Nicholas Joseph Balanon

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Using Aperture’s Adjustment Tools to Make Your Photographs Pop

Since its initial release, Aperture has evolved from an image management program to a powerful catalogue and image manipulation program for Mac …

Dispelling 9 Myths About Professional Photography

<b>Q</b>: Who wants to be a professional photographer?<p><b>A</b>: Everyone who owns a camera.<p>Okay, that answer might be a bit hyperbolic, but sometimes it really …

How to Create a Sunset Lighting Effect While Taking Photos Indoors

Indoor-sunset themed photo shoots are among the easiest and hottest trends you can experiment with to create cool, sexy and flattering photos to add …

Camera Lenses: Narrowing Down the Choices

First of all, what is focal length? According to the textbook definition, “focal length is measured in millimeters (mm), and it represents the …

How to Photograph the Milky Way in 12 Steps (With 6 Epic Examples)

I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who claimed to not be fascinated to some degree by the night sky. There’s just something hypnotic about gazing …

103 Things I’ve Learned About Street Photography

A good photo asks more questions than provides answers 35mm as a focal length is generally ideal for most street photographers. 28mm is too wide …

Ghetto-Flo: How to Create Your Own DIY Kino-Flo-style Lights for Portraiture

We were introduced to the “Ghetto-Flo” lights after reading the excellent blog of New York-based photographer Brad Trent. He had mounted 4 standard …

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Painting a Large College Dormitory with Light for a Nighttime Photograph

I had the opportunity to photograph the newest dormitory on the Florida International University campus a couple of nights ago and I thought I would …

What a First Time Wedding Photographer Needs to Know

The news that you are photographing your first wedding often leads to emotions ranging from excitement to apprehension, and in some cases, fear. …

11 Things Photographers Wish They Knew Before Going Freelance

In theory, freelancing is a great option – be your own boss, choose your own projects, make your own money. But the reality is that creating a …

Headshot Portrait Lighting on a Budget

Chances are, no matter what your specialty is, you’ve been asked to photograph headshots. Professionals from many industries use these images to …

How To Attract Clients With Great Custom Web Pages

As much as we talk about how important your business’ unique branding is for your website, the truth is that a custom logo and carefully selected …

How to Make an Infrared Camera

We’ve published a few pieces on infrared photography before, and we’ve mentioned how it’s possible to modify a cheap or junk camera to be sensitive …

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How to Prepare a Photo File for Printing

The goal of this tutorial is to help photographers prepare digital images either originated by scanned film or digital capture for printing purposes. …

5 DIY Photography Projects to Save You Money

Professionals and hobbyists alike realize that photography equipment is expensive. The high costs of gear and accessories is a fact of life for pros …

How to Photograph a Kiss without the Awkwardness

Is this real life or are you in a Taylor Swift music video? You’re in the middle of one of the best kisses of your life!<p>Amidst the fireworks, stars, …

4 Tips for Creating Compelling HDR Photography

HDR tends to have a bad name in the world of photography. Type the words ‘HDR photography' into google images and you'll get an idea why. Florescent …

Tips for Approaching & Photographing Strangers

Street photography can be nerve-racking for some people. The idea of talking to strangers and/or capturing photos of them can be daunting. There are …

Street Photography

How to Photograph Fireworks

Do you want to know how to photograph fireworks? With New Year’s Eve just days away I thought I’d refresh this article in which I give 10 Fireworks …

88 Amazing Photography Links That You Won't Want to Miss

With another terrific week in the world of photography passing us by, we find Toad Hollow Photography has been searching high and low in all corners …

11 Tips for Photographing High School Senior Portraits

A Guest Contribution by Meghan Newsom. When it comes to planning for sessions, seniors are some of my favorite people to work with. Don’t get me …

15 Examples of Surreal Photos Taken with a Fisheye Lens

A fisheye lens is an ultra wide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image. It is a …

18 Night Sky Pictures with Light Pollution

Astrophotographers like Mike Taylor are able to get stunning night sky pictures partly because they live in a remote location or go there to take …

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How To Shoot Amazing Photographs Indoors With Nothing But Window Light

For some photos, nothing beats the natural beauty of ambient light. When used correctly natural light can create soft portraits that bring out great …

15 Serene Ocean Sunset Pictures

“The sunrise is God’s greeting – the sunset, his signature.” ~Unknown<p>An ocean is a naturally breathtaking view, and it only looks better with a …

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Beautiful HDR Photographs of an Airplane Cockpit by a Pilot Photographer

Karim Nafatni has a view of the world that most other photography enthusiasts don’t have. When he’s not scouring the Dubai landscape for sweeping …

5 Ways to Find a New Topic for a Photography Project and Beat "Photographer's Block"

It’s a well-documented ‘fact’ that writers encounter writer’s block. Photographers also run into that creative wall and it can be very discouraging …

Top Photographers Share Their Thoughts on Success and ‘Making It’

Pursuing a career doing something you love can be a terrifying thing, and so we often look to the people who have “made it” in our field as sources …

The Best Tips & Tools for Freelance Photographers

<i>[Today’s guide comes from awesome photographer and Photojojo pal, Helena Price!]</i><p>Being a photographer is regarded as one of the coolest jobs on the …