Five Lessons For Better Lighting

Lighting lessons learned on a recent assignment turn into effective guidelines for successful lighting of any subject
I’ve been thinking a lot about art lately. Not just the art I’m trying to make when I’m getting creative with my camera, but the works of art that I’m occasionally hired to photograph. I recently wrote about photographing paintings for a museum collection, and that same assignment had me photographing sculpture too. As I moved my lights around... Read more

Can You Stop People from Blinking in Photos?

Tips for taking group shots without having anyone’s eyes closed (mostly)
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by photographer Steve Meltzer. You can see his work on his website and Facebook page. Recently, after a big wedding shoot, I had an awful surprise when I reviewed my images on my computer screen. Many of my really good family group shots were ruined by what I call “a pesky blinker.” You know them.... Read more

The Soft-Light Approach To Photographing Artwork

Step up your copywork technique to reap the benefits of soft light
Photographing artwork is one of those challenges that’s easy to understand and difficult to master. The part that’s easy to grasp is that when photographing something flat—like a painting, drawing or etching—you want to treat it like copywork. That means placing two lights on opposite sides, beyond 45 degrees from the lens axis, and you’re... Read more

How to Remove People in Photoshop in Seconds

The key to this trick is a new tool called Object Selection
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Here’s a fast, simple and effective Photoshop tutorial for removing people or objects from an image in seconds. Yes, seconds; 15 seconds to be exact, which is also the length of the video below from PiXimperfect. Led by software guru Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect who whips through a demo of how to remove a person from a sample image, the tutorial... Read more

5 Tips for Purr-fect Cat Photos

Cats can be fickle creatures. Here's how to capture better photos of your furry friends
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Last week, we shared photographer Andrius Burba’s delightful pet photography series “Underlook,” where he captures adorable images of cats and dogs from below. Digital Photo readers seemed to enjoy it with some requesting advice on how to photograph their own pets in cute ways. So, in the below video, Denver-based professional photographer... Read more

Understanding Exposure Controls

How a camera’s three modifiers of shutter speed, aperture and ISO come together to create an exposure
My tremendous high school photography instructor, Mr. Colgan, ground into our heads that cameras are deceptively simple, nothing more than a light-tight box with three modifiers. But how we use the three modifiers of shutter speed, aperture and ISO is where things get a bit more complicated and where all the technical magic begins to happen. For photographers... Read more

6 Photo Tips for Better Family Portraits

Pro photographer Audrey Woulard tells you how to get families to look their best
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(Editor’s Note: This family portrait photography how-to from professional photographer Audrey Woulard is part of a new monthly series on Digital Photo where top pros from Nikon USA’s Ambassadors program share their simple tips, tricks, and advice on how to be a better photographer.) Spring is here, the weather is warming up and that means... Read more

7 Ways to Pose Men for Portraits

Posing men for portraits can be hard. Here's how to make it easy on you and your model.
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Posing men for portraits can be harder than it looks. Whether it’s a professional male model or just a male friend who agreed to be your subject, there’s something about shooting portraits of men that can be challenging for beginner photographers. Maybe it’s because most of the fashion and celebrity photos we are inundated with feature... Read more

Be Prepared For A Successful Photo Shoot

Use the five Ws (and one H) to plan out the ideal approach prior to any photo shoot and increase the odds of making something great
When preparing for a photo shoot, one can’t expect to just show up unprepared and have everything fall into place. Whether it’s a wedding, portrait or landscape session, we all find more success—and make better photos—when we go into it with a plan. There’s the Aristotelian concept of “five Ws and an H” that form the perfect way to prepare... Read more

How to Make a Portable Black-and-White V-Flat

No painting required and you'll spend a fraction of the cost of buying a new one
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If you’ve ever looked at a V-Flat for photography and thought to yourself: “I bet I could make one of those myself,” this tutorial is for you. In the below video, photographer Nicole Bedard shows you how to make a DIY (do-it-yourself) portable black-and-white V-Flat that will cost a fraction of what you’d spend on a new one. The... Read more