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Supporting the Sensor: The Missing “Film Look” Element

Supporting the sensor is one of the best ways to get that “film look” everyone is talking about. Stop using a body and lens combo and get some weight on your rig. You’ll be amazed by the difference it makes.

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Self portrait photography | Inspiration & video tutorial

So I’ve always tried to take self portraits of my own. Mainly because I’m the one model that’s always available, and also because I love to have nice photos of myself =) the process of trying to capture the perfect self portrait was something that […]

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Drew Gardner’s behind the photo, On the Wall video how-to tutorial

In this video tutorial Drew Gardner talks about his conceptual photograph, On the Wall, from his Alice in Wonderland photography series. This is tutorial 2 of 15 from the series, you will learn that sometimes the most magical and successful photographs not only come from […]

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The Ultimate Lomo Photography Effect Tutorial – Lomography Photoshop Video Tutorial

Lomo Photography or Lomography has gained quite the cult following in recent years. And it’s no wonder. These little Lo-Fi cameras, such as the Lomo LC-A, produce some really cool and compelling images. Aside from the Lo-Fi look of the Lomo, the other main feature […]

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How to use Auto Print with a Multi Opening Border

This video will show you how to create and use Auto Print with a multi opening border. Create the border for the size print you want to use and insert as many photo openings as you want. Each opening should be numbered with a different […]

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High Speed Powder Photography Tutorial

Materials: Two packages of holi powder from Amazon.com 2x 10lb packs of the cheapest flour. I purchased these at my local grocery store, but you could get them from Amazon.com as well. Plastic Ziploc bags Dust Pan 1 Einstein E640 Strobe with a beauty dish […]

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Selfie: Narcissism or Marketing Tool for Your Photography Business?

Some people use social media platforms as their emotional outlet, some for vanity purposes. I use social media to brand my photography business. This approach may not fit every photography niche, but I would like to explain how it fits mine, and I am sure […]

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Common problems with lenses: Chromatic aberration and light fall-off

No lens design is perfect. To a greater or lesser degree there will always be something that just isn’t quite right. The most common of these failings are chromatic aberration and light fall-off. Sometimes these flaws are minor and generally aren’t discernible. Sometimes however these […]

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Camera Lenses: Wide Angle or Telephoto ?

Which Lens Should I Use? Back in the days of prime lenses, when a photographer arrived at a location he would need to decide which lens to use for the subject at hand. Nowadays, with the preponderance of zoom lenses, the same decision remains – […]

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Holiday Tips for Photographing Children

People often underestimate the importance of lighting when it comes to the overall look of a photograph especially when photographing children. There are a few basic lighting techniques and tips for photographing children when outdoors or on holiday, including front-lighting, back-lighting and shade. Many might […]

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Fake a Beauty Dish Portrait With a Reflective Umbrella

Don’t have a beauty dish in your collection of lighting modifiers? Try a reflective umbrella. A beauty dish can be a very useful light modifying tool if you shoot a lot of fashion portraits. If that’s not your main cup of tea, however, they can […]

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Balance Flash Output With a Setting Sun

Use two very different light sources for one incredible portrait. Living on the island of Maui in Hawaii, commercial and portrait photographer Eric Rolph has the rare luxury of choosing sea-swept sunrises or sunsets to use as backdrops. As you might imagine, he’s perfected the […]

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Use A Window For An Environmental Portrait

People and places in one frame. As far back as the Renaissance, portraitists have made endless use of windows: to bathe a subject in the flatteringly soft light that falls through a north-facing casement, or frame a portrait within the picture’s frame. On a psychological […]

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Use a Hard Light for a Dramatic Portrait

Sometimes a hard light makes for a fresh take. Portrait photographers live and die by their ability to produce a soft light. Whether created using a softbox, diffuser, umbrella, or window, soft is by far the most common flavor of studio lighting. But it doesn’t […]

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Get More From Your Wide-Angle Lens

Along with a decent telephoto zoom and a 50mm or 85mm portrait lens, a good wide-angle lens is an essential part of the serious photographer’s arsenal. Wide-angle lenses are quite specialised pieces of equipment, so you can’t just ‘gun and run’ – you need to […]

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Five ways to get better travel portraits

One of the best ways to make your travel images more interesting and meaningful is to include lots of people shots. It really individualises your work and captures the essence and soul of a place much more than a predictable, postcard-style image we’ve all seen […]

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DSLR Tips Workshop: How to photograph landscapes with lots in focus

Landscape photos can often benefit with something in the foreground like a tree or a fence, but the problem is making sure it’s all in focus. In the photo below left, using the camera’s automatic settings, the background is sharp, but the grassy ledge in […]

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HOW TO THINK LIKE A PRO

mproving your composition is one of the biggest challenges in photography, and sadly there isn’t a convenient button on your camera you can press to fix poor framing (although you can often turn on grids to help you adhere to the rule of thirds, etc). […]

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