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Join me on one of my walks through Carmel, as I talk about the value of walking and how it can improve your creative life. Steve Jobs was famous for his walk-talk meetings. Also Thomas Jefferson explains its importance, and a study conducted at Stanford University found that walking can increase your creativity by 60%!

You’ll want to add this to your creative toolkit!

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Advancing Your Photography by Marc Silber - 3M ago

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Marc’s Story

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Marc Silber is the author of the number-one bestselling book Advancing Your Photography, an award-winning professional video producer, photographer, and photography educator who has been successfully working in the field for decades. Marc combines his passion for the visual art of photography with his love of life.

He started out learning darkroom skills and the basics of photography at the legendary Peninsula School in Menlo Park, CA in the ’60s, and moved on to hone his skills to professional standards at the famed San Francisco Art Institute, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in art and photography in the United States.

Since then, Marc has been an dedicated educator; he began his teaching career at the age of nineteen at the National Outdoor Leadership School, teaching mountaineering. When teaching a life-or-death subject such as mountaineering, one learns how to make sure the students understand the material; when Marc moved into teaching photography in workshops all over the country, he became renowned as an engaging and helpful speaker and coach, as his greatest joy comes from helping others.

Marc has embraced the digital age with a highly popular YouTube show also named Advancing Your Photography, which has won several Telly Awards and other recognition for his work.

This new book on composition, The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos, is a distillation of all the pro tips and wisdom from his YouTube series, coupled with his research of the master artists in a format you can take with you and refer to constantly when you are out creating your photographs.

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Career Advice from Jessica Sterling

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Chances are if you’re reading the words I’m typing right now, you’d like to be a photographer. Maybe even a famous one. You might even dream of it. Well, you have to start somewhere. Why not start here? Why not let this be the last video you watch before contacting that gallery, or speaking with that client who wants to work with you? Take Jessica’s (AMAZING) advice and go out there right now! Watch this quick video, then spend the rest of your day, motivated and ready to take on the entire world (or maybe just the art world).

Fast Lighting Tips from Fletch Murray
5 Lighting Tips in 90 Seconds for Photography and Video - YouTube

A lot can happen in 90 seconds. A lot can be LEARNED in 90 seconds. Now, if you look at the time stamp, you might notice this video is a little longer than 90 seconds. Well we have to intro it, right? And outros are very important to YouTube videos also. AND, we just love have Fletch on screen, sharing with us some hard earned wisdom from years spent making films. In this video, he runs us through some great but small things you can do to help to increase the quality of your photo or film shoots.

I’m hosting a seminar at B&H!

Next month, I’ll be hosting a FREE seminar at the B&H superstore in New York City! In it, I will discuss my new book, the Secrets To Creating Amazing Photos, and the composition tips, tricks, advice, and more I’ve learned over the years. If you’re in the city, why not stop on by?

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3 Tips for a Professional Green Screen Look

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I would consider this a MUST WATCH video! The easy to learn, hard to master art of green screen is used for everything from setting the background for a scene to that amazing space battle in the most recent superhero movie. But how good it looks depends on the skill of who’s using it. Luckily for us, we have Fletch Murray to show us how it’s done. In his most recent video, Fletch gives us some of his pro tips for making sure your green screen looks great.

Pretty much, it comes down to this: pay attention to details! He recommends picking your background first, before you shoot. If your background is set first, you know how to properly set up and light your scene, so it looks more natural. If you’re using your own footage for the green screen, keep the camera height, focal length, and distance exactly the same when shooting the background and the scene. You want your foreground to match the background, right? And remember, pay attention to background lights. If a car drives by on the green screen, you better recreate those headlights in your scene!

Simple Tips for Off-Camera Flash
Simple Flash Tips To Get Started With Off Camera Flash - YouTube

If you’re like many fledgling photographers, you may have never used an off-camera flash before, or are just getting into them. As Jessica Sterling has discussed before, flash can be intimidating. Off-camera? Even more so! At least Jess has a few tips to help you get more comfortable. She recommends using radio transmitters for her flash. They’re very reliable, and some even come with another hot shoe for the camera. This allows you to use an off-camera flash and a regular one at the same time, for multiple angles of light! Another tip? Get good at eyeballing distances. You need to know how bright the flash will be, and how much it’ll light up your shot.

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New Video from Fletch Murray

Man, Fletch Murray is a video making machine! In his newest video, Fletch discusses Rembrandt lighting, what it is, how to set it up, and how to use it. As it turns out, lighting your scene or shoot the same way as legendary Dutch painters isn’t all that difficult. All you need is a north facing window, fabric (Black Velon Taffeta and Old Master Brown Background) and , and a model. Not too complicated right? You might need to bust out a compass (or compass app), but the entire AYP family has confidence that you can follow Fletch’s tips and create beautiful lighting.

