of look. This look was color temperature based and was either warm (orange) or cool...[more]

Production: How To Use Cool Cards

If you worked in production a few years ago then you know that color balancing along with certain artistic looks, like cool colors, was achieved in film by placing gels over lights and filters over...[more]

Production: Understanding Nose Room

Nose room, often called lead room, is the space in front of a moving or stationary subject. A nose room is an important aspect of a shot because it gives the viewers a sense of...[more]

Production Lighting: Hard Light vs. Soft Light

Production lighting depends greatly on the difference between hard light and soft light. Most scenes will employ both types of illumination, and understanding the theory will help your decisions. Hard Light Hard light is referred...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Best Use Ambient Light

You can cut down the amount of work involved in lighting if you take advantage of ambient light. Ambient light is guaranteed to be natural, so building upon it as a base can yield very...[more]

6 Tips for Making Home Movies Look Great

Home movies are family treasures, as they capture important moments that can always be treasured. By following the simple tips below, you will end up with a home video that looks like a professional created...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Waveform Displays

The Waveform displays can be useful in Final Cut Pro for creating different types of color grading, and also to ensure that what you are printing is safe to broadcast. The Waveform displays include the luminance and...[more]

How to Slice and Blend Video in Premiere

To slice and blend video footage is simply a cool term for editing the video, and Adobe Premiere allows you to apply powerful edits, effects and transitions in record time. While mastering Adobe Premiere can...[more]

Inserting an Object into a Frame in Premiere

The key to inserting any object into frame and clips on movies is to use transparency. If you are using Adobe Premiere, then you can use this to get your image into the system and...[more]

Video Editing: Obay the 180-Degree Rule

The 180 degree rule is one of film making's most important guidelines because it will have a huge impact on the video editing process. It states that two characters should have the same left-right relationships...[more]

How To Create the Fade Pixel Stretch Effect in Photoshop

Creating the fade pixel stretch effect photoshop is very simple and will completely change the look of any image that you are working on. This effect will make the image look unique. The effect has...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: How To Create Multiple Subtitle Tracks to Play Together

Creating multiple subtitle tracks to play together in DVD Studio Pro is not difficult. DVD Studio Pro is used to create a full-featured DVD and it contains an encoding application. This PC- based application comes...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Adjust Audio Levels in the Timeline

The fastest way to edit audio is to do so in the Timeline. The Timeline allows you to view where you need to set your keyframes, which makes it easier to decrease and increase the audio of...[more]

5 Tips For Looking Good In Photos

Unless you're a professional model, giving your best angle in photos can be quite a problem. Often, people get very self-conscious the moment that camera lens is pointed towards them. This gives the tendency of...[more]

HD Camera Pro: How to Minimize Pictures Flicker Through Interlacing

Interlacing is a technique that improves a video signal's quality without increasing its bandwidth. When the first televisions were created, they used a system called progressive scanning to read the video signals. The signals were...[more]

Link-Unlink Function in Adobe Premiere

The link-unlink function in Adobe Premiere is extremely useful for lots of reasons. The most obvious is for the syncing of audio and video, but there is so much more that can be done with...[more]

Finding the Right Lens Port for Your Underwater Casing

If you are interested in underwater photography, it can be very confusing to pick the correct lens port. Typically, underwater camera housings from all manufacturers have interchangeable lens ports. The two most common types of lens...[more]

How To Create Your Own Custom Bokeh Effects

When it comes to photography, bokeh refers to the aesthetic quality of the blur in areas that are out of focus. The term bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke, which means blur or haze. Certain...[more]

Pros and Cons of Shutter Priority Mode in Underwater Photography

Shutter priority is a semi automatic feature incorporated into most digital cameras. It is often represented by the symbols 'TV' or 'S'. Shutter priority mode allows the photographer to select his shutter speed while the...[more]

How to Replace a Broken Zoom Ring on a Digital Camera

A zoom ring is the old fashioned way of adjusting the zoom of a lens. This is a mechanical ring which is turned to extend or retract the lens. Although this is only normally found...[more]

Techniques for Creating Photo Contrast for Underwater Photography

Underwater photography has the power to easily take an audience's breath away. But these great shots do not come easily. In fact, underwater photography is considered to be one of the most challenging specialization's in...[more]

How to Prevent Photo Colors Loss in Underwater Photography

In photography, one of the import important things in photos are colors. Light behaves differently underwater than it does on dry land. When you're shooting underwater, you're main light source is the sun. Sunlight is...[more]

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