How to Work with Lens Flares in a Home Photo Studio
One of the golden rules of studio photography is to never point lights straight at the camera. Doing so can create lens flare, reduced contrast, and all sorts of other problems. Yet, in the video below, portrait photographer Gavin Hoey shows us that rules like the one above are meant to be understood and then creatively broken:
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Do you dream of setting up your own home studio but have always found the cost too high? Fear not help is at hand. All you need is the space to take photographs and some basic equipment. The tips in this article will have you up and running in no time at all.
When it comes to DSLR photography sometimes things can get a little complicated, this is especially true when it comes to making the first purchase after your kit lens. Do you choose a zoom lens, a wide angle lens, a prime lens or even a fixed aperture lens? Well don't worry yourself to much because this article is here to help you.
There are many good reasons not to use a kit lens for travel photography. If a kit lens is the only lens you own and you have a photography trip planned, you may be thinking about buying a better quality mid-range zoom or even a prime lens to replace or accompany it.
Do you own a prime lens? Every DSLR owner should have at least one fast, fixed focal length lens in their camera bag. Zoom lenses are great; they can reduce weight and expense. When the situation calls for it, however, a good prime lens can be a photographer’s best friend. In the following article, you will learn what a prime lens is and the many ways a fixed focal length lens can improve your photography.
When you shoot with a short lens—also called a wide angle—it affects the way all your video looks. Not only does this lens give you a wide view of the scene, but it changes the speed that people and objects appear to move within a scene. It can even change the way that camera moves look and feel. You can enhance all your video work when you know the strengths and benefits of the short lens.
A prime lens is a lens for a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera with a fixed focal length. With a zoom lens, you can switch back and forth from a wide angle to telephoto view depending on the situation.
Kit lens—to use or not to use? While kit lenses are much less expensive than better hobbyist and professional lenses, in the world of photography, cheaper build almost always means cheaper performance. That’s why most professional photographers advise beginners to skip the kit lens altogether and just purchase the camera they’re after—or at the very least, to quickly buy a better lens and use the kit lens only as a backup lens.
There are useful checks you can make before you lay out your hard earned cash on a lemon, or to use on your own lens before shooting. Lens faults will degrade the image you are so carefully trying to make. No matter how much you spend on a camera, if the lens is deficient or inferior there is nothing you can do to rescue the shot once it is made.
It's amazing how the smallest things can have such a massive impact upon a photo. One such small thing that can both enhance and detract from an image is the "sunspot" (or lens flare). Shoot into the sun on a sunny day (or into bright lights) and you're sure to get them in your images at some point or another.
Macro photography can be one of the most satisfying types of picture making. A macro lens is designed for taking close-up pictures. However, do you really need a special macro lens to take these kinds of photos? Can't you just buy a cheap lens and still get great close-up pictures?