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How To: Create Great Boudoir Photos, Shoot Products on a Budget, Become a Surf Photographer ...and More

By David Schonauer   Tuesday January 22, 2019

Maybe you’ll become a boudoir photographer in 2019.

In today’s roundup of photo tutorials, we include advice on building your boudoir brand … as well as creative tips on creating low-key lighting and the best camera settings for boudoir photos. Today’s collection also has tips on launching careers in sports photography, travel photography and surf photography, in case you want to get out of the boudoir.

You’ll also find tutorials on astrophotography, how to shot pro-level product images on a budget ... and more.
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1. How to Build a Boudoir Brand

When photographer Shawn Black made the transition from wedding photography to boudoir photography, marketing was easy: He created little black books filled with pretty pictures for brides from his wedding brand to give as gifts to their significant others. “It wasn’t until I shot my first non-bridal client that I realized I needed to do things differently,” he notes at Rangefinder. “Seven words changed everything for me: ‘You have no idea how this feels.’ Hearing this from my client made me realize how naïve I was in thinking that it was only about creating pretty pictures.”


2. The Best Camera Settings for Boudoir Photography

In this video, photographer and YouTuber Michael Sasser runs through through the camera settings he prefers for shooting boudoir images. Essentially, he likes to shoot wide open, with a shutter speed to prevent blur.

Meanwhile, at DIY Photography, Stefan Kohler explains how to create low-key boudoir lighting.


3. A Guide to Equivalent Exposures

Speaking of exposure: If you’re just starting out in photography, take a few minutes to watch this video from Apalapse, which explains the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO.


4. sRGB vs Adobe RGB vs ProPhoto RGB: Color Spaces Explained

Have you ever exported a photo, uploaded it to the Web, and then noticed that the colors looked off on your monitor? The reason, notes PetaPixel, is likely the color space of your photo. This 15-minute video from PHLEARN provides a crash course on color spaces and how to use them.


5. Shoot Pro-Level Product Photos On a Budget

Your don’t need a whole studio of expensive photo and lighting gear to create pro-level products shots. Here, Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds shows how to do it on the cheap … very cheap.


6. A Guide to Astrophotography

There is no single “perfect” camera setting for shooting the night sky, notes photographer Richard Johnston, who he discusses everything from gear to location and … camera settings. “[I]t’s essential to understand that astrophotography takes time and practice in order to achieve good results, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t nail it on the first go,” he adds.


7. Tips for Improving Your Landscape Photography

Besides using a tripod and filters, there are a number of alternative ways to improve your landscape photography. In this video photographer Adam Karnacz shares seven tips — including taking along the right kind of food. Because you might get hungry out there in the field.


8. Don’t Use a Polarizing Filter for Your Landscape Photography

Forget about using filters. That’s the contrarian advice of Jonathan Lee Martin in this tutorial. “The polarizing filter is an exceptional tool: it can dramatically cut down distracting reflections and saturate otherwise dull greenery. But as with any advice, it’s important not to treat it as gospel,” he notes at Fstoppers.


9. Improve Your Photography with Centered Compositions

You can also throw out well-worn the Rule of Thirds, suggests Haze Kware in this video. Centering a subject in your frame can be a much better creative choice, he says.


10. Tips for Travel, Sports and Surf Photography

Travel photographer Graeme Green has spent the past 15 years traveling the globe, capturing remarkable images and reporting stories for international newspapers and magazines, and he recently spoke with Forbes about his career and the art of travel photography.

Meanwhile, photographer Richard Johnston has a guide to surf photography. And at PetaPixel, Shaun Ho, a sports and dance photographer based in Singapore, has advice on getting started in sports photography.

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