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How to Use a Hair Light for Portraits

How to Use a Hair Light for Portraits

Hair light, separation light, accent light, whatever you want to call it, the result is the same—separating your model from your background. In a small home studio, one light may be enough for portrait lighting, but adding a second light behind your model will really add separation and definition: Using one single flash to light […]

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How To Frame Your Shots to Avoid Excessive Cropping

How To Frame Your Shots to Avoid Excessive Cropping

We’re all familiar with the cropping tool in our image editing programs. Unfortunately, it is one of the most widely used editing tools, mainly because it’s easy to forget to frame pictures before snapping the shutter. Yes, it is easy to crop images to get rid of ugly background extras, like empty water bottles, and […]

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How to Eliminate Ambient Light in a Photography Studio

How to Eliminate Ambient Light in a Photography Studio

Understanding the basics of photography is essential for consistently taking great photos. To help understand a little more about these fundamental aspects, photographer Mark Wallace answers a message asking how he was able to create a photo that appeared as if it had been taken in a dark room with one light, when he captured […]

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The Rewarding Burden of Large Format Photography

The Rewarding Burden of Large Format Photography

Modern imaging formats like medium and especially 35mm have made the actual task of photography less labor intensive, but there’s still something to be said for the romanticism of large format photography. Cinematographer Taylor Hawkins and Nick Bolton have created a beautiful and honest short film about the original format. The vignette, Through the Ground Glass, provides […]

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New: Lightroom Mastery at 50% Off

New: Lightroom Mastery at 50% Off

Master the Lightroom techniques that will bring your photos to life and save you tons of time. Photographer Mike Newton has helped tens of thousands of photographers learn Adobe Lightroom and is here to teach you exactly what you need to know to take your edits and efficiency in Lightroom to the next level! We were able […]

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How to Use Light Painting in Product Photography

How to Use Light Painting in Product Photography

Light painting is a fun and interesting technique used by photographers to “paint” light into their photos. It can be achieved with flashlights, a softbox, reflectors, spot lights, or any other type of light source. While many photographers have attempted this phenomenal technique, very few have mastered it. To understand a little more about light painting […]

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An Intro to Line, Shape, and Form in Photography

An Intro to Line, Shape, and Form in Photography

There are many elements of composition that form the building blocks of photography: lines, shape, form, texture, pattern, and the rule of thirds, just to name a few. Each of these elements plays a role in drawing the viewer’s eye into the photo. Here, Mark Wallace focuses on three basic building blocks—line, shape, and form—to […]

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What Makes Some Photographs Better Than Others?

What Makes Some Photographs Better Than Others?

Art is so subjective that there is no correct answer to this question. But there are some things that can help you analyze a photograph. I find it interesting that the majority of people can tell the difference between an average and a great photo and choose the ‘better’ one, but they struggle to articulate […]

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The Most Confusing Thing About Lightroom

The Most Confusing Thing About Lightroom

As a photographer and educator, Phil Steele has found there is one fundamental misunderstanding that causes many amateur photographers to get confused when working with Adobe Lightroom. Unfortunately until you understand it, you will never really be able to use Lightroom without causing yourself problems. To help tackle this common confusion, Steele created this insightful tutorial on […]

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Magical Photography Through a Glass Ball

Magical Photography Through a Glass Ball

Lithuanian photographer Andrius Aleksandravičius has a distorted view of the world. But in a very good way. Aleksandravičius came up with the incredibly creative Glass Ball Project; he takes pictures of buildings through an actual glass ball, all flipped upside down and round—each one giving us a magical view of an ordinary scene: Aleksandravičius and his girlfriend traveled around […]

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