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Understanding Basic Light Properties for Photography

Understanding Basic Light Properties for Photography

The way light acts upon a subject depends on the physical properties each light source presents. Before taking on the challenge of creative photographic lighting it’s worth your while to understand some of these properties. Light Characteristics Light characteristics define the way surfaces are affected by specific light sources. Hard Creates harsh shadows Accentuates textures […]

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The Quickest Way to Sharpen Images in Photoshop

The Quickest Way to Sharpen Images in Photoshop

What’s the fastest way to sharpen an image in Adobe Photoshop? Chelsea Northrup has the solution—and it doesn’t involve the “Sharpen” tool:  The trick is to create a duplicate layer, then scroll down the Filter menu and choose High Pass. This will create a gray overlay of your image. Increase the radius until you can just […]

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Tips for Creating a Candid Street Photography Project

Tips for Creating a Candid Street Photography Project

At some point in the life of a photographer, they start to think past the single image. They start to think of their work in terms of themes and ideas. They start to classify their images into groups. This is not the case for all photographers, but for some of them. Others only think in […]

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Foreground Depth Photography Tips on Composition

Foreground Depth Photography Tips on Composition

Beaches are usually a sort of visual chaos. There’s sand, surf, and the sun. But there are also rocks and tidal pools. More often than not, it’s easier to create a photograph that resonates when you simplify the composition. But how do you simplify such a scene? The answer is to use a mix of […]

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Sun and Lighting for Architectural Photography

Sun and Lighting for Architectural Photography

In photography, as well as in any other visual art form, light plays a key role, and it should be considered a critical compositional element. Lighting for architectural photography, as well as for interior photography, can be very demanding, because the light defines the space or structure of the building. Lighting for interiors is much […]

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The Challenges of Photographing a Pilot and Fighter Jet

The Challenges of Photographing a Pilot and Fighter Jet

In our photographic careers, we inevitably face times where we must photograph our subjects in less than perfect circumstances. But have you ever tried to photograph a fighter jet in bright sun? Jay P. Morgan shows us his lighting process on an air force base shoot:  Shooting in Bright Sun Light When Morgan arrives […]

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New: Understanding Light Advanced Guide

New: Understanding Light Advanced Guide

In Understanding Light: Book One it talks about the physical properties of light: how it moves, how it changes, and how it reacts. They also talked about how it affects the human mind, and the importance of shadows. In Understanding Light: Book Two it concentrates on how a photographer uses light as a tool for […]

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Photograph a Group of Products with a Speedlight: Tutorial

Photograph a Group of Products with a Speedlight: Tutorial

You don’t always need a myriad of lights and accessories to produce great product photos. As a budding photographer dabbling in product photography, this must sound like exciting news to you. As you will see in this video, all you need is one light and a an idea about how to use the Lighten blending […]

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Why a Standard Lens is Perfect for Street and Travel Photography

Why a Standard Lens is Perfect for Street and Travel Photography

Standard lenses (also called normal lenses) have a kind of mystique amongst photographers. Perhaps it’s because Henri Cartier-Bresson was famous for using one, maybe it has something to do with nostalgia for the times when most cameras came with a 50mm kit lens rather than the zooms that are common today. Regardless, if you are […]

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11 Photographs from the Streets of Tokyo

11 Photographs from the Streets of Tokyo

Traveling is a great opportunity for photographers to surround themselves with new subjects and an unfamiliar environment where at every corner something new awaits! Street photography during travel is a way to capture the feeling and the atmosphere of a place, through photos of people, street scenes, and details that are specific to the culture. We found some […]

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