My first consideration in choosing a location is finding a place with light. If I want my subject to be well-lit, I will photograph outside if possible. I look for a location that has shade or diffuse light, such as under tree canopy or an overhang from a porch; something to make the light diffuse.I live in a place with very strong light from the sun almost every day and it will create harsh shadows on the subject. In certain instances, that might be the look you want, for... continue reading
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Importance of backgrounds cannot be underestimated. They make the impression (first impression is the last impression, you know! :-)), they highlight the text/images, they attract readers, and they create an environment related to the subject.Usually, backgrounds are 'soft' - so that they do not interfere with reading. Of course, a "background" has to be "back-ground" only and should not override the subject matter.Here are a couple of examples of 'soft' backgrounds: But, there... continue reading
I am whispering a soft farewell here, not to dreamstime and the wonderful people on it, but to the year 2014. This year was a tough one, as I left my home in Michigan and moved in with parents to help them care for infant grandchildren. I became a licensed foster mom, relearned first aid, cpr and potty training, learned again how to exist on only a few hours of sleep, and basked in warm hugs and wet kisses and the beautiful weight of a tiny head sleeping against my breast.I learned a lot of things... continue reading
BEAUTY LIGHTINGWith beauty lighting, I try to get my light sources as large as possible. One of the things I say over and over is, the larger your light source is in relationship to your subject, the softer the light. So for beauty lighting, I generally get the modifiers (soft boxes / reflectors) as close to my subject as possible.If I want to achieve an even shadow less light, I use 2 pieces of poly board 4”x4”. I position one above the camera at a 45 degree angle, and the second one... continue reading
When I started with photography a year ago, wide aperture lens ( f 2.8, f1.4) were all that I desired as I wanted to shoot in low light situations and also get the pleasing bokeh in almost all my shots by using the widest aperture. I enjoyed it very much.Then I joined dreamstime and these images with my aperture wide open were rejected as the depth of field (DOF) was too shallow and much of the images were out of focus. Thus I started to shoot with smaller apertures to get that DOF. Moreover the... continue reading
Recently I have started to notice that we get an increasing number of product and people shots that are NOT out of focus, but are kind of soft anyway. As the review tool shows conveniently the EXIF of the photograph, a correlation started to emerge. Namely, the correlation between the aperture and softness of the image.Now, most of you would think that - yes, but of course, the wider the aperture the softer the image and the shallower given depth of field. Right you are, but interestingly the... continue reading
Hi, I decided to create one more blog for those who like soft focus. Few monthsago I bought book Scott Kelby CS2 for photographers and find lot of nice tips. :) One of them is how to create soft skin but to reserve all details on skin. So I did it and for my taste it was beautiful.But also soft focus is very important for giving accent to some of object you want to be recognized first. Baby lens is one of many lenses with De-centering focus and it's perfect for that. Also I'm lover of b&w photography... continue reading
Food photography as Amitai says, is definitely not an easy field. There is so much demand and money in it that the pros perfected it to the maximum. When I tried it before, the results were disastrous and I thought I will never be able to come close to a picture that could be accepted here.All changed when I bought two of these:I bought them to try some portrait photos, which came out much better than anything I did before.But the surprise came when I tried the softboxes on still life.... continue reading
Hi Guys!Here's my latest video tutorial in Photoshop. This time I'll show you how to use the "Soft Light" layer mode as a quick and easy alternative from using our traditional Levels or Curves adjustments.I hope you'll find it useful. CLICK HERE to view it.Yanik continue reading
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