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The Art of Photography

The Art of Photography is your lens into the world of making images. Every Sunday, Ted Forbes produces new episodes on diverse topics such as techniques, composition, philosophy, craft, digital photography, film, darkroom techniques and more. If you are a photographer, this is the show for you.

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Why every photographer needs an ND filter

Neutral Density filters are extremely useful in video and still photography applications when you want to control light and use lower shutter speeds. Check out Blackstone filters at http://www.winecountry.camera/ You can get 15% off of anything in the store by using offer code AOP on checkout. Typically in video you will get the best motion estimation by using a 180 degree shutter. This is double the frame-rate of your video clip. In still photography and landscapes you want to be able to capture motion of things like clouds or water for a dramatic effect. All ND filters are not created equal. Color casts are a huge problem as are distortions from glass inconsistencies. I use only Blackstone filters for this reason. Music is from Epidemic Sound. If you need music for your videos, Epidemic is simply the best in the business. Check them out here: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

18 Oct 2018

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This Got Personal

The Q&A session got a little personal today but I did enjoy it. Rarely do I talk about my own work or my influences, but you ask I answer. Lets get to it!

28 Jan 2017

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$63,000 CAMERA :: What do the images look like?

The Phase One XF is the most high-end camera system you can buy. I recently had a chance to use this setup with the IQ3 monochrome back. I was told this back is the first one in the US so I was pretty excited. This camera setup is a game changer. The Phase One IQ3 Monochrome back is one of the most exciting things to happen in camera design in the age of digital photography. The sensor weighs in at a cool 101 Megapixels and its designed to capture light past the visual spectrum. When you understand how to shape this using filters you have one of the most advanced, digital monochrome cameras ever made. The results are stunning. Special Thanks to Digital Transitions for loaning me the camera and to Rod Clark who makes the best filter system on the market for setting it all up! Check them out here: Digital Transitions https://digitaltransitions.com/ Wine Country Camera http://www.winecountry.camera/ This video is sponsored by Squarespace For a free trail and 10% off your order, make your next move with Squarespace by using offer code AOP on checkout. http://squarespace.com/aop Music from Epidemic Sound: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

1 Nov 2017

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Bokeh

Apple announced 3 new phones today - the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and the iPhone XR. There doesn't seem to be any upgrades to the cameras in these phones, but what actually impressed me is the processing power. Apple has introduced the new A12 Bionic sensor with the next-generation Neural Engine. There is a 50% graphics boost, 15% performance core boost, and 50% lower power usage. Apple is now claiming 5 trillion calculations per second. This is going to make things really interesting if we can get past portrait mode and see what 3rd parties such as Adobe will do. Lightroom Mobile is getting closer to what the desktop version can do and this performance boost is a big game changer. Also noteworthy is the new Super Retina display, advanced facial recognition, depth control and of course… lots of bokeh. Watch the video to… • Watch Phil Schiller talk about Bokeh • Understand deeper pixels • Be tempted to buy a new phone • See how lenses are much like cheese Music is from Epidemic Sound. If you need music for your videos, Epidemic is simply the best in the business. Check them out here: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

12 Sep 2018

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FujiFilm X-T2 :: Design Which Blows Every Other Camera Away

Fujifilm has designed a photography gem with the Fujifilm X-T2. The feature I’m most impressed by is the way they have considered the user experience of photographers in the design. The Fujifilm X-t2 is one of the most intuitive mirrorless cameras I’ve used and I think its an example for all camera manufacturers to learn from. This video is sponsored by Squarespace for a free trial and 10% off your order visit http://squarespace.com/aop and use offer code AOP on checkout Make your next move with Squarespace Music from Epidemic Sound: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

7 Jun 2017

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I Have To Get This Off My Chest

There’s something that’s bothering me about the online photography community that I want to get off my chest. I know I can’t control how people behave but I think this is worth opening a discussion about. Don’t feed the trolls.

