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Assignment Breakdown: Full-Length Portraits

I recently accepted an assignment that involved three long days of portrait shooting

I recently accepted an assignment that involved three long days of portrait shooting. What the client wanted was fairly simple and straightforward: full length portraits on a bright white background. It was simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Many photographers struggle with creating a bright white background for portraits, because... Read more

Tips for Macro Lighting

Warm weather is here. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out and make beautiful pictures of the littlest things in this world

Warm weather is here. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out and make beautiful pictures of the littlest things in this world—like flowers and insects and other tiny items you might find around the house. Whatever you may be photographing with your macro lens, here’s how to light with everything from ambient only to reflectors, diffusers... Read more

Crafting Vignettes: Part 2

Sometimes, no matter how deliberately you shape the light in a scene, you’ll still want to aid the viewer in getting immediately to the center of interest.

Sometimes, no matter how deliberately you shape the light in a scene, you’ll still want to aid the viewer in getting immediately to the center of interest. For that, a little post-production wizardry is perfect for adding and enhancing vignettes. These vignette adjustments can also be applied on a scale that would make them impractical or impossible... Read more

Crafting Vignettes: Part 1

Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you’re likely to get a room full of different answers.

Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you’re likely to get a room full of different answers. For many, the thought of vignettes conjures images of cheesy, tacky, outdated oval borders around portrait photos. But in truth, the vignette is a powerful tool for driving the viewer’s eye directly to the center of interest—as... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Delay

Delayed perception.

Continuing my series of tips to help you see the world through fresh eyes with the goal of developing a personal style, I’m going to talk about one of the most important elements to creating enduring images: delayed perception. The gist of this technique is to render elements of an image so that a viewer doesn’t notice everything immediately,... Read more

Getting Started With DSLR Video

So, you want to make movies?

So, you want to make movies? You’re in luck, because most new digital cameras have HD video recording capabilities as well. But, just because you have a video-capable camera doesn’t make you a capable video shooter. So, here’s what you need to know—from camera setup to shooting tips—to get started in video. SETTING UP THE CAMERA ... Read more

Simplify The Background With Lens Choice

When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it’s well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on

When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it’s well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on. But soon you realize, as we all do, that concentrating on the subject isn’t enough. Frequently we learn this when some element of a background—a palm tree, maybe, or a telephone... Read more

Eight Ways To Speed Up Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it’s properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it’s properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers. The more images one creates, however, and the more time they spend making them, the more important it becomes that the program works quickly and efficiently. So, here are eight ways to speed up Lightroom to keep your editing process... Read more

Adjusting Your Camera’s Image Quality

Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality.

No matter what kind of camera you’re using, from compact point-and-shoot to high-end DSLR, there are a whole lot of camera settings to choose from. Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality, as well as the quantity of images you can make before you’ll run out of space. Whether you want maximum quality... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Motifs

I’m also a devotee of the medium; I am constantly looking at photos old and new…

This tip article by Brian Dilg comes to us courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School, where he serves as the Chair of the New York Film Academy Photography Conservatory. Dilg is an internationally published and collected photographer and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of professional teaching experience around the world. As... Read more

An Alternative To The Light Tent

As a studio photographer I have a bit of a confession to make: I don’t love light tents.

As a studio photographer I have a bit of a confession to make: I don’t love light tents. You know what light tents are, right? They’re those boxes of translucent diffusion designed for photographing tabletop items. Don’t get me wrong: I know tents have their place. It’s just that some photographers can’t imagine lighting... Read more

Flatter Faces With The Right Portrait Choices

Making the right portrait choices is discussed.

I’ve been working with prolific people photographer Howard Schatz on a few projects recently, and when speaking with him about a recent cover shot on Digital Photo Pro magazine he told me about his thinking when it comes to making a beautiful portrait. “You choose your lens and light according to what you want to say,” he told me.... Read more
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