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The holiday season is upon us and Christmas lights are everywhere. What better time for capturing great bokeh shots? If you’ve never really paid attention to bokeh before or haven’t ever tried it, there’s honestly no better time to learn how. Check out this video by photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama and give it a try:Bokeh refers to the way a camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light. If the blurred shapes are pleasing to the eye they’re considered “good” bokeh, and if they are... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 12-24-2018 1:25 PM
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I own, as far as I know, at least eight functioning cameras. They all have their appropriate uses, their strengths, and their weaknesses. One is for when I need really high resolution. One can fly in the air. One can attach to my bike helmet, and one can shoot at 11 frames per second. But the one camera that I pretty much always have on me, of course, is the one in my cell phone. It’s not the best camera, but it sure is handy.This... READ MORE
Creative Live | 11-01-2018 9:00 AM
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Silhouette photography is a great way to add interest to an image. They make a scene feel dramatic or dreamy. Before you grab your camera and start snapping away, read on. You’ll learn everything you’ll need for a successful silhouette photography shoot. From equipment and settings to composition tools.  [ExpertPhotography...The post How to Shoot Spectacular Silhouette Photography appeared first on ExpertPhotography.... READ MORE
Expert Photography | 09-28-2018 4:20 AM
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Autumn offers a wide range of photographic opportunities, especially for those who love colors and moody days. With the quickly changing scenery, colorful landscapes and shorter days, it’s not hard to understand why it’s the favorite season of so many photographers.But how do you capture the vibrancy of it? How do you walk home with beautiful images? A typical problem with autumn photography is the dull and flat images that aren’t able to convey the colors or atmosphere presented. That’s what I’ll help with, in this... READ MORE
Capture Landscapes | 09-20-2018 5:22 AM
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It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. In photography, the eyes are the key to great portraits. If the eyes are soft or out of focus the image is unusable. Glyn Dewis shares his simple technique to enhance the eyes in your portrait photography and ensure they’re tack sharp:1. Making the SelectionUse the Elliptical Marquee tool to drag out a selection of both eyes. Notice how Dewis selects the area just inside of the black outline of the eye so he can feather the selection later... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 09-15-2018 1:36 PM
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You have your subject, you have your digital camera, and you want to take complete control over your photograph with the correct exposure. Whether you’re shooting portrait or landscape photography, understanding exposure is critical in order to get the best in-camera shot possible.Simply put, exposure is light striking a sensor (or if you’re going old-school, a frame of film). Having good exposure can make or break an image so is critical to get right. You control exposure with three parameters: aperture, shutter speed and ISO.... READ MORE
Creative Live | 08-29-2018 9:35 AM
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White balance is a term that is often used in photography but might be a little confusing to new photographers. Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to learn. And even if you do mess it up the first few times, if you’re shooting in RAW, it’s easily correctable once you know what you’re looking at. We’ll touch on that in this article too, but first, let’s discuss what white balance is.What Is White Balance?In short, white balance is important because you want the colors in the... READ MORE
PhotographyPla.net | 08-15-2018 1:19 PM
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Photo by Izzy Hudgins in partnership with with French Knot Studios for RuffledBlogIn 2018, you couldn’t attend a corporate event, a party, or a wedding without being handed a plastic mustache on a stick and getting pulled into a photo booth. Photo booth companies – like our friends at the Slow Motion Booth – got creative with their offerings, breathing new life into the old carnival staple. But what if you’re a wedding photographer, how do you get in on this candid photography trend?Easy – you create... READ MORE
Creative Live | 08-03-2018 7:00 AM
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When it comes to photographing your food, it’s all about setting the “right” scene. If you want your honey baked ham or apple pie to make your Instagram followers salivate with envy, well then expert food photographer, Andrew Scrivani has a few tips & props that will make your shots really look like you know what you’re doing.Ideal food photography props need to walk the line between neutral and nondescript, and personality-based and playful.“You don’t want your propping to distract from your food,” explained New York Times... READ MORE
Creative Live | 06-26-2018 8:00 AM
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Who doesn’t love Pixar? In the best of times the mad boffins at their studios are able to make ‘the good life’ even better, touching the souls of most cynical, and in the tumultuous times like these the effect is even more profound.Suffice to say it’s hard to escape the trappings of Pixar’s joyous output, but to earn that kind of reputation comes at the cost of consistency, and creating Pixar films is an exhaustive process, even if a labor of love; every minute detail... READ MORE
SLR Lounge | 06-09-2018 2:29 PM
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Show Promo ImageWe’ve featured several tutorials on how to use the powerful Curves tool in Photoshop and Shutterbug readers keep asking for more so here’s another one, this time from Colin Smith at photoshopCAFE.Fri, 05/11/2018Shutterbug Staff... READ MORE
Shutterbug | 05-11-2018 11:45 AM
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We know, you already have so much on your plate that how dare we ask you to take on another thing. And it is especially egregious because we’re asking you to do something that requires equipment and a set of the skills you have no time to learn.But hear us out. While we understand if you have no time or desire to shift your resources to something new, there are some very positive effects taking up a little bit of photography can have on your... READ MORE
