Camera Pixo is a fantastic free magazine that has so many great photographic inspirations. What I like about their philosophy is they showcase amateurs and professionals alike. Do you have what it takes to make the cut? Check out the magazine and see all the great interviews and latest cutting edge photo techniques.
Just a few images to help you make it through the rest of the week.
Marc Montocchio gives you a behind the scenes look at what it took to get still images of a free swimming Blue Marlin in St. Thomas. Check out his website for his amazing image and some other great underwater photos.
We’d like to start a new feature here that will help you get through the week and inspire your photo creativity. Instead of having a single theme or photographer, we’ll feature images that inspire us or force us to take a second look. Check back here every Wednesday.
We get many great photographers here on Photodaydream that makes us take notice and say “Wow”. Ben Heine takes it to a new level, his imagery is inventive and forces you to peel away the layers of his work.
Ben usually integrates an inventive hand made drawing in front of a realistic background. There are several methods to achieve the same effect (see “Interviews” for more info). Ben’s hand is always clearly visible; it represents the close connection between the viewer, the artist and the artwork. The drawing is either in black and white on white paper or in color on black paper, while the photo is often very colorful, this amplifies the contrast between the two mediums.
Movies can be inspirations for us photographers with their beautiful lighting and focus points that draw you into an image. Below are some examples of photos that give you that cinematic feel and we’ll share with a you a couple of tips on how to achieve this.
First, shoot with a really good lens. My choice of lens would be my trusty 180mm f/2.8 lens to compress the background, but a “Nifty Fifty” 50mm f/1.8 would work well also.
Make sure your focus is sharp on your subject and think about using the rule of thirds to create an off center subject. Its also better to not have them look at the camera, very few actors look directly into the lens but some of the examples below work well despite this.
Be aware of the distance between subject and background. A good distance behind the subject before distracting elements start showing up. Use color to separate the main subject from the background.
Then you’ll want to crop your image in a 16×9 format. See the link below for a Scott Kelby tutorial.
In post, maybe add a greenish or bluish tone to your images.
You can also add bars like many of these shots have to help give it the cinematic feel.
Have some fun and play with your images to see what you can create.
Scott Kelby has a nice tutorial on how to create this effect in Photoshop and Lightroom.
Anoop Negi has been shortlisted for the Photographer of the Year and the Best Photographer in the Sports category for his iconic Kerala Bull Race at the Sony World Photography Awards.
His work is inspiring, colorful and uses excellent composition. His trademark seems to be one of creating images with vivid colors and wonderful subjects that will surely inspire your travel and photography daydreams.
If I wanted to really get your attention I would post photos of naked cyclists, but alas this is a family friendly page, but I think these images will inspire you just in a different way.