• 5 Free Photography Online Classes: Best Materials and Equipment For a Professional Session
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    5 Free Photography Online Classes: Best Materials and Equipment For a Professional Session

    Five experts show you their favoirte material and share practical tips to help you find the ideal equipment for your needs If you want to explore your surroundings to capture new images or you would like to carry out a professional production and you are not sure about what you need, there is nothing better than spying on the brains of those in the know. In these free classes, 5 experts advise you on technical issues, present their essential equipment, and give you some unexpected advice. To watch each class, just click on its red title. Enjoy!

  • Photoshop vs. Lightroom: Which is Best?
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    Photoshop vs. Lightroom: Which is Best?

    Discover the pros and cons of working with these popular photo editing programs and work out which is most suitable for you There are two very popular programs across the globe that are designed specifically for image editing: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. At first glance, these two programs may seem very similar since they both allow you to edit photographs, but the truth is that each one has been designed for a different purpose and will shape your post-production workflow differently. In a nutshell, Photoshop can be likened to a digital darkroom, which you can use to make detailed adjustments to any kind of image. Adobe Lightroom, however, is more similar to a complete photo studio, as it imports, organizes, edits, and exports photographs. Understanding what makes them similar, as well as different, will help you make the right decision when selecting the software most suited to your needs:

  • 5 Online Courses to Learn How to Retouch Photos with Adobe Lightroom
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    5 Online Courses to Learn How to Retouch Photos with Adobe Lightroom

    Learn from the experts to improve the final quality of all your photos using this popular software A good photographer knows that retouching is an essential process in post-production to obtain the best results. One of the most used software by professionals is Adobe Lightroom. If you want all your photography projects to look amazing and professional, check out these Domestika courses in which five experts share their knowledge. To learn more about each course and learn more about the benefits of using this tool, simply click on the title in red.

  • Photoshop Tutorial: 5 Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Photo Editing
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    Photoshop Tutorial: 5 Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Photo Editing

    Learn the best keyboard shortcuts for faster editing on Photoshop, with photo editor Mikael Eliasson Keyboard shortcuts are second nature to a professional photo editor as they allow fast adjustments and a more intuitive workflow. Taking the time to learn them as early as possible will allow you to focus on the more creative elements of your project. Photo editor Mikael Eliasson runs his own photography school in East London and has had his work exhibited across Europe. In this tutorial, he shares five essential shortcuts, as well as a few bonus tips and shortcuts to help you use them.

  • What Is and How To Use the Rule of Thirds When Taking a Photograph
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    What Is and How To Use the Rule of Thirds When Taking a Photograph

    Create photographs that are more visually appealing with this framing technique The rule of thirds is a framing technique for creating a well-balanced composition across different disciplines: design, painting, illustration, cinematography, and photography. Today, we are focusing on how this golden rule is applied when creating a photograph. While centering your subject might seem like the natural thing to do, the rule of thirds tells us to suppress this instinct and follow this popular theory to create a photograph that’s more interesting and visually appealing.

  • Photography Tutorial: Tips for Photoshoots with Models
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    Photography Tutorial: Tips for Photoshoots with Models

    Learn how to build a connection with your sitter and understand what people feel during a photo shoot, with Emilia Brandão Nowadays, photography is more accessible than ever, but a good photographer must know how to connect with their subject. If you are shooting people, a good connection can bring out the best in yourself, your sitter, and, ultimately, your pictures. Emilia Brandão (@emiliabrandao) is a LEICA ambassador who has worked for Vogue, GQ, Elle and Glamour. In this tutorial, she shares a few simple ways to make your sitter comfortable and create the best environment for a successful shoot.

  • 7 Amazing Websites to Find High-Quality Stock Images for Free
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    7 Amazing Websites to Find High-Quality Stock Images for Free

    Find great stock photos websites on the internet for free and use them to make a collage Joseba Elorza (@miraruido) is an illustrator and animator who has also trained as a sound technician; Joseba loves collage. His work has been published in such titles as The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, and the Hollywood Reporter, and he’s created animations for National Geographic, Amazon Studios, Green Day, and more. In this blog post, Joseba shares a list of his go-to websites for making a collage, all of which offer royalty-free images that can be used for different types of content.

