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Mastering Autofocus

It was 1985 when Minolta revolutionized the world of photography with the release of their first autofocus SLR—the Maxxum 7000. With autofocus in its …

Cameras

One Light Portraits: Simple Elegance

Update: this post now has a Part 2 with lighting diagrams. Everyone who ever picks up a camera at one point or another finds themselves pointing it …

Lighting Ratios to Make or Break your Portrait

In a previous article (6 Lighting Patterns every photographer should know) I talked about lighting patterns and how they create shape and dimensions …

Photography

Portrait Photography Techniques Using Dramatic High Contrast Lighting

As a wedding photographer, we generally shoot and compose portraits of the bride and groom together with the rest of the wedding party on-location …

Portrait Photography

How to Run a Photography Studio While Working Full Time - Summerana - Photoshop Actions for Photographers

Starting a business on your own is scary. Most photographers will come to a point in their lives where they must decide whether they carry on with …

Free portrait lighting cheat sheet

Feeling in the dark about portrait lighting? Whether it's a flashgun or a softbox, off-camera lighting has confounded many aspiring portrait …

Photography

How To Setup A Home-Based Photography Studio :: Digital Photo Secrets

Working with Neutral Colors: 3 Favorite Backgrounds for Newborns & Family Portraits

<i>All Photos Courtesy of Starr Photography</i><p>I have to say that I am totally in love with my collection of Savage Seamless Paper. It is so very versatile …

14 Tips for Building a Sub-$1,000 Home Studio

Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned.<br>A home studio is a great option if …

Extreme Sports

5 Creative DIY Lighting Ideas You HAVE to Try

Great lighting—whether it’s for portraits, or macro, or even product photography—doesn’t have to cost you an arm, leg, and kidney. Just do a quick …

New York Red Bulls

How many quick lighting set ups are possible with a single light in one hour? by Jacob Roberts

Today I was with my neighbor/friend/photographer/awesome photo assistant Hunter Zieske, and we decided to kill an hour(ish) trying to see how many …

How To Setup High-Key Studio Lighting

High-key photography requires a particular type of lighting that aims to reduce the overall amount of shadow detail within a photo. The technique …

Tutorials

How To Setup Low Key Studio Lighting (Part 2)

This post is part 2 of the article published on 30-Oct-2013 entitled How To Setup Low Key Studio Lighting. You can click here to read part 1 of this …

Free Shipping

How To Setup Low Key Studio Lighting (Part 1)

When I first started working with studio photography I would look at low key studio portraits taken by other photographers and be in awe of the dark, …

Free Shipping

Photography Strip Lighting

Your job as a photographer is to match your light with your subject’s pose and emotion. In our image, we want a gritty, edgy look. This requires …

Photography

Three Different Portraits Shot with Three Lights

Wondering why you should add more lights when you like the images you get with one or two? Are you trying to figure out if you can justify the …

Time I

Quick Tips

Making the most of a strip box

<b>This year I’m working through the light modifiers that I have that always seemed to be the first to be left behind. Right from the beginning of the</b> …

Photography

How to capture long exposures and light trails with your iPhone

Long-exposure photography lets you capture light trails, motion blur and better low-light shots. While the iPhone’s built-in Camera app doesn’t let you control shutter speed and light sensitivity, lots of apps do. Slow Shutter Cam is my favorite — here’s how I’ve used it to capture long exposures …