We talk about posing and connecting with our subjects and all kinds of other stuff when we make portraits, but there’s one thing that matters more than that stuff and
Levi Sim is passionate about making photographs and helping others make their pictures better, too. He’s a full-time photographer making business portraits and marketing and branding pictures for a living. He spends the rest of his time practicing all other kinds of photography and studying to be a better hunter. Read more of his articles here. And you can see more of Levi’s portfolio here.
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If you ever leave your house and spend time away, then this battery may be a good option for you. The PowerElf from iForway is sleek and compact but offers a significant
White balance is always trying to pull a fast one on you and sneak by with the wrong color in your photographs. Here’s the case in point, today: It’s a
Medium Format digital cameras have sensors that are significantly larger than full frame DSLR’s. That also means the lenses are larger and the price tag is usually much larger, as well.
Steve Glynn makes portraits using the tintype process (learn more about tintypes in this article) and a large format camera. This combination is striking — it yields a very shallow depth
Do you ever feel like Nemo’s dad, Marlin, from Finding Nemo? He meets a new group of fish and they say, “Hey, you’re a clownfish: Say something funny!” Once people
Happy Independence Day! You’ve got a terrific opportunity to make some fun portraits with fireworks. Kids love sparklers, and when you show them what you can do with sparklers, flash
Everyone needs a camera backpack, and this one from Ruggard is a good choice. It’s well made and will protect your gear. It’s a medium-sized bag with room for lots
Vanguard’s Alta Sky 66 is designed to carry super-telephoto lenses, like 400mm or 600mm lenses, spotting scopes and other long stuff. It is well-made, comfortable, and has a lifetime warranty.
Retouching the portraits you make can be a lot of fun, and it can be a lot of frustration. I realize that I’ve retouched thousands of portraits and one thing
A holster bag is a terrific addition to your camera bag quiver. In fact, it’s a very good choice as a first camera bag. You’ll always find uses for it,
There’s a simple tool for making your black and white portraits look great with little or no retouching. It’s called a color filter. We often retouch things like pimples and
The right tripod head makes using a tripod a joy, and the Vanguard Alta GH300T is just such a head. It’s a grip head, which means you can make adjustments
Collapsible backdrops are great for location shooting and small studios — even large studios use them for convenient and inexpensive options for backdrops. The video below shows the 5×7′ chroma key
Vanguard’s Alta Sky 51D is a spacious backpack for camera gear. It’ll carry a laptop in addition to cameras, including the largest DSLR’s, but its special characteristic is that it can be
We are so lucky! We get to be present for the most memorable and special days in people’s lives. In fact, most of the time our pictures end up being
Zooming in, using a longer focal length to make a picture, makes your subject look bigger and closer. But you should remember that when you zoom in on your subject,
The latest updates for Skylum’s Luminar include a new tool, Accent AI Filter, which does a great job of adjusting the colors and tones of your photograph. It brightens dark areas
Photographs extend one instant for eternity. That’s a long time and when you’re making a portrait that will last forever, the instant most critical to your success is when your
Selfie’s 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
Making portraits with a rim light is awesome. It gives depth and punch and when you do it really well you’ll notice that it looks more natural. Take a close