In my salad days I posted some supremely unflattering selfies. I was a photo newbie, a bearded amateur mugging for the camera. I'm happy to say that the results of my self-portraits (shared below purely for educational purposes, of course) have improved through experience, but if I had a ruthless robot telling me where I was going wrong it would have been a lot easier. Luckily, the magic of machine learning is now upon us, and it's here to tell us how to take a good selfie.
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The sensor of a digital camera is one of the most delicate parts of the device. While lenses can be replaced, a damaged sensor poses a significantly trickier repair job. But, from time to time, you're going to need to get in their to clean the thing and when it comes to the mirrorless variety, you don't have to get yourself into a tight ball of anxiety in preparation.
You might have your selfie game down pat, but making a living as a photographer requires more than picking the right Instagram filter. Fortunately, you can master the essentials of taking stunning, gallery-worthy photos with the Ultimate Photography & Photoshop Bundle.
I guess Apple got fed up with all the other guides on the internet explaining how one takes photos with the iPhone. Well, the iPhone 7 specifically. So, the company has gone to the trouble of putting together a series of tutorial videos to make sure people can take great mobile shots, while satisfying their inner hipster.
As a solo traveller, it's challenging to capture my adventures: I want to include myself in the picture and I'm not about to use a comically long selfie stick. I also rarely feel comfortable handing my camera or phone to strangers. But that doesn't mean I'm about to miss out on social media-worthy moments. Instead, I re-imagined how I took selfies.
Most of us don't look like Instagram models (we all know those semi-famous people with a constant stream of flawless Instagram poses), but that doesn't mean we can't look as good in our photos as they do. You just have to have a few tricks up your sleeve when your friend whips out their phone and says, "I'm 'gramming this!"
I shoved my phone in my husband's face to show him a picture I'd taken of the New York skyline. "It's good, right?" I asked, way too proud of myself because, frankly, it was not good. "Well," he said. "Imagine how good it would look if you knew what you were doing." I rolled my eyes but took him up on his offer to teach me about exposure.
A general rule of photography is the faster the subject, the faster the shutter speed. That's all good and well, but cameras are precise devices. You can stuff around with shutter speeds and aperture settings until you get the result you want, but why not start with a good baseline and work from there? This handy chart from Phototraces will get you most of the way.
When you're over in the US, one of the best things to do is visit the famous national parks where you get to see the preserved natural wonders; each park offers unique views. Recently a former National Geographic photographer visited every national park and tabulated the ones most likely to take your breath away.
We've shared a number of budget-friendly, DIY solutions to light up your photos and videos. But maybe you still need something that's equally as easy on the wallet and sturdy to hold up your DIY lights. Well, here you go: a light stand that's made out of PVC and costs you less than $10.