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Understanding Exposure Value in Photography

Before explaining <i>Exposure Value</i> (EV for short), it helps to know what <b>Light Value</b> (LV, for short) means. When you find something (whether it’s a …

Lions, and Elephants and Cameras, Oh My

Wildlife photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols’s long-term project documenting the lives of African lions and elephants is currently on view at …

Top Portrait Photography Trends for 2013

Portrait photography stands out from other professions because it encompasses many different niche specialties, including families, babies, seniors, …

Photographing Fall Foliage

Fall colours can be very different from place to place. Some areas will have a very short colour-changing season of a week or less, while elsewhere …

Abandoned House Comes to Life Because of Unlikely Furry Inhabitants

<i>The House in the Woods</i> is a fascinating collection of photographs that show wild animals appropriating an abandoned home as habitat for themselves. …

Wildlife

6 Tips for Photographing Deserts

Deserts can make for very dramatic and beautiful landscapes but it can also be challenging to avoid your photos appearing flat and uninteresting. …

Powerful Portraits of a Climber Holding On by His Fingertips

For the uninitiated, rock climbing is a grueling, challenging activity where individuals climb up, down or across natural rock formations, or in …

How to Create a Porcelain Skin Effect with Boudoir Photography

The human body has been a common subject of photography since the 19th century, when boudoir “artist studies” first served as substitutes for live …

Photography

How To Take Ridiculously Unique Photos

by Steven McConnell How do you make your photography more meaningful, moving and unique? Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the idea that our …

Wistful Photos of Nature Captured Against the Radiance of Evening Light

Polish photographer Emerald Wake captures the radiance of evening light as she explores nature’s grasslands with her camera. Her macro photography is …

How to do Bokeh

Creative photography often involves using a variety of techniques to add dramatic effects to a photograph. One such technique is referred to as bokeh …

How To Use The RAW Adjustment Brush For Added Impact in Your Photos

Most of us are aware of the creative power of RAW. But, for those of us that are new to photography, let's talk about what RAW is, and what it means …

So You're Going to Shoot A Wedding: Part 3 of 3 [editing, etc.]

It’s done. You survived it. It was the longest day of your photography career, you’re exhausted, and all you can think about is how right I was (it’s …

The Magic of Soft Light

Soft light is beautiful. It is a gift from nature that helps you create interesting images using high quality light. You’ll find soft light in the …

Why Analog Photography (Still) Rocks!

by Matthias Hombauer and Karl Blümel from “The Analog Docs”. We are two professional music and wedding photographers and we shoot digital when …

Ellen Jantzen: Disturbing the Spirits

Photographer Ellen Jantzen continues to push the envelope of perception, looking at the world with the potential of other realities. Her new series,</i> …

Color Portraiture with Retouch and Enhancement in Lightroom 4 and 5

The Following is an excerpt from the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System v5, a preset system designed to take you from Ordinary to Extraordinary …

Tutorials

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Endless Creativity is Possible in Portrait Photography: Here are 11 Examples Full of Life

<b>Portrait photography</b> or <b>portraiture</b> is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. …

How to Get Stunning Colors in Your Sunset Photography

Nothing makes a sky pop in a photograph the way that a sunset can. Beautiful purples and yellows in a sky are often the result of the setting sun, …

Landscape Photography

Hauntingly Beautiful Portraits Captured by Talented Young Photographer

Undiscovered talent is always a pleasure to share, especially if it is of remarkable caliber. Anyone that comes across the portfolio of Greg Ponthus …

Composition and the Power of Line

Lines are all around us in photography. Conscious use of line can add depth or dynamism to your composition. Let me show you what I mean. Take a look …

Valuable Tips for Autumn Photography

Autumn is a season that provides a golden opportunity to take beautiful shots in varied colors. And what else could be the perfect subjects for your …

Landscape Photography

10 Tips for Creating Great Family Portraits

With my background being in classic style studio portraiture (aka “boring”), and 25 years experience photographing portraits and weddings, I have a …

Photography

How to Become a Photographer in the Music Industry

Touring with a famous band, meeting the best musicians in the world, capturing once in a lifetime shots during a mega concert – music photographers …

Quick Tips on How to Build Relationships with Photography Clients

One of the biggest hurdles to starting work as a professional photographer is attracting clients. Miller Mobley, an editorial photographer based in …

Photography

Composition and Negative Space

In portraiture, negative space is the area around the main subject of your photograph. The portrait above has negative space – it is the dark area …