Top 5 Guides To Becoming A Better Portrait Photographer

No matter what type of photography you prefer, at one point or another, you’ll find yourself shooting a portrait. These tips and techniques will help you unlock your creative potential and capture fresh images in a new light.
portrait photography
No matter what type of photography you prefer, at one point or another, you’ll find yourself shooting a portrait. These five guides feature tips and techniques to help you unlock your creative potential and capture fresh images in a new light. 1. Portraits: Keep It Real When we see a good portrait, we know it. It gives us the sense of knowing the... Read more

Shooting Portraits In Bright Sunlight

How to compose good portraits when faced with this awful lighting scenario
portrait photography
Have you found yourself in a situation where it’s the middle of the day, not a cloud in the sky, and somebody needs his or her portrait made outdoors in that bright sunlight? There are lots of opportunities where, for any number of reasons, postponing until the magic hour simply isn’t a reasonable proposition. Instead, it’s imperative that you... Read more

5 Top Guides To Becoming A Better Macro Photographer

It doesn’t take too much expertise to make creative images of the world that exists just outside our perception, just patience and the right tools and techniques
macro photography
Are you interested in exploring macro photography? It doesn’t take too much expertise to make creative images of the world that exists just outside our perception. These guides will help you get started. Read More → Read more

Upgrade Your Lighting Kit With A Boom Arm

This telescoping length of steel may not seem like a big deal, but it provides tremendous control and easy adjustments for even the most cumbersome light sources
boom arm
Cameras and lenses get all the front-page attention, and for good reason: They’re the sexiest, most innovative technologies we photographers typically use. But when it comes to studio equipment, sometimes it’s the less glamorous stuff that’s the most exciting. Well, if not exactly exciting, it’s at least the kind of stuff that makes a surprisingly... Read more

Generate Smiles With Photoshop’s Face-Aware Liquify Tool

A powerful solution for portrait photographers who want to make their subjects happy while helping them to look their best
Photoshop Face-Aware Liquify tool
About a year ago Adobe updated Photoshop CC to add some tremendous portrait retouching capabilities to the Liquify tool, namely, what Adobe’s designers call Face-Aware Liquify. Liquify, you may know, has always been useful for pushing and pulling and expanding and contracting and generally reshaping image elements. It’s such a powerful way to modify... Read more

5 Top Fall Photography Guides

From tips and techniques for capturing fall color to shooting autumn sports like football to gear for outdoor adventures, this guide will help you navigate the season (and beyond)
fall photography
Telluride, Colorado. Photo by Rick Sammon From tips and techniques for capturing fall color to shooting autumn sports like football to gear for outdoor adventures, this guide will help you navigate the season (and beyond). Read More → Read more

A Parent’s Perspective

Capture the authenticity of family by focusing on a child’s unique spirit
photographing children
In Between. Tweens get their title for a reason. They’re between two stages in their growing up, and it’s not an easy place to be. So much of tweenhood can be awkward, gawky, uncertain. If you can use your lens to allow for that to unfold, you’ll be able to do justice to these fleeting years in a child’s life. This shot was snapped, quite literally,... Read more

Use Fill Light Right

On the correct way to use a reflector to illuminate portraits
portait photography tips
When shooting portraits outside, one of the simplest and most popular lighting techniques is to use a reflector—either a white card, for instance, or a silver, white or gold collapsible reflector—to bounce sunlight onto the subject. This works whether the subject is in direct sunlight or shade, and whether the reflected light is used as a key light... Read more

Creative Blur Techniques

Blur isn’t always wrong. Sometimes it’s so very right!
creative blur techniques
We can all agree that sharp pictures are always the best pictures, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes blurry pictures may be preferable. For instance, if you want to convey a feeling of motion in a picture of a fast-moving subject, you might find that a bit of motion blur does the job. Or maybe you just want to add interest to an otherwise ho-hum portrait;... Read more

The Tilt-Shift Effect

Captured in-camera or generated with software, this technique can make your images jump off the page—if you use it right
tilt-shift photography
Lofoten Islands, Norway. This image of a fishing village shows the miniaturization effect using a Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm ƒ/2.8D tilt-shift lens. Nikon D810 at ƒ/4, 1/30 sec., ISO 200 My first commercial assignments landed me in a kaleidoscope of interiors. From kitchen remodels to spacious hotel suites, I was hired to photograph interiors. At... Read more

12 Best Travel Photography Guides

This collection of ideas, techniques and concepts will help you bring back photos from your travels that are more than snapshots
travel photography
This collection of ideas, techniques and concepts will help you bring back photos from your travels that are more than snapshots. You’ll learn how to shoot at a grand scale of a mountain range, but also focus on the magical details right in front of you, whether you’re traveling across the globe or photographing close to home. 1. The Fine Art Of... Read more

Using Vimeo For Video Backup

More than a great place to share high-quality videos, Vimeo also can store original video files in the cloud
cloud storage
Looking for a great way to display your videos online? Vimeo is a high-quality option. Almost every video shooter understands that if you want something to look its best online, Vimeo is a tremendous option for maximum quality. Better still, Vimeo offers an unlimited amount of storage space, whether you’re subscribing to the free Basic plan or whether... Read more
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