Photo Critique – A Short Guide to Giving and Taking it

Deep down, no matter what anyone says, we don’t like to be told that our pictures are no good. We love the pictures we take – the ‘art’ we make – no matter how lame it may actually be. I’ve got nothing against that. But sometimes, we need to ask for our photos to be … Read more Photo Critique – A Short Guide to Giving and Taking it

Helping Your Child Discover Photography

How did you discover photography? When I was young, an aunt gave me a toy camera. The photographs it produced seemed magical. I was 6 at the time. A Defining Moment I remember looking through my father’s Tokina 110mm telephoto lens and trying to focus manually on a nearby bird while on vacation. Looking back, … Read more Helping Your Child Discover Photography

Filming Parkour – an Insiders Guide

Scott Bass is a practitioner of Parkour, a Photographer and Cinematographer. To those of you who have followed his work, you’ll recognise his videos “Live On” and “Constant Motion“, considered by many to be outstanding examples of Parkour Videography. His work often features well-known parkour athletes Daniel Ilabaca and Phil Doyle among others, and his unique position as a practitioner himself gives him a unique understanding of his subject, and makes filming parkour that much easier.

He keeps his videography gear simple: A Canon EOS 550D (aka Rebel T2i) dSLR that shoots HD video, coupled with either with an 8mm prime fisheye lens set at f/5.6 or the kit 18-55mm lens.

Here are some tips on how to film Parkour action from Scott himself. You can adapt these tips for filming Martial Arts Tricking, Skateboarding and many other ‘Extreme’ sports. Also, check out some tips on how parkour can inspire your photography.

  1. Never Change Lens/Aspect Ratio

    The quickest way to make your video look amateur and in-cohesive is to film it on a multitude of cameras. Pick one lens/camera and stick with it for the whole video.

  2. Colour Correctly

    Most DV cameras tend to result in washed out footage directly from the camera (which is great for a colourist!). Throwing a few subtle effects on, especially with contrast but keep the colours at a suitable level to ensure that once it’s on youtube, it’s still nice and clear.

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20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

Let me close off this batch of posts about symmetry with a few images that I think are really beautiful. Each of these photographs have at least of the four kinds of symmetry to thank, because that is why they work… Even if the symmetry is not blatantly obvious. I invite you to take a … Read more 20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

Symmetry In Photography: A Guide

Symmetry in Photography is an extremely strong compositional tool that can be used to draw the attention of your viewers. It declutters the image, and makes them visually simple, yet intriguing. Beyond Photo Tips has a running project about SYMMETRY; and you’re welcome to join us in its exploration. What is Symmetry? Does it just mean a ‘reflection’ of … Read more Symmetry In Photography: A Guide

Lessons in Creativity that you can learn from Parkour

You’ve watched Casino Royale, or Babylon A.D.? Yes? Then you’ve seen traceurs in action. Photo: amfdesigner   They’re the guys who run around cities, jumping over walls, climbing the outsides of buildings and generally doing ‘impossible’ stuff. Their ‘sport’ is called “Le Parkour” or “FreeRunning” and the practitioners are called ‘Traceurs’. Their goal is to … Read more Lessons in Creativity that you can learn from Parkour

19 Radical Skateboard Photography Tips

Skateboard photography can be quite interesting and exciting for a photographer. Skaters can be found in most cities and towns, either in skate parks or out on the streets. Below, you’ll find a collection of skateboard photography tips and great example photos. The tips aren’t massively in-depth because the intent isn’t to lecture about these … Read more 19 Radical Skateboard Photography Tips

Photography and Me

This is a guest post written by Aarathi Edward, an avid photographer and media relations expert. She is totally in love with the film dark-room and has, at my behest, consented to share the magic that she experienced when first introduced to the gloomy, un-illuminated side of photography. Photo: WhiskygonebadThe first time I really took … Read more Photography and Me