The Brenizer Method: Panoramic Portrait Shooting

Not long ago, we spent some time with famed wedding photographer and guest blogger Ryan Brenizer. One of the reasons why Ryan is famous is because of his unique style of shooting portraits known across the net as the Brenizer Method. Ryan talked with us about the gear he uses to do it, how he came up with the idea, the post-production phase, and also gave us some tips for beginners. Take a look at the video after clicking Read and Discuss.

Use Daylight White Balance for Outdoor Shooting, Not AWB

Auto white balance sounds like it solves every issue regarding colors in your pictures, but it doesn't. For example, when you shoot at sunset or sunrise, AWB wants to 'correct' the golden tones that we love so much when the sun is close to the horizon. It desaturates the yellow and red portion of the spectrum, and the colors look weak and disappointing. By contrast, if you shoot with daylight white balance, you will capture the colors you see. The yellows, reds, and oranges will be saturated and dramatic.

Scenes from the New York Photo Festival Press Preview

Yesterday, I visited the B&H Booth at the New York Photo Festival in Brooklyn, and I also attended the tour for the Press, with a group of many other reporters. During the tour, the group was taken from one gallery to another, where the works of various photographers and multimedia artists were on display. Much of the work was absolutely fascinating. Seeing photos of the work cannot compare with seeing them in person, in the environments in which they are displayed. 

The Festival takes place from now until May 15th, and is definitely worth checking out if you need inspiration or if you want to get some fresh new ideas. Here are some scenes from the Press tour—all shot with the Fuji X100.

3 Tips to Light Up Any Venue

The weather’s getting warmer and there’s a faint smell of cake in the air, which can only mean one thing…wedding season is right around the corner! But are you prepared?

Starting a Wedding Photography Business

The second most-asked question I receive from photographers is, "How did you start your journey as a wedding photographer?" I photographed three weddings in October of 2006, then shot 38 weddings in 2007...all without formal training or money. When I began, I dared myself to dream and fail. My husband, JD, and I planned that I'd give this whole photography thing a try for one year, and if it didn't work, I'd go back and reclaim my scholarship to law school.

Get Creative with Depth of Field and Selective Focus

From the very first time we pick up our cameras, we discover the importance of focusing on the main subject. It’s one of those intuitive bedrock foundations of Photo 101 and it becomes ingrained in our brains as an essential rule that we live by for the rest of our lives. Specifically, we learn that when shooting people or animals, we generally want to land the point of sharp focus right on the eyes. 

B&H Featured Flickr Photos 4/08/2011

Are your photos featured this week? Read more to see this week's selection from our B&H Photo Flickr Group. If you haven't joined already, what are you waiting for?

Meet B&H: The Photography Counter

What other store has a photography counter the width of nearly a city block? For those of you that have never been to the B&H Photo Video SuperStore, our second floor features a giant counter staffed by many experts that are ready to answer questions and fulfill your orders. Click Read and Discuss and take a look at the photos. If you've ever been to the Photography Counter, please share your thoughts with us on what you think.

8 Ways to Prank a Photographer

Everyone loves a good joke and sometimes there isn't a reason to be so serious. There are great ways to prank photographers that are creative yet simple to pull off. Here are a couple of pranks that you can play. In the comments below, let us know what type of shenanigans you would pull.

Photo by Araakii from the B&H Photo Flickr Group

Disclaimer: we don't recommend doing this unless you know for a fact that the photographer has a sense of humor.

5 Reasons Not to Wait for the Canon 5D Mk III

We've previously asked you what you wanted to see in the Canon 5D Mk II successor and we also asked if you needed the 21MP output. Indeed, the Canon 5D Mk II is a camera that revolutionized the photography industry and despite the fact that it has its flaws, there are a number of reasons why you should spring for the current version vs waiting for the successor.


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