Wide-angle lenses - you use them to cram more stuff into your photos. Now wait... If that's what you know about this type of lens, you're missing the whole point. A wide-angle lens can be a very powerful tool for different types of photography ranging from landscape and architecture to creative effects and even to portraiture. But you really need to know what you are doing. Otherwise, you're going to fail miserably and be disappointed with your results. In this article, I am giving you an overview of the most important aspects of wide-angle photography and a bunch of essential tips that will make your wide-angle adventures so much more rewarding. I have collected some video resources for you that will really teach you how to take the right approach. There's lots to learn, so let's dive right in!
For a long time, I have dismissed the concept of using other people's presets in any image editing software. Originally, presets where intended to allow you to keep track of your own edits, and not as one-click shortcuts to copy someone else's style. That's simply not how image editing works. Finding the best adjustments for any given image is a complex task, and it heavily depends on the nature of the image. Applying a tailor-made set of adjustments to another image - maybe even an image by another photographer - is essentially a random process: Maybe you're lucky enough to find one that looks nice on your images. But more often than not, it's not a fit! That's why I think the 'industry' revolving around selling preset packages that seemingly allow you to edit a photo with a single click, is deeply flawed. But having said that, there are a number of ways in which presets can be very useful beyond merely keeping track of your edits. This is especially true for Lightroom, which has a very sophisticated ecosystem of presets. If you use those features in a clever way, they can really super-charge your post-processing work. In this post, I will give you 6 tips on how to achieve this.
Lightroom can be a tremendously powerful tool for managing large volumes of images effectively and efficiently. Actually, that's one of the things that separates it from Photoshop. But to really benefit from this management power, you need to learn some things first, and ideally, you should learn them before you delve into working with Lightroom. In this video by Tim Grey, you will learn 15 important tips that will make your life a lot easier today and in the years coming.
Wow, that is a bold title for a blog post, isn't it? And I bet you're expecting a fool-proof list of actions that will make you outstanding - maybe a list of gear or a set of techniques that will take you there. But what I will tell you in this post is of a different nature. It is not about gear or techniques - it is about you and your attitude towards photography or any other creative passion you may pursue.
Recently, I was asked to contribute a What's in your bag article…