This video contains images and video clips from the ‘Couples Portraiture Workshop’ conducted by OWL DP. Medicine Park, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Photography workshops and seminars are mostly seen as unnecessary by many photographers who are experienced with long years of working the art. Once some of them reached a secure position between those who have a permanent clientele they stop studying other styles and possibilities. The more they work with customers for long years the more comfortable they feel with what they do, this is good but what is better is the fact they can continue improving the art by just assisting and collaborating with workshops.
According to Rhommel Bernardino, “A photography workshop is a place to which everyone who is interested in photography should pay a visit every once in a while; especially workshops organized by renowned professionals. It’s a great place to observe and learn, not to mention the opportunity to discuss your own ideas with expert photographers”.
An experienced photography instructor can lead the interested in the continuous learning phase, which is necessary to stay nourishing yourselves with new photography trends and techniques. Anyone who has the desire to instruct others with their previously acquired knowledge is welcome to share their expertise, you never know when you can also learn from others.
As part of a story coverage, a visit to the Medicine Park Portrait Workshop was an excellent lesson that needs to be shared with others interested in improving the art of photography. This time was a photography workshop dedicated to ‘couples portraiture’, this was a private event which had a limited number of photographers allowed to visit the area due to being a natural forest reserve. The area is located at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge at the Linear Forest, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. This area is well known for its natural resources and its beautiful looks.
During this workshop, José Rivera from OWL Digital Photography took the time to explain how to photograph inside a forest where the shade of the trees can manipulate or damage the usage of natural light. He explained the usage of a combination of strobe lights with reflectors to redirect and diffuse the natural and artificial light available. Also, other difficult situation encountered when photographing just before sunset is the risk of losing too much time and not achieving better results because of low light conditions. This place had limitations at the time finding the perfect spot between so many tall trees but with the advantage of not having visual distractions.
The advantage of having José as an instructor is his expertise photographing on variable locations such as tropical environments, cold, and desert. This gives him the opportunity of knowing how different temperatures and environment can change the output and result of a well-captured image. Everyone can have a different photographic eye but the art and opportunity of improving it are the same to anyone interested in better themselves as photographers.
When the photographer is open to the constant changes inside the industry is willing to improve day by day with the chance of getting more customers, more views, positive feedbacks and impeccable reputation.
For a period of a few years, it seemed as if every successive iPhone release set a new bar for excellence in the mobile photography space.
iPhoneography is a term utilized to describe the art of photographing with the iconic Apple Brand smartphone. This art is mainly used by photography enthusiasts and many professional photographers. Actually, many people own smartphones and regularly use their cameras to document their daily living such as the food they are eating, when visiting new places, the selfies with friends and many others. But you don’t see often the usage of a smartphone camera to create high-quality images including the artistic capture of landscapes and portraits. To achieve the artistic results with a smartphone camera the same basic photographic rules are required. The rule of thirds, the framing, lighting, camera settings and focusing are part of the image composition.
iPhone photography has grown since 2007 when the original iPhone was released. The camera of the phone only had a two-megapixel camera with a fixed lens with the only advantage of the internet connection capability. This feature opened doors to the social media sharing and interaction. “In less than a decade, Apple’s handset ascended to become the world’s most popular camera”, Mark Myerson said.
How to get the “film look” in 5 easy steps – with an average DSLR
These days achieving a “film look” is easier and cheaper than you expect. When someone is starting its own business money is one of the biggest concerns. Eskild Fors is a young cinematographer who is an independent Filmmaker and a YouTuber.
His major goal is to educate others on how to achieve quality short films without breaking your pocket. To launch yourself as a Filmmaker is not necessary to buy the most expensive camera, it is all about the technique. These techniques includes; camera setup, different angles, focal lengths and movements with the camera. Also taking in consideration the location (a good location gives you a more professional look), background (should contain depth and perspective, without being distracting).
B-roll is the extra footage captured to enrich the story you’re telling and to have greater flexibility when editing. Instead of featuring only talking heads on video, you want to have other images you can cut away to that will add dimension to your story. B-roll can include additional video footage, still photographs, animation or other graphic elements.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your film shoot:
Depending on the type of video you are creating, evenly divide filming between recording interviews and capturing b-roll. In our experience, having plenty of good b-roll makes a video more powerful.
Because the times for capturing b-roll are often fixed (a certain activity only happens at a certain time), start by identifying the must-have footage and inserting that into your filming schedule.
Fill in the rest of the schedule with interviews and nice-to-have b-roll. If you discover, due to limited timing, that you need to sacrifice either a must-have piece of b-roll or a nice-to-have interview, we often recommend sacrificing the interview. The value of b-roll should not be underestimated, not only because it can strengthen the impact of your current video project, but also because it can serve as key footage for additional video assets created down the road.
Get an inside look at the value of b-roll in this video by Rachel Jellinek. Rachel presents two alternatives of a single video–one with b-roll and the second without: http://dlvr.it/lCKjN.
Author: Rachel Jelline
Rachel Jellinek is a partner at Reflection Films. Located just outside of Boston, Reflection Films is a video production company with experience in marketing, fundraising and training videos. Reflection Film clients choose video to share success stories, distinguish themselves from competitors, increase brand awareness in their target market and communicate in a more personal way with their audiences.