Monday, August 13, 2018

20 Stunning Examples Of Double Exposure

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A peculiar genre, double exposure has been used and cherished in photography ever since the analog era for its surrealist elements.
The technique of double exposure fuses two separate worlds into one surreal, dreamlike image. Double exposure can we used to tell an interesting story through one image.
Photographers are using both analog and digital methods to achieve this effect.
Of course, before the advent of digital cameras and photo editing software, this was all done within the camera. The analog tradition still carries on today, even though the digital methods of making double exposures are much more popular these days.
The following 20 photographs are great examples of the complex beauty of double exposure:



















We hope that these double exposures have got your creative juices flowing. Make sure that you share your images in the forums or Shark Tank for some constructive feedback.

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8 Tips and Tricks To Improve Your Food Photography

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It may sound weird, but food photography is very similar to portraiture and as such thinking about a great portrait shot is a great way to improve your food photography. Why? In both cases, the photographer’s task is quite straightforward – the model has to look as attractive as possible!
While portrait photographers need to know how to make their models relax in front of the camera, food photographers have things a little easier but they still have to make sure that the food looks very delicious and inviting.
The following 8 tips can help you improve your food styling and shooting in very simple and undemanding ways:

1. Don’t Crowd Plates With Food

Even though you might be tempted to photograph plates piled with lots of food, an overcrowded plate usually looks tacky and not appealing at all. You should think about negative space when you shoot food – the rules of compositions can help you arrange your subject properly. Think about how you can use the empty space of the plate to frame the food in a creative way.
Photo by Atharva Tulsi on Unsplash

2. Look For Color Contrasts

There are lots of minimalist images when it comes to modern food photography. These images seem to be influenced by a clean-cut approach used for photographing products such as electronics. While it’s true that this ’’white on white’’ style can be visually striking, it can feel very sterile as well. It feels bolder and more refreshing to look for contrasts. For instance, a pale colored food and plate with a dark background look very vibrant and visually appealing.
Photo by Sebastien Marchand on Unsplash

3. Use Simple Tableware

Decorative tableware surely looks beautiful on its own, but it can reduce the visual impact of the food. On the other hand, plain white plates and simple tableware allow the food to grab the full attention of the viewer. The exception can be made when photographing simple dishes such as soups and puddings – these two can look really interesting along with some vintage spoon.
Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash

4. Emphasize The Natural Looks Of The Food

Every piece of food comes with its own colors and textures you should emphasize and make even more beautiful. You shouldn’t rely on Photoshop to make your food photography great – think about what it is that makes a particular dish look appealing. For example, a crispy skin of a well-roasted chicken looks really delicious and the same goes for the creamy green color of fresh guacamole.
Photo by Heather Schwartz on Unsplash

5. Be Mindful Of Composition

Composition always matters a lot! You can use various props or ingredients to create lines and frames in your food photography. For instance, cutlery can help you form a line and direct the viewer straight to the plate with food. You can also use the leaves of culinary herbs and spices such as basil, dill, oregano or rosemary to make a beautiful natural frame around the plate.
Photo by James Sutton on Unsplash

6. Use A Window Or A Large Softbox For Lighting

The lighting for food photography shouldn’t be elaborate because complex lighting might look too awkward for this type of photo shoots. Since most people are used to eating food at a table, a way to improve your food photography is to make it look natural so use a large window as a primary source of light.
This type of natural light has the softness, direction and catch lights that look familiar and soothing. In case daylight is not available, a large rectangular softbox can make the artificial lighting appear soft and diffused.
Photo by Pooja Chaudhary on Unsplash

7. Take Photos From Various Angles

Changing up the angles will improve your food photography. You should choose angles depending on the type of dishes or drinks you shoot. Large plates of food usually look better from above (like a steak with vegetables or pizza), layered dishes with bread should be shot from the side (like sandwiches, burgers, and cakes), while drinks look best if shot at a 45-degree angle. Of course, you can always experiment and move the plate around until you find your favorite angles.
Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

8. Hire a Food Stylist

Last but not least, if you feel that your food photography is lacking a punch, you should consider hiring a food stylist. Just like any other professionals, food stylists are specialized in this particular field of photography and they will work their magic to improve your shots. In fact, almost all high-end food photography represents a collaboration between chefs, food stylists, and photographers.
Photo by Jenny Dorsey on Unsplash
Even though many photographers consider food photography to be cliché, it is certainly necessary, especially on recipe blogs. At the same time, food represents cultural identity and it is also an important element of our everyday small pleasures, which means it’s a vital part of our lives.
It’s challenging to make excellent photographs of food because it’s hard to stand out in a saturated market, but you can surely make your food photographs more remarkable by following these tips and adding your own creative input.