24 Feb 2017

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The WIDEST lens Hasselblad has produced to date :: Hasselblad 21mm f/4 review

The Hasselblad 21mm f/4 is the widest lens Hasselblad has produced to date. The closest focal range this would come close to would be the Fujifilm 23mm GFX. This lens has a full frame equivalent to about 17mm - it is wide. Its also extremely impressive in terms of performance. This is a difficult lens to design within the limitations of portability, price, and fitting in with the rest of the system. The engineers at Hasselblad have done a brilliant job with this lens. Its very much a technical lens with incredible distortion control and edge to edge sharpness. The 21mm f/4 is perfect for architectural photography - particularly interiors and tight spaces that can be challenging to photograph. The lens features 13 elements in 9 groups, 2 aspherical elements, an aperture range of f/4 to f/32, central lens shutter with up to 1/2000 sec flash sync, internal focusing with manual focus override and a front filter threading of 77mm. Hasselblad were kind enough to loan me one from the first production run for a week to test. You can get one at B&H: https://goo.gl/pecEtJ AOP T-SHIRTS! https://aop.threadless.com/ Music from Epidemic Sound: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

15 Jun 2018

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Why Sony is absolutely KILLING it right now

Love them or hate them, Sony has come to a point with their alpha series mirrorless camera lineup where they are dominating the mirrorless market. So much so that Nikon and Canon are aggressively designing mirrorless systems of their own. As someone who's had faith in Sony since the early days of e-mount, I want to share a few thoughts on what differentiates a mirrorless camera from a traditional DSLR. It goes way beyond the fact that the mirror is gone so the camera can be smaller. Its a system-wide approach and I think this will shed a little bit of light on what Canon and Nikon are facing putting together their own systems. This video is sponsored by Squarespace For a free trial and 10% off, visit http://squarespace.com/aop and use offer code AOP on check out

27 Jul 2018

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The Most Important Lesson In Photography

I got a letter this week from Erin who is 14 and wants to pursue a career in photography and film making. She asked me what is the most important lesson that I have learned as a photographer.

22 Feb 2017

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Photo Assignments :: Red

This week’s photo assignment is simply called RED – there are some amazing photos here. Music from Epidemic Sound: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

29 Mar 2017

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Is this the CAMERA of the Future?

After being on the wait list for the last 2 years, Light finally sent me the Light L16. Is this the camera of the future? The Ababilis Responder Jacket (the Deeper Pixels jacket) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1306918721/responder-tactical-outerwear-guaranteed-for-life?ref=86l28a Check out the Dears https://www.thedears.org Also on Spotify, iTunes etc Music from Epidemic Sound: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

22 Dec 2017

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Why Gear Does Not Matter

Are photos from a DSLR better than photos from an iPhone? Is 35mm better than large format? Does any of this matter? Cameras don’t make pictures, people do. Lets talk about why your gear does NOT matter.

18 Mar 2017

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Photo Assignment 7 :: Motion

Photo Assignment #7 :: How To Use Motion in Photography Understanding how to use motion in photography can give your images more energy and dimension. Here are 5 examples of various ways you can use various techniques to show motion in photography. Music from Epidemic Sound: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr For 25% your first 6 months, use offer code tedforbes25

15 May 2017

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How to get EPIC PHOTOS with Chris Hau and Stan Moniz

Spent the weekend photographing landscapes and astro with the Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master with Chris Hau and Stan Moniz! I was honored to get invited to do this Sony trip and work with some amazingly talented people. Saw some old friends and also met some YouTuber's I'd not met before. We all had an amazing opportunity to use this lens in a variety of situations. I've never shot astrophotography until this trip and it was absolutely addicting! Featuring in order of appearance: Stan Moniz https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCthsmh56Kag8qnslXD4vd6g Chris Hau https://www.youtube.com/user/thechrishau Raymond and Leigh from Snapchick https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSnapChick Jason Vong and Vivienne Lee https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBG4ZzTTBVg23yVdQhztnfQ Get the Sony 24mm f/1.4 at B&H https://goo.gl/HjL1Kc Check out my other videos: • Astrophotography and the Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master Lens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51X-JW024nU • Sony Sensor Hack - Seeing Light Differently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9CUUhJ_i_A • Why Sony Is Killing It Right Now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hYMgDT_iAI • World Cup Lens Of the Future :: Sony 400mm f/2.8 G Master Music is from Epidemic Sound. If you need music for your videos, Epidemic is simply the best in the business. Check them out here: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr On my channel you will find videos about photography, cinematography, post processing tutorials for Capture One, Lightroom and Photoshop, photo assignments that YOU can participate in, the Artist Series and of course me vlogging about my personal life. The Artist Series is an ongoing set of videos I produce as documentaries on living photographers. I am extremely passionate about photography and video and my goal in making these videos is to share my passion and enthusiasm with you! Don’t forget to subscribe and make sure to hit the like button and share this video if you enjoyed it! * PixelShift Studio and Sony were kind enough to invite me on this trip and they paid for my flight and accommodations. No financial transaction was made and the opinions here are my own. Ted Forbes The Art of Photography 2830 S. Hulen, Studio 133 Fort Worth, TX 76109 US of A

