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Friday, 24 November


How One Photographers Camera Saved Him from Loneliness "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer Ryan Pfluger says he uses photography as a means for therapy and connection. In this 12-minute talk he recently gave at TEDxPasadena, Pfluger shares an inspirational insight into how photography has played a major part in bettering his life.

Pfluger has photographed many celebrities, including Obama, Angelina Jolie, and other notable figures, but thats not what he wanted to talk about on the TEDx stage. Instead, he shares how a camera has been his only trusty companion and savior from loneliness.

Having had a difficult childhood, Pfluger says that photography was a way for me to meet people that were outside of the safe mental bubble I had created for myself.

When he was younger, Pfluger did not have a good relationship with his father, and it was only through his camera that he was able to strengthen that relationship. Eventually, the two even went on a road trip together.

I was using my camera as a therapist, says Pfluger.

A decade later, Pfluger travels alone with his camera in the passenger seat and captures images of strangers he meets on the road. He calls this project The Day of the Lone Wolf and says he wants everyone [he] meets to feel like their stories could be heard a privilege he did not have when he was younger.

Photography has a different meaning for everyone, and for some it is a trusted constant on a rocky road through life.

(via TEDxPasadena via ISO 1200)



An Intro to Panning Your Camera for a Blurry Feeling of Speed "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Looking to add some drama or action to your photos but not quite sure how? Look no further In simple terms, camera panning (or motion tracking as some people call it) is a technique where you follow a moving subject, shooting with a slower shutter speed to create a feeling of speed or action.

If done correctly and with a little patience, youll be able to create some amazing images that really pull your attention to the subject and add a new dimension to your photos.

Ive been spending quite a lot of time in London recently and occasionally take my camera with me. Its such a busy city with people, cars, and cyclists rushing around all the time. Its this constant feeling of motion and action that made me want to capture it as best I could.

Ive broken down this post into a number of categories that focus on what I feel are the key elements to a successful attempt at tracking a moving subject and creating the feeling of motion.

Camera Settings

From a technical point of view, if youre looking to isolate your subject against a blurred background, you need a shutter speed that will allow for this. Shutter speed is the most important part of getting the desired results. If you set it too fast then chances are you will either freeze the subject altogether or the image will just look blurry and like a bad photo. The slower the shutter speed, the more chance there is that the image wont be sharp. Its very hard to track a subject handheld for 1/4th of a second and not lose any sharpness.

I found the best shutter speed was 1/8th or 1/10th at the slowest and about 1/20th at the fastest. If youre tracking a subject thats moving really fast then youll be able to use a faster shutter speed and still create the same effect.

Its important that you balance the exposure properly. When shooting with a slow shutter speed, you always run the risk of allowing too much light into the camera and overexposing the image. Heres where the ISO and aperture come into play: theyre not overly important in the look and feel of the image but they will play a part in ensuring your image is exposed properly.

It will usually take a couple of test shots to get your settings right, but a general rule is...


Shooting a Day-to-Night Timelapse the Cheap and Easy Way "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Shooting a day-to-night time-lapse doesnt have to be hard. In this tutorial, Ill show you how to create one of these holy grail timelapses the easy way.

What Youll Need to Shoot

  • A camera (any camera even a phone will do)
  • A tripod or mount
  • A trigger/intervalometer (can be a hardware remote or controlled in camera via software)

What Youll Need to Edit

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop

Shooting the Photos

First, set up your camera in a secure spot and make sure it wont move. Turn off Image Stabilization (both in camera or in lens) if you have it.

Create your composition and set up your exposure with all settings turned to Manual. You will be in control of the exposure, not the camera. White balance, ISO, shutter speed, aperture youre in control!

Start by overexposing slightly and let the sequence run until it is underexposed. Stop the shoot, create a new folder and repeat the process until fully dark.

Your interval will depend on where you are 5 seconds will usually be a safe bet and is what I used.

The Post-Production

Well be using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to organize and compile/render video files from a series of JPEG images.

Dump all your footage on a hard drive, import the contents of the hard drive into Adobe Lightroom using the Add method and rename your folders to reflect the content accurately and in a clear manner.

I like this naming structure: date-location-shot

Open Photoshop, hit File > Open and select the first photo of a JPEG sequence, make sure to import it as a sequence (hit option, select image sequence).

Adjust the scale of your layer if needed by transforming it to fill the canvas. You can add any grading you want on top of the layer.

Hit File > Export > Render video to create your video files. Once you have your video clips (five for me in this case) hit File > Script > Load files into stack and select the video files.

Layer them sequentially with a bit of an overlap, in the overlap you are going to add Opacity keyframes and gradually fade into the layer below. Youre effectively making the top layer invisible over a second or two revealing what is underneath.

This can be a bit fiddly and annoying to do in Photoshop so if you have Premiere or After Effects, I recommend doing it in there.



8 Tips to Try When Shooting Portraits for Better Results "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a 5-minute video with 8 simple tips beginning portrait photographers can try in order to improve results. These words of wisdom come from photographers Jessica Kobeissi and Kayleigh June.

#1: Add Accessories

Giving your model accessories to wear can add a different dynamic to the shot.

#2: Get On the Models Eye-Level

Assuring that it is proven by science, June says shooting on eye-level with a model makes the photo more comfortable for viewing.

#3: Make Sure There is No Hair Around the Neck

Lots of hair around your models neck can make it appear like they dont have much of a neck in the first place. Adding a hairpiece or necklace to keep stray hairs at bay can work well.

