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Posted 09/08/20
Wow! What a crazy year we have all had. Between dealing with this pandemic, the uncertainty within the economy, and the lack of travel over the last few months, I think it is safe to say that none of us predicted we would be here at the start of the year. I know I didn’t…. Way back in February, my good buddy, Stan Moniz, and I reached out to B&H with an idea to film a video project for photographers up above the Arctic Circle, in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. The goal was to put together a video mini-series that covered nearly every facet of a photo adventure. We covered everything from the gear we brought with us, to how to research and plan for your own adventure, to in-field tips and tricks and much more. We walked you through how to capture everything from waterfalls to seascapes and even covered both the in-field and post-processing side of creating time-lapse videos of the Northern Lights. But after we all collectively experienced the last six months together, I suppose you can see where this is going. Right as we finished this project, the world began to shut down, and to be 100% honest, it just didn’t feel like the right time to release the series, so we put it on hold, until now. So, while International travel is still currently on hold, at least for U.S. citizens, there are many beautiful local destinations worth exploring and capturing that you can safely experience today. While this series was shot in Norway in winter, it was always geared to give you the knowledge, tools and inspiration to start planning for your own photo adventures, wherever they might be. Photographer Colby Brown carefully composing his next photograph To give you a little taste of what to expect in this video series, let’s spend a few minutes helping you plan your next adventure. While most people don’t want to admit it, one of the most important aspects of any photo adventure is often found in the planning and research stage. This is important not just because you need to know the kind of weather you will be experiencing, but also the kind of images you want to capture. While Instagram has become a bit of a love/hate relationship for many photographers these days, it can be one of the best real-time location research platforms, as well. For Stan and me, we use it to not only get a feel for what kind of images have been shot at a given location, but also to get real-time updates on what a location looks like, often on the same day we are searching on the platform. By using the search feature and selecting the “Recent” tab, you can now tell if fall colors are about to pop at a specific location before you venture out or whether a certain trailhead you want to explore is still open. Because so many people use Instagram, it can be a cash cow of information for photographers to help you make those important last-second decisions. Using Instagram can give you a preview of the location you intend to go photograph. Once I am finally out there in the field, one of my favorite approaches to landscape photography is to avoid being an “anchor.” What does that mean? Too often I see photographers search for the perfect composition at a given location, only to find something they like and then literally sit in that one spot the entire time they are there. While I can appreciate that level of dedication to that one composition, the reality is that those photographers will only come away with a hundred different versions of the exact same shot once the light has faded. Instead, try to be more agile and adaptable. When possible, I want to scout out three or four different unique angles of a scene so that I can jump between them depending on the light I am experiencing. This way I can maximize my time out in the field by coming away with a large number of different photographs and scenes from a single shooting session. Colby Brown and Stan Moniz checking in from the Arctic Circle To learn more about our adventure above the Article Circle and how to plan for your own adventures, be sure to check out our mini-series, which you can find below or on the B&H YouTube Channel today! How to Plan a Photography Adventure Photographers Colby Brown and Stan Moniz show you their tips for planning an adventure photography trip, such as their favorite apps, location scouting, camera gear, and travel essentials. Landscape Photography Tips for Better Photos Photographer Colby Brown shows you his landscape photography tips while on location in Norway. How to Shoot and Edit a Time-Lapse Video | Northern Lights Photographer Stan Moniz shows you the camera gear, camera settings, and editing tips necessary for time-lapse video. You can also read about his technique in How to Create a Time-Lapse of the Northern Lights.  Adventure Photography with Colby Brown and Stan Moniz | Recap That’s it for this series! Here’s a quick recap of all the fun.
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Posted 06/05/19
B&H is more than just a retailer—we’re a community of creative professionals including award-winning photographers and musicians, accomplished digital artists and cinematographers, and other skilled creators from diverse artistic backgrounds. Street photographer Brent Eysler is a master storyteller. He draws inspiration from the people of New York City, photographing them in black-and-white to capture, truly, their essence and soul. When he’s not out and about in New York, Eysler works in the Used Department at B&H, where his encyclopedic knowledge of all things gear helps educate and inform our customers. You can learn more about Eysler and his love of street photography in this video, and be sure to check out B&H’s “For the Love of the Craft,” a series of short documentaries that highlight some of our talented employees, as well as our extensive video library.
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Posted 03/29/19
In this installment of our night photography series, Gabe Biderman, from National Parks at Night, teaches us how to capture star trails effectively. Good technique is critical to photographing star trails, as is having a stable tripod and the proper settings, so be sure to listen to Biderman’s excellent tips. Read more about night photography here. For more on everything photography, make sure to stop by BandH.com.
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Posted 03/14/19
Interested in night photography? Want a deep dive into the types of cameras that are best suited to this genre? You are in luck! Educator, author, and co-founder of National Parks at Night, Gabriel Biderman is here to give us a seriously detailed look at some of the most popular cameras for night photography. Biderman talks about megapixel counts, sensitivity ranges, and other concerns photographers may have while providing numerous examples and comparisons. Read more about night photography here. You can find more videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 03/14/19
Meet Catherine Sharp, a B&H Marketing specialist who has a passion for shooting photos, especially those that contain elements like water and smoke. Sharp describes her photography as a way to freeze motion; each photo reminds you of everything that was happening in that very moment. Watch the video to see her creative approach to photography—not to mention some amazing photos! When you’re done, be sure to check out the wide selection of instructional and informative videos at BandH.com. To read more about B&H employees who are involved in creative endeavors, just click over to our Love of the Craft page.
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Posted 03/14/19
Join photographer Brian Smith as he shares five tips for making the most out of a location portrait shoot. From engaging subjects to choosing locations, utilizing technology and managing light, Smith’s advice will have your portraits looking better in no time. Be sure to drop by BandH.com for more videos, informational articles, and more.
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Posted 03/08/19
The beautiful Canadian Rockies was an incredible backdrop for an all-female workshop led by photographer Rachel Jones Ross. Here, the photographers discuss their ideals, personal styles, and how they are inspired by one another. To find some of your own inspiration, be sure to watch the whole video and follow some of the women featured in the piece. For more educational, informational, and fun videos, make sure to stop by BandH.com.
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Posted 02/26/19
Watch Brian Smith, at B&H’s Depth of Field 2019, as he discusses his personal philosophy on effective portrait making. Smith believes the emphasis should be on the psychology of a portrait—how you, the photographer, interact and connect with your subject. Find out why in this informative presentation. When you’re finished, be sure to check out the rest of our wide selection of instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 02/26/19
Watch professional photographer Susan Stripling at B&H’s Depth of Field 2019 conference as she lends insights into techniques she’s developed over her 18-year career in the business. When you’re finished, be sure to check out the rest of our wide selection of instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 02/21/19
B&H is more than just a retailer—we’re a community of creative professionals including award-winning photographers and musicians, accomplished digital artists and cinematographers, and other skilled creators from diverse artistic backgrounds. Check out For the Love of the Craft, a series of short documentaries that highlight some of our talented employees. Meet B&H’s Abe Curland, a talented photographer whose main passion is birds. Abe shares his insights into what inspires him about bird photography, and he offers some great tips on how to photograph birds properly in their natural habitat. Be sure to check out our deep catalog of  instructional and informative videos  at BandH.com. To read more about B&H employees who are involved in creative endeavors, just click over to our Love of the Craft page.
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