Photography News, Tips & Tutorials
Food photography can sometimes be just as delectable as the real thing, especially when it is shot by an enthusiast as good as Vanessa Rees. Rees combines the food with interesting backgrounds that enhance the edible goodies even more. Brooklyn-based Rees is a self-proclaimed food, still life, and lifestyle photographer, and based on her portfolio is quite exceptional at it. One will notice that Rees is able to animate her images cleverly using color, texture and shapes. Her superbly composed images all share a quality, which is that they are never tiring to look at.
When you are going to photograph fireworks, be prepared. Make sure you have enough memory cards and extra batteries. You will need to take a tripod, a wide-angle or a telephoto zoom lens, and remember to arrive early. Place the camera on a tripod, and turn the mode dial to M (manual) mode; we want f/8 – f/16 for a greater DOF (depth of field) and a long exposure anywhere between 1-10 seconds. Use your camera’s self-timer or a cable release to take the photo with absolutely no blurring. For dramatic effect, try to capture multiple fireworks trails across the sky.
Kilian Schoenberger shot some breathtaking rural woods behind his home to produce additional images for his European landscapes collection. The series shows compellingly beautiful and serene scenes sometimes enveloped in mist to create some stunning landscapes. What surprises most folks is the fact that the German photographer is colorblind.
Typically in photography, maintaining your close-up images uncluttered and essentially simple can give you the most effective results. Another virtue that most photographers would be well-served to have is patience and persistence. And still, other points worth emphasizing are depth of field as well as isolating your subject, two elements to keep in mind for great macro photography. Obviously Paulo Latães is only too aware of these fundamentals, based on his extremely detailed macro photography of insects.
Stefano Unterthiner’s work is about as intimate as you can get to wildlife and other exotic animals. Based on the proximity from which these were taken, one would think Unterthiner gets this close by using a remote-controlled camera mount often employed by those shooting dangerous species. Unterthiner does not use any such gadgets, and he often gets to a distance of less than a meter to the animals. Typical of his wildlife shots are images where he often catches the animals off guard and by surprise. His photos can perhaps be described generally as lighthearted, a quality they posses even if the animal subjects happen to be predatorial. He is able to strip our preconceived notions about some species and present them in a manner with neutrality, devoid of any bias.