photography

In your opinion, what did you personally do to become a better at composition and editing?

In your opinion, what did you personally do to become a better at composition and editing?

edit 1: Wow, thank you for all your advice and feedback. I've been feeling behind since I haven't seen real improvement in my photography and editing but all your suggestions look great. Thank you all!

I started studying and enjoying traditional art overall, not just famous paintings from old masters. It really helps a lot to tune my artistic taste and not become lost in tasteless trends, which are basically everywhere.

People are slowly losing track of what is being tasteful, what is edgy on purpose and what is just pure laziness masked as an art. Being inspired by painters and artists from the past really helps me to stay consistent.

Composition wise, I try to learn as much as I can from other people’s work and then sketching my own vision of something and making it happen. I think that’s one of those things that really help improve my photography this year. One of my favorite image this year was an example for that. I knew I wanted to do something about Mt Morrison in the Eastern Sierra Nevada for a while and I envisioned the mountain would look nice on a storm. I waited a few years and had made several attempts before this image happened earlier this Spring.

As for processing, I can’t recommend enough getting critiques for your work. I personally join a group where we meet and critique each other’s work every week. It’s probably one of the most constructive 3 hours of my week.

Practice.

I slowed the f**k down. I used to just spray and pray, come home from a music festival with 2,000+ pictures. I got so sick and tired of wading through the garbage and redundancies that I decided to change my entire style of shooting. Now I will sit in place until the composition comes into my head, move to the right spot, carefully get my frame (remembering to check the edges), wait for the light to be just right and fire off one or two quick frames. Now my shot count is way lower, maybe 3-400 and a lot less gets deleted.

The number one thing that helped me though was just simply shooting until I was blue in the face and always being hyper critical of my own work. I've held myself to a standard higher than I am capable of achieving so that I am never satisfied. Satisfaction leads to complacency and complacency does not help you to grow and develop into the best you can be. My work has improved on seriously high level since I picked up my first DSLR. Now because of the way I treat my photography I am getting genuine, honest, mind blowing compliments. Years ago I would hear people say stuff like, "you pictures look nice" and now they say stuff like "Jesus dude, those pictures are insane, can I get a print of this one". That kind of stuff feels nice, but I'm always making sure that I don't let that go to my head, gotta keep striving to got the next step.

TLDR: I take my time, I keep working at it and I avoid complacency at all costs.

I've put together a guide to different types of light and weather conditions for outdoor photographers. It's aimed mainly at novices. Hopefully some of you will find it useful.

I've put together a guide to different types of light and weather conditions for outdoor photographers. It's aimed mainly at novices. Hopefully some of you will find it useful.
I've put together a guide to different types of light and weather conditions for outdoor photogra...

Topics covered include blue hour and golden hour photography as well as dawn and dusk light. I've also covered daytime light including ideas for shooting on sunny, overcast or rainy days. I finish with a case study of a location (Bruges) photographed at different times of the day.

This was great to read! Very informative

Lifted from a pilot's handbook. :)

Radiation Fog: "On clear nights, with relatively little to no wind present, radiation fog may develop. Usually, it forms in low-lying areas like mountain valleys. This type of fog occurs when the ground cools rapidly due to terrestrial radiation, and the surrounding air temperature reaches its dew point. As the sun rises and the temperature increases, radiation fog lifts and eventually burns off"

Advection Fog: "When a layer of warm, moist air moves over a cold surface, advection fog is likely to occur. Unlike radiation fog, wind is required to form advection fog. Winds of up to 15 knots allow the fog to form and intensify. Advection fog is common in coastal areas where sea breezes can blow the air over cooler landmasses."

Upslope Fog: "...occurs when moist, stable air is forced up sloping land features like a mountain range. This type of fog also requires wind for formation and continued existence. Upslope and advection fog, unlike radiation fog, may not burn off with the morning sun, but instead can persist for days. They can also extend to greater heights than radiation fog."

Steam Fog (my favorite): "(AKA Sea Smoke) forms when cold, dry air moves over warm water. As the water evaporates, it rises and resembles smoke. This type of fog is common over bodies of water during the coldest times of the year. Low-level turbulence and icing are commonly associated with steam fog"

I enjoyed reading this, thanks for posting! What type of weather forecast do you look for to predict morning mist?

Pelican case LED lighting

Pelican case LED lighting

What's your power source and how often does it need charged? I like it!

You'll probably have to cross the bridge because there's no way you're getting a case full of homemade batteries and wires on a plane. 😋😉

Does the TSA ask you questions about all those wires and battery pack in the case? looks like you would get searched each time you send that through xray.

Glad you like it! Haven’t had to charge it yet. Hitlights DC/usb battery from Amazon 25$ Led strip lights 8$ also from Amazon

I did an old damaged photo RESTORATION & COLORIZATION on Photoshop, and uploaded it to YouTube as a timelapse!

I did an old damaged photo RESTORATION & COLORIZATION on Photoshop, and uploaded it to YouTube as a timelapse!

