Our 12 most popular photography tutorials of 2012, 7-12
Remember those perks we mentioned? Our colleagues on the print mag have interviewed some of the most famous photographers in the world. Martin Parr, Rankin, David Doubilet, Jill Furmanovsky, even celebrity photographers like Bryan Adams (yes, that Bryan Adams) who are actual celebrities in their own right. It’s an impressive roster of talented lensmen and lenswomen, and in this post we gathered together some insightful words of advice from more than 50 of our top interviews. Photographers from a wide range of disciplines shared their best tips on everything from new photo ideas to the working habits that helped make them famous within their field.
The best photographers of all time? Surely there can be no definitive list! Of course not, but it was a fun exercise to try. A lot of names were bandied about when we were putting this list together, but as you can imagine there were some photographers who cropped up on everyone’s lists. This is how we tried to narrow the field down. Once we had our 55, we ran a poll in which all of you voted on the best photographer of all time. And it was fairly unanimous in favour of… Ansel Adams.
Adding Photoshop frames or borders to your pictures is a great way of giving them an artistic finish. In this post we shared 50 free photo frames, ranging from distressed edges to classic black borders, for you to download and use on your digital photos. We get compliments on these all the time. If you haven’t yet, go download them now!
Many people believe taking pictures of older people is a difficult task; however, taking a flattering portrait of a mature subject just requires a few simple techniques to ensure you show them at their best. Our friend Kelly Weech again reveals her top posing tips for how to take beautiful images of mature subjects and the tricks of the trades to ensure both the subject and photographer are happy with the results.
One thing we’ve learned from you this year is that Apple doesn’t rule all when it comes to using mobile devices for your photography. Readers repeatedly ask us about Android apps, and of the series we ran rounding up the best free photo apps for various mobile devices, our Android photo apps post easily dwarfed our posts on free iPad photo apps and free photography apps for iPhone posts in terms of popularity.
You don’t need to be an expert to know that poor photo composition can make a fantastic subject dull, but a well-set scene can create a wonderful image from the most ordinary of situations. One of our personal favourites from the photography tutorials we posted in the past year, learning these 10 photo composition ‘rules’ will help you start to see images better. Along with expert advice we provided top-notch examples of these rules in use – and illustrated versions of each photo that break down what the photographer has done and why it is successful.
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