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Levi Sim

Portrait Tips: $1,500 lenses don’t make good pictures
The state university where I work includes 30 campuses spread over the whole state. I visit them and make pictures...
Portrait Tips: Forget about goals, just remember
It's a new year, but somehow I'm in an old-fashioned funk. I'm always telling my clients that the power of...
What is focus stacking?
When you buy a fast lens with a bright aperture, like f/1.8, you go crazy making photos with a super-shallow...
Portrait Tips: Reminders about taking photos in snow
Ya know, if my back wasn't seized in pain from shoveling snow, it would have been a great day to...
Portrait Tips: Holiday portrait tips from a Texas hog hunt
Right before Thanksgiving, I was lucky to be invited to hunt with friends in southern Texas. This was a new...
Portrait Tips: Don’t be a hog!
If you're in Zoom meetings this year, you've probably seen a lot of extra people popping into meetings. Lots of...
Portrait Tips: One light + one collapsible backdrop = $
Unless you have a dedicated studio, collapsible backdrops are the way to go. I've had dedicated studios, and even then,...
FERNWEH backpack the perfect carrier for outdoor explorers
WANDRD is becoming known for their thoughtfully designed camera carry systems. They make packs that help you travel well, not...
Portrait Tips: Details aren’t only for weddings and newborns
It often seems that wedding photographs are more full of detail pictures than they are portraits of family and friends....
Learn your keyboard shortcuts easily with LogicKeyboard
If you want your Photoshop and Lightroom experience to be better, you need to learn keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts allow you...
Portrait Tips: Using the new Color Grading tool in Lightroom
Now, I'm not a huge fan of Instagram filters and most Lightroom preset packs. The reason I don't like them...
Portrait Tips: Event portraits need more tries
Sometimes I think that if I could spend every day making creative portraits that I'd be a happy and content...

What is focus stacking?

When you buy a fast lens with a bright aperture, like f/1.8, you go crazy making photos with a super-shallow depth of field. You photograph flowers where only one stamen is in focus, and you shoot people with super blurry

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Portrait Tips: Don’t be a hog!

If you’re in Zoom meetings this year, you’ve probably seen a lot of extra people popping into meetings. Lots of children and pets who wouldn’t normally be invited often enter the screen. You’ve probably had some of the same surprise

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Portrait Tips: One light + one collapsible backdrop = $

Unless you have a dedicated studio, collapsible backdrops are the way to go. I’ve had dedicated studios, and even then, collapsible backdrops are usually superior to full-size-need-a-huge-stand-loads-of-space-and-always-have-wrinkles backdrops. With one light and a collapsible backdrop, you could make a comfortable

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Portrait Tips: Event portraits need more tries

Sometimes I think that if I could spend every day making creative portraits that I’d be a happy and content photographer. Never having to shoot events, never having to photograph boring products, never shooting cookie-cutter headshots — it’d be Nirvana

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Portrait Tips: Don’t be a hog!

If you’re in Zoom meetings this year, you’ve probably seen a lot of extra people popping into meetings. Lots of children and pets who wouldn’t normally be invited often enter the screen. You’ve probably had some of the same surprise

Read More

Portrait Tips: One light + one collapsible backdrop = $

Unless you have a dedicated studio, collapsible backdrops are the way to go. I’ve had dedicated studios, and even then, collapsible backdrops are usually superior to full-size-need-a-huge-stand-loads-of-space-and-always-have-wrinkles backdrops. With one light and a collapsible backdrop, you could make a comfortable

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Portrait Tips: Event portraits need more tries

Sometimes I think that if I could spend every day making creative portraits that I’d be a happy and content photographer. Never having to shoot events, never having to photograph boring products, never shooting cookie-cutter headshots — it’d be Nirvana

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Platypod Twin Pack: A fresh opportunity

For the last several years, there’s always been at least one Platypod in my pack. I rarely carry a tripod for landscape and photowalks anymore, and I use a second Platypod to support my small lights for close-up work on

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