One of the questions I get most often from people who have just picked up a new camera is: What camera quality settings should I use for photos and video? I usually answer that question with another question: Have you ever desperately wished that you only had a low quality version of a specific image […]
When you think of lens aperture on your camera – do you think about exposure, or do you think about artistic interpretation? Yes, aperture is one third of the exposure equation (with shutter speed and ISO making up the other two variables), but your choice of aperture should primarily be an artistic choice. If you’re […]
We recently spent some time skiing at Mont Tremblant in Quebec Canada. One of the highlights of skiing is, of course, the apres ski. For me that means sitting by the fire with a good book / coffee / scotch. In this post, I will share all of the details (technical and aesthetic) that went […]
Here’s a (semi) fun way to start the year off right – it’s time to calibrate the focus of your lenses! Most DSLRs offer options for “micro adjustment” or to “fine tune” the focus of attached lenses. If you happen to use Sigma ART series lenses, you can also use Sigma’s USB Dock for even […]
I was just raking up the last of the fall leaves and though that I’d like to get some photos of the kids jumping in my big leaf pile. The image I had in my head was one of those amazing fall days where that gorgeous warm glowing late day sunshine was back-lighting the leaves […]
Most of the time I deliver finished photos and videos to my clients via digital download. It’s quick, easy and saves me time and money by avoiding the hassle of uploading files to a physical storage device and sending it in the mail. However, it is occasionally necessary to copy photography and videos to a […]
Computers and data storage are almost as important to photographers and cinematographers as cameras. If you’re serious about keeping all of your photos and videos safe and secure in one place – sooner or later you will want a network attached storage solution (NAS). There are many commercially available NAS options, but with a little […]
A couple weeks ago I was sitting on the top of a cliff in the dark setting up an eMotimo Spectrum St4 to test out the new gigapixel feature – and I ended up with an unexpected surprise. Due to user error, I photographed a sequence of photos where the Spectrum’s movement was out of […]
If you’re a Dropbox user, you probably have your Dropbox folder installed at the default location – on your systems drive the Main (C:) drive. If you have upgraded to Dropbox Pro with 1 TB of storage space – sooner or later you’re probably going to run into a storage space issue on your local computer – unless your current Main (C:) drive is already larger than 1 TB. Keep reading to learn how to move your Dropbox Pro folder if your (C:) drive is full.
So the other day I was discussing my quest to photograph more interesting stuff, with a good friend of mine and he says: “Hey – do you want to take some fat bike photos?” First question: “What the heck is a fat bike?” Second question: “Where are we going to photograph you riding a bike? Its January and there’s a foot of snow outside. Well, as it turns out a fat bike is a mountain bike with tires built for the snow – or as I like to say, built for The Frozen Tundra Mountain Biking Expedition. So, I agreed and away we went to the family cottage. We checked star charts, plotted the direction and time of sunrise, sketched out a half dozen concepts, made our shot list, planned the gear requirements for each shot and discussed fat bike stunts in detail. The plan was to head down to the beach just before sunrise. Which we quickly found out was cold and windy. But not just cold and windy – more like freeze your fingers to your light stand cold and blow the dog off the leash windy. We ended up spending about two hours photographing the fat bike down at the beach. My favorite photos are definitely the handful that I got with the sun before it was swallowed by clouds. The first few sunrise shots were photographed with a Nikon SB-800 strobe with a full CTO warming gel, on a lightstand (with the base buried in the snow so that it didn’t blow away). After the sun came up, I switched to just shooting ambient. NATURAL LIGHT WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS 1. Expose your photos 2 or 3 higher than your camera thinks. 2. Even if it’s dull and cloudy the light is still directional so make sure to take advantage of the light. 3. The sun hangs pretty low in the sky all day so you’ll get what looks like early evening light in your shots all day. Despite the cold and the wind, it was a lot of fun – and in case you are wondering – yes, riding a mountain bike, (even one designed for it) in the snow is somewhat difficult. In the end, I think challenging weather makes for much more interesting photography than smooth sailing – which was the whole point of this shoot. The post Fat Bike Photos – AKA: The Frozen Tundra Mountain Biking Expedition appeared first on DIY Photography. DIYphotography.net is one of the world’s most popular photography blogs with over 1,000,000 monthly views. JP Danko’s weekly column is published every Thursday.
