Every month, we ask questions to our members about what and who inspires them the most. This month we focus on the top photography YouTube channels out there that have helped our members along their creative path. According to our AdoramaPix Members, here are the top 5 YouTube channels for photographers.
Without a question, Adorama’s channel is rich in information for the new and experienced photographer. It is more than a just a camera store, it is an educational resource like no other. It has several different channels, each focused on a different aspect of photography. Mark Wallace does an amazing job of hosting most of the informational videos. His friendly demeanor and ability to break things down into the simplest of terms makes it easy for photographers to understand and implement.
With his amazing hair and sincere love for the photography industry, it’s hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm. Jared Polin, aka FroKnows Photo, offers critiques, tips and great humor. He is determined to help those just starting out by having them get off Auto Mode and switch to Manual Mode. He is a true digital pioneer in the 21st century. Plus, his grandma, Lil, gives him advice about life on his channel and it is endearing.
I can not stop laughing when I watch this channel. The main presenter Kai is so fun. Even the about section has me laughing , “The most subscribed and viewed photography show on the interweb, presented by an asian dude with a British Accent.” With its bright pink graphics and Kai’s dry sense of humor this just makes this channel a delight to watch. Not all instructional videos need to be so serious. You can view new episodes every Monday and Thursday.
This is a conglomeration of great photographers coming together to educate the photography community. The channel offers behind-the-scnes videos, gear reviews and so much more. What’s great about this community is that it’s a group of full-time photographers, videographers, retouchers, and editors. Because of this, it means the group’s content is always fresh and up to date. Check out the taser portrait series – it’s shocking.
You can’t be a photographer in today’s day and age without knowing about PhotoShop and Lightroom. Aaron always has a smile on his face and puts the “Phun” in PhotoShop and Photography. It’s important to know the ins and outs of PhotoShop and this channel is dedicated to getting you on the right track.
-Written by Libby for Adoramapix based on feedback from members
We have received a number of questions recently about sharing photo books. Sharing a photo book means that you make it available for others to see and/or buy over the internet. To others, your shared photo book will look just like it looks to you when you click the preview button in the PixBuilder tool. I.e. you see a simulation of what that project will look like in print and you can flip through the pages.
You don’t need to wait until your project is completed or ordered before you share it with others online. In fact, you may prefer to show it to others before you finish it so that they can make suggestions for changes or improvements. This is especially true of commercial projects where client feedback is required.
1. Log into your account and under the “My Books” category click on See all.
2. Find the photo book you want to share. Under the orange bar (if it’s not completed) or green bar (if it is completed) you will find three choices : Edit, Copy, Share/Embed. Click on Share/Embed
3. Clicking on the Share/Embed button will take you to a new page. On the right hand side of the screen, click on the blue bar that says “Share”. You will then move the button at the top from the off to the on position. You can then either email the link directly to whomever you would like to share it with, or you can copy the link and send it in a separate email.
We hope these quick and simple tips will help you when you are designing your photo book with Adoramapix.
I found a great birch tree that had fallen in the woods. It’s a native tree from where I live. I had a friend saw it into different sections for me and then saw about a 1/2″ thick place holder into the top of the small stumps.
I love the way they look and they compliment the images that represent where I live. Plus, it’ s free and means more to me than a small frame from a general store. If you choose to do something like this, I suggest to use only fallen branches or logs.
Ever hear the old saying, “You can fix it later in post” ? Well that is true on a lot of photography issues, however, trying to get sharp images after the picture has already been taken through post processing doesn’t always work. Instead, try these few tips to get images sharp right off the bat.
1. Set your AF Point
One of the most important things you can do is to use your navigation keys to choose your AutoFocus point selection within your image. Typically, when photographing people and or animals set the point on the eye that is closest to the camera. Now, if you can’t get the AF point exactly where you need it, then you can always focus and recompose. This is used best in low light situations or when your subject is in the corner of the the frame. In order to do this, you select the central AutoFocus point and move the camera on the subject. Then half press the shutter to focus the lens and recompose the shot. You will still have the shutter release button half released when recomposing the shot. Then press the shutter when the image is where it’s at in your viewfinder.
2. Use a Tripod
Tripods are often awkward to bring along or you may think they just too heavy. However, using a tripod stabilizes the camera and reduces movement. Even when you use a higher shutter speed or brace yourself before pressing the shutter, there is still room for error or in this case blur.
3. Back Focus
Did you know there is a button on the back of your camera that can help you get a sharper image? It’s the back focus button. Many pros often use this to get tack sharp images, however it does take some time to master. The button is located in different areas on different models of cameras. You’ll want to pull out your camera manual to find out the best way to use this button. I found a great tutorial on why this button is important and how to set up in your camera. Click HERE to read more.
4. Good Lens
There’s no getting around this one. Want a sharp image? Get a sharp lens. The best investment I have made in my photography journey has always been a sharp lens. The kit lens that comes with some cameras will not necessarily net you a sharp image. Instead, do some research and find out what lens is in your budget and will give you the sharpest image. Whether you choose a prime or zoom lens, you should be able to rent them and test them out before making your final purchase. Prime lenses work best for low light. Zoom lenses work best for more action shots. Depending on what you are photographing, this will also help in your decision on which lens is best for you.
5. Press Shutter Lightly
A softer touch will always net a sharper image when it comes to the shutter. When clicking the shutter, do it as lightly as you can. Your finger should be actually on the button and then gently press it. Also make sure your finger is in contact with the button to begin with instead of hovering over it. Remember, more movement means more chance for blur.
We know there are a lot more ways to get sharper images and we’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you do to master sharpness.
-written by Libby for Adoramapix
-images by Libby and Shutterstock for editorial purposes