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High Dynamic Range (HDR): A Useful Photographic Tool

High Dynamic Range (HDR): A Useful Photographic Tool

There is some controversy about using HDR. This stems from the presentation of some HDR images done badly and the somewhat difficult processing of the image for the average photographer to get the desired results. The human eye can adjust to deep shadows and overly bright light quite quickly. The perception of the total image […]

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Keys to Portrait Lighting

Keys to Portrait Lighting

The photographer’s first task is to evaluate the facial features and decide which ones to emphasize and which ones to minimize. Long noses look best from a low angle for instance, and double chins respond well to a high camera angle, but this article will be aimed at the effects of lighting on the human face.

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Keeping it Low Key

Keeping it Low Key

You have all heard of white on white and it certainly has its place. But black on black has its moods, too. A low key photograph evokes mystery, night and secrets. Silhouette and shape prevail over color and light. In order to separate the subject from the background, an edge light is in order. Objects […]

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Zeroing in on Flash

Zeroing in on Flash

Professional photographers rely on the flash on their camera to capture the action at a wedding or other social event. They are probably not aware of the effect of their flash on the faces of their subject. Here is an analysis of the effect of different distances between the flash head and the lens.

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Outdoor Group Portraits

Outdoor Group Portraits

What makes a great picture of people? Ninety percent of its quality lies in the facial expression, the rest is composition, lighting, and the natural presentation of body language.

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Setting Up Group Portraits

Setting Up Group Portraits

“We don’t want any posed pictures” is a common admonishment from young people these days. What they mean is that they want to appear natural and relaxed in their portrait of the family. A certain amount of posing is a necessary evil in order to accomplish what they want.

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Painting With Light

Painting With Light

You’ve all heard the phrase, “to see light”. Everything that we see is made up of light. Light has direction, width, intensity and color. While understanding all the properties of light would be beneficial to the photographer/artist, it is just as effective to recognize the effect of light on a subject when you see it.

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