14 Dec 2018

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Kelby Worldwide Photowalk :: Dallas Edition

I was asked to be the guest walker this weekend for the Dallas arm of the 2015 Scott Kelby Photowalk. We started at West End and took the Dart Rail to wind up in Deep Ellum. Check out the group's photographs on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/wwpw_dallas2015/ Special thanks to my friend Brian Anderson for putting this together. Follow Brian: Website http://www.byaphotography.com/ Twitter https://twitter.com/BrianYAnderson Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/78950393@N02/ SPONSOR This episode is sponsored by the awesome folks at Lynda.com For a free 10 day, unlimited trial please visit http://lynda.com/aop Twitter: http://twitter.com/tedforbes Instagram: http://instagram.com/tedforbes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aop.podcast Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tedforbes Website: http://theartofphotography.tv And get on our mailing list to stay up to date on photography news and the latest episodes: http://theartofphotography.tv/about/mailing-list/ Ted Forbes The Art of Photography 3100 Main St #135 Dallas, Texas 75226 Thanks for watching - if you like this video, remember to share it with your friends! My name is Ted Forbes and I make videos about photography. I’ve been making photographs most of my life and I have a tremendously deep passion for photography that I want to share with you on YouTube. The Art of Photography is my channel and I produce photography videos to provide a 360 degree look into the world of making images. We all want to get better so lets do this together! I make videos covering famous photographers, photography techniques, composition, the history of photography and much more. I also have a strong community of photographers who watch the show and we frequently do social media challenges for photographers to submit their own work. I feature the best and most interesting on the show when we do these so come check it out and get involved!

6 Oct 2015

Rank #15

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LIGHTROOM PRESETS :: Get INCREDIBLE looking images!!

NEW Ted Forbes Preset Pack 01 for Adobe Lightroom! http://theartofphotography.tv/presets These presets are designed to work in Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). There are 16 presets and custom color profiles including Instagram Looks, Modern Color, Monochrom and Vintage Color (VC). Thank you for supporting the channel!Check out my other videos: • How to EDIT VIDEO on an IPAD PRO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbYwPAVK_tk • Your Weekly Photography Inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Cgn0WxYPs • One of those Art videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puHX6090t1M • The Ultimate Portrait Lens? Sony 135mm f/1.8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2mLNFmNOT8 • THIS was unexpected! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuNnXUUSj_c Music is from Epidemic Sound. If you need music for your videos, Epidemic is simply the best in the business. Check them out here: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr On my channel you will find videos about photography, cinematography, post processing tutorials for Capture One, Lightroom and Photoshop, photo assignments that YOU can participate in, the Artist Series and of course me vlogging about my personal life. The Artist Series is an ongoing set of videos I produce as documentaries on living photographers. I am extremely passionate about photography and video and my goal in making these videos is to share my passion and enthusiasm with you! Don’t forget to subscribe and make sure to hit the like button and share this video if you enjoyed it! Ted Forbes The Art of Photography 2830 S. Hulen, Studio 133 Fort Worth, TX 76109 US of A

22 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Creative Photography vs Technical Photography

Photography is a mix of many disciplines - it includes a creative component on top of physics, chemistry, electronics and other various sciences. We live in an age where we have more technology coming out than we actually use. In some ways we are spoiled to this and its made us lazy in the effort that we put into creating images. So in this video, I'd like to raise a discussion about where the boundary is between the technical and the creative sides of our art. Where is it for you? Martin Munkacsi book I'm referring to: https://amzn.to/2CJtDyR Check out my other videos: • Nobody Cares About Your Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4pE-pdhnJw • Sharper Image Myths https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gomen4HjoiU • The Most Important Lesson In Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDjVoI59kYc • The Secret To Being A Great Photographer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U--Tn19nYME • Photography Lesson With John Free https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKIUOX426Dw Music is from Epidemic Sound. If you need music for your videos, Epidemic is simply the best in the business. Check them out here: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

