7 Essential Street Photography YouTube Videos

Street photography is one of the more difficult photography genres to master due to the fact that your subjects may hate you even before your have clicked the shutter button.  Thankfully here are seven essential YouTube videos offering advice, inspiration and tips to learn from, before you hit the streets.

 

Kai may not be working at DigitalRev TV anymore, but you can still take a nostalgic trip with him in Hong Kong via YouTube. However, you will need a 50mm lens and make sure to dress in your shabbiest clothing.

 

Get on a travel booking website and book your next trip to Salzburg! Photographer Thomas Leuthard is revealing some street photography ninja tips from this beautiful Austrian city, in this video from COOPH.  If you have wireless capabilities in your camera then use them...make sure you pack your mobile phone!.

 

Eric Kim's informative and educational video delves into compositional techniques:  Leading Lines, Depth and layers and Triangles.  Interesting concepts such as the Fibonacci Spiral and the Golden Ratio are discussed too.  Expand your photographic knowledge!

 

Learn from the master, John Free, as he guides you through the streets and showcases his street photography knowledge, style and professionalism, giving invaluable tips.  Having the right attitude and understanding is essential for this kind of photography and John has that in droves.

 

It is important to know how to approach strangers when shooting photos on the streets. Bob Roman shows you a tried and tested method.  Find a shady area and help your subject with the posing. After this video, you will be getting business cards ready!

 

Got a 24mm lens and want some inspiration?  Then check out these excellent black and white, wide angle, street photos by Christophe Debon. Shot on the streets of Paris, these are awesome, dramatic portrait shots, coupled with a dramatic soundtrack from Francis Ford Coppola's 'Dracula'.

 

It all comes back to Kai.  Finally, here he is again, back in Hong Kong, but this time from his new, personal YouTube channel.  He shows us the benefits and pitfalls of three different lenses for street photography.  The wide angle 28mm and 35mm and a 50mm lens.  Enjoy...

8 Inspring Watercolour Painting Tutorial Videos on YouTube

If you love watercolour painting then you are going to love these videos. Here are 8 inspiring Watercolour painting tips and tutorial videos.

Easy 3 Color Watercolor Sunset

If you have ever wanted to create a beautiful sunset with just 3 colours then you have come to the right place. Lindsay Weirich will show you how to blend wet into wet and also mix all the colours in order to create a spectacular sunset. Just grab your paint brush and your Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, and Cadmium Yellow and enjoy!

How to paint a Cherry Tree in Watercolor

This is a fascinating, inventive technique.  Tap your paintbrush onto a solid object and create a splatter effect and if you are as good as Leonardo Pereznieto, you will create a gorgeous Cherry tree with this method. You are going to need watercolor round brushes: 00, 2, 10, 22, watercolour paper and a wooden rod for the tapping.

How to Paint a Realistic Eye

The first excellent tutorial in a series, where you will initially use Watercolours to create a beautiful, realistic eye from a reference photo.  If you choose to continue with the series you will ultimately create a full Watercolour portrait.  Paint with Kelly Eddington tutoring you as you work.

 

Watercolor Quick Tips and Tricks

This video is a must for those who are up for experimentation and creativity. Pear Fleur shows you different effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dual colouring.  She shows you amazing results when you put kosher salt on watercolour paint and when you create a stunning starry sky using a toothbrush.  This video has a whole host of tips and tricks to get those creative juices flowing.

How to Choose Good Watercolor Painting Brushes

“Holy watercolour Batman!” No need to spend your days in the dark. Steve Mitchell at ‘The Mind of Watercolor’, will show you how to choose the best brushes. You will only need three or four brushes including rounds and flats that are made of natural or faux hair.  Save a few animals and go for faux hair in my opinion.  The video is incredibly detailed and a must for those researching the best tools for the job.

How to Paint Feathers in Two Different Styles

Painting feathers, a delicate process that requires patience and skill. In this video by ‘Fantasvale’, the tutor will show you two different styles.  Create a very realistic looking feather and also a splendid, colourful, poetic-looking feather. For this tutorial you are going to need watercolor paper, a good set of watercolors, a good rounded point brush, n.12; a board, paper tape, water and kitchen roll or towels.

5 Minute Beginner Watercolor Tips

Just five minutes of your life as a beginner, for some excellent tips that will help you on your way to being a skilled watercolour artist.  This video by Coco Bee Art, with a background music remix by James Blake, called The Wilhelm Scream, is more of an experience than just a few tips. Watch this at a party with the lights off, in a smoke filled room and you are guaranteed to learn faster!

Traditional Chinese Watercolor Painting

Be warned this video's host does not speak in English, he talks in Mandarin, but I thought I would include it in this set, as the artist’s technique and results when using a bamboo brush to create gorgeous watercolour flowers, is something any budding watercolour artist ,enthusiast can learn from and enjoy.  The results are remarkable. This video is by ‘Traditional Chinese Paintings’

 

I hope that you enjoyed these fun and educational videos.  Any requests, please drop me a message below. See you all soon.

7 Natural Light Portrait Photography YouTube Videos

Strobes, speedlights...who needs them? Here are 7 great natural light portrait YouTube photography tips.

Craig Becta shows you how to effectively shoot a model in harsh midday sunlight and get great results with reflectors and diffusion, using a  just 5 in 1 reflector. A must buy for any aspiring portrait photographer.

If you are shooting a portrait shot at the Golden Hour, then Jessica Kobeissi can help you with these essential tips, such as shooting with the sun behind the model. She also reveals some posing tips too.

If you ever find yourself near bright sunlight, yet you happen to be shielded by the shade, then call on Mark Wallace who will show you how to take stunning 'Open Shade' portrait photography!

Miguel Quiles shoots wide open at f/1.8 in the studio, utilising light coming in through the patio window.  He simply uses a handheld reflector and a collapsible backdrop and makes well exposed shots, making sure that the eyes are in focus!

If you struggle for space and equipment, then fear not.  This video is shot in a tiny kitchen with just a small window for light and a piece of white cardboard for the reflector.  Great tips with a simple set up, this is excellent if you are just starting out…

If you are shooting in a busy location and are wondering which aperture and lens to use to produce atmospheric shots and retain a sense of the hubbub in your photos, then look no further than ‘Weekly Imogen’ who knows how to get great natural light portraits in crowds!

Finally Jared Polin proves that you can take cool, natural light portraits not only anywhere, as he is taking photos in a junk filled warehouse, but also with a 600mm lens! Once again, soft window light is the star of the show….

Well, there you have it, seven educational and informative natural light portrait photography videos. Look out for future photography video tips, coming soon...