#4: Remove Tension Around the Mouth

June says that new models will often have some tension around the mouth, and that can make things uncomfortable for viewers. The same goes for the shoulders too, so watch out for these things and keep everything relaxed throughout your shoot.

#5: Dont Always Crop in Camera

Take a step backwards, says June. If you include a bit more of the background, you can then crop later to perfect the composition. It gives you a bit more flexibility and space to be creative.

You always have a second option in you shoot a little bit wider and then crop it, says Kobeissi.

#6: Shoot Through Stuff

Holding something in front of the camera lens, or shooting through a material, can add different textures and colors to your shots. Things like colored film or sun catchers are perfect....


The Significance of a Personal Project "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

My daily stroll through the newly-built but already-decaying park near my apartment in Hanoi while listening to Spotify on a brisk (by Southeast Asia standards) morning has me in deep thought. We only get this type of weather for a couple months a year here and I absolutely love it.

I grew up in New England and this is the temperature I was built for, I truly am a different person. Im smarter, more motivated, and dare I say a deeper man when Im able to wear long pants and a sweatshirt.

The stroll has me feeling introspective and pondering my past and where it all started for me as a young photographer. About 12 years ago I visited Vietnam as a photogra-tourist (I just coined that phrase now) and I instantly fell in love with the country. As clich as that sounds, its true.

I arrived in November on a day not so different than todays weather and I felt at home. Two years later, when I returned here not as a tourist with a one-way ticket and a plan to become a full-time photographer, I experienced my first Hanoi Summer.

Oh, how you fooled me Vietnam, you cunning devil. I was like Frosty the Snowman in that greenhouse, melting in the heat and humidity, it was dreadful. As they say about those you love, you take the good with the bad and I was in love with you Vietnam, still am, so I stayed and weathered the temperature if you will.

After getting settled in and finding my bearings here with the help a wonderful woman named Thuy (one of my closest friends to this day and Im forever grateful to her) I gained access to an orphanage for victims of Agent Orange. I started my project and in the end I launched my career with it. The project led to several accolades, including my acceptance into the prestigious...


A Beginners Guide to the Basic Studio Lighting Setup for Portraits "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to get started with shooting portrait photos with studio lighting? Heres a helpful 8-minute video by Adorama with photographer Mark Wallace that introduces the different types of studio lighting and the specific job they each perform.

Key Light

A key light is your main light. Its the cornerstone of your lighting setup, and youll most often only be using one of them for your shoot. All of your metering efforts will begin with the key light, and subsequent lights are positioned and metered in relation to the key light.

Fill Light

The fill light is used to fill in shadows on your subject. Its mostly used to gently fill darker areas, however, rather than totally remove a shadow. This light is metered to an equal or lower level than the key light.

Hair Light

The hair light provides illumination to the hair of your subject, highlighting the finer details of the image. Its also useful when you have a dark subject on a dark background, as highlights help to separate the subject from the background. Subsequently, you may hear this light referred to as a separation light, or even a kicker light.

Background Light

The background light adds light to the background, and you may well have several of these (especially if you have a large background in the shot). They are equal to or less powerful than the key light.

Check out the full tutorial video above to see each light in action and tips for how you would go about metering the lights in the first place. You can also find more of Wallaces i...

Thursday, 23 November


Sony a7R III Named a Top 10 Gadget of 2017 by TIME "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sony sparked a great deal of excitement when it announced its blazing fast full-frame a9 camera in April, but somehow it managed to make an even bigger splash with its a7R III unveiling in October. In addition to fantastic reviews coming out about it, the a7R III just got another solid vote of approval: TIME just selected it as one of the top 10 gadgets of 2017.

The a7R III is the only camera that made it onto TIMEs list, coming in at #10.

With notable improvements over its predecessor and a cheaper price than Sonys A9 Alpha, the recently unveiled Sony Alpha A7R III stands to be one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made, TIME writes. It can shoot at twice the resolution of the A9 and has an autofocus thats twice as fast as the A7R II, although its worth remembering that the A9 offers faster burst shooting.

But the lower price and heightened performance are likely more than enough to impress pro and novice photographers alike.

It seems photographers are equally enthusiastic. The camera is a #1 seller over at B&H, and Sony issued an announcement and apology last week, stating that a7R III shipments may be delayed because of extremely high deman...


Black Friday deals on Sony cameras, Olympus gear, Zeiss and Rokinon E-mount lenses, Sandisk cards "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We got a huge amount of new Black Frdiay delas. You can check the full list on those links: USA at Amazon US. BHphoto. BestBuy. Adorama. Amazon CA. eBay US. EU at Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon FR. Amazon ES.

The post Black Friday deals on Sony cameras, Olympus gear, Zeiss and Rokinon E-mount lenses, Sandisk cards appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Ep. 231: Just Because You Can, Doesnt Mean You Should and more "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Episode 231 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: DP, photographer, timelapse cinematographer and editor, Drew Geraci

In This Episode

If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to...


Canon registered the new EOS-M50 in Russia too "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Both the Bluetooth agency and the russian Eurasian Economic Commission do show that Canon registered the new mid level EOS-M50 camera. Expect this camera to be announced in Q1 2018. via Letsgodigital and Canonwatch  

The post Canon registered the new EOS-M50 in Russia too appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


This summer I started working with Sony camera equipment. It has been a good change. This is a photo of some gear in the desert. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This summer I started working with Sony camera equipment. It has been a good change. This is a photo of some gear in the desert.

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