Ivan Makarov on Being a Dad and a Photographer

Ivan Makarov on Being a Dad and a Photographer

Being the family photographer is both a blessing and a curse – you’re afforded the rare opportunity to constantly preserve memories while also trying to balance that with experiencing them first-hand. Ivan Makarov understands this well. As a father of four, Makarov has been documenting his children’s lives since the moments they were born: “I shoot them wherever they are, doing whatever they’d like to do. My end goal is to document their childhood, as it starts and as they turn into teenagers and then adults.” In celebration of Father’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite family images from Makarov’s collection and providing 5 of his dad photographer tips that fellow shooters of all backgrounds can appreciate. Makarov’s 5 Tips: Tip #1: In a rut? Try switching to a new camera system. These days I shoot with Leica M and mostly with 35mm and 50mm lenses. I was a Nikon guy ever since I started in photography almost 10 years ago but I made the transition to rangefinder photography a couple of years ago when I was feeling stuck and uninspired with the process and with what I was producing. Leica gave me a new method of shooting because it’s quite different to shoot with the rangefinder and it also reignited my creativity to a point where I now can’t stop shooting! It’s been this way ever since I got the Leica. The original idea was to get a smaller camera that I can carry with me alongside my kids. It had a very surprising and positive effect on my creativity. I don’t think it matters all too much...
Lightroom CC/6 Latest Features: Panoramas, Masking, and More

Lightroom CC/6 Latest Features: Panoramas, Masking, and More

Explore the latest new Lightroom features in this guest post by journalist and adventure photographer Jay Goodrich. Be sure to check out Goodrich’s other great tutorials below: • 5 Features for Adobe Lightroom 5 • Exposure Blending Using Adobe Photoshop CS6 • Diffraction and Focus Stacking Tutorial for Photoshop CS6 Lightroom CC/6 Latest Features: Panoramas, Masking, and More by Jay Goodrich Adobe released its newest version of Lightroom; it is now known as Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 depending on how you purchase the software. Lightroom CC is available in Adobe’s Creative Cloud and will continuously be updated from now and into the foreseeable future. If you decide the Creative Cloud isn’t for you, you can still purchase Lightroom 6 in software box form from a reseller like B and H Photo Video. The downside to this purchase method, however, is that Adobe doesn’t have plans at this point to update the non-cloud version down the road. This is pretty much the key decision you’ll need to make as to the direction you think your needs will take you regarding your photo editing software. We have had our entire office on the Creative Cloud for close to two years at this point, and have zero complaints with the ease of keeping everything up to date. At the release of Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud clients had the software available for download immediately upon Adobe’s announcement of it. In the last week I have truly put this software through its paces. An image file submission to Powder Magazine had us not only processing images, but also adding all of their required metadata to...
10 Sports Photography Gear Tips

10 Sports Photography Gear Tips

Gear never matters more than when you’re out shooting sports. It is one of the most difficult things to capture well and takes years of practice. Whether you’re aiming high or just want better after-school action candids, here are 10 home run gear tips to kick off the sunny season. These are aimed for beginners but are great reminders for seasoned pros. Get Your Best Shot of the Season with These 10 Sports Photography Gear Tips Use a Low Profile Tripod for a Heroic Look If your sports shots look a little flat, get down for a new perspective. While shooting from below is a general no-no for people photography, in sports it makes players look heroic. If ergonomics are a worry, support yourself with a specialized low profile/small footprint tripod, like the Induro tabletop tripod, which can carry up to 220 lbs while weighing less than 5 lbs! Beat the Sun with LCD Loops and Electronic Viewfinders Reviewing images in the bright sun can be an act of suffering. Screen covers or “loops” help you better see what you’re working with. Sometimes they are just a simple tube that can be placed over your screen, like the snap-on Hoodman or the mountable Z-Finder Pro 2.5x. Mirrorless cameras, like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and the Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera, sport robust anti light-leaking electronic viewfinders that show you a preview of your image right inside the viewfinder so that you never have to take your eye off the action. Use Cameras with Back Focus Buttons Most people are used to half-pressing a shutter button for focus and then full-pressing the same...
Your Gear Guide for Better Wedding Photography

Your Gear Guide for Better Wedding Photography

Find your perfect match in time for your next (or first) big wedding shoot. Many of you are probably worried about not bringing the right equipment with you. We have thousands of items for you to rent but only certain items are ideal for weddings. This list will help you narrow it down to just the essentials to fit your shooting style. Take note of these 10 tips that will help you complete your skills. Ten Gear Tips for a Better Wedding Day Photography Workflow: 1. Zoom with a View: Using Long Focal Lengths 2. Safety in Numbers: Spring for a Second Body 3. Fall in Love with Battery Grips 4. Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Mixing Artificial with Natural Lighting 5. Enjoy the Silence: Quiet Shutter Options 6. Portable Prowess 7. N+1 Yourself: Using Dual Memory Cards 8. Up Close and Personal: Macro Lenses 9. Practice Mindfulness: Gear Security 10. Going Slim to Win: Consider Mirrorless Zoom with a View: Using Long Focal Lengths Longer lenses tend to keep your subject’s facial features in proper proportion, which is more flattering. There are a couple of fast telephoto zooms we rent that allow you to shoot with a wide-open aperture for a very pleasing out-of-focus background without sacrificing the convenience of being able to shoot at a variety of lengths. Plus, having a longer lens means you have to stand further from your subject. Sometimes this allows the couple to relax a little bit and act more naturally for their portrait. We Recommend: • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II • Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G SSM II for Sony A Mount • Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO for...
Take Control of Lightroom’s Import Dialog

Take Control of Lightroom’s Import Dialog

Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator, and an Adobe Certified Creative Suite Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. His latest article guides novice Lightroom users and anyone having trouble or confusion with the import process. Continue on if you have ever experienced images not ending up where they are intended or in redundant, misplaced nested folders after importing.   Take Control of Lightroom’s Import Dialog by Seán Duggan If you’ve ever imported files into Lightroom and had the files end up in the wrong place, or the import resulted in the creation of redundant nested folders that created confusion in your image archive, this new tutorial video is for you! It shows you how to take control of the Lightroom import process by understanding how the options in the Destination panel affect where the images go and whether or not any nested subfolders are created. Once you know how this panel works, you’ll be the one in the driver’s seat of the Import Dialog, not Lightroom. I also cover how to save Import Presets to improve the speed and accuracy of the import process. Seán Duggan is the co-author of Photoshop Masking & Composting, Real World Digital Photography, and The Creative Digital Darkroom. He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and leads workshops all around the world. See all of Duggan’s Lightroom tips below: • Lightroom Keywording Tips • Adding Value to Your Image Archive with Keywords • Adobe Lightroom Tips for Beginners: Merging a Travel Catalog with your Main Catalog • Adobe Lightroom Tips for Beginners: The Island of Lost Files • The Lightroom-Photoshop Connection:...