Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter Low-key lighting is a style of lighting that creates a chiaroscuro (strong contrast between light and dark) effect by accentuating the contours of an object by throwing areas into shadow and usually only requires one light, maybe the sun, that sometimes can be supplemented […]

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Guest Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter The best way to improve your photography is practice. Shoot each week so you get to the point where you don’t have to think about how to operate your camera…You just use it to create images. If you’ve discovered that when working in […]

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Guest Post and Images by Stacy Pearsall – Follow Stacy on Twitter I love little babies, but photographing them can be challenging. As you know, I love a challenge. My solution starts with my camera and lighting equipment. I use a Nikon D3s and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. I’m usually right over the baby, so I […]

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Guest Post and Images by Stacy Pearsall – Follow Stacy on Twitter EDITOR’S NOTE: I will be teaching a workshop with Stacy on location in South Carolina. She’s simply one of the best photographers I’ve ever seen. She’s an amazing human and a great teacher. If you can make the workshop, you should come – […]

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Portraits still make up the lion’s share of all photography done on this planet. Taking a picture of a person is as time-honored as the meat and bread sandwich. Making portraits outside can offer some unique challenges and opportunities. Here are five tips aimed at beginners that will improve your outdoor portraiture. 1. Try to […]

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If you look at most photographs of children that are made by amateurs, you’ll notice that most are made looking down on – or shooting down on the child. This perspective isn’t flattering for most kids, and distorts the world view of children. Shooting down on something takes away its power. If you want to […]

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It is possible to shoot portraits in harsh mid-day sunlight – as long as you have a way to make shade that is. The portrait of Tim, a cowboy modeling for us during our Palouse workshop, was made in harsh mid-day sunlight. In order to get the sweet light you see on his face, we […]

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