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

The Simple Secret For Portrait Lighting Success

Three ways to ensure the subject’s face is the focal point of a photo
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to interview hundreds of master photographers and learn from all of them. One topic that comes up time and again is the illumination of the human face. Whether it’s a wedding photographer focusing on a bride, a fashion photographer working with a model or a portrait photographer shooting a kid, they all... Read more

How to Take Amazing 360 Degree Photos

Follow these tips to capture 360-degree panoramic images
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Editor’s Note: The author is General Manager of the THETA Business Division for the RICOH Company. The above image is by @tetsu_photo2. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, you may occasionally come across a unique image with the distinct features of 360-degree panoramic photography. With the ability to transform the mundane into compelling... Read more

Want to Take Better Photos? 10 Key Tips

You should always ask yourself these questions before you press the shutter button
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We all want to take better photos but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your images. You end up taking the same sort of photos again and again and never improve. Fortunately, there are handy tutorials from professional photographers to help you step up your photography game immediately. One of our favorite educational resources is Mango Street.... Read more

Soft Light Sources Reign Supreme

Diffusion is the photographer’s best friend. Here are four ways to soften a key light.
Last week, we delved into the pros and cons of tabletop light tents for product photography. What’s the main reason these things are so popular? They simplify the process of creating beautifully diffused, soft illumination. And frankly that’s the be-all and end-all for all sorts of subjects. Not only does it make most products look good, but it... Read more

5 Photo Printing Mistakes Beginners Should Avoid

In his latest tutorial, photographer Mark Denney explains five photo printing mistakes that beginners should try to avoid

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There’s still nothing quite like having a printed photo in your hand. An actual photo print has depth, texture, and weight you just can’t reproduce with a digital image on a screen. What’s even better is being able to print one of your photos at home yourself. While there have been many improvements with inkjet photo printers in recent... Read more

The Light Tent Tabletop Mini Studio

The pros and cons of lightbox tabletop photography setups
In my studio product photography class, students invariably inquire about whether they could use a pop-up lightbox (also called a light tent) for their tabletop photography endeavors. While there are certainly good reasons to consider using a light tent, more often than not the inquiring mind is looking for a shortcut to great results. And that’s... Read more