Revisiting women's hair and how a photographer should deal with it

Revisiting women's hair and how a photographer should deal with it


If you happen to photograph a woman who has a long hair, you should be more vigilant. If you neglect the hair and focus on the facial features and other body parts only, the outcome may not be as satisfactory as you expect.

The best trick you can try when capturing a portrait of a long-haired woman is to leave her hair to one side. Such approach will make it easier for you to focus. The hair of the subject should be placed at the opposite side of the key light source. For instance, if the key light is placed towards her left side, the hair should be on the left side and vise versa. Otherwise, parts of her hair can leave unnecessary shadows on her face.
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
A photographer's purpose and guide to using a large translucent reflector

A photographer's purpose and guide to using a large translucent reflector


In certain cases, you will have to make your existing moonlight appear to be much larger. This happens often particularly when you are trying to photograph someone in a relatively dark area. Whenever there is a little ambient light and you still want the shot to be a perfect one, you have to use a Five in one reflector.

It is true that the main purpose of a reflector is to reflect the existing light. However, you can use such reflector as a normal bounce surface for the flash you use. If you don’t have a ceiling or similar surface to bounce the hot shoe flash, you can create such surface with a reflector.
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
Photographing a concert and other energetic scenes like a PRO

Photographing a concert and other energetic scenes like a PRO


When you have to shoot a concert with energetic musicians, you will come across with complex lighting situations. In most of the cases, the musicians will appear too bright compared to the background; this brightness will be too much. Your aperture priority will not be able to handle this brightness.

To get the best possible output, in this case, you will have to go for an underexposure. You should consider at least a stop’s underexposure to get more details of the performer. Rest of the details in the shadows can be highlighted during the post production process.

As long as you get the subject exposed perfectly, you don’t need to worry even if you don’t do it in HDR mode.
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
Never miss a chance to ACCENTUATE the subject of a portrait

Never miss a chance to ACCENTUATE the subject of a portrait


One of the main characteristics associated with a good portrait is a well accentuated subject. In order to make the subject stands out from the rest, you can consider various strategies. Most of the photographers consider Bokeh effect as an effective method to accentuate the subject of the portrait.

Nevertheless, you can make the subject stands out perfectly using lighting on the scene. By adding some artificial light to the most ideal spot, you can make a subject stands out from the rest. When the artificial light illuminates the body of the subject, he or she will automatically be highlighted from the rest of the scene. However, you can accomplish the same objective without relying on artificial lighting; you can do that by providing substantial amount of contrast.

You can simply backlight the subject and expose it to the shadows. It will make you stand out from the rest of the scene. Although you are likely to lose some highlight details with this effect, you can surely make the subject stands out from the scene.

May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
A photographers guide to rectifying excessively orange skin

A photographers guide to rectifying excessively orange skin


If you shoot a portrait during the golden hour (shortly after sunlight), the chances of rendering an orange color skin are more. However, you shouldn’t worry about excessively orange skin as you can get rid of it pretty easily.

You can get rid of this issue straightforwardly if you manually white balance the image. However, manual white balancing can become somewhat difficult when you don’t have enough time. This is exactly why we should work with skin tones using image processing software like Adobe Lightroom.

The main area you should work on in order to rectify orange skin is color channels. First, you should do some adjustments in luminance values and increase the brightness of the orange color channel. Then, you will have to desaturate the skin to make it look natural.

If you don’t get satisfying results with the above method, you will have to rely on the adjustment brush to touch the areas.
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
TTL vs. Manual - Don't Know, Now You Know!

TTL vs. Manual - Don't Know, Now You Know!


Both manual and TTL flash options have unique sets of benefits and drawbacks. However, the majority of the flashes can be shot using manual method. But, TTL mode is compatible with only some flashes.

To use TTL mode, the camera hot shoe and flash must have a special set of pins. These pins transfer information. When it comes to an aspect like photojournalism and events like weddings and sports, TTL can be the prominent option. When you need to mix ambient with natural light, TTL can be a huge plus; it doesn’t require you to meter.

Manual light is more appealing in situations like portraiture, headshots, editorial and fine art photography. Manual flash output requires the photographer to take some time and setup the scene. However, it gives a better control over the light as opposed to TTL. TTL, on the other hand, determines the amount of flash automatically without the photographer’s consent. Manual flash works perfectly with large light modifiers.
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
Use the perspective distortion properly and enter a whole new world of photography

Use the perspective distortion properly and enter a whole new world of photography


No matter whether you try to capture a person or an object, if you need to get the bokeh effect, there is a simple strategy to follow. In this case, you will have to shoot really closer to the subject. This is because of the functionality of the depth of the field.

On the other hand, however, you will get a more distorted effect from the image if you are closer to the subject. With a longer focal length, you will get less perspective distortion. Therefore, you should try a longer focal length when taking portraits of people and avoid unnecessary perspective distortion.
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
Getting a portrait of a seated person

Getting a portrait of a seated person


If you are about to capture a seated person in a portrait, you have to adhere to a specific strategy. Apart from adjusting the shoulders of the subject and straightening the back, you should pay attention to the thighs.

Assume that the subject is seated on a bench. The subject leans back and seated towards the back of the seat. The issue with this posture is that the entire weight is distributed towards the rear part and the thighs of the subject. Such posture will create unnecessary arches and lines. As a result of this, your subject will appear to be wider than usual.

In order to avoid such mistake and make the subject look really nice, you should get the subject towards the front edge of the seat without thighs touching the seat. Depending on the type of the body language the subject wants to expose, he or she can position the legs; crossing the legs, legs apart or placing one foot crossed over the other.
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
How a photographer should use Vignetting to properly Accentuate a subject

How a photographer should use Vignetting to properly Accentuate a subject


Although a considerable number of people have complains about vignette effect, it is a pretty useful effect to consider. Particularly when you need to accentuate a subject of a photograph, you will find this effect to be a pretty handy one.

Proper usage of vignette will make your subject’s colors to pop out nicely. If the subject is at the middle of the scene, you will be able to make the viewer to neglect the rest of the scene and focus on the subject.

However, you shouldn’t use a heavy vignette effect. Too much of black around the subject will showcase the work of an amateur. Apart from applying vignette, you can consider increasing the contrast levels of the image and try accentuating the subject; it works most of the time!
May 23, 2018 — Bryan Dunn
Protect your camera's lens, keep it clean and treat it like you want to be treated...

Protect your camera's lens, keep it clean and treat it like you want to be treated...

Although it sounds like a pretty obvious tip, it is really important to pay more attention on protecting your camera lens. If you put the lens on a pocket without proper protection, the lens tends to gather dust and various other micro-sized particles. These particles can get into the camera sensor apart from the back of the camera’s lens. Eventually, the camera will produce photos with annoying spots. If the lens is too dirty, it will even prevent from auto focusing.

Fixing such dirty lens can be done using a professional lens cleaning kit only. Don’t use random tools such as ordinary pieces of cloth and brushes that are made for other purposes.

More importantly, you should prevent your camera lens from getting dirty; this is exactly why you must use a camera lens case.
May 09, 2018 — Bryan Dunn