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21 Incredibly Simple Photoshop Hacks Everyone Should Know

These tips and tricks should be easy enough for anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop.

Photographing Fast-Moving Freestyle Bike Photography

<i>Photograph what you love.</i> This advice has been repeated by famous photographers everywhere. And for some, photographing a passion turns into a …

Mountain Biking

How to Maximize Sharpness with a Telephoto Lens

Maximizing Sharpness - Tips for overcoming the difficulties associated with shooting at long focal lengths to help you maximize image sharpness

What Is The Difference Between a Parabolic Reflector, a Beauty Dish, and an Octobox?

When it comes to shaping the light sources photographers use, there are a lot of modifiers available. Each lighting modifier has it's own …

Understanding Retouching: Take Advice from a Make-up Artist

Growing up with a single mother and lots of aunts, a considerable portion of my childhood was spent around women readying their faces, to face the …

Tutorials

A Guide To Black and White Portraits

There is an old quote that says, “If you want to shoot fashion, shoot in color, but if you want to shoot emotion, shoot in black and white.” I don’t …

Tutorial: Quickly Remove Bags Under Eyes Using Curves in Photoshop

There are a few different ways to address bags under the eyes when you’re editing a portrait in Photoshop, but the video above shows one that is both …

15 Impressive Panoramic Images, And Tutorials on How to Create Them Yourself

If your wide angle or ultra wide angle lens just isn’t up to your lofty standards anymore and you wish to capture an <i>even wider</i> field of view, then …

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Easily Replace The Sky in Your Photos Using The Gradient Tool

In my previous article, I talked about how powerful luminosity masks are in blending multiple exposures. However, using the same exposures as last …

The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique - Part 1: The Fundamentals

Dodge & Burn (D&B) is a technique that came to us from the darkroom days when luminosity values in a photo could be only manipulated by the duration …

Tutorials

personal photography projects & goals

Personal photography projects & goals for 2015<p>With photography technology and trends changing more and more rapidly, something like a 5-yr business …

5 simple tips to get rid of glasses glare in portraits

About two years ago, my three year old daughter began having eye issues and it turned out that she needed glasses.<p>All of my studying and learning to …

Top 14 photography tutorials written in 2014

1.0K Shares<p>It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone but it has and 2014 was a great year!<p>Here on the CMblog we have continued to work …

Photographer Danielle Guenther Captures Family Portraits Emphasizing the Truly Hectic Experience of Raising Children

In her series <i>PARENTING: Best Case Scenario</i>, photographer Danielle Guenther captures family portraits that emphasize the truly hectic experience of …

10 Photography Resolutions for the New Year

I love New Year’s. Halloween, Christmas and National Cat Day (obviously) are high on my list too, but New Year’s holds a special weight for me. It’s …

Why Curves is One of the Most Powerful Tools in Photoshop

To a novice photographer, Photoshop can seem daunting with its countless tools. To many experienced photographers, Photoshop’s curves can bring …

Getting Ready for My 11/4 NYC Model Shoot: Six Days of Speedlite Tips - in one post

How to Balance Subject and Background Exposure - A Real World Example

Wedding photography involves a lot of compromises because we aren’t always allowed the optimum circumstances in which to create beautiful images. …

How to Use a Reflector for Better Outdoor Portraits

<b>What is a Reflector and Why Use One for Outdoor Portraits?</b><p>Simply put, a reflector is an object that reflects light onto a subject. In the absence of …

Portable

That face! Plug your phone into the Battery Buddy to charge back up to 100% up to 5 times. He fits anywhere and brightens your day too, with 3 fun colors! Grab A Battery Buddy of Your Own

That face!<p>Plug your phone into the Battery Buddy to charge back up to 100% up to 5 times.<p>He fits anywhere and brightens your day too, with 3 fun …

5 Quick Camera Checks Before You Release The Shutter to Produce Amazing Shots Consistently

Experience has the ability to make us wiser with our actions and choices. As a photographer, I have made mistakes in the past because of which I …

How Light, Aperture, Time and Sensitivity Affect Exposure

Most of the time when we discuss exposure we talk about it in very technical terms, using photography-specific jargon. There aren’t too many other …

Getting Started with Fire Photography

According to 19th-century writer Leigh Hunt, fire is “the most tangible of all visible mysteries.” It’s hard to argue with his thinking. It seems …

6 Amazing Tutorials That Will Give You the Perfect Eye Catch-Lights in Your Portraits

There's not too many people who would argue about the fact that striking catch lights in the eyes of your portrait subject really improve the overall …

Framing

As a young photographer, one of the first skills we were ever taught was the importance of “framing”. Now that we are one of the old salts and have …

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Shooting Raw

You’ve seen it on the spec sheets for cameras you considered purchasing, you’ve read about it on one photography blog after another, and you’ve heard …