Photo Exercise: Something You Made

Tell the story of a handmade item with context and detail
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
"I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things—then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful." —Friedrich Nietzsche When we make something with our own hands, we not only feel great satisfaction, but we also bring more beauty into the…

Tasty Angles

Where to place your camera for inviting photos of food
Text & Photography By Christina Peters
Do you have trouble figuring out what camera angle to use for your food shots? I find that, with the students I teach, this is a common problem. When I first started teaching, I would do a demo in class, where I set up my camera while my colleague, who…

A New Take On Wedding Photography

10 insights for creating stunning art that will resonate with contemporary clients
Text & photography By Sal Cincotta
GRIP CONTROLS FACE SLICE A weak grip leads to an open face. Unless you're trying to hit one on purpose, this grip is a surefire way to help you slice the ball. A weak grip leaves less room for the hands to rotate, which for a chronic hooker of the…

Starting Your Photo Business

Address these important steps and details to set a foundation for a successful studio
By William Sawalich
There's more to running a successful photography business than making great pictures. Lots of folks make great pictures—it's the ones who understand how to run a business that make it work for the long haul. Here's a primer of business basics if you're thinking about setting up shop. 1. Identify…

Milestones And New Beginnings

Use important moments in life to exercise your documentary skills
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
Milestones are those important moments in life that mark the passage of time. While these occasions can be very personal, some of them are universal, such as birth, a child's first steps and first words, the first day of school, the first kiss, graduation, first job, marriage, first child and…

Background Tricks

Five ways to better portrait backdrops
By Wes Pitts
"Watch your background!" is one of the first lessons to learn as a photographer, and it's an essential tip for portraiture. Clean and simple is generally best; cluttered backgrounds distract from your subject. That doesn't mean your portrait backgrounds need to be stark and uninteresting. With enough lens blur—achieved in-camera…
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