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Three Ways To Warm Your Portraits

Pictures of people often benefit from a bit of added warmth. Here are three techniques for adding warmth to a portrait.
Three Ways To Warm Your Portraits
I photograph portraits practically every day, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that the vast majority of people look better with a bit of warmth added to their portrait. Here are three techniques I use to make my portraits warmer with lighting, in Lightroom and in Photoshop. Lighting The simplest way to make a portrait warmer—more... Read more

Cold Weather Camera Tips

Keep your expensive equipment warm, safe and dry when shooting this winter
Cold Weather Camera Tips
Cold weather has arrived all across the United States, though the definition of cold is different for each of us. Minnesotans, for instance, are soon to be dealing with sub-zero temperatures for months, while Southern Californians and Floridians may just feel a little chill as the mercury occasionally drops to 50. When the temperature falls below freezing,... Read more

Preventing Camera Shake

Keeping the camera steady and choosing the right shutter speed are crucial for sharp pictures
Preventing Camera Shake
Want to ensure your pictures are sharp every time? Then you’d better get good at keeping the camera steady and choosing the correct shutter speed based on the lens you’re using. Most of us know that a too-slow shutter speed won’t freeze a fast-moving subject—like an athlete running or speeding car—but those are pretty specialized circumstances.... Read more
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Photography Goals For 2020

Kick off the New Year on the right foot by conquering three photography challenges
Photography Goals For 2020
It’s that time of year again when we’re all making New Year’s resolutions to improve our diets, kick our bad habits and take care of all those things we keep putting off every year. Why not add to the annual to-do list with a handful of things to improve your photographic pursuits as well? Here are three suggestions to help get every photographer’s... Read more

Shooting In Manual Mode

Learn to control aperture and shutter speed independently for technical and creative control
Shooting In Manual Mode
Many photographers have the same simple goal on their to-do lists: to learn to master manual exposure control. And while photographers shouldn’t feel bad for relying on automatic assistance, it’s understandable why so many of us want to get good at making manual exposures. It’s because manual exposure settings offer complete technical control,... Read more

Negative Fill For Edge Definition

This simple lighting technique is an effective way to add shape and definition to portraits, tabletops and more
Negative Fill For Edge Definition
When photographers learn to use lighting controls, step one is the key light, which is the main illumination in a scene. Step two is learning about fill light, which adds illumination to the shadow side of the subject to prevent the shadows from being too dark and overly dramatic. In my opinion, though, the next step should be the reverse of fill light—when... Read more

A Simple Solution For Emailing Large Image Files

Send high-res photos easily with this iCloud-enabled trick
Have you ever tried to diagnose a computer problem over the telephone? It’s incredibly frustrating—usually because the person at the other end inevitably doesn’t understand much about computers. You might be surprised just how many people aren’t especially tech savvy. This is particularly problematic for photographers who want to send those... Read more

Understanding Focal Length And Angle Of View

What these lens specifications mean and how they impact the pictures we take
Understanding Focal Length And Angle Of View
When shopping for a new lens, photographers are likely focusing first and foremost on focal length. But what, exactly, is the focal length of a lens, and how does it impact our pictures? And what about angle of view, does it go hand-in-hand with focal length? Here’s what these technical terms mean and how they impact your pictures. Focal Length The... Read more

Great Lighting Made Simple

Three easy tricks for beautiful lighting without much equipment
Great Lighting Made Simple
It can be easy for new photographers to feel like they have to have lots of pricey equipment in order to make great pictures. That feeling is exacerbated when it comes to lighting, where the options are abundant and expensive. The feeling is understandable, but it isn’t quite accurate. After all, lighting is free and accessible for all of us courtesy... Read more

Setting Image Size And Quality In-Camera

What you need to know to set your camera to the right file type, size and compression level
Setting Image Size And Quality In-Camera
Most photographers know that for the maximum in versatility and exposure control, RAW image files are preferable to JPEGs. That said, some photographers like the speed of downloading JPEG files for quick delivery, so for these shooters, we suggest capturing RAW files alongside JPEGs. Still, other photographers insist they ONLY need JPEG files, and while... Read more

Using Flash Outdoors

Three simple steps for mixing flash with available light to make more interesting photographs
Using Flash Outdoors
Working with flashes tends to be one of the trickiest topics for young photographers to master. They either over- or under-power the flash so much that everything is blown out or underexposed or they have to rely on automatic TTL flash settings to have any hope of producing an acceptable exposure. But once you get the hang of controlling the flash’s... Read more

Flash Output Explained

Understanding the output of handheld flashes. (What the heck is a guide number?)
Flash Output Explained
You’re shopping for a flash and you want something powerful. How can you tell if a flash has a high output? Speedlight-style flashes—the kind that mount to a camera’s hot-shoe—use a somewhat cryptic indicator of output. It’s called the guide number, and while it isn’t as straightforward as a measurement of watts would be, it’s the best... Read more
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