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The Secrets to Getting Started With Flashguns

When we first get into photography, be it with a compact camera or a DSLR, we tend to use the camera’s built in flash when we need it. Now whilst …

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 …

Full Frame or Cropped? A Brief Guide to Camera Sensor Sizes

It all used to be so simple. When DSLRs first appeared, there was very little discussion on sensor size, mainly because there was very little …

Depth of Field Simplified

Depth of field (DOF) is probably one of the least understood principles of photography. Most photographers seem aware of its existence, but few seem …

These Are the Ways to put the WOW Factor into Your Portraits

Most photographers, at some point in their career, make a decision to begin photographing people. Your decision may be simply to include people in …

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 …

10 Useful and Free Android Apps for Photographers

The smartphone is slowly becoming an invaluable tool for a photographer thanks to a growing number of photography apps that make use of its hardware …

The 7 Keys to Mastering The Headshot

A good headshot says a lot about a person, as it should. A headshot technically is a portrait, but a great headshot isn't just your typical posed …

5 Deadly Mistakes To Avoid When Shooting Portraits

Portrait photography is one of the most popular varieties of photography in part because it allows the photographer to be diverse, creative, and tell …

The Best Path to Becoming a Better Photographer: Education, Experience or Both?

Newcomers to photography these days are quite often surprised at how easy it is to take good pictures. This however, is because modern digital …

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure You're Getting Good Exposures

I’ve always been one of those people that believes we should move away from using the term “correct exposure.” Not that it doesn’t have its place; …

42 Great Photos and Photography Links from the Last 7 Days

As another terrific week in the world of photography passes us by, Toad Hollow Photography has been focused on finding links to the best tutorials, …

Grab a Coffee & Settle In - 33 Great Photography Links

The world of photography has been buzzing all week with great photographers and artists posting their work for the world to enjoy. Toad Hollow …

The Versatile, Affordable 5-in-1 Reflector Kit

Seasoned photographers understand the importance of convenience and versatility; when you have to haul, unload, and set up everything you need for a …

Shoot stunning vacation photographs

We all love vacation. It's a time to relax and enjoy the things we love most. For many, that means lying around doing nothing, or perhaps reading a …

Understanding Conceptual Photography (With 17 Helpful Examples)

It’s relatively easy for us to classify most of the images we encounter on a daily basis, even if such classifications sometimes amount to nothing …

Don't Miss These 7 Incredible Tutorials on Strobe Lighting for Portraits

As much as we love natural light, there are times when you have to rely on artificial light to create striking portrait images. Artificial lighting …

Creating and Using Presets in Lightroom for a Faster Workflow

One of the most powerful features of Photoshop for many years has been the ability to create little automated scripts called actions. These actions …

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These Lighting Patterns Will Make Your Portrait Photographs Rock

Familiarizing yourself with different lighting patterns isn't just to help you diversify your portrait portfolio. Depending on what you are trying …

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 …

Re-Diffuse!

The beauty dish is a fave of fashion photogs everywhere. I call it a “cheekbone light.” It is short, sharp and it clearly, definitively crisps out …

How to Light Two Surfaces with One Light Source: Portraits

Shooting portraits with hard light is something photographers are generally taught to flee from—“Always use softboxes in studio sessions, and only …

Lighting with a Beauty Dish - Guest Post by Bobbi Lane

<i>The fun of this industry is all about the friendships that come out of everybody's love for the craft, but it's also about versatility. There are few</i> …

Beauty Lighting Comparison Tests: Broncolor Parabolic vs Beauty Dish vs Octabox by Karl Taylor

In this video ( "go to minute five" ) Karl Taylor tests and compares some of his favourite lighting modifiers for fashion and beauty photography.<p>Via …

Three Light Studio Photography Setup

Not all photographers find it fitting to shoot with an assistant. Street photography, for example, requires a certain element of stealth, which means …

Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: Studio Lighting

In this article I would like to share some of the basics and tips for those of you who enjoy shooting beauty portraits with controlled artificial …

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An Advanced Guide to Light Metering in Photography

In a previous article we took a look at metering using the camera’s built in metering system, explaining the different metering modes and in what …

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 …