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Vignettes are a two edged sword, and many of us fall to their siren song. Vignettes can really make your photographs look masterfully finished, but they can easily be applied too heavily and overshadow the real subject of the image. Right now I’ll show you my favorite way to control Post-Crop Vignettes in the Effects tab. […]

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The trouble with photographing eyeglasses is that they’re made of glass, which is generally pretty reflective and reflections of my flashes may obscure the eyes behind the glass, and if we can’t see a person’s eyes we might as well not make a picture. I was pretty intimidated by this when I was a new […]

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I photograph a lot of people in their places–people working and living and their environments. These environmental portraits are so much fun to make, but I’ve usually got a limited time to make them–business people can only halt business for so long while I make pictures. That’s why it’s important that I have some systems […]

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Six years ago I started making pictures, and I dove right in planning to make a portrait business. The best thing I did was attend David Ziser‘s workshop where he taught me that shadow and light are the most important technical things to learn in photography. He showed image after image of stunning portraits, and […]

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You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Thursday 3/26, 1:00pm Eastern, 10:00am Pacific/ 1:00pm Eastern. RSVP […]

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Lumix GH4, Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens, f/3.2, 1/50s, ISO 1000. Crank the ISO and extend battery life.

One of the best reasons to go to trade shows is to get your hands on new gear. I’m not talking about the latest camera or lens from Nikon or Canon–you can hold that and try it on at the camera store any time you want. No, the best gear to get your hands on […]

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Environmental portraits show people in their place, their habitat. The environment sets the mood and the place of the story, and a single look at the photograph can tell you what the story is about. Let me show you three things I think about as I light the background to make an environment worth photographing. 1. It’s Gotta Be […]

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