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These 10 Tips For Using Light Will Supercharge Your Photos

These 10 Tips For Using Light Will Supercharge Your Photos

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We all know that using light is one of the most important factors in photography. At the same time, it can be one of the most challenging aspects of getting a high-quality photograph which is able to engage your viewers.
The lighting is rarely perfect by itself. No matter if we work with natural or studio lights, it happens quite often that the light is either too harsh or too dim. It takes a certain knowledge and experience in order to become able to deal with various lighting conditions.
The following ten tips are very useful reminders of the properties of light you should always consider:

1. Be Mindful Of Color Temperature

Even though every light has a specific color temperature, our eyes and brain are usually unable to interpret these temperatures as different colors. However, the camera's sensor records the color temperature as it is and because of this, we can see various color casts in photographs.  These color casts can be easily controlled and neutralized by changing  the white balance settings on the camera.
Photo by Sam Austin on Unsplash

2. Think About Diffusion

Diffusion certainly matters a lot in portraiture. Harsh light (both natural and studio) makes faces look older and less supple, which is something to be avoided when working with models or shooting weddings. You can use various tools to make the light source as soft as possible – the most common ones are lighting modifiers. Diffusion makes the light source more scattered and more even.
Photo by Michael LaRosa on Unsplash

3. Bounced Light Is More Flattering

Bounced light is a form of diffused light and it looks much more flattering compared with aiming the flash directly at the model.  If you’re working with a single flash, it is really important to diffuse its harsh light by bouncing it off another surface such as walls or ceiling.
Photo by AlexKlen on Pixabay

4. Broad Light is Less Harsh

Using a broad light source can improve your portraiture a lot, because in this case, the light source hits the subject from more than one direction. The use of broad light fills in the harsh shadows  and it provides an even lighting for the subject. The common type of broad light used in portraiture is the sunlight coming through the windows.
Image by Tanja Heffner on Unsplash

5. Front Light Means Less Shadows

When the light shines directly onto the subject, we’re dealing with a front light. Just like any other lighting setup, front light has its own benefits and downsides.  It minimizes the shadows and textures, which makes faces softer and wrinkles less prominent. However, this kind of lighting can look somewhat dull and boring, mimicking ID photographs. The absence of shadowing is not something you want to go for if you’re into more creative portraiture.
Photo by 821764 on Pixabay

6. Side Light Means More Drama

When the light enters a scene from the side,  it produces interesting  long shadows. In this sense, side light has something that front light lacks – drama, glamour and artistic appeal. Side light is a very popular type of lighting for both landscapes and portraiture.  It can help you create images with a bold visual impact.
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7. Back Light Means Less Details

Back light is another common type of lighting which minimizes the detail of the subject by converting it into a silhouette. Depending on the nature of back light, the silhouette can be anything in between really dark  (where you can see only the outlines) and medium light (where the facial features of the model are still recognizable). Similarly to side light, back light is used in more artistic shots.
Photo by Sasint on Pixabay

8. Shadows Enhance Volume

Volume is important in portraiture because it gives a more three-dimensional look to landscapes, portraits and objects.  It’s impossible to achieve such look without the proper use of shadows. In order to create the sense of volume, you should light your models or products from the side, from behind, or from above or below.
Photo by Sai Maddali on Unsplash

9. Understand The Light Falloff

It’s good to know one simple rule – light intensity falls off inversely with square of distance. You don’t have to be a great mathematician to understand this – it simply means that if you move a light twice as far from your model, you end up with one-quarter of the light on the model. This is something to keep in mind especially if you’re moving your lights or your subjects quite often.
Photo by Angel Gonzalez on Unsplash

10. Don’t Stick To Natural Light

Even though the natural light is something that many photographers consider the best lighting, it is important to learn the basics of artificial lighting so that you have more freedom of choice. Various issues that can occur when you use only natural light in your photography can be solved by adding an additional light source.
Photo by Bryan Apen on Unsplash
Feel free to give these tips a try and keep experimenting with them. They are powerful enough to change the quality of your photographs and make you continue learning about using light.
If you want to take your photography skills to the next level by understanding how light works, be sure to check out Understanding Light by Photzy.

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