Not a bad start, you might consider starting to use adjustment layers.. you’ll thank yourself later. Another thought would be using more colored adjustment layers during the colorization process. Lots of variables between tones and values. Remember your elements and principles of design.

B&H raises prices on cameras and lenses by up to $700, then advertises "discounts" for Black Friday sale

B&H raises prices on cameras and lenses by up to $700, then advertises "discounts" for Black Friday sale

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B&H raises prices on cameras and lenses by up to $700, then advertises "discounts" for Black Friday sale

https://imgur.com/a/rh08X

Always do your research before buying anything, especially during the holiday season, and make sure your "deals" are actually deals!

unfortunate that this is just how most places do black friday, the true deals are extremely limited

They are deals, at least in the case of the 5D - BH is essentially including a free BG-E20 battery grip with the 5DIV bodies and kits, that's why the MSRP/price before discount is higher than usual.

fair enough, I do see that -- but the battery grip is worth $300, and the prices were raised by $600-700

Apparently 3D Printed tilt-shift adapters are a thing.

Apparently 3D Printed tilt-shift adapters are a thing.
Apparently 3D Printed tilt-shift adapters are a thing.

You are correct... that's why they call it a '3D Printed Tilt-Shift Macro Extension Tube'

Correct me if I'm wrong but won't these lack infinity focus because you're moving the lens further from the sensor?

Yes. Canon recently released a few macro tilt-shift lenses. Schneider Kreuznach also make a line of them. When you're working at macro levels, sometimes the ability to tilt the focus plane is even more important, due to extremely shallow depth of field. Think of a watch face on a 30-40 degree angle, as an example. You want all the numbers on the watch face perfectly in focus, but with a traditional macro lens, you only have half the numbers in focus, even at f16.

Would you look at that lol

First Canon Black Friday 2017 Deal Leaks - Kohl's will be selling a Rebel T6 DSLR bundle for $449 with $135 in coupons

First Canon Black Friday 2017 Deal Leaks - Kohl's will be selling a Rebel T6 DSLR bundle for $449...

As someone who has worked at Kohls, the chances of them actually having that bundle are slim to none. Kohls as a company rarely enforces the deals they put in ads, which in turn causes multiple stores to outright lack the stock in question. If you're counting on this deal, don't get your hopes up.

Couple weeks ago I bought a refurbished T6 with this same bundle minus the bag for $360. Side note, I freaking love my Rebel T6

Nah, going to Kohl's on Black Friday is a waste of Black Friday.

Unless you want to get some curtains with some lady's name on them for 90% off and throw them up on eBay to make a quick buck.

That sounds like a sure way to piss off a lot of customers and go out of business in the long run.

Residents of US and Canada can rent a DJI Mavic Pro drone for free, and win one if they capture a good photo with it

Residents of US and Canada can rent a DJI Mavic Pro drone for free, and win one if they capture a...

Too bad you can't fly them in the majority of Canada without risking breaking the law. :/

Congratulations you just bought a wet Mavic.

Upload your best images or footage from the Mavic Pro to Instagram using the hashtag #MyMavicContest and #NatGeoTravel

Also note that if you already own a Mavic Pro you can use that one to enter the competition.

if you own the Mavic Pro already, you are all set!

Came to say this. You'd need to find an empty Walmart parking lot, and have permission from the Waltons.

I watched a guy flying a drone over a crowd of people at the Horseshoe Falls last week, and three cops watched the entire thing, smiling. Their knowledge has not caught up with the law yet, or they chose to selectively not enforce it. I'm sure the guy's footage is amazing, but if I fly a drone there I'll know I'll get tackled. Oh well.

New Yashica Kickstarter offers a digital camera with 1.4 Megapixels

New Yashica Kickstarter offers a digital camera with 1.4 Megapixels

It features a glass lens for super sharp photos

Amazing.

If only there was some way I could use my existing DSLR like a film camera. Like limiting my ISO to one specific value like 400. Focusing manually like dad used to do in the 80's, and somehow getting my digital files to look like film in postprocessing.

Sigh, I guess I'll have to keep dreaming.

Well, they did tell us to expect the unexpected.

It has features!

Many will see the red VW. Photographers will see 5 Canon shooters and 1 Nikon shooter, all of them using lenses way too big to capture that car from that distance.

Many will see the red VW. Photographers will see 5 Canon shooters and 1 Nikon shooter, all of them using lenses way too big to capture that car from that distance.

I see a grey world, a single flake of snow (or ash?) drifting gently down and settling on a child's faded plastic doll, which lies amongst a pile of scattered bone fragments, whilst above, the moon burns.

Anyone else?

Thanks for letting /sub/photography know about the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan.

I don't think so, it was intentional -> It's a safari jeep, so the tourist or the photographers use big lenses SO THEY CAN TAKE PICTURES OF THAT WILD ANIMAL IN THE DISTANCE. And I don't think Photographers would look at the photographers, they would rather look at the subjects in the picture.

Well, it literally is.

Try one of these subthreads