How To Dry Wet Camera Gear | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Underwater Fashion Photographer | When you spend a significant amount of time shooting underwater photography using underwater camera housings and DIY underwater strobe housings, sooner or later you’re going to have a wet camera or other wet camera equipment. I’ve heard about phones being revived from a watery grave, but I’m not sure if anyone has been successful in drying out a wet camera or drying out wet camera equipment. What to Do If Your Camera or Camera Equipment Gets Wet The first thing to do is immediately pull the batteries. Then, if you are dealing with salt water, depending on how wet your camera or camera equipment is, it may be necessary to rinse your camera or camera equipment with clean, fresh water. If you are dealing with a lens or camera body that is fully submerged in salt water, chances are it’s toast – but it doesn’t hurt to try. Then put the item into a sealed container of rice, or similar water absorbent material for a long period of time. Do not heat up the item to evaporate the water. If you’re dealing with a wet flash, its good idea to recondition the capacitors following David Hobby’s flash reconditioning tutorial on Strobist. What Photography Gear Have You Destroyed and Then Rescued? Let us know about a piece of photography gear that you sacrificed in the line of duty, only to revive it from the dead. What happened and how did you resurrect your gear? Leave a comment below! Find Out More This is an abridged version of this article first published at DIYphotography.net. To read the entire article, click here. About the Author JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
How To Make Money from Photography Licensing | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Commercial Photographer | If you’re a photographer with your photography online, you have probably experienced a request or two to use your work for free. In this article, I will discuss three tips that you can use to make money from photography licensing requests. Really!? You think you’re going to get this photo of me for free? Honest Free Photography Use Requests Before we get into tips to get paid, I think it is important to note that not all requests for free image use come from a desire to rip off photographers. I usually don’t have much of an issue with honest small scale image use requests. You can usually tell pretty quickly if a potential buyer is honest about asking to use your image for free, or if they are trying to take advantage of you (or if they’re just legitimately clueless). But, even when I give someone permission to use my work for free, I always send them a detailed licensing agreement so that they know in the future that there is a legal framework in place when it comes to licensing photography. How To Make Money from Photography Licensing 1. Know The Market Value of Your Work I have used FotoQuote for years, and I find it invaluable for matching an intended image use to a benchmark licensing fee. That’s not to say that you have to respond with whatever number FotoQuote tells you. Living in Canada, I often find FotoQuote’s numbers are a little higher than my local market will bear – but it gets you in the ballpark for a legitimate negotiation. 2. Have Somewhere to Sell Your Photography Online. If you have some sort of online retail outlet that you can direct freebie inquiries to, it really helps to convert honest free usage requests into paid sales. This could be a Smugmug account, enabling the 500px market, a stock portfolio or your own personal internet retail store. I think that this approach works because it takes negotiations and arguments about value out of the equation. The store price is the store price and you can’t change it (weather that’s really true or not). 3. Be Prepared to Walk Away It can be really hard not to capitulate and give your photography away for free. After all, it is very flattering when someone approaches you to use your work (especially the first few times it happens), and there is some (small) merit in the exposure argument. But are you really losing anything if you refuse permission? It might feel like it if you quote a $250 licensing fee and they respond with $50 – I mean you’d be losing $50 that you wouldn’t otherwise have. But to effectively negotiate, you have to be prepared to say no. Your Photography Is Valuable One final note on the value of photography – it is too easy to discount the value of a photograph. Especially, if it is a mundane image that as a photographer, you wouldn’t be particularly chuffed about – like a snapshot of your cat, or a picture of a vacation sunset. But if someone wants to use your photograph – then it has value to them, and you deserved to make money from photography licensing. Have You Been Able To Negotiate Payment From A Free Use Request? Leave a comment below and let us know how you negotiated a cash payment instead of credit for use. Find Out More This is an abridged version of this article first published at DIYphotography.net. To read the entire article, click here. About the Author JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Edit Like a Pro: Photoshop Tutorials Learn Photoshop Online | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Commercial Photographer | Have you always wanted to really learn Photoshop but didn’t know where to start? Want to step up from Photoshop Elements into the big leagues? Or maybe you’re using Photoshop now but you’re having trouble figuring out a productive workflow. Learn how to get started with Photoshop like a pro! Click here to check out this wicked course from Skillshare. 