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Whether you're just learning photography basics or you need some advice on an advanced photo technique, our How-To section offers tips for shutterbugs at every level.



Choose The Right Lighting Setup
Here’s what you need to know to choose the right lighting gear for you
Choose The Right Lighting SetupSo you want to improve your photographs by improving your lighting

Layer Masking Tips
Layer masks are at the core of Photoshop’s power
Layer Masking TipsI started working with Photoshop way back in the early ‘90s, so I remember a time when Photoshop lacked what today I consider its most powerful tool

New Backgrounds With Nothing But Light
Don’t change your background, change your light
New Backgrounds With Nothing But LightChanging the look of the background is discussed

Delicious Memories
Real-life food photography at home
Delicious MemoriesWith the booming age of food photography, foodie blogging, cookbooks and food stylists, where does this leave the everyday cook?

The Painterly Image
Add artistic appeal to—or even alter the reality of—a favorite photo
The Painterly ImageFor most photographers, taking pictures is only a part of the creative image-making process.

Workflow, Start To Finish, Part 1
How to efficiently import and organize your images
Workflow, Start To Finish, Part 1My shutter seems like it's going to catch on fire at my current frame rate.

Unexpected Subjects
How to find art in the discard pile
Unexpected SubjectsA year and a half ago, I paused outside the house with the red door just long enough to hang my iPhone out the car window to tap a photo of the realtor's sign.

Wild Exposures
Multilayered silhouettes that explore new territory in self-portraiture
Wild ExposuresCreating multiple exposures is a trend that's getting a lot of attention in the photography world lately.

Go Deep
How to strike the right balance of sharpness for your subject
Go DeepAbout five or six years ago, the term "bokeh" started getting batted around a lot in the photography community.

Winter Wonderland
Tips and inspiration for cold-weather storytelling in a snowy environment
Winter WonderlandWhen I ventured into my first adult winter in New England, I found myself approaching the season with a certain giddiness and childlike innocence that bordered on naive.

Making Cookies (The Photographic Kind)
Create lighting textures and patterns with homemade modifiers
Making Cookies (The Photographic Kind)I love cookies. I’m not talking about the edible kind (though I do love those too)



 
 

 
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