Life on the Streets: The Secrets of Street Photography

Life on the Streets: The Secrets of Street Photography

Life on the Streets: The Secrets of Street Photography Are you the kind of person who loves to ‘people watch’? Are you looking to push your street photography into the public domain? Would you like to learn to capture life in its purest form? Well, then you need to read these essential tips and tricks to mastering the intriguing art of Street Photography. Street photography has been the foundation for so many famous portrait and landscape photographers over the years. Its increase in popularity with new photographers is no surprise due to the boom in social media. Yet if you ask any photographer “what is street photography?” you are guaranteed to get a different response each time. That’s what is so brilliant about this genre of photography. What is Street Photography?  There are no ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’ with street photography. Just like there are no right ways to go about writing a book or painting. It is entirely about sharing your own vision as a photographer with your audience, showing them a snippet of life on the streets through your camera’s eye. Street photography can be quite similar to documentary pictures, that show images of people living in certain situations or societies around the world. You as the photographer should aim to mirror society as you see it. The reason street photography is so successful is because of the emotion and connection a stranger can make with the camera. A successful street photographer knows how to evoke emotion from the audience, hit you in the gut, and bury a lasting memory in your mind. Sometimes, these style of images...
5 Quick Light Tricks

5 Quick Light Tricks

5 Quick Light Tricks Confused or intrigued by the phrase ‘Light Tricks’? Well step inside and let us cure that curiosity with our 5 quick light tricks that you can master in just one day! 1. Light Tracing Light Tracing – the art of tracing around an object, with light! If you’ve seen examples before of this light trick, then you’ll know it’s a visually stunning way of re-creating the form of any object. You’ll amaze yourself by how easy it is to make a simple household object look futuristic! All you need is an object with a distinctive shape – headphones, bicycles, flowers or a toaster for example. It’s best to get behind the object as opposed to in front. The camera needs to see the object constantly so find a decent space to work in and make sure it’s fairly dark. 2 Second Tip – Don’t choose objects that have narrow outlines such as forks, it’s hard to trace the outline precisely. It depends on the size of your chosen object, but a shutter speed of 30 seconds should be more than enough. When tracing small objects use a small light source such as a laser pen or penlight. However, you may need to go bigger with larger items and use a torch or smartphone light. Above all, make sure there’s enough battery life in it! Steady the camera, keep the ISO low (200 max) and use shutter priority mode so the aperture is taken care of. But if you prefer to use manual mode then start at f16 and adjust depending upon your results. You may...
New Course iPhotography Light Tricks

New Course iPhotography Light Tricks

Discover over 70 Brand NEW Creative Light Manipulation and Night Photography Tricks. Learn More Join Now What are Light Tricks? We’ve got all the answers right here in our introductory guide to the iPhotography Light Tricks Course. This is going to be the most fun you’ve ever had with your camera! You’ll discover over 70 mind-blowing, light manipulation tricks and techniques! Fireworks, light trails, city lights, starburst effects, night skies, star trails, lightning, wire wool, light orbs, light painting, HDR landscapes, abstract blur, creative portraits… and that’s just to start with! The ancient Greeks first used the word ‘Phos’ ‘Graphe’ (meaning light drawing) many years ago and this basic principle has been the cornerstone for creating photographs since the birth of the camera. Our cameras can only create an image when light is present but the ability to trick light in different directions, shapes, qualities, and colours makes our love of photography soar with possibilities. The Light Tricks course is all about just that – we have compiled amazing techniques, ideas, practical exercises into a fun and interactive online learning experience. Is This Course For Me? YES! It’s for everyone, including you! Whether you have just bought a camera or have spent years behind the viewfinder, this course is insightful, comprehendible and cutting edge – there is no other course like it! You’ll find thousands of new techniques, tricks and training tutorials to push your photography forward. Maybe you are getting a little jaded of taking the same landscape or portrait and want to spice things up – we’ve got all the spice you need! Ultimately this course is for...
Photographing books

Photographing books

How to Photograph Your Favourite Books We all like to take time out and submerge ourselves in a good book. So at iPhotography this got us thinking, is there any way we can show our appreciation to our favourite books by photographing them? Here’s a few handy hints, tips and creative ideas to get you on your way. 1. Never take photographs in artificial light. Just don’t do it guys. Even if your camera allows you to change the ISO and aperture and shutter speed settings, it’s something we wouldn’t recommend doing. Why I hear you ask? Well what’s the rush? The book will still be there tomorrow, unless your library rental is close to expiry. Do the book justice and photograph using natural light. Using artificial light can cause several problems: – It makes your book pages look yellow. – The surface of your book will cause you to get those ‘blinding’ yellow/white spots which is caused by the reflective surface, which will effectively ruin your photo. – colors of the book will not be true to their color and shade. – Using a flash/ artificial light will make you photographs look almost unprofessional, the background will be took dark and the book will look fake. Make use of the natural light to make the background look white and clean. 2. Angles are key. As we know angles are vital when shooting anything and can really affect the overall shot. There’s nothing wrong with taking a birds eye view of a book or even straight on, but sometimes it can look slightly amateurish. If you don’t get the...