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Always photograph flowers this way
Choose the right lens to make flattering portraits
Selective sharpening in Lightroom
Portrait Tips: Be ready to be nimble
Portrait Tips: $1,500 lenses don’t make good pictures
Portrait Tips: Forget about goals, just remember
What is focus stacking?
Portrait Tips: Reminders about taking photos in snow
Portrait Tips: Holiday portrait tips from a Texas hog hunt
Portrait Tips: Don’t be a hog!
Portrait Tips: One light + one collapsible backdrop = $
FERNWEH backpack the perfect carrier for outdoor explorers

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Portrait Tips: Be ready to be nimble

The last time Randy had a headshot done was about 11 years ago, and he’s been using the same picture ever since. Well, now he’s up for an award recognizing his contributions over a more-than-40-year career and he figures he

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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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Hog Levi Sim

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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Collapsible Levi Sim

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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Levi Sim header-1

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

Read More
Hog Levi Sim

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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Collapsible Levi Sim

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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