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Retouching With Light

When we talk about making portraits it’s inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up

When we talk about making portraits it’s inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up. Portrait subjects want to look their best—obviously—so photographers tend to rely on a bag of digital tricks to help accomplish that. A subtle blur to minimize detail, maybe Photoshop’s clone stamp or healing brush to eliminate wrinkles and blemishes…... Read more

How To Shoot On Gray Winter Days

This time of year much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than any other time of year.

This time of year, much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than at any other time of year. Maybe they’re no more frequent, but the colder temperatures sure make winter gray days less fun than a cloudy summer afternoon. Even though steel-gray skies don’t appear especially inviting for your photography, what... Read more

Winter Photography Preparedness

I was fortunate last year to interview winter photography expert Marc Adamus for Outdoor Photographer magazine.

I was fortunate last year to interview winter photography expert Marc Adamus for Outdoor Photographer magazine. In the course of our discussion he offered some simple, but very important, tips for being prepared for winter photography, which I want to share with you here. “The most common questions I get about winter photography,” he... Read more

Lighting for Texture

Imagine your subject is a textured plaster wall. Better yet, imagine it’s an impressionist oil painting hanging on that wall

One of the first lessons I teach each semester in my studio photography class is about using light to enhance texture. Lighting for texture is a fundamental skill in telling stories in pictures, because understanding how to enhance texture also means you’ll understand how to minimize it. And that’s useful when photographing everything from... Read more

Beat Your Meter

Understanding how your digital camera’s through-the-lens light meter works will help you make more accurate exposures, no mater what metering mode or exposure mode you’re using

Understanding how your digital camera’s through-the-lens light meter works will help you make more accurate exposures, no mater what metering mode or exposure mode you’re using. Unlike handheld meters that measure incident light (the illumination falling on a subject) TTL camera meters measure reflected light—the light that bounces off... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Global Vs. Local Contrast

While the term “contrast” is familiar to anyone who has adjusted their television, it is also commonly misunderstood in terms of how it affects photographs.

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. While... Read more

Lighting In Layers

I’ve studied photography for many long years and with many great teachers, but there are still some techniques you have to stumble into on your own

I’ve studied photography for many long years and with many great teachers, but there are still some techniques you have to stumble into on your own. One of those things for me was learning to light in layers. Whether I’m working with studio strobes, hot lights, or ambient sunlight and fill, I find that lighting in layers increases my odds... Read more

How Focal Length Impacts Portraits

I’m fascinated by lens choice. It’s something we learn early on and usually think, really, how difficult is it?

I’m fascinated by lens choice. It’s something we learn early on and usually think, really, how difficult is it? You wanna show a lot, choose a wide lens. You wanna focus in on a little, use a long lens. But I’m still learning, after more than a decade as a professional photographer, that sometimes things that seem easy can actually... Read more

Eliminate Oversharpening

Sharpening is one of the most- un-glamorous, yet totally essential, digital imaging edits you can make to your photographs.

Sharpening is one of the most- un-glamorous, yet totally essential, digital imaging edits you can make to your photographs. Sharpening is a must if you want to make your images look their best; RAW files require sharpening to make them look like JPEGs, and JPEGs (as well as RAW, TIFFs and every other image file format) require specific sharpening based... Read more

Fashion Lighting Sans Studio

If you’ve always wanted to shoot high fashion but you don’t have access to a studio and strobes, consider yourself lucky. That’s right: lucky.

If you’ve always wanted to shoot high fashion but you don’t have access to a studio and strobes, consider yourself lucky. That’s right: lucky. Because the best studio is the outdoors, and the best light is sunlight—especially when you use it to create gorgeous high-key, high-fashion portraits. Here’s how to harness the sun... Read more

Make Every Portrait Subject Happy

If you make portraits—whether strangers or friends, for fun or profit—it won’t be long before you realize there are a few key fixes that almost everyone appreciates. So if you want to give the gift of a beautiful portrait, here are six techniques you can use to ensure that your portrait subject will be happy with your work.

If you make portraits—whether strangers or friends, for fun or profit—it won’t be long before you realize there are a few key fixes that almost everyone appreciates. So if you want to give the gift of a beautiful portrait, here are six techniques you can use to ensure that your portrait subject will be happy with your work. 1. Retouch away... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Digital Night Photography

In order to feel like night, your image must be dominated by dark tones. But how dark?

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. When... Read more
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