On a recent photo safari with the B&H Event Space, we pulled random people off the streets of NYC for quick photoshoots with attendees. Throughout, I noticed timidness in many photographers while shooting portraits of people they didn't know. Your fears are going to hold you back from creating better portraits. If you can adjust your thinking a bit, and internalize some basic principles, you'll be shooting with confidence regularly. Here are a couple of tips to rid yourself of your fears.
School will be back in session soon, and your student will probably need to snag a couple of items. Think about the list: it's probably huge. No matter what major (or age) they are, you'll be able to find most of what you need here at B&H. If you've got a student in your life (or are one) getting ready to go back to school, here are some items that you may need when you head back.
Every great filmmaker needs to start somewhere. Some people aspire to be the next big thing on YouTube, others want to be an Indie Cult Lord, while others dream of having their names likened to that of Speilberg. If you've got the vision, we've got the tools. Our Consumer Video Dept houses almost any consumer-level camcorder you could name and more. Everything we have is on display for you to try for yourself. If you have questions, our experts will help to educate you about some essential accessories such as converter lenses, batteries, filters, memory, and even video tapes!
Begin your photo tour of the B&H Photo Video Pro Audio Consumer Video Department by clicking Read and Discuss.
I have blogged, lectured and argued for many years that a camera is nothing more than a tool that solves a given photographer’s problem. A camera brand is not a symbol of loyalty to one kind of photography, nor is it some kind of credential for membership in some kind of “club.” The sooner each photographer starts to figure out what their particular challenges are, and which camera works for them to resolve those challenges (regardless of brand), the sooner they will start making the kind of photographs they want. Recent experience has taught me that I need to start talking the same way about the laptop computers that photographers use for digital image processing.
In this video, KelbyTraining's experts show you how to set up a rounded border around your images in Adobe Lightroom 3. The white rounded border will help you to make your images look better for a print. Different ways to get this done for the future, such as making presets, are also demonstrated. Creating the actual print is done through the Print module in Lightroom, so those of you that love to create prints may want to take a look.
Take a look at the video after hitting the read and discuss button and for more in-depth training please visit Kelbytraining.com. They also have full one day seminars at Kelbytraininglive.com.
Yesterday was the deadline for the BlackRapid R-Strap (RS-5) contest. We had a numerous amount of really outstanding entries, some of which were featured half way through the contest. So you're all probably itching to know if you've won or not. Click Read and Discuss to see if your image made it.
If you're stopping by the B&H Photo Video SuperStore, you may be picking up some new photo or video gear. It's good to know that as soon as you leave the store, you won't have to travel far to test out your new purchase. The area around the B&H SuperStore in Midtown Manhattan is filled with attractive locations to photograph. In case you plan on paying a visit, here are a couple of iconic and up-and-coming locations for you to snap a Polaroid picture of.
As some of you may know, I was a combat photographer for nearly 12 years. When I retired from the service, I joined the American Legion. It's the largest veteran's organization that was established by military veterans back in 1919 to mentor and sponsor youth programs such as the American Legion Baseball League. My Legion Post 166 hosted a huge tournament and we all raised money to pay for the event. Since my talent is photography, the Post asked if I would set up a booth to make portraits of the atheltes and sell prints to help raise additional funds.
Shooting portraits can be a challenge—but the kind folks over at LightenUpandShoot and the B&H Event Space teamed up to try to help attendees of a recent Photo Safari. Starting in the West Village of New York City on a bright sunny day, the safari visited some hot locations such as Washington Square Park, Cooper Union, and Thompson Square Park. So just how did this event help to make people better portrait shooters?
What would you shoot if you were loaned a Hasselblad H4D-40? Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot with one. Having been a medium format film shooter back in college, using this camera seemed almost like I was coming back home. To see just what it could do, I put it to the test in a natural-light studio, against a medium format film camera.
This tintype photo of Billy the Kid, created around 1880, was just sold for $2.3 million in June 2011. Was it because the picture was taken by a famous photographer? Maybe the famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady? No, this tintype photo sold for $2.3 million because of the cult of personality of one of the most famous Wild West outlaws of all time. Plus, this tintype is the only surviving photograph of Billy the Kid. The combination of the rarity and the cult of personality compound each other to create a photo of exceptional worth.
Two questions occur to me. What is a tintype photo? And why is Billy the Kid so famous?
In the classroom, I encourage my students to become familiar with the way they work. Understanding our working methods and process makes it easier to navigate the ups and downs of that process. For instance, under what conditions do you work best? Do you work on multiple projects at once, or do you complete one at a time? When are you most motivated? When are you least motivated or inspired? How do you deal with hitting walls or roadblocks? Do you like to experiment, or do you prefer full control? Recognizing these repeating conditions—and how we react to them—makes us more efficient and adept at maneuvering the creative working process.
Want to win tickets to the WPPI Road Trip? Well you're in luck! We're giving away 8 tickets to different cities! Each ticket is a $159.00 value and covers full classes on lighting, marketing, shooting, post-production, lunch, mini Trade Show and more.
All that can be yours with just a couple of clicks of your mouse. All you have to do is:
- Choose a wedding or portrait photo of your own creation to tweet at @BHPhotoVideo and @RFWPPIin the same tweet.
- Choose from Long Beach, San Jose, Columbus, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Austin, or New Orleans in the city area of the tweet.
We'll pick one winner from each city at random and announce them on Wednesday July 27th 2011 at 5PM EST. Winners will be announced on our Twitter account and our Facebook page. One entry per city please!
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