  • Basic Settings for Editing Photographs
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    Basic Settings for Editing Photographs

    Photographer Nicanor García shares some fundamental editing settings to apply to all your photographs Adobe Photoshop was one of the first programs created for editing digital images; it became popular because it enabled the user to change and manipulate images for creative purposes and to fix mistakes. Editing, or post-production, allows photographers to go a little further than merely taking a photo. Besides lighting and framing, you can take advantage of other basic editing settings to achieve optimal results. You can refine a picture by correcting the perspective, geometry, exposure, contrast, or highlights. Expert photographer Nicanor García runs us through the basic editing settings that can help us achieve amazing photographs.

  • 5 Free Make-up Classes for Photo Shoots
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    5 Free Make-up Classes for Photo Shoots

    Available for a limited time only, these classes will teach you make-up techniques for a photo series Make-up often plays a fundamental role in the creation of a photograph. Whether you’re working on a self-portrait, artistic photo series, or fashion shoot, the right look can save hours of post-production work. We recommend that everyone working both in front of the camera and behind it learn the basics of working with make-up so that they can efficiently solve any problems that might arise on set. These five free classes will guide you in what you need to know, whatever your studio role. Free Class: Make-up for Conceptual Self-Portrait Photography In this class, from the Conceptual Self-Portrait Photography course, photographer Krishna VR shares some simple tips for doing one’s own make-up. The expert explains how she has learned different techniques online. In this lesson, she advises how to match skin color and avoid a lengthy post-production process.

  • 5 Free Classes in Food Photography
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    5 Free Classes in Food Photography

    Available for a limited time only, these classes will show you how to take great photographs of your favorite recipes A quick scroll on Instagram proves that food photography has made a big impact on social media. You’ll also see how difficult it is to stand out amongst the sea of images that have been hashtagged with popular categories like #foodporn. When going up against this strong competition, it’s a good idea to learn from the best: from coming up with a concept to setting up lighting. These five free classes are an invitation into the exciting world of food styling and the range of skills you can master. Free Class: Set and Lighting A photography set is where the magic begins, and creating it, of course, has its secrets. In this class from the course Food Photography Basic Techniques, commercial photographer Ernesto López explains how to create a workspace that helps you concentrate on your creative process. He will also teach you how to control light so that your photographs look great from the get-go. In summary, you will learn how to assemble a set and will discover the basic knowledge you need to take a spectacular photograph.

  • 5 Photographers Who Defined the Self-portrait
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    5 Photographers Who Defined the Self-portrait

    Discover painting’s influence on the photographic self-portrait and how it can build a visual narrative Across all artistic disciplines, self-reflection can be expressed in different ways. The creator inevitably leaves a piece of himself in each of their creations. Since the days of Ancient Greece, it has been believed that creativity goes hand in hand with self-exploration. When it comes to the self-portrait, there is a whole other level of communication between the artist and spectator. The artist shows themselves exactly as they are, or, how they want others to perceive them.

  • Top 10 Photography Books of 2020
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    Top 10 Photography Books of 2020

    If you're looking for a book to give to a professional photographer or photography enthusiast, check out these 10 titles that we recommend History repeats itself: the year draws to an end and we celebrate and exchange gifts with our loved ones. If you have a photographer or photography enthusiast on your gift list, it’s hard to go wrong with a great photography book. In this blog post, we share our top ten recommendations to help you find the ideal title. Don't forget to write a personal inscription! Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, by Hugh Nini This book is a visual narrative of rare sensitivity showcasing Hugh Nini & Neal Treadwell’s previously unpublished collection of over 2700 unique photographs taken between the 1850s and 1950s, depicting romantic love between men. The images are almost all anonymous and from all over the world. They were sourced from flea markets, family archives, and online auctions. The exceptional quality of the collection and the emotions it conjures up are reasons alone to include it on our top ten list.

  • 7 Sites for Storing Your Photos in the Cloud
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    7 Sites for Storing Your Photos in the Cloud

    Discover the storage services you can use to organize and back up your images A few weeks ago, Google announced that it will no longer offer free unlimited photo storage after June 2021. Following then, if you require more than the 15GB of storage space available for free, you will need a sign up to a paid plan (as is the case if you have Google Drive). If that’s not enough or you’re looking for alternative options, we’ve compiled a list of sites that offer image storage services: Amazon Prime Photos If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can take advantage of their unlimited photo storage service and free space for up to 5GB for videos. Other services are also offered, such as the option to share albums with other users or get images printed and delivered to your home. Price For more information on prices, check how much an Amazon Prime subscription costs where you live.

