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Everybody is doing this 2011 thing so I can’t stay behind 😛 Anyway I found out my photography is different than photography of some people out there. Here is just a quick thought. Some people like to shoot what other people like but I like to shoot what I like and how I like it. Is it a problem? Not for me, to be honest it makes me a bit unique from the rest  of photographers. I don’t want to become that stock photographer and want to continue shooting what I love and like. Here is the best of 2011 from my collection.

People shots

Pavla

This is one of my cousins and one of the first images I made in 2011. Just I wish weather in winter would be better so we could make an outside shoot.

Portrait

Same place, same time, same situation, just different lighting and model.

Am I Awake or Having Nightmare?

A third shot from the shoot.

One of my favorite street shots, just saw me with a camera pointing at her and she started smiling. Loved the communication between me and her.

These are just some of my favorite portraits and people images I took, be ready for another section 😉

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A lot of people including me have trouble making great images. We know some stuff about aperture, exposure, shutter, ISO and so on but there are some secrets you have might not been told. So here is a good article from Advanced Photography about few of these things.

This time I’d like to tell you something about a cool app. It runs under Adobe AIR so you can use it on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. It is called The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE). You can download it from here. And what it does?

It uses Google Maps with internet connection to give you all info about sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset. But not just times but also it shows you the direction! It is based on date and place so you can take a look on next week if you’re planning some trip. Let’s say I want to shoot some outdoor portraits on specific place and date. I’ll just put in that info and it will show me the time sun will set, give me info about direction, I can imagine where the sun will be positioned etc.

It is really useful app so check it out, it’s free. If you don’t like it, you can always delete it 😉

 

Forbidden Area (click to enlarge)

I don’t know why, but now I shoot a lot more HDR. Maybe it is because I can use better tools like LR3, PS CS5 or Photomatix 4, maybe just because it is cool. Two days ago I was on a walk with my friend Clara and we were passing throught graveyard. Yes, I know it is a weird place to go, but we wanted to know how we will end up 😉 But anyway, right at the entrance was this cool scene so I started thinking about it. Of course I made some portraits of her but she was so embaraced and asked me not to show them to anybody … don’t know why, because she’s one great looking sexy girl! 😀

I knew I had to shoot in HDR, because there were big differences between light levels. So I set my camera to AEB +/- 2. Now I needed to find that cool angle and feel for the image and it did take just a second. I realized I can shoot the “forbidden area” style. One element in foreground is in focus and is restrictive, the rest behind it is out of focus. The shot itself wasn’t bad. But I had to make it even better somehow. I felt it’s potential, just to process it the right way and I could get away with awesome photo. I’ve decided to go with Orton Effect. And of course, some other adjustments in Photoshop and Lightroom, as always. The final image is on the left of the post, click on it for better view, it will forward you to the photo on my Flickr account.

Here is the video about Orton Effect.

Hi everybody! After some time I’m posting here another video done by Mark Wallace for Adorama TV. It is about depth of field. What effects it, how it effects etc. Believe me, it isn’t just about shooting wide open. So without any extra words, here is the video.

Shooting shooting people 🙂

So finally after a long time I took my favorite 70-200 on trip to Prague to make some portraits and street shots. Weather was great for people shooting, sky was grey and light was very soft. How I said, great conditions. I wasn’t following any people but used another tactic. Location is very important so I picked it first and than waited for people to come into the scene.

How I said, location matters a lot. Another thing you should be interested in are your camera settings. For these portraits/street shots I didn’t have enought time to set my aperture and shutter speed manually so I used aperture priority. Actually I’m in Av mode 70 % of all shoots. My 70-200 is f/4 so not so fast as it’s bigger f/2.8 brother. And also without IS. So one of my goals was to have fast enought shutter speed to have sharp shots. This means shooting wide open at f/4, which is cool and I like the bokeh it gives me. Trouble was with ISO.

My Rebel XSi/450D has DIG!C 3 processor and their noise is just terrible. With higher ISO

Woman in Red

setting, your photo will get less sharp in comparison with lower ISO. First few minutes I was at f/4 and ISO 1600. When I reviewed the images, my shutter was 1/1600s. It was so fast I was happy for it and lowered ISO to 400. Sometimes I had to move it to ISO 800 but it is still better than ISO 1600.

The Shoot

A lot of attention is drawned by red color. When you want a person to pop-up, let them wear red stuff. Just like woman in my picture. This can help you a lot.

Another great tip is to use your style of photography. I really love shooting wide open with long glass. It gives me ability to separate the subject and make them stand out from the rest of the scene. With big apertures I can also say “this is important” or “look here”.

Sometimes I also pick a subject and then take more than one shot of them. Now I don’t mean shoot in servo mode or continuous but making different shots. Just like images of this young girl I saw sitting on a bench.

Waiting and Poping

As you can see, thanks to shallow depth of field she is crisp sharp and everything around her is blurred. That makes people mind saying “she is important”! And I wanted that. After this shot she saw me and we said hi. She didn’t have any trouble with me taking photos of her so I continued. Why should I be standing and shooting from top, I sit down on bench on the oposite site from her and continued shooting.

Here is the last shot from today’s shoot. What I like about the portrait? The girl has dark hair and background is also dark. Because I was shooting into the sun I was able to get that nice rim light. You can see it on her hair. Some people in studios use extra strobe just to get this kind of light. You can have it for free 😉

So after some time I’m posting another post, this time with a bit interesting topic. Let’s say you are starting in photography and you would like to make a living out of it one time. So how should you get noticed? Today there are many ways how you can do that and lets start with the biggest one.

The Internet

There are many photo galleries and websites specialized in showing your work. But not just that. Many of these webs have comment sections where viewers can put comment about what they like in the shot and what they don’t like. Then it is just about you what you will take and what you won’t. It never is a bad idea to listen to comments. With this you will also create your own style of photography. Just like I did. Shooting wide open, minimal aperture at f/5.6 except some shots with landscapes, then I go to f/11 or f/16. But most of the time I’m wide open. And these sites helped me to develop my style.

But here are some sites I publish my photos on. The following list isn’t in any order 😉

The first site is Photo Extract. It is a Czech website with gallery and it also supports English. People can comment photos, rate them and tell what they like and not. There is also a graph that will show you views of your photo. It has camera and lenses databaze so when you want to buy a new lens and chech out the images you can get with it you can use it. The same with camera body. But remember, every gear is as good as the photographer. So if you suck in photography than buying a 500 f/4 will not make it better. But comments might 😉

Another cool website is Digital Photography School. In forum you can share your shots and people can put critique on your photos. This forum is great, it isn’t just about photos but also about gear. So when you want to buy something new, just like I bought my Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod, I made a post on their forum and other photographers will give you advices about it. Really cool and need stuff so be sure to check it out.

And the last but not least one is Flickr. A lot of people out there have Flickr account and it is great place to meet new people, share shots or just talk. Another fact is that some people search images in Flickr and then they contact you with permission to use your image. And that is what you want!

Facebook

A huge part of photography in modern days. It is so big that I didn’t put it into the Internet section. What to do with Facebook and who should use it? To be honest, everybody can. But as a people photographer you have a huge plus! For example I made a photo shoot some time ago with my cousins. After it I picked the best shots, run them throught the Photoshop and finally posted it on Facebook and marked the people on the photos. That means all their friends and also your friends will see those photos and I can’t calc how many times I’ve heard the phrase “will you shoot me”?

So for me these are my primary web channels that I put my photos on. You can also contact some magazines and do other stuff but that is good topic for another post.

BTW I’m not payed by any sites I’ve mentioned in the post, this is just the way I do it 😉