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Jason Hahn

Understanding exposure: The aperture setting
Making your own snow scene
Five tips for adding textures to your photos
On Nature: How to compose moving wildlife
On Nature: What settings should I use for wildlife photography?
Five tips and techniques for taking lightning photos
How to censor your photos for social media, non-destructively in Photoshop
NSFW: Working with models, the do’s and don’ts of implied, boudoir and nude photography
How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 2: Blending
Wade Right In: A Nature Photographer’s Guide to Wading to Get the Best Shot
3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big
How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 1: Adding Textures

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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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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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Five tips and techniques for taking lightning photos

The beauty and power of lightning has fascinated me since I was a kid. So it should probably not have been a surprise I would end up in Florida, the lightning capital of the United States. My home lies in an area that has received the distinction of being called “Lightning Alley”, with more strikes per square mile recorded annually in the corridor from Tampa to Titusville than anywhere else in the US, the second most world-wide!  

Despite having the possibility of lightning nearly any day of the year, it’s still a difficult thing to find and photograph successfully. It’s also an extremely dangerous thing to photograph, it’s by far the number one cause of weather related deaths in my neck of the woods. These tips and techniques will help keep you safe, while helping you get a crack at capturing those bolts out of the blue!

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How to censor your photos for social media, non-destructively in Photoshop

On many social media sites, for various reasons, we are seeing a high degree of censorship and banning for anything consider “Mature”. Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, for those of us producing fine art nude or boudoir photography it’s becoming increasingly difficult to share our uncensored work over the internet. Here is a quick tip on how to create a frosted glass effect that nondestructively blurs only the parts of your image you choose, to satisfy the interweb censors and people parts police.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big

Many of us love the experience of creating photos, but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else.  Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper.  I’m sure I am not alone in this, how many of you out there haven’t printed anything in a long time, or have never printed anything at all?

Recently, I had the opportunity to to select one of my favorite photos, and have a print made of it by ArtisanHD.  When the piece arrived and I opened the box, it all came flooding back. Just how cool it’s to see your work big on the wall.  This wasn’t about ego, it was about seeing the product of creativity and effort, reliving the memory of making that image, and rediscovering just how much I love photography.  In this article I’ll explain how printing your work can make you a better photographer, through my experience of having a large print made of one of my favorite photos.

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How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 1: Adding Textures

In photography a texture image or “texturing” is used to enhance or accent some part of the image in your digital darkroom.  Although they can help you create eye-catching works of art, textures also can be very easy to overdo. In this article I’ll explain my process for adding textures to my photography, using Adobe Stock and Photoshop,  to create more impact, transform the mood of the image, or improve on the composition.

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How to Make Your Photos Look Great with Curves Layers in Luminar

Curves layers are one of the most misunderstood, yet more powerful adjustments you can make. Our images are all made up of pixels, which each have values for color and luminosity. With Curves adjustments, we can remap the pixels’ values for these, changing them to be brighter or darker, or changing their color.  In Skylum Software’s Luminar you can add multiple curves filters, and make each layer target very specific parts of your image.  This will give your images more depth, dimension, and beautiful color.

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Photographer of the Day: Neil Edwin Sinadjan

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Hold on to hope” by Neil Edwin Sinadjan In photography, we often label photos by their genre and style.  The beauty of the powerful image “Hold on to hope” by Neil Edwin Sinadjan is that it transcends

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Five tips and techniques for taking lightning photos

The beauty and power of lightning has fascinated me since I was a kid. So it should probably not have been a surprise I would end up in Florida, the lightning capital of the United States. My home lies in an area that has received the distinction of being called “Lightning Alley”, with more strikes per square mile recorded annually in the corridor from Tampa to Titusville than anywhere else in the US, the second most world-wide!  

Despite having the possibility of lightning nearly any day of the year, it’s still a difficult thing to find and photograph successfully. It’s also an extremely dangerous thing to photograph, it’s by far the number one cause of weather related deaths in my neck of the woods. These tips and techniques will help keep you safe, while helping you get a crack at capturing those bolts out of the blue!

Read More
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How to censor your photos for social media, non-destructively in Photoshop

On many social media sites, for various reasons, we are seeing a high degree of censorship and banning for anything consider “Mature”. Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, for those of us producing fine art nude or boudoir photography it’s becoming increasingly difficult to share our uncensored work over the internet. Here is a quick tip on how to create a frosted glass effect that nondestructively blurs only the parts of your image you choose, to satisfy the interweb censors and people parts police.

Read More
Trulife-1-2

3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big

Many of us love the experience of creating photos, but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else.  Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper.  I’m sure I am not alone in this, how many of you out there haven’t printed anything in a long time, or have never printed anything at all?

Recently, I had the opportunity to to select one of my favorite photos, and have a print made of it by ArtisanHD.  When the piece arrived and I opened the box, it all came flooding back. Just how cool it’s to see your work big on the wall.  This wasn’t about ego, it was about seeing the product of creativity and effort, reliving the memory of making that image, and rediscovering just how much I love photography.  In this article I’ll explain how printing your work can make you a better photographer, through my experience of having a large print made of one of my favorite photos.

Read More
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How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 1: Adding Textures

In photography a texture image or “texturing” is used to enhance or accent some part of the image in your digital darkroom.  Although they can help you create eye-catching works of art, textures also can be very easy to overdo. In this article I’ll explain my process for adding textures to my photography, using Adobe Stock and Photoshop,  to create more impact, transform the mood of the image, or improve on the composition.

Read More
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How to Make Your Photos Look Great with Curves Layers in Luminar

Curves layers are one of the most misunderstood, yet more powerful adjustments you can make. Our images are all made up of pixels, which each have values for color and luminosity. With Curves adjustments, we can remap the pixels’ values for these, changing them to be brighter or darker, or changing their color.  In Skylum Software’s Luminar you can add multiple curves filters, and make each layer target very specific parts of your image.  This will give your images more depth, dimension, and beautiful color.

Read More
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Photographer of the Day: Neil Edwin Sinadjan

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Hold on to hope” by Neil Edwin Sinadjan In photography, we often label photos by their genre and style.  The beauty of the powerful image “Hold on to hope” by Neil Edwin Sinadjan is that it transcends

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Photographer of the Day: Johann Walter Bantz

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “try an approach I” by Johann Walter Bantz Abstract photos go against many of the “rules” of photography, giving the artist the freedom to capture images of anything the grabs their eye and expresses their creativity.

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The Life Cycles Approach to Wildlife Photography – Part 1: Learning and Telling the Story

Every chance you have with a wild animal in front of your lens is an opportunity not just to capture split-second moments of action or behavior, but to also learn more about its life story. The things this creature does daily to survive and thrive in an often harsh world. As photographers, we are storytellers. By telling an animal’s tale through your photography, you reveal one of countless stories being played out as part of a greater whole within the place this animal calls home. Not just the story of an animal, but also a family, a species, an ecosystem, and a planet.

In this article, I’ll share tips on creating wildlife photography through capturing life cycles and histories, all those intimate moments that help define the lives of wild animals. Wildlife photography from a life cycles approach not only gives structure and purpose to your photography, but also adds to the broader knowledge about these creatures, necessary to understand and protect them. Every time you create a wildlife photo, you can help educate others about the general awesomeness that is nature, and the specific awesomeness that is this animal. Pretty cool when you think about it that way! (Have I mentioned I truly love what I do and this is one of the big reasons why! )

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