Photography Tips-Quick Rembrandt Lighting Setup - YouTube
Want More Rembrandt Or Fletch?

Well you’re in luck! Click here to see his first video, where he shares some general tips for light, and shows some behind the scenes in recreating the famous Vermeer painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring. Watch this video to get some insight how the amazing, Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins sets his shots, plus a challenge from Fletch to test your creative skills. Enjoy!

Fletch’s advice in action! Watch and learn how he’s able to get such beautiful light.

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Photography & Video Lighting Tips Using Only One Light

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The de-lightful Fletch Murray is back with another great video. This time, our resident master filmmaker presents us with a challenge: try to set up a scene lit like a Roger Deakins film. Deakins, for those who don’t know, is a legendary cinematographer known for working on masterpiece films such as Skyfall, The Shawshank Redemption, and No Country For Old Men, as well as Sicario and Blade Runner 2049. His characteristic lighting stands out by creating the most amount of “drama” with the least amount of light- which leads us right to Fletch’s test. Can you light a scene with only one light?

Behind The Scenes With Denice Duff
BTS With Denice Duff Quick Portrait Photography Tips - YouTube

Watch it now!

The amazing Denice Duff is BACK with another quick video. Here at AYP, we’ve interviewed many photographers, who have done shoots in a variety of exotic locations. But this one is….a little new. In her video, Denice explains why shooting in freeway underpasses is actually a perfect spot for portrait shoots. The minimal color palette and lack of direct, overhead light provides an ideal setting for taking pictures of people, apparently. All you need is your camera, model, and a reflector. Try it out sometime (just try to watch out for the buskers)!

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Fast Tips For Flash Photos!

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Here at AYP, we love alliteration, but sometimes our camera’s flash gets a little less love. Well no more! Jessica Sterling is here to help! Our very own lighting legend gives out her favorite tips and tricks for using on-camera flash. Her fantastic flash advice includes showing you how to bounce light in ideal ways, great angles for great light, and even a DIY fix that gives you that “professional” look.

Check Out Jessica’s Gear:

Nikon SB 800 Speedlight- https://bhpho.to/2FHHiag

LumiQuest Quik Bounce- https://bhpho.to/2FAn5ap

Nikon D810- https://bhpho.to/2FxucQx

Cardstock- https://www.staples.com/Staples-Card-Stock-8-1-2-x-11-White-250-Pack/product_490887

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Hey, folks. Did you miss our videos? Because we did! So we’re BACK with a great, brand new one. We didn’t let the New York snow stop this one. I sat down with the multi talented Denice Duff to talk about portrait photography and her favorite tricks for getting the best lighting without breaking the bank. And trust me, with her experience both in front of and behind the camera (as a fantastic model/actress and amazing photographer and director), she has a lot to say! Denice will also be joining the AYP family as a coach, bringing more great content to the channel. Lucky you!

Learn more:

Denice’s IG

Her website 

Equipment she mentioned:

Canon 70-200 mm lens https://bhpho.to/2DhUf8D

Foam core board https://bhpho.to/2Dlf9DB  or on Amazon http://amzn.to/2p9TCZs

Fabric by the yard http://amzn.to/2FskD5y

Gaffer’s tape https://bhpho.to/2GglJyt

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Sneak Peek at the New Book + Pre Order

After months of hard work, my new book, The Secrets To Taking Amazing Photos, is almost here! We’re excited to give you guys an early look into some of the awesome content that will be inside. This new photography handbook includes tips from contemporary photographers to the great master painters of old. If you’ve ever struggled with composition (and we all have), or want new ways to set the tone for your photos (and we all do), this guide provides 83 tools or “recipes” for how to do just that. Here’s some little teasers for what’s in store for when the book drops!

Use “mood lines” to convey certain feelings in your pictures

Surfer at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, CA

Concave lines meeting with downward pressure creates a tone of instability. For action shots in precarious situations, try to create these to enhance your shot!

Exploring a tree at sunset, Carmel Beach, CA

Rising lines give off an optimistic, joyful feeling. If you’re taking sunny photos at the beach, or if you’re just in a happy mood and want to share it on Instagram, capture lines like these.

 The old masters have composition lessons to share

Portrait of a Couple, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1665 – c. 1669 Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Rembrandt, da Vincci and many other artists often used the “Triangle Composition” format. I drew from many of the past masters to illustrate their compositional techniques to help you expand your creative eye!

Every form of art needs two things: light (to make and view it), and composition to tell your visual story. The Secrets To Taking Amazing Photos draws from the experience of both photographers and painters to show what’s needed to compose a beautiful image.

 Pre Order Now!

Excited? We are too! The Secrets To Taking Amazing Photos is now available for preorder on Amazon. Click here to reserve your copy and make sure you get it right away on April 15!

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