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Turn Your Aquarium into a Fish Photo Studio

Using the talent of accomplished nature photographers from all over the world, the project (meetyourneighbours.net) presents commonplace—and usually backyard—wildlife and botany in rather uncommon portraits reminiscent of Richard Avedon. Marcellini’s project covers much of southern Florida, and has contributed amazing images of numerous plants, insects, […]

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What Are The 3 Best Landscape Filters?

If you have ever wondered how pros get such dramatic-looking landscape images, particularly when it comes to brooding skies or long exposure water, the answer is often that they use special lens filters. While this can seem a scary or expensive proposition, in reality, filters […]

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What Is Lens Distortion And How To Avoid It

You may think that once you have bought a decent lens for your SLR, or a compact camera with a decent lens built-in, you can just forget about it. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect lens, just as it’s hard to find […]

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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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You Can Do It: Use a Reflector For Dramatic Eyes in Portrait Photography

Maja Topčagić, a 25-year-old photographer and photo retoucher from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has a passion for photographing blue-eyed redheads. “Statistically, only about one percent of humanity has the combination of blue eyes and red hair,” says Topčagić. Her website presents some of the prettiest of that […]

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Tips From a Pro: Creating a Powerful Low-Light Landscape

Light may be the stuff of which photography is made, but that doesn’t always mean more light is better, especially when photographing nature. While rewarding, working with limited light presents many challenges, especially for digital photographers. Low-angled directional light can easily fool camera meters, and […]

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Tips From a Pro: Use Strobes to Combat Cluttered Backgrounds In Portraits

Bright lights, positioned correctly, offer the perfect solution to an ugly background. Ryan Gibson, an editorial photographer from rural Georgia, specializes in athletic portraits. One of his favorite places to shoot? Locker rooms. “When I’m working on a feature story, I want to get as […]

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How To: Mix Light Sources to Warm Up an Interior Photo

Juxtapose warm-toned and cool-toned lighting to capture a room’s sunny feel. Some photographers go to extremes to avoid using light sources with opposing color temperatures (mixed light). For interiors, like those that New York-based pro Evan Joseph specializes in, it’s common for shooters to switch […]

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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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Behind The Photo: Lincoln Barbour’s Composite Band

The text for an advertisement promoting a new housing development asked, “What would life be like if everything was the same?” Lincoln Barbour, a Portland, OR-based commercial shooter, took on the creative challenge of answering that question visually in a series of images that included […]

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You Can Do It: Shoot Dramatic Bubble Macro Photos

Civil engineer Feryal “Faye” Berber experiments with LED flashlights and patterned surfaces to turn soap bubbles into fine art. A self-described “accidental” civil engineer, Feryal “Faye” Berber has been translating visions from her mind’s eye into photographs ever since she got her Canon A-1 in […]

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Using Car Headlights For Portrait Photography Lighting

A while back, we asked our Twitter followers what their favorite lighting modifiers were. We got a whole variety of answers, but when Raymond Larose replied with “car headlights” and a dramatic portrait photo, I was intrigued. Raymond shared some tips for using your car’s […]

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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: Light Portraits for Easier Retouching

“I like cheeks and noses to have a 3D pop,” says Phoenix-based rock photographer Merek Davis. It’s no surprise then that his portraits of acts such as Before You Fled (above) are known for their dimensionality. He gets it by deepening the shadows and lightening […]

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Beautiful Photos From Refracted Light

Here’s a completely different sort of project: refractography. Not long ago, while browsing a photo-sharing website, we bumped into this new (to us) form of photo abstraction. Visually exciting, with multi-colored patterns of bending and blending light, refractographs—like Rob Turney’s, above—are easy to make. You […]

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Double Processing to Create the Uncapturable

As good as digital cameras have become these days, when it comes to exposure, the human eye totally kicks their butt. That’s why we shoot so many photos where our subject is backlit, because with our naked eye we can see the subject just fine […]

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Centering a layer in Photoshop

Often you will have a layer in a Photoshop image that needs to be centered in the document. To do this, first make sure that you have a full size layer that is a regular layer, not the background layer. If necessary, convert the background […]

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