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Levi Sim

Use a polarizer for purer portraits and less retouching
When to use manual focus on your camera
How could I forget the first rule of making a time-lapse?
The best selfie method: Make a time-lapse
Portrait Tips: Throw it all out the window!
Portrait Tips: Slow down, set up, shoot
Perfecting the tones in your landscapes, or step #1 in finishing landscapes
There’s just one trick to photographing glasses
Using window light for your portrait
Professional portrait light from a simple tool
Portrait Tips: Just get your knees dirty to get a good background
The real question is, “What lens should I buy?”

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The best selfie method: Make a time-lapse

Selfies with your phone are fun, but you can do so much if you use your camera. You can control the depth of field, lighting, lens choice and you can place the camera somewhere other than arm’s length. All cameras

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Portrait Tips: Throw it all out the window!

I’m participating in a photo contest today. It started on Friday. The entries must all be photographed, printed, framed and presented by Wednesday at noon. Oh, and they have to be made only in the valley I live in. It’s

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Portrait Tips: Slow down, set up, shoot

It seems like you’re always under pressure to make pictures quickly. If it’s newborns, it’s hurry up before she wakes up. At weddings, it’s hurry up because the bride was three hours late. With families, it’s hurry up because Dad

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Using window light for your portrait

Using the light from a window is a terrific way to illuminate your subject. It can be the biggest and softest light of all — and it’s free. One of the biggest advantages to using window light is that what

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One tip for great family portraits

All it takes is one tip. Even if the only pictures you ever show are landscapes, closeups, flowers or horses; someone is going to ask you to make a family picture. Here are five inevitable facts about family portraits, and

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Set up then shoot Levi Sim-1

Portrait Tips: Slow down, set up, shoot

It seems like you’re always under pressure to make pictures quickly. If it’s newborns, it’s hurry up before she wakes up. At weddings, it’s hurry up because the bride was three hours late. With families, it’s hurry up because Dad

Read More
Window Levi Sim-1

Using window light for your portrait

Using the light from a window is a terrific way to illuminate your subject. It can be the biggest and softest light of all — and it’s free. One of the biggest advantages to using window light is that what

Read More
one tip

One tip for great family portraits

All it takes is one tip. Even if the only pictures you ever show are landscapes, closeups, flowers or horses; someone is going to ask you to make a family picture. Here are five inevitable facts about family portraits, and

Read More
photowalking

Three tips for fabulous photowalking

I just attended a terrific event hosted by the photo club at the Art Institute of Portland, and beforehand we did a 1-hour photowalk around the block. Portland, OR is a terrific place to photowalk because there are always lots

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