Monthly Archives: April 2017

Summer Drone Photography

Remember the days when having a mirrorless camera was cutting-edge?

Those days are gone, and if you don’t have a drone to use for photography, well, you’re behind the times!

What I love about drone photography is the unique perspective you get when taking photos.

It reminds me of looking out the window of an airplane as you come in for a landing…

The trick, of course, is to figure out how to frame up shots from above that look amazing.

Our friends over at the Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) have teamed up with photographer Christoph Oberschneider to give us the summer drone photography tips we all need.

Check them out in the video above, and for a step-by-step breakdown, see the text below.

Whether it’s your weekly ultimate frisbee league or your kid’s summer soccer tournament, sporting events offer some excellent subject matter for drone photography.

Once the action starts, fly directly above for some fun aerial shots. By looking directly down at the athletes, you’ll be able to offer viewers a bit of scale as the players will be fairly small in relation to their surroundings.

If possible, shoot your aerial sports photos in the morning or evening when there’s nice sidelighting.

With the sun a little lower in the sky, your subjects will cast interesting shadows across the frame, which creates a lot of depth in the image, as seen above.

Look for patterns or textures, too. They add a bit of a dynamic feel to the shot and help break up the monotony of the background, or, in this case, the ground!

Take Better Portraits in Just 4 Steps

If you look at the portraits you take and think, “Gee, these could be better” but aren’t sure what to do to make them better, this tutorial is for you!

We all make mistakes when creating portraits, but there are some mistakes that are more common than others that are actually pretty easy to resolve.

And rather than offer up every possible scenario for what might go wrong and cause your portraits to go awry, let’s just focus on these common issues and see what we can do to help you take your portraits to the next level.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Everyone has seen the “typical” portrait of the subject posed and looking right down the barrel of the lens.

Don’t get me wrong – those types of portraits are necessary and can be quite fetching.

But if you want to elevate your portrait skills to another level, it’s a good idea to challenge yourself to think outside the box.

There’s tons of things you can do to create a more unique portrait, too.

Work from an interesting angle to give viewers an unexpected point of view, as seen above.

You can also place your portrait subject in an environment that has interesting features.

This might be a graffiti-filled alleyway as seen above, a lush garden, or a landscape that’s got great lighting.

Heck, even taking a documentary style portrait of your subject in their own home can be a beautiful version of a portrait.

You can even incorporate props into the shot.

Props are an interesting proposition because, on the one hand, they give your subject something to do with their hands, which helps them relax in front of the camera.

On the other hand, if the props aren’t right for the situation, they can stick out like a sore thumb and look pretty terrible. Just be careful in what props you choose, and if they don’t feel right for the shot, get rid of them!