How To Make Unique Color Lens Flares

Ever seen cool colored lens flares over video and wondered how it was done? I created my own for a recent video and wanted to share the process with you!
lens flares
Adding color lens flares to your videos, especially b-roll, can be an interesting way to add some depth and texture to a shot. You can probably download some canned ones, but why not make your own? It’s remarkably easy with a colored light (RGB LED or even a gel on any light bulb), a black background and some basic editing skills.  In this video,... Read more

The Importance Of Being Prolific

Individual creativity is achieved through a variety of steps, including being prolific in creating new work
The Importance Of Being Prolific
A long time ago, I read this fantastic article on The Next Web (TNW) that talked about focusing less on being original and more on being prolific. It clearly serves as the inspiration for this post. Look, I completely get it. One of the most innate desires of any creative is to leave their mark on the world. We create because we have the drive to share... Read more

B&H Payboo Credit Card Reimburses Your Sales Tax

A new credit card for those who live in a state that requires collection of sales tax on internet orders
If you live in a state that requires collection of sales tax on internet orders, B&H Photo has launched a new credit card that will credit your purchase for the amount of the tax. The official press release describes the process: “The Payboo Card delivers instant, immediate savings to B&H customers. For example, when a customer in Los Angeles... Read more

How To Add A PRO Wireless Mic To A Smartphone

Need to connect a professional wireless lav mic (like a Sennheiser) to your iPhone or Android? It's not plug and play without a special cable!
The cameras in our smartphones have gotten so good that they make a great replacement for many needs—especially video recording for things like mobile journalism, interviews and vlogs. However, as good as the cameras have gotten, even the best on-board microphone still pales in comparison to a lavalier mic for talking heads. The challenge, though,... Read more

Photoville Photo Festival Comes to Los Angeles

An annual photo exhibition in New York City, Photoville LA makes its first visit to the west coast
Photoville LA at Annenberg Space for Photography
Over the course of two sun-soaked weekends, April 26-28 and May 2-5, 2019, The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles was home to the free Photoville LA event. Produced by United Photo Industries, the annual photo festival has spent the last seven years in New York City. In addition to exhibitions of local and international photographers, the... Read more

Favorite Photo Editing Tools

Palette Gear and Wacom offer more refined and customizable controls than mice and trackpads
When it comes to post-processing workflows, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “What do you use to edit your photos?” Unsurprisingly, photo editing preferences can be quite personal and vary from photographer to photographer. The ideal setup for me may very well be cumbersome for you. Still, I love learning about the tools people use... Read more

Advanced Flicker In Video Education

You’ve seen flicker from overhead lights when shooting video before… but do you know the science behind why it happens, and the math on how to avoid it?
If you shoot a lot of video, especially if you travel, you’ve probably seen it before. That weird flickering that you see on screen but not with the naked eye! You may even know how to fix it (choose the right shutter speed or shutter angle), but do you know the science behind why it happens and the math behind avoiding it? It’s a complex... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Shooting The Aurora Borealis

How to make the most out of photographing this celestial event
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G 15 sec. at f/4; ISO 1000 February 28, 2019 Leknes, Norway Photographing the aurora borealis is one of the most spectacular experiences that a landscape photographer can have. When the solar activity is strong and you have a clear, dark night sky, it requires little effort to see the dancing light. To make the most... Read more

The AIPAD Photography Show: Photography Legends Jay Maisel And Stephen Wilkes

Fine-art photography shows aren’t just venues to see great photographs, but often you’ll also find the artists who create them
While roaming this year’s AIPAD Fine-Art Photography Show in New York, which runs through the end of today, I came across one of the great photographers working today, Stephen Wilkes, who is an artist that has captured many iconic images in his fine-art, editorial and commercial work. Stephen Wilkes discussing a recent Day-to-Night image that the... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Winter In The Dolomites

Shooting with a super-telephoto lens in challenging conditions
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS 1/100 sec. at f/11; ISO 100 February 07, 2019 Dolomites Region, Italy Photographing the Dolomites region in the winter is both immensely challenging and rewarding. The natural inclination, especially during the spring and summer, is to use a wide-angle lens. However, in the winter, you’re generally... Read more

Favorite Tricks Of Adobe Lightroom CC Mobile

Some of Lightroom’s most powerful, and hidden, tools available on the desktop are also available on iOS
If you’ve watched some of my recent videos or listened to me on the No Name Photo Show, you know my opinion on mobile photography. To sum it up, I’m a very big fan of it and believe that mobile photo workflows will keep getting better. In fact, all of the photos I’ve recently shared on Instagram were taken with my Sony Mirrorless cameras but edited... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Minimalist Compositions

I often find myself gravitating towards such minimalist compositions when looking for balance
Sony a7 III | Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM 30 sec. at f/9.0; ISO 100 February 13, 2019 Piran, Slovenia What initially drew me to this scene was the sweeping line created by the stone platform in the foreground and how it draws the eye through the frame. However, it was the combination of the lone fisherman and the amount of negative space created by the... Read more
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