  • Photoshop Tutorial: How to Sharpen Your Images
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    Photoshop Tutorial: How to Sharpen Your Images

    Learn how to use the high pass filter to sharpen photos easily on Adobe Photoshop, with Mikael Eliasson There are numerous reasons why you should sharpen your images before publication: it can compensate for blurring caused by equipment, make your pictures more vivid, and make them easier to read. Remember, however, that it isn’t supposed to bring an out of focus shot into focus. Mikael Eliasson runs his own photography school in East London and has had his work exhibited across Europe. In this tutorial, he shares how to sharpen an image simply on Photoshop using the high pass filter.

  • Photography Tutorial: How to Set up a Self-Portrait
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    Photography Tutorial: How to Set up a Self-Portrait

    Learn the basic techniques for taking a self-portrait on your phone or a reflex camera, with Laura Zalenga Self-portraits have been a fundamental component of self expression throughout history, allowing artists to explore their own external image and internal truths. While every new smartphone has a front-facing camera you can take a selfie with, a well-taken self-portrait typically requires a little more thought. Laura Zalenga (@laurazalenga) is a photographer passionate about the art of self-portraits, who has given talks for clients like Adobe, Disney, Sony, and Mercedes Benz. In this tutorial, she shares three different ways you can set up your own self-portrait photoshoot easily and effectively, depending on what tools you have available.

  • Self-Portrait Photography Filled with Emotion: Laura Zalenga
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    Self-Portrait Photography Filled with Emotion: Laura Zalenga

    Learn how to delve into your thoughts and feelings using photography with Laura Zalenga Laura Zalenga (@laurazalenga) is a German freelance photographer with a passion for creating self-portraits filled with emotion. In 2018, she was one of seven international artists selected for the Adobe Creative Residency. She has worked for Adobe, Artemide, Disney, Lufthansa, Sony, and many more and been featured in a Sky Arts documentary. In her Domestika course, Laura takes you on an intimate journey of self-discovery and experimentation through the art of self-portrait photography. ‘Self-portrait taught me everything I know about photography. It also taught me how to accept myself more and how important it is to spend quality time with yourself.’ She finds inspiration within her memories, moods, and emotions, other times in places, light conditions, and even everyday objects. Her style is defined by clear visual language, the power of telling stories, and showing raw, honest emotions. Let’s get to know her and her unique and emotional art.

  • 15 Food Photography Ideas To Try This Holiday Season
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    15 Food Photography Ideas To Try This Holiday Season

    Discover the possibilities to photograph your favorite dishes during the holidays and share on social media What would the holidays be without our favorite dishes? Without a doubt, the creation of fond memories often happens when we share food at the table. Food photography is that creative discipline in which everything that food makes us feel is transferred to an attractive visual language. During this holiday season, prepare your camera (or your mobile) to capture the dishes that you will enjoy with friends or family, and share your results on your social media. Below, members of Domestika's community share projects that will whet your appetite to create. If you want to see the details of each project and more images of the series, click on its red title.

  • What is Documentary Photography?
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    What is Documentary Photography?

    This artistic discipline, different to photojournalism, captures real scenes in the unique style of the photographer Photography lovers have been transported to far-away corners of Brazil by Sebastião Salgado’s photos. They have roamed the streets of Paris through the eyes of Robert Doisneau. Documentary photography freezes conflicts, stories, and scenes in time, yet using a more artistic and authorial approach than, say, photojournalism.

  • 5 Free Classes For Taking Creative Photos and Videos At Home
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    5 Free Classes For Taking Creative Photos and Videos At Home

    Learn from the experts how to create spectacular photos with the resources you have at hand The time when high-impact photography necessarily required expensive equipment or a professional set is long gone. With the help of these 5 experts, you can simply use your mobile (or use that old SLR camera that you may not use) to create photo and video projects that reflect your personal style, and all from the comfort of your own home! To watch each class, just click on its red title. Enjoy!

  • What is Light Painting Photography?
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    What is Light Painting Photography?

    Visual artist and photographer Cristias Rosas introduces you to the technique of "painting" with light There are different methods to achieve unique effects in artistic photography that allow images to go beyond what the camera can capture. These methods allow creators to express their emotions and communicate more subtle messages to their audience. Often, they also produce more striking images. One of those methods is light painting. Visual artist and photographer Cristias Rosas (@cristias_rosas), who has explored the expression of metaphors through his images in artistic photography, explains what it is and how to apply it to your pictures.

