Categories
Advanced Photography Techniques How-To's Other Photography

How to Shoot Levitation Photography

diana-levitation-macbook

Check out all of our other how-to guides here.

In this tutorial we will learn how to make some compelling levitation shots, with two different methods. Plain simple. That’s it 🙂

Introduction

I think that creating a surreal portrait exemplifies the creative process. The entire experience, from planning to set up to shooting to processing, is a slow and methodical creative endeavor. When you have the intention of creating something surreal, all the constraints and bounds on your creativity are loosened. With such loose constraints, you are limited only by your imagination and your results will directly reflect the your creative efforts. Think of levitation as one of many elements of your photo. There are still a lot of other things to think about other than just the levitation part: your subject’s pose, the setting, the light, makeup, clothing, props, and all the other technical elements of the shot. Think about what unique ideas you can bring to your levitation photography project.

This post originally appeared over at The Photon Collective. We are republishing here, with permission, because there is some truly great content in it.

Categories
Advanced Photography Techniques How-To's

How to Meter by Eye (Aka Guessing an Exposure)

Light meter
An old light meter

Check out all of our other how-to guides here.

One question that I guess asked often is : How to I meter by eye? I’ve got an old film camera that doesn’t have a light meter!

Although light meters are everywhere nowadays in digital cameras, learning to meter by eye is still one of the most useful skills a photographer can learn. Yes, I know that your camera probably has TTL metering with all the fancy algorithms, but many of the world’s “best” cameras do not have one (I’m looking at you guys, Leica and Hasselblad). Not only will you be able to use a Leica M4 with ease, but even if you just own a digital camera, it surely doesn’t hurt to know how to meter by eye.

Categories
Advanced Photography Techniques Essays and Opinion Other Photography

Should You Cover Your Viewfinder During Long Exposures?

Long exposure

You probably have an eyepiece cover that came with your DSLR when you purchased it… but are you actually using it? The answer is most likely no.

Should you use it? No. Not only is that eyepiece cover clumsy to take and remove, doing it too often has a change to loosen the eyepiece mount, making your regular eyepiece easier to fall off and lose accidentally.

However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t cover your viewfinder at all. You can use a microfiber cloth, a cardboard or even by cupping your hands to cover the viewfinder in a pinch. While most cameras are well built enough in regards to light leaks, there are still some situations where covering your viewfinder might be a good idea. 

Categories
Advanced Photography Techniques Other Photography

Understanding and Mastering Lens Compression

Vancouver

This will be the first article in a series of photography tips techniques meant for the intermediate and advanced amateur photographer. Check the rest of them here.

One of the most misunderstood concepts in photography is the compression effect resulting from various focal lengths. Understanding the mechanics behind it and how it works is an essential thing to do if you are already understand the basics behind exposure, composition and wish to furthermore improve your photography.

First of all, before explaining how to use “lens compression” in various photography cases, let’s define what is and what isn’t focal length compression.