Creative Live | 05-03-2018 10:00 AM
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Today, let’s get a bit into portrait photography. Here are two quick tips for you. Though they may seem minor, they can make a HUGE difference in the effectiveness of your portraits. Who knows, maybe you’ll start winning some of those photo contests!Photo by Mustafa Sayed; ISO 100, f/11.0, 1/200-second exposure.Today’s first tip involves photographing people’s joints.No, I am not talking about marijuana. I’m talking about physical joints, like wrists elbows, knees, and so on.Photo by Igor Gorshkov; ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/250-second exposure.One of our... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 04-28-2018 3:46 PM
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FROM RAW TO GLORIOUS JPEG #6: We’ll play with a photo I shot a few years ago in New York City to get this...... READ MORE
TutVid | 04-27-2018 4:00 PM
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Photographer Andrew Marr doesn't specialize in lighthouse photography, but when he was visiting Augusta in the southwest of Australia, he had a good opportunity for lighthouse photography. The only problem was that the exposure range in the scene was dramatic, leading Marr to bracket exposures using his Fujifilm X-T2.Normally, Marr uses graduated neutral density filters to balance scenes, but he had forgotten them at camp so he needed to combine exposures during post-processing. In total, Marr combined five frames using... ... READ MORE
Imaging Resource | 04-23-2018 9:30 AM
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Photographing the moon can be tricky. Last year I had a go at it, and it was a complete disaster, with the moon looking like a big, bright, blurry mass in the sky. After a bit of trial and error I discovered how to take nice shots of the moon.“Harvest Moon” captured by PictureSocial member RobinThe right lensThe first thing you need is a powerful zoom lens. The moon may look big in the night sky but when your camera takes a photo of it,... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 04-21-2018 4:37 PM
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Have you ever felt like your photos were missing something? In this quick Photoshop tutorial, learn how to make your photos pop with this simple sharpening technique to bring your photos to life in minutes.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 04-21-2018 12:04 PM
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Whether you are a food blogger or starting out in professional food photography, you will need to develop your food styling skills. Food styling is inseparable from lighting and composition. All of these components work together equally in the aesthetic of the final photo. If one of them is off, the...The post The Right Tools for Food Photography Styling and How to Use Them appeared first on Expert Photography.... READ MORE
Expert Photography | 04-21-2018 10:00 AM
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Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned.The exposure brush in both Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC is extremely powerful.  Many of the capabilities found in the very precise Select and Mask tool in Photoshop are found in this brush.  The great news is that you don't have to mess with a lot of sliders or different options to get a ...The post How to Make Precise Selections in Lightroom CC appeared first... READ MORE
Improve Photography | 04-02-2018 9:00 AM
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Since its inception, photographers have found weird and wonderful ways to create photographic images in amazing styles and mediums. The first photograph, or more specifically, the earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera, was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. He used a polished sheet of pewter coated with a thin layer of bitumen, a naturally occurring petroleum tar, which was dissolved in lavender oil, applied to the surface of the pewter and allowed to dry before use.As cameras developed, the... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 03-29-2018 6:00 AM
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Stuck at home? Lost for ideas? Have a boring wall? Think again. You may have everything you need, boring wall notwithstanding. What you’re missing is a fresh perspective. Highlight Your Wrinkles demonstrates:Apart from some artificial lights, you’ll need a few pieces of foam core, which you can find at a hardware or craft store.Cut some shapes out of the foam core.Place the foam core against your external light source to cast a checkered shadow on your model. See how creative you can get with a... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 03-28-2018 12:05 PM
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Standing in awe under the starry night sky is only 50% of the fun in astrophotography. What’s the other 50%? Post-processing photos, of course. Make no mistakes: if you do astrophotography, you must learn how to edit your images. Problem is, this editing is often a long, complex and rather...The post Post-Processing Astrophotography: All You Need To Know appeared first on Expert Photography.... READ MORE
Expert Photography | 03-27-2018 10:00 AM
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Color is all around us. As beautiful as black and white can be, color gives us variety and sometimes, unpredictability. But funnily enough, it’s also easy to take it for granted.Over time, I’ve come up with a few exercises to keep color at the forefront of my mind. One of these exercises is to focus on photographing a different color each day. It’s great for keeping your photography fresh and training your eyes to look out for new photographic opportunities.Getting startedColor may make up the... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 03-22-2018 6:00 AM
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When it comes to taking a great photo, many photographers argue that it starts and ends with great composition. I’m not sure I’m so black and white in my outlook, but good composition is hugely important without a doubt. And one of the most overlooked parts of great composition is adding foreground interest. Today I will discuss how foreground interest in your photos can really improve your end results, and what you can do to nail the foreground every time.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 03-20-2018 8:00 AM
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