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Unposed Posing: Tried and True Tips for Photographing Families in Natural and Fun Ways

Pose – verb: to present oneself insincerely – noun: a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display I’m not a fan of posed portraits. I’m not even a fan …

Posing Guide for Photographing Women: 7 Poses to Get 21 Photos

Black and White Conversions: An Introduction to Luminosity

A Guest Post by Nick Rains. Warning – the following is quite advanced (even geeky) and I must assume the reader has a working knowledge of channels, …

working knowledge

How to Blend Exposures to Enhance Your Composition

Exposure blending is a popular technique often used to create high dynamic range photography. This article is about using the same technique but for …

Landscape Photography

Minimalist Photography ~ 4 Tips To Keep It Simple With A Maximum Impact

Minimalism is a very subjective concept in the art world. The Webster dictionary defines it as follows: A style or technique that is characterized by …

Exposing to the Right on Your EOS Camera

Over the years that I’ve worked as a photography writer I’ve noticed that people keep asking the same questions about exposure on their EOS cameras. …

An Introduction to Bird photography

A Guest Post by Lithuanian Photographer Tadas Naujokaitis. Birds are very interesting creatures, but it’s not so easy to photograph them. Wild birds …

Photography

What the Numbers on your Lens Mean

I've run into this a few times with students that feel embarrassed to ask what all the numbers on the lens mean. There's no reason to feel …

15 Tips for Successful Fireworks Photography

15 tips for successful fireworks photography: what camera settings to use, what equipment do you need, how to set up and get the most colorful …

7 Tips for Photographing Newborns without Becoming Clichéd, Derivative or Boring

When I first started doing professional photography, newborn babies were the coveted prize. An adorable sleeping creature that would look cute no …

How to Improve the Balance of your Photos by Paying Attention to the Corners

Balance is a very important aspect in photography. If you are aiming to create a balanced photo, then there is one key that is often overlooked. The …

Family Portraits Dos and Don'ts

Pin It For a photographer, skills in family portraits are essential and are usually the bread and butter for up and coming photographers. Looking at …

Photography

Understanding Evaluative Metering on Your EOS Camera

Photo by Flickr user MiNe By Andrew S. Gibson – the author of Understanding Exposure: Perfect Exposure on Your EOS Camera (currently 36% off at …

Get an Invisible Black Background to Your Portraits - Shooting Anywhere

In this video Glyn Dewis demonstrates how he gets his ‘Invisible Black Background’ effect when taking a portrait. The technique will allow you to …

Photography

Family: Weekly Photography Challenge

This week we’ve published a couple of posts that relate to the topic of Family so thought it might be a good theme for our weekly challenge. We’d …

Digital Photography

5 Ideas to Kick Start Your Photography Again

Last week I was speaking with an amateur photographer who told me that he’s been struggling for photographic inspiration and ideas lately. He …

Digital Photography

Destination: Oregon

Every year I try to dedicate at least one week of vacation to photographing a destination that’s on my lifetime list of places to see- some might …

Pacific Northwest

Improving Composition with Tonal Contrast

If you were to ask me for two ways that you could improve the composition of your photos, the first piece of advice I would give you is to keep the …

Digital Photography

Master These Five Lightroom Sliders and Your Photos Will Pop

Have you ever opened up Lightroom (or any other professional level editing program) and said, “Oh my – where do I start?” If so then this post is …

How to Create a “Soft Portrait” Preset in Lightroom 4

Introduction The following is an excerpt from the SLR Lounge Lightroom Workflow System Workshop on DVD, a system designed to increase your post …

Tutorials

Posing Guide for Photographing Women: 7 More Poses to Get You 21 Different Photos [Part II]

A post by Kaspars Grinvalds from Posing App. If you haven’t read the first article in this series, I would kindly recommend you to start with Posing …

Digital Photography

9 Photography Ideas to Fuel Your Photographic Journey

A Guest Post by Sergey Sus/ 1. Take an Overnight Photography Trip Overnight trips with other photographers make for a great time to talk and explore …

Photography

Low Light: Weekly Photography Challenge

To followup on our post earlier today on Low Light Photography we thought it might be a good topic for this weeks challenge. So – your challenge is …

Digital Photography

Get A Kick: Photograph Soccer!

I spent a good portion of my career photographing sports, from children all the way up through the pros. One of the most challenging sports to …

Soccer

An Introduction to Buying Used Lenses

Let’s face it– photography is an expensive hobby and an even more expensive profession. Camera bodies, speedlights, reflectors, memory cards, …

Photography

How to Create a Beam of Light in a Photo using Photoshop [Video Tutorial]

Have you ever wanted to create a beam of light in a photo using Photoshop? Me neither – but after watching this tutorial I think I’ve found a little …

Tutorials

11 Tips for Photographing High School Senior Portraits

A Guest Contribution by Meghan Newsom. When it comes to planning for sessions, seniors are some of my favorite people to work with. Don’t get me …

An Alternative Rule-of-Thirds

Most of you will be familiar with the rule-of-thirds: the idea that you can improve composition by placing the main subject a third of the way in …

How to Use Film Simulator Presets in Lightroom

processed using VSCO’s Kodak TRI-X film preset Those of you who think Instagram and its ilk are pushing us towards the end of “real photography” can …

4 Essential Ingredients for Great Landscape Photographs

When you are out in the field and you’re not sure if your the image you are making is any good, go through this quick mental checklist to see if your …

Digital Photography