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10 Ways to Create, Copy, Blend, Merge and Save Photoshop Layers

Layers are a key tool to working successfully in Photoshop. Here are my 10 best tips for working with them: 1 Create a layer in Photoshop To create a new layer in Photoshop, choose Layer > New > Layer or, better still, click the Create […]

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Fashion Photography Outdoors using Off Camera Flash

Watch this photography tutorial video to learn how to mix daylight with flash when photographing fashion or portraits outdoors. Fashion photography is one of the most exciting fields. Every photographer I know has tried to go that direction at some point of their career. Fashion […]

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Use of Shadows in Your Photography

You need light to make a photograph, but you also occasionally need shadows too In this article we will look at the creative use of shadows in your photography . Shadows help define the shape of objects in an image, conveying the sense that you’re […]

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Tips From a Pro: Using Smoke Bombs in Portraits

Add some smoke to your next portrait for a whimsical feeling. We get asked a lot about our smoke bomb photos. The two big questions always seem to be, “How do you guys go about using them in shoots?” and “Where do you guys get […]

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The iPhone Fashion Shoot – FStoppers

This gained a lot of notoriety in the past year as it proved a point – it’s not all about the camera. Ok, so they used a load of expensive lighting, a beautiful model and some professional retouching, but the camera was still an iPhone […]

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10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Photography

We all want to improve our photography. However, sometimes the technical stuff can feel overwhelming. Fortunately there are many ways to improve as a photographer without going anywhere near a camera manual. Here are ten of my top tips for doing just that… Tip no. […]

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The Shooting Modes Explained

Most cameras on sale today have a dial that can be turned to select a particular shooting mode (the exceptions to this rule are top-flight professional models and quirky retro-styled models such as the Fuji X-series). Generally the mode dial can be divided in two […]

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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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