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Tips on How to Get New Photography Clients

Aaaaghhhh!!!! Why aren’t people knocking down my door to get me to photograph their most precious moments?! We’ve all said this. We’ve all had those …

Digital Photography

Tips For Shooting In Wet or Damp Conditions

Photographing in wet or damp conditions is a mixed blessing. The opportunities are often enormous; in a constantly damp area, the flora can be …

Backpacking

Focus Stacking for Extended Depth of Field

One of the things we can struggle with in close-up photography is a narrow depth of field. This is usually caused by shooting at a wide aperture …

Tutorials

How to integrate text into your photos in Photoshop

A while ago, I have published a post on creative watermarking that was immensely popular ever since. This post shows you how to integrate your …

Learn How to Remove a Bra … Strap … In Photoshop

In an ideal world, every photograph from a shoot would come out as we initially envision it. Perfect light, perfect focus, perfect everything. But, …

Getting to Know Your DSLR: Part One

Today’s article is aimed at the newcomers amongst you, both to Lightstalking and to photography itself. Today we are going to take a look at getting …

4 Best Practices for Wedding and Event Photography

During the past few years, the recession and economic turndown notwithstanding, it’s become ever clearer that event photography in general, and …

How To Choose Your Best Images: Top Tips On Culling Your Photos

It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete photo neophyte, enthusiast, or a working pro photographer, learning to cull your photos and choose the best …

Easy Studio Lighting for Noir Portraits

Noir portraiture – timeless, sleek, and mysterious. A product of Hollywood’s film noir period of the 1940’s and 50’s, noir portraiture has the …

Walkthrough: How to Create a DIY Studio On a Budget

In a perfect world, we’d all have the studio of our dreams, and it would be filled with all of the best of gear. Unfortunately, we don’t live in such …

How To Easily Add Copyright In Lightroom & In Camera

It seems as the years progress, there’s more of a concern for protection of intellectual property. In our world, that’s mostly our photographs. I’ll …

6 Lighting Tutorials from Joe McNally

At the time of writing this post it is a gorgeous spring day and I have no doubt our readers are out shooting and enjoying it. If you have opted to …

Learn to See Photographically With These 4 Tips

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in becoming a proficient photographer is learning to see the creative possibilities of the scene in front of …

Joe McNally Shares Some Incredibly Useful Lighting & Basic Photography Tips

Joe McNally knows a good bit more about lighting than many photographers out there, and in this short video he shares a great deal of information …

Boudoir Photography: 3 Quick Tips on Building Trust With Your Clients

Boudoir photography is not just about taking beautiful images, but it is also knowing how to make your clients <i>feel</i> beautiful. Remember that clients …

Communicate

Tutorial: A Quick and Simple Technique for Adding Textures to Images

When Nick Fancher created his series of 80’s Cyber images, he made use of some textures to add that extra bit of character to the photos. The …

Lighting for a Headshot: a Simple and Inexpensive Technique

Two lights and a Reflector. That is all you need to create stunning headshots that will wow your clients and bring you new business. No need for huge …

How Body Language Can Help You Achieve The Perfect Shoot & Optimize Your Business

Should every talented photographer have a go at deciphering the code of body language and it’s implications in our photographs? While there is …

Body Language

5 Steps to Building Relationships to Get More Photography Clients

Relationships

7 Steps for Photographing Wedding Reception Details

Receptions can be the most overwhelming part of a wedding–especially for photographers. The DJ is sound-checking, managers are running around keeping …

Photographer’s Best Friend: Google Reverse Image Search

It’s all diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks when it comes to image usage and propagation online: while some photographers are happy to have their …

DIY: Paper Bag Scrap Book

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3<p>Sure paper bags are alright for carrying lunches.. but what they’re GREAT for is making scrap books!<p>Show off your …

The Ultimate Guide to Going Pro as a Photographer

How-To's

5 Quick Tips for Photographing People Outdoors

So, let me guess…your pictures of your friends, parents, children, or grandchildren don’t always come out the way you’d like, and you are frequently …

10 Successful Practices I've Learned from Interviewing 200+ Photographers

Over the past 8 years, I have conducted well over two hundred interviews with photographers on my show, The Candid Frame. These conversations have …

Up the Ambient, Create Beautiful Portraits by Mimicking Daylight

When I first picked up a DSLR and got a taste of artificial lighting, I loved shooting in darkness. I felt like I could control light a lot easier …

Shutter Speed

How To Retouch Your Portraits Like A Pro

Retouching portraits can be a controversial subject, but it is also very often requested of portrait photographers to edit out minor blemishes and …

Badass Brides: Wedding Photography that Shatters the Mold, by Mike Allebach

If you type Wedding Photography into Google’s Image Search, you’ll be greeted by a flood of Pin-able fairytale wedding photographs for the …