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Five Tips for Photographing Skin: Prerequisites to Retouching

"How did you retouch that?" This is the common question I see most when I post my images online. Unfortunately, answering that question directly …

Skin Care

How a Bad Client Consultation Changed My Portrait Photography Business

Are you doing your best in client consultations? I wasn't, and my work was suffering for it. A thorough client consultation is a free, simple tool …

Amazing

How to Pose People Who Aren't Models

For many photographers, the majority of their subjects aren't models and aren't trained in posing. And so, it falls to the photographer to really be …

How to Pose People Who Aren't Models

When you're first starting out, you can't just call up an agency and expect to shoot with a model. Most of us started by grabbing friends and bribing …

Yoga

Guide to Reaching Out to Modeling Agencies

So much of photography is built on social relationships. Models, makeup artists, hair stylists, designers, and assistants all play a crucial role in …

Google Docs

Beauty Portraits: Cheap Speedlights vs. Professional Lights

Cheap Speedlights vs. Pro lights. Which one of these lights do you think is going to take a better portrait? Fstoppers are going to take a beauty …

Photography

5 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business as a Photographer

My name is David Wahlman, and I’m a photographer and videographer for outdoor and active lifestyle industries based in Orange County, California. In …

Business Strategy

The 13-Year-Old Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer

Since age seven, Josiah Launstein has been developing his photographic skill and style. Perhaps good parenting resulted in this child prodigy's …

Nature Photography

Taking the Next Step Forward: Working With Modeling Agencies

You’ve reached a point with your work at which shooting friends and family doesn’t quite cut it. Your curiosity to challenge yourself and move …

Downplay

How to Create Long Lasting Relationships With Clients

If you're like me, you will find that before shooting your clients you will feel as nervous as they are, or even more! I have found that there are …

Self-help

Here’s How to Give Outdoor Portraits More Punch by Using a Cheap Manual Flash (VIDEO)

One of the most powerful, yet frequently overlooked, tools for outdoor portrait photography is an inexpensive, manual flash. This simple accessory is …

Photography

We Drew 2,568 Congressional Districts By Hand. Here’s How.

In most states, district maps — which define where the constituency of one representative ends and that of another begins — are drawn by the state’s …

Government

Here’s a Clever Trick for Adding Life to Eyes in Photoshop

Photographer and retouching expert Matt Kloskowski made this 14-minute video that introduces on technique for adding life back into a portrait …

Photoshop Tutorials

BEST Overhead Camera Rig For UNDER $35!

In this video we are learning how to make an overhead camera rig for under $35. Overhead shots look super awesome and can be used for unboxings, …

Portrait Photography

How I Burned Out Doing Cheap Photography Workshops

There is a reason people say that your price range usually determines what kind of clients you attract, and this also often holds true for …

Small Business

New to Pen Tool? This tutorial will help you master it in under 8 minutes

The Pen Tool allows you to cut out anything in Photoshop, and it’s especially useful with objects that have hard edges. However, many photographers …

Tutorials

Quick Tip: Speed Up Lightroom Classic Culling Process with “Caps Lock”

Bryan is a photographer specializing in capturing events, theatre, food/drink and corporate moments. Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., he has worked with …

How to Retouch Skin Using Dodge and Burn to Get a Natural Result

The trend in the portrait, fashion, and beauty industry is to come back to a more natural look while still removing the unwanted blemishes. But …

Add Life to the Eyes in Your Photos With This Clever Technique

Eyes really are the window to the soul, and the way they look in your images can be the difference between a picture being good and really great. If …

Using Photoshop to Create Sharper Images

Post-process sharpening is an often overlooked tool that can significantly improve an image. There are several techniques available to sharpen …

How to Make Stop Motion Videos with Ease

With today's photo and video tools at hand, and science in mind, filmmakers, and biologists Rob Nelson, and Jonas Stenstrom set out to teach us how …

PSA: Camera Bags Could Be Damaging Your Body

If there’s one photography video you should watch today, then this 7-minute piece of advice from photographer Jay Perry is the one. Perry explains …

3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Carbon Fiber Tripod and QR11 L-Bracket Review

What do dogs do on three legs, and why should we imitate them?<p>Dogs stand on three legs when they shake hands. Three legs provide a sturdy, balanced …

Forget Photoshop, Edit Your Photos With These Top Free Photo Editors

These free photo editors are the best of the best, and will get you just as good results as the expensive Adobe Photoshop.<p>The free photo editors …

A Simple and Effective Technique for Removing Dark Circles Under Eyes

If you shoot almost any genre involving portraits of people, one of the most fundamental retouching techniques you'll want to know is how to …

Getting Started With Pricing Your Photography Services

Whether you know it or not, psychology plays a big role in successful pricing strategies for both products and services. Our brains are wired to pick …

Illustrator Character Design

Designing characters in Adobe Illustrator is an easy workflow which incorporates sketching on paper, scanning, then reworking in both Photoshop and …

'Handsome', 'Sophisticated', and 8 More Words That Changed Their Meanings : Backlog

The earliest use of 'brute' in English was as an adjective meaning “of, relating to, or typical of animals, brutes, or beasts; not possessed of human …

10 Tips for Writing Cold Emails That Will Land Your Next Big Job

Persistence, creativity and analysis are keys to success in a job and when trying to get a job.<p>Despite the rise of a variety of new communication methods, such as Instagram direct messages, virtual reality meeting spaces and Slack, email remains a central part of business communication. In fact, …

7 Most Common Studio Portrait Light Mistakes

Photographer Antti Karppinen explains 7 most common studio portrait light mistakes and how you can avoid them.<p>Here the sample images for every …