20% Off Now Until Sunday! Just for blurMEDIA Photography and DIY Photography readers – we have an exclusive 20% discount that is available between now and Sunday October 27th at midnight. Click here to check out the course and use the discount code DIYSHOPR (available only for a limited time!) Edit Like a Pro: Introduction to Photoshop for Photographers There is no doubt that Photoshop is a tremendously powerful tool, but without guidance it can also be tremendously complicated. Learning Photoshop is not as simple as jumping right in – there is no magic “fix photo” button. Instead, you have to learn the basics and develop an effective workflow to truly release the full potential of Photoshop. If you have tried learning Photoshop on your own or from online Photoshop tutorials, Photoshop online lessons or Photoshop tutorial videos on YouTube, you’ve probably already realized that a lot of the information available online is not exactly overly useful. What You’ll Learn in This Fabulous Skillshare Course This class is tailored specifically for photographers (but you don’t have to be a pro) and other creative industry professionals who want to learn how to effectively edit photographs with Photoshop. The course covers: Setting up Your Workspace. Overview of the Photoshop user interface with an emphasis on setting up an efficient workspace. Editing in Layers. Unlocking the power of editing in layers in a non-destructive workflow. Using Adjustment Tools and Filters. A detailed guide to the most popular and most useful adjustment tools and filters for photography edits. Photo Adjustment Techniques. A step-by-step photo editing example that uses each of the core adjustment tools and filters needed to effectively adjust photographs in Photoshop. Selections, Healing, Cloning and Moving. A comprehensive introduction to the key tools needed to make selections, heal problem areas, clone out unwanted items, move and remove items from an image and content-aware fill. Removing Problem Areas. A step-by-step photo editing example of removing unwanted problem areas from a photograph using all of the key selection, healing, cloning and moving tools. Resolution, Cropping and Saving. Understanding photo resolution, cropping images and properly saving edited photographs for the web and print. Photoshop Editing Contest Students that enroll in this course will be eligible to enter their work into a Photoshop editing contest where the top three photos submitted by January 31st, 2014 will receive a personal Skype feedback session. No Risk Money Back Guarantee Click here to check out the course and use the discount code PHTOSHOP (available only for a limited time until midnight on Sunday October 27th, 2013!) The best part is there is a 14 day no risk money back guarantee – so if your Photoshop skills do not immediately improve – you can just get a full refund – how cool is that!? About the Author JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Internet Marketing Tips for Photographers | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Commercial Photographer | It’s pretty obvious that internet marketing is critically important to a photography business. But what do you think of when you think about internet marketing for photographers? Your website? Your Facebook account? Other social media accounts? The truth is that internet marketing has evolved into a complex aggregate sum of your entire online presence – in other words, your virtual personality. A website is now only a small part of an overall photography business internet marketing strategy. Internet Marketing for Photographers – Your Virtual Personality In case you are wondering, I did not in fact write “Live Nude Girls: The Top 100 Strip Clubs In North America”. It was written by someone who happens to have the exact same name as me, and Amazon has been making sure that it has been popping up in internet searches for my name since 1998. You’d be surprised when meeting me for the first time how often new clients say something like: “Ohhhh right, JP Danko, you’re the photographer that wrote that guide to the best strip clubs.” The point is, your virtual personality is important – you might have a reputation to live up to that you didn’t even know about! Three Internet Marketing Tips for Photographers 1. Stay Consistent Use the same name, the same business name, the same avatar, the same logo, the same colors etc. across your entire web presence – from your studio website, to your social media accounts, all the way down to the name you sign when you leave a comment. Consistency also applies to your photography. 2. Maintain Your Virtual Personality This is not easy work and it is not necessarily something that you have full control over – but your online presence is still something that needs regular maintenance. Do regular searches for your name and you studio name and if you find undesirable results – do what you can to have the offending content taken down. 3. Don’t Underestimate Web Karma Always be conscious of what you post anywhere online. Something that seems innocent, like an off color joke, an angry comment or the classic drunken selfie can come back to bite you years later. Above all, just be nice. If you post and interact online as you would with someone face to face, then your virtual personality will reflect your actual personality. Read More about Internet Marketing Tips for Photographers For more details, click here for the full post at DIY Photography. About The Author JP Danko is a commercial advertising photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Natural Light Underwater Photography Tips | by JP Danko | blurMEDIA Photography | Toronto Underwater Photographer | With the increasing popularity and availability of waterproof point and shoot cameras, waterproof action cameras (like GoPro) and even waterproof camera phones (like the Sony Xperia), we’re seeing more and more underwater photography. Concurrently, the style of underwater photography that we’re seeing is evolving from the more traditional scuba diving sea-life photos, to more everyday fun-in-the-water lifestyle shots. But, taking really good underwater photos is a little trickier than it may seem – so in this week’s article on DIYPhotography.net, I thought I’d share some of my top underwater photography tips. Click here for the full post at DIY Photography. Using these underwater photography tips, I shoot a lot of commercial underwater photography like this: About The Author JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.