6 Secrets to Shooting and Retouching Dramatic Sunsets

6 Secrets to Shooting and Retouching Dramatic Sunsets

Shooting and editing sunsets and sunrises can be tricky with such a wide dynamic range. In this video, there are six tips on how to achieve those dramatic, attention grabbing shots.

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How to Set up a Photoshoot at Home on a Budget

How to Set up a Photoshoot at Home on a Budget

With many of us in isolation and with limited space, you might need to get creative when it comes to shooting photographs at home. If you need some ideas for how to get started, check out this short video which shows you how to put a shower curtain to really good use.

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Photography Marketing Plan for the Recession

Photography Marketing Plan for the Recession

Hard times ahead? It’s likely and while no one knows for sure, it’s inevitable that the current quarantines will affect everyone’s business in the coming months. How will you change your marketing methods? Here’s something that worked for me and I want to share it with you.

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Final Cut Pro X and Logic Both Now Have 90 Day Free Trials

Final Cut Pro X and Logic are offering 90-day free trials to give users more time to experiment before taking the plunge.

As the world adapts to distributed workflows, much of the support has been aimed towards helping students and educators. Apple has announced 90-day free trials on both Final Cut Pro and Logic software.

Final Cut Pro X has always had a 30-day free trial, but Logic, its audio software, previously didn’t have trials available. If you wanted to give it a shot, you had to buy it. In terms of licenses, Final Cut and Logic both behave similarly to DaVinci Resolve Studio in that they haven’t required upgrade fees in a long time. If you bought FCP X for $299 in 2011, you would still be using it today at that same purchase. That works out to about $2.75/month.

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Quarantined Photographer is Hosting Photo Shoots Over Video Chat

Condé Nast photographer Alessio Albi obviously can’t do the kind of real-world shooting he’s used to right now, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking pictures. He’s just moved his work over to video chat instead.

Albi is based in Italy, which means he’s been locked down longer than most of us. And like many other photographers, he’s missing the creative outlet and human connection that his portrait work provided.

“I’ve always felt a need to create, ever since I started shooting in 2011,” Albi tells PetaPixel. “I also want to try and communicate the importance of staying in contact even at distance during this time, without thinking that we are wasting time and trying to make good use of it.”

So he decided to reach out to a few models that he’s gotten to know over the course of his career and see if they would be willing to try something a little different. Since he’s properly stuck indoors he can’t use a telephoto lens to take pictures from a safe distance, and he’s not a drone photographer either. Instead, he’s simply hopping onto a FaceTime call with his model friends, directing them, and taking screenshots whenever he sees a frame that he likes.

Despite the abysmal quality of the webcams on even the newest laptops, some of the results are quite good and very clearly captured by someone who knows how to pose and direct a proper editorial photo shoot for a magazine. This is, quite possibly, the ultimate “pro photographer, cheap camera” challenge:

“I usually shoot on Nikon d850 and prime lenses, but I always try to point out that the gear doesn’t really make the difference,” says Albi. “Whatever gear you have handy (in this case a simple webcam) works if you know what you’re doing.”

Hopefully these photos prove that point, while encouraging other photographers to keep creating … even if their subject is hundreds of miles away.

To learn more about Alessio and his work, or if you want to see more FaceTime photos, give the photographer a follow on Instagram.


Image credits: Photos by Alessio Albi, and used with permission.

You Know What’s Old That Can Be Made New? Wet Plate Collodion Photography

You Know What’s Old That Can Be Made New? Wet Plate Collodion Photography

Few things in this world have been able to stand the test of time like the wet plate collodion process. It is now more than 150 years old and can still be done today.

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“We Needed a Killer Concept Trailer”: Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham on Crip Camp, Battling the Health Care System and Working with the Obamas

The 1970s: an oil and energy crisis, numerous coup d’états (some failed, some successful), a massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, the rise (Margaret Thatcher, Augusto Pinochet) and falls (Richard Nixon) of world leaders, the beginning (Lebanon) and end (Vietnam) of drawn-out wars, and a New York-based serial killer who terrorized young adults because his neighbor’s dog ordered him to. Oh, to go back again! Stateside, the ’70s saw further proliferation of rock music, drugs, second-wave feminism, the Black Panther movement and general  political unrest and upheaval. Titled after a since-closed Catskills camp for disabled youth that was itself something […]

Watch: Ricky D’Ambrose’s NYFF Short, The Sky is Clear and Blue Today

To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a German-American filmmaker is commissioned by German TV to make an experimental short film based on his uncle’s famous photograph of young Brooklynites lounging riverside as the Twin Towers burn. With wit and formal precision, filmmaker Ricky D’Ambrose (Notes from an Appearance) methodically works through the historical and political implications of this scenario in a work that mixes film-set comedy with commentary on the slippery ways in which differing types of media tell and retell scenarios of historical trauma. The film screened last Fall at the New York Film Festival and is appearing […]

Self-Isolation Series, Part One: Product Photography

Self-Isolation Series, Part One: Product Photography

Many countries around the world are now experiencing social distancing and practicing self-isolation, me (in the U.K) included. So I’m pledging to run a series of photography tutorials for those of us affected by these measures.

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