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Be a More Mindful Photographer

How can you be a more ‘Zen’ photographer? One of the big buzzwords at the moment is mindful, or contemplative photography, and there are more similarities than you’d think between Buddhism, the martial arts and photography. Before we go any further, though, don’t worry – […]

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Take Better Fashion Photos

A photographer explains how she found her inner Avedon. It’s easy to see a fashion photo as being all about sartorial style, but equally important is how a picture’s mood can sell that style. Lighting and gesture work together to pull it off. Dallas-based fashion […]

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Use High Speed Flash Sync to Fake a Lake Portrait

These tips make anywhere beachfront property. In photographing his two sons for a personal project called Water’s Edge, Clark Vandergrift wanted “to create dreamlike views of summertime escapes to swimming holes, beaches, and other romantic oases,” he recalls. But the photographer faced two problems. There […]

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Light an Outdoor Scene with Classical Lighting

For lighting portraits, you can accentuate the shape of a subject’s figure, bring out the texture or drape of the clothes, or, as in environmental portraits, adjust the light so that the subject and background are of equal importance. Or you can light for character. […]

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Moderate, Two-light Setup

Moving from one to two lights can open up worlds. The more complex the circumstances, the more the constraints of working with a single light will limit your ability to make the portraits you envision. As mentioned in the previous spread, single-light setups will most […]

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You Can Do It: Use Two Lights to Freeze Action

Two flash tubes can be better than one for freezing action in its tracks. Tim Tadder, one of the country’s hottest advertising photographers, has made a career of freezing all sorts of action in its tracks—like the billowing red hair of model Sarra Hansen in […]

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How To: Stroboscopic Lighting For Portrait Photography

Try a light gun for stroboscopic portraits. Committed to mounting a show of his photography at a local art gallery in late 2012, Jerrid Jones, a 36-year-old movie-studio sound supervisor and avid photographer from Mobile, AL, began planning a year in advance. He wanted new […]

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Guerrilla Lighting Techniques For Location Photography

Master fast flash setups for speedy location lighting. The ability to work fast is the mark of a great location lighter. And nowhere is this need for speed more acute than for shooters of skateboarding. “Skateboard photography is guerrilla-esque,” says Los Angeles-based Sam Muller, who […]

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How To: Shoot in the Snow Using Natural Light

Great Lighting often calls little or no attention to itself. Rhea Anna’s portrait of a professional model, above, appears lit by simple ambient light. A casual viewer wouldn’t guess that the Buffalo, NY-based pro photographer actually used three different reflectors (one, the snow) to punch […]

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Shutter Speed: A Beginner’s Guide

I’ve always believed that in photography, you should avoid getting bogged down in the technical side of your hobby, and focus on developing your creative talent. However, there are certain technical elements that are essential to getting a good photo – shutter speed is one […]

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Understanding and Using “Negative Space” in Photography

Negative space is the area between and around objects in a photo. Use it to see shapes and sizes more effectively, and produce better composed images. Negative space, sometimes referred to as white space, is a concept that’s been used in art, design, architecture, and […]

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How to photograph twilight

The first things to consider when photographing twilight scenes are location and composition. Areas that are floodlit or feature some other kind of artificial lighting work well for twilight shots, whereas twinkling lights on their own can leave most of the scene in relative darkness, […]

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Taking Amazing Studio Portraits On a Tight Budget

So there I was in my socks, standing on a milk crate with a beautiful half-naked woman lying motionless on a painter’s tarp in the middle of by bedroom floor. If someone had walked in at that moment, I would have had some serious explaining […]

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Using Hyperfocal Distance to Ensure Maximum Depth of Field in Landscape Photography

Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in October, 2009. Have you ever got home after what you thought was a great day’s photography, only to upload your images and […]

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Create a Vibrant Lighting Effect With Cross Polarization

Light has the ability to create many different types of dramatic effect, though there is none as vivid as cross polarization. It awakens the imagination with its vibrance of colors. Though this technique was popular 20+ years ago, it seems to have been lost in […]

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Achieving Better Focus and Sharpness in Your Images

Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in October, 2009. The most common complaints I hear from most photographers of any experience level is “my images aren’t sharp”, and “I […]

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Mastering the Art of Black and White Photography

In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. Then, in 1936, the invention of kodachrome gave colour photography to the world. But black and white photography didn’t die off, […]

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9 Tips for a Perfect Portrait Background

9 Tips for a Perfect Portrait Background Every two weeks, we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in December of 2009. Flatter your portrait subject with the perfect background, even if you don’t […]

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