  • 7 Tips for Photographing Your Artwork
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    7 Tips for Photographing Your Artwork

    Learn how to photograph your artwork for your portfolio Sharing your work online is a great way to grow your audience and take advantage of creative opportunities. But to do that, you need high-quality images of your work. For analog mediums, that typically means having to take photographs. After spending so much time and care on your final artwork, it’s important to understand how to best capture and showcase it. Find below some useful tips on commercial photography so that you can make the most of your work.

  • Dos & Don'ts For Freelance Photographers
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    Dos & Don'ts For Freelance Photographers

    Visual poet and photographer Danny Bittencourt shares interesting advice on how to manage your career as a freelance photographer Choosing which themes to explore in your work, developing your own visual language, managing your routine and timetable, being your own boss... Sounds pretty good, right? Of course, being freelance has a lot of benefits, if and when you can avoid the most common problems. Visual poet and photographer Danny Bittencourt (@dannybbittencourt) is an expert in freelancing. In this post, she shares her dos and dont's for freelance photographers. Discover more in the video below:

  • The Story Behind "Accidentally Wes Anderson"
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    The Story Behind "Accidentally Wes Anderson"

    We spoke to the creator of the popular Instagram account who has just launched a bestselling book for adventurers Accidentally Wes Anderson was created for adventures and explorers. It is a book brimming with beautiful photos and intriguing narratives for curious beings. Each photo looks like a frame straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Yet these are not film sets. They are authentic spots that you can visit, all over the world, and each spot has its own unique and enchanting story.

  • Photography Tutorial: Creating a Set for a Self-Portrait Shoot
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    Photography Tutorial: Creating a Set for a Self-Portrait Shoot

    Photographer and writer Danny Bittencourt shares tips for creating the perfect set and tackling the technical and conceptual challenges posed by a self-portrait shoot Self-portraiture is an art form that is full of meaning; it is a way to transform your emotions and motivations into powerful, intimate and mysterious stories. You set the tone of the photograph and are in charge from start to finish. To make an impact, apart from emotion, a self-portrait requires a well-planned set, which incorporates different elements. Danny Bittencourt (@dannybbittencourt), a photographer and writer, shows us how to create the perfect set and tackle the technical and conceptual challenges posed by a self-portrait shoot. Discover more below:

  • Domestika Diaries: Verónica Cerna
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    Domestika Diaries: Verónica Cerna

    The conceptual photographer Verónica Cerna shares her creative routine and describes how her profession has adapted to lockdown Pictures, by definition, require the presence of two people: the photographer and their subject. So restrictions like those imposed in the wake of Coronavirus, which oblige us to maintain distances between one another and avoid moving from one place to another, can complicate or even stop the work of a photographer. Verónica Cerna, photographer and cofounder of the audiovisual studio BAF, whose work has been recognized in the International Photography Awards and The Photo Phore, explains to us in this installment of Domestika Diaries how her creative process as a photographer has changed during the current situation. You can see the video below:

  • What Is and How to Create a Cinemagraph
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    What Is and How to Create a Cinemagraph

    Photography magic! We explain how to create movement in a static image step-by-step What is a cinemagraph? It's a fascinating combination of photos and videos. It usually consists of a small movement repeated in a loop within a picture, while the rest of the image remains entirely still. It results in a groundbreaking yet realistic effect. Nowadays, standing out in the digital world is necessary, and multimedia content is more than ever a visual experience. A fantastic moving image can help you achieve that distinguishing visual end product. Cinemagraphs, with their instantaneous visual elements, attract the viewer's attention. They are small, sophisticated works of art, subtle yet sufficiently attractive, that can capture our attention among the multitude of images we consume daily. Creating a cinemagraph is not difficult, and we’ll explain how, step by step. This is a short tutorial, and if you want to explore this technique, Mexican photographer Fernando Montiel Klint (@fernandomontielklint) teaches it in the Domestika course Creation of Cinemagraphs:

  • Materials: Make-up For Artistic Self-portrait Photography
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    Materials: Make-up For Artistic Self-portrait Photography

    Cristina Otero talks us through her favorite products for creating experimental make-up looks Cristina Otero (@cristinaotero) is a photographer specializing in artistic self-portraits. At the age of 15, Cristina became the youngest Spanish artist to present a solo exhibition in a gallery. While her main clients tend to be art collectors, she has also worked on commercial projects for brands and organizations such as Huawei, Renfe, and Turismo Andalucía. Cristina started out drawing portraits of women, using herself as a reference. Drawn to hyperrealism, she began experimenting with photography and using herself as a model. When it comes to post-production, Cristiana insists, “I don’t edit, I paint”.