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Jason Hahn

The handheld light meter — should I use one?
On Nature: Saving the butterfly
On Nature: Wildlife photography and aspect ratios
Photography tips for zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and rescues
How to make beautiful backgrounds with v-flats
How to use negative fill to create deep, dramatic photos
Keeping your photography equipment safe around sand and salt water
In-depth review: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera
Photographer or model: Who owns the image?
NSFW: Ethics of removing tattoos in post-processing
Understanding exposure: The shutter speed setting
10 quick tips for nature photographers

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Jessica Lamb recreates the '70s

Photographer or model: Who owns the image?

As a photographer, protecting the images you create is critical to your success. Your photography is your product, your art and your brand. As a model, protecting your likeness and how it is used is critical to your success. So

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An alligator raises his head at the Myakka River State Park.

10 quick tips for nature photographers

Like many people, my first few years of photography were spent going out to shoot as much as possible and trying to learn everything I could about the subject. As my portfolio grew, and I started sharing my images with

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Understanding exposure: The aperture setting

Exposure is the process of choosing the correct settings on your camera to produce a picture that “looks right;” not too bright, not too dark, and sharp where it should be. While your camera will figure all of this out

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Making your own snow scene

Recently I worked with a team of fellow creatives on an “Ice Queen” character concept and photoshoot. Since snow is in pretty short supply in sunny Florida, to create the snow covered photo set we envisioned required much brainstorming, research and experimentation. While we could have resorted to a more Photoshop based approach, creating snow effects on the computer, we wanted to get as much of the winter effect in camera in one shot as possible.

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Five tips for adding textures to your photos

The term “texture” is a catch-all term for adding either abstract images, detailed photos, or patterns of different surfaces, like metal, cracked paint, sand, etc. as an overlay on your image. This is a type of “compositing”, combining multiple images into one finished work. Adding textures to your images can change the mood, create special effects, strengthen the composition, or help better tell a story.  These five concepts will help you add textures more easily, realistically, and quickly in Adobe Photoshop

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Jessica Lamb recreates the '70s

Photographer or model: Who owns the image?

As a photographer, protecting the images you create is critical to your success. Your photography is your product, your art and your brand. As a model, protecting your likeness and how it is used is critical to your success. So

Read More
An alligator raises his head at the Myakka River State Park.

10 quick tips for nature photographers

Like many people, my first few years of photography were spent going out to shoot as much as possible and trying to learn everything I could about the subject. As my portfolio grew, and I started sharing my images with

Read More
web-wm-jhahn-blue-untitled-20180927-0051_AuroraHDR2018-edit

Understanding exposure: The aperture setting

Exposure is the process of choosing the correct settings on your camera to produce a picture that “looks right;” not too bright, not too dark, and sharp where it should be. While your camera will figure all of this out

Read More
FEATURED-snow-scene-122018

Making your own snow scene

Recently I worked with a team of fellow creatives on an “Ice Queen” character concept and photoshoot. Since snow is in pretty short supply in sunny Florida, to create the snow covered photo set we envisioned required much brainstorming, research and experimentation. While we could have resorted to a more Photoshop based approach, creating snow effects on the computer, we wanted to get as much of the winter effect in camera in one shot as possible.

Read More
FEATURED-debra-texture1

Five tips for adding textures to your photos

The term “texture” is a catch-all term for adding either abstract images, detailed photos, or patterns of different surfaces, like metal, cracked paint, sand, etc. as an overlay on your image. This is a type of “compositing”, combining multiple images into one finished work. Adding textures to your images can change the mood, create special effects, strengthen the composition, or help better tell a story.  These five concepts will help you add textures more easily, realistically, and quickly in Adobe Photoshop

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On Nature: How to compose moving wildlife

Every animal has a distinct overall body geometry, but this shape will change dramatically as they move.  When you are composing your images, it’s important to understand this concept so you are fitting your frame and composition to them, allowing them to be alive in your shot.

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The On Nature column by Jason Hahn on Photofocus

On Nature: What settings should I use for wildlife photography?

When we talk about photographing behaviors and events as they unfold, we think in terms of being “reactive”, or shooting on the fly. In a studio setting, we are “proactive”, we make decisions about pretty much every characteristic of the photo before it is taken. My goal with wildlife photography is to be more “proactive” and make as many choices before the action begins as possible, so I am not fumbling with settings when the good stuff goes down!

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