24 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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Art Vs Drone

Filmed at Dallas Contemporary :: 2016 Art by Jeff Zilm (Lossless Forms For Picture Plane) Drone by Ted Forbes Music by JLin http://amzn.to/1VYtbyY Samples from the film Mommie Dearest Recorded with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional - footage in 4k See Jeff's Work at Dallas Contemporary (Dallas) http://www.dallascontemporary.org/ and at Simon Lee (London) http://www.simonleegallery.com/Twitter: http://twitter.com/tedforbes Instagram: http://instagram.com/tedforbes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aop.podcast Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tedforbes Website: http://theartofphotography.tv And get on our mailing list to stay up to date on photography news and the latest episodes: http://theartofphotography.tv/about/mailing-list/ Ted Forbes The Art of Photography 3100 Main St #135 Dallas, Texas 75226 Thanks for watching - if you like this video, remember to share it with your friends! My name is Ted Forbes and I make videos about photography. I’ve been making photographs most of my life and I have a tremendously deep passion for photography that I want to share with you on YouTube. The Art of Photography is my channel and I produce photography videos to provide a 360 degree look into the world of making images. We all want to get better so lets do this together! I make videos covering famous photographers, photography techniques, composition, the history of photography and much more. I also have a strong community of photographers who watch the show and we frequently do social media challenges for photographers to submit their own work. I feature the best and most interesting on the show when we do these so come check it out and get involved!

8 Mar 2016

Rank #18

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NIKON Z6 :: Hands on Review

The Nikon Z6 is a 24 megapixel, full-frame mirrorless camera from Nikon. Get your's at B&H https://goo.gl/6xtdCn or Amazon https://amzn.to/2DChhM0 This video is sponsored by Squarespace For a free trail and 10% off your order use offer code AOP on check out at http://squarespace.com As the baby brother to the high megapixel Nikon Z7, the Z6 has several advantages to its lower resolution including low-light performance, faster burst-rate and video at full resolution with no cropping of pixel binning. While not quite on par with the Sony A7 III in terms of autofocus, the Nikon Z6 has many features that make this an excellent performing camera and an alternative with an adaptable lens selection. In this hands-on review, we'll explore all of the features of this camera including sample images and video footage. I really am impressed with what Nikon have delivered. Its a solid start to a promising mirrorless system. • 24.5 Megapixel, FX-Format BSI-CMOS sensor • EXPEED 6 image processor • 273 phase detection points • Built in 5-axis image stabilization • 12 fps shooting • ISO 100-51200 • UHD 4k video up to 30p • N-log and 10-Bit HDMI video output (8-bit internal) • 4k Timelapse Check out my other videos: • Dear Nikon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lDMOyNwA4Y • Nikon sent me the Nikon Z6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwUZZ15zWNI • Hangin' with Nikon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl7CNvb0rco • The Most Underrated Camera of 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggBhMbNF8LY • Oh Canon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMey53Y44e0 Music is from Epidemic Sound. If you need music for your videos, Epidemic is simply the best in the business. Check them out here: https://goo.gl/v5wWKr

13 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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She's Killing It :: Creative Spaces TV

Check out the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxLwZURX14wSUBSCRIBE to Sara's Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/saradietschyBIG shoutout to my friend Sara Dietschy who featured me on her new season of Creative Spaces TV! Twitter: http://twitter.com/tedforbes Instagram: http://instagram.com/tedforbes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aop.podcast Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tedforbes Website: http://theartofphotography.tv And get on our mailing list to stay up to date on photography news and the latest episodes: http://theartofphotography.tv/about/mailing-list/ Ted Forbes The Art of Photography 3100 Main St #135 Dallas, Texas 75226 Thanks for watching - if you like this video, remember to share it with your friends! My name is Ted Forbes and I make videos about photography. I’ve been making photographs most of my life and I have a tremendously deep passion for photography that I want to share with you on YouTube. The Art of Photography is my channel and I produce photography videos to provide a 360 degree look into the world of making images. We all want to get better so lets do this together! I make videos covering famous photographers, photography techniques, composition, the history of photography and much more. I also have a strong community of photographers who watch the show and we frequently do social media challenges for photographers to submit their own work. I feature the best and most interesting on the show when we do these so come check it out and get involved!

2 Mar 2016

Rank #20