In true light-heated Digital Rev fashion, Kai Wong and the DR-team has created a semi-informative, yet fully-entertaining video highlighting their top 50 photography tips, touched upon in rapid succession and in under 15-minutes.
If you don’t care much for watching the tips played out in the 900-second video above, Reddit user“blufox4900″ took the liberty of writing each out for those who aren’t into Kai’s trademark approach. (Via PetaPixel)
- UV filters are a waste of time
- Lens hoods aren’t a necessity
- If you’re not using the hood, put it away
- Don’t treat your DSLR like it’s your baby
- Stop hating on others
- Get cheap lens caps
- Pack light
- Use a zoom for convenience
- Prime will make you think more
- The 35mm is the most practical one lens setup (on the 1.5 crop)
- The 50mm looks better
- Better cameras don’t make better photos
- Know how your camera works before you go out to shoot
- Always be ready for the shot
- P-mode isn’t just for beginners
- Bump the ISO if needed
- Auto ISO is your best friend
- Rely on the Rule of Thirds
- Take lots of shots
- Don’t take photos of any old sh*t
- “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” — Robert Capa
- Contemplate your shot
- The best equipment doesn’t help if you’re not standing in the right spot
- Sharpness is overrated
- Concept is king
- Don’t look like a wrongun (i.e. a creep)
- Don’t drink and shoot
- Shoot when you’re full of energy
- Sometimes it feels great to wake up really early and shoot
- Think about what light you want
- Emulate the style of the greats to get started
- …but don’t keep doing it
- Photography is as much a reflection of the person taking the photo
- Shoot to please no one apart from yourself
- Discreet or direct — it isn’t all that important
- Setting themes keeps you focused
- Change things every once in a while to keep things fresh
- Everyone has creative blocks
- Be critical of yourself
- “Seeing is not enough, you have to feel what you photograph” — Andre Kertesz
- You need to be there with the camera
- The relationship is about you and the subject, not you and the camera
- Stop chimping
- Be brutal when it comes to deleting awful photos
- Show only your best work
- Changing photos to B&W doesn’t make an uninteresting shot interesting
- Look at other people’s work
- Post your work online, let others critique your work
- There is no easy way
If you are just getting started learning the ins-and-outs of your capable photographic device, and have a hard time wrapping your head around how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO work in the grand scheme of properly determining a correct exposure, then the video above is sure to steer you in the right direction.
Matthew Gore of Light and Matter puts a fantastic visual twist on explaining the basics of exposure, even going as far as to create an incredibly detail-oriented compliment post, which can be viewedHERE, proving to be an incredible and valuable resource for the photo novice.
Recently, we covered a similar series of illustrative and informative videos from resident YouTuberDylan Bennett, covering how F-Stop, ISO, and Depth of Field work in an equally informative way. Be sure to check THIS POST if you found the video above useful.
Getty Images, a leading stock photo agency based out of Seattle that many of us are very familiar with, has released information pertaining to the 2012 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography. Established back in 2004, the grants objective is to endorse distinction and brilliance in photojournalism by providing photographers of all levels with the financial means to pursue their creative dreams, specific to personal and journalistic importance.
This year, Time Magazine’s and The New Yorker’s directors of photography make up the jury who will select five outstanding photographers to receive $20,000 to fund their projected undertakings.
You can enter the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography HERE by Tuesday, May 1st. Be sure to prepare the following materials prior to registering and applying:
- A proposal that maps out the scope and purpose of your project in 500 words or less
- A biography, 500 words maximum
- 20-25 portfolio images, sized to 3000 pixels at the longest dimension, 300 dpi saved as JPG with standard compression no lower than 8 on the JPG scale
There is no fee to apply and as an applicant, you will retain all copyrights to your submitted images.
YouTuber and certified camera tech aficionado, Dylan Bennett, has sure been on the lecturing spree as of late, bringing us illustrative and informative explanations of ISO sensitivity, depth of field, and today, the f-stop scale – depicting the technical side of something many of us know how to control in the grand scheme of composing and capturing an image, but fewer know what exactly is going on underneath the hood of our digital devices.
As mentioned, Bennett’s latest educational piece, A Simple Explanation of F-Stop, builds on the foundation he set in his prior two installments, which can also be viewed below in case you happen to miss them – a fantastic way for any photo/video enthusiast to spend 40+ minutes. Take a look: