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Portrait Tips: How to ruin Thanksgiving in three easy steps!
Thanksgiving is next week in the U.S., and it's one of the biggest, most-celebrated holidays of the year. Family and...
Portrait Tips: You’re not done until your client is gone
This is what usually happens: You go to the park to meet your clients, you head to your secret portrait...
Portrait Tips: You need to up your selfie game
You're a photographer, for Pete's sake! Shouldn't your photos be just a little better than average? Selfies made with a...
Portrait Tips: Color contrast makes all the difference
I made this portrait the other day at the Out of Oregon Photography Conference. I was teaching a class on...
Portrait Tips: Light outside the box
Making marketing pictures at schools is one of my favorites activities. There's endless variety in subjects and every classroom offers...
“What do I like about this picture?” Photographing and finishing with purpose
The first thing you should do when you start to make a landscape photo is to ask yourself, "What do...
New York City Photowalk this Friday
PhotoPlus is happening this week in New York City. It's the largest photography conference in the USA, and it's a...
Vanguard’s new travel tripod: VEO 2X
The only requirement for a tripod is that it must have three legs. The requirement for a new tripod is...
Dodging & burning with Nick Page in the 5DayDeal
You've probably seen ads the last few days for the 5DayDeal — they've been popping up on Facebook and Instagram...
Portrait Tips: Don’t put the cart before the horse
It's an old saying that means doing things in the wrong order. I could also say, don't run before you...
Portrait Tips: Lighting the Hulk
It doesn't really take too much imagination when you have a muscleman in front of your lens to picture him...
Portrait Tips: Challenge conquers dread
Dread: That's the feeling that happens when you know you're in over your head but you have to perform anyway....

Portrait Tips: You need to up your selfie game

You’re a photographer, for Pete’s sake! Shouldn’t your photos be just a little better than average? Selfies made with a phone at arm’s reach are the epitome of average. Sure, they have their place, and they’re way better than nothing,

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Portrait Tips: Light outside the box

Making marketing pictures at schools is one of my favorites activities. There’s endless variety in subjects and every classroom offers unique challenges in lighting. Last week I was making pictures in Oregon for a longtime client, the schools foundation. They

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New York City Photowalk this Friday

PhotoPlus is happening this week in New York City. It’s the largest photography conference in the USA, and it’s a wonderful place to meet your favorite manufacturers, listen to stage presenters and meet other photogs. My favorite event of the

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Vanguard’s new travel tripod: VEO 2X

The only requirement for a tripod is that it must have three legs. The requirement for a new tripod is that it must do something better or something new. Vanguard’s new VEO 2X has a new thing that makes it

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Portrait Tips: Lighting the Hulk

It doesn’t really take too much imagination when you have a muscleman in front of your lens to picture him as a green mass with purple highlights. It’s either because I’m a male, or because I have a three-year-old son.

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Portrait Tips: Challenge conquers dread

Dread: That’s the feeling that happens when you know you’re in over your head but you have to perform anyway. Dread started weighing on me and pulling my stomach into my shoes when I arrived for this photoshoot. I was

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Portrait Tips: Light outside the box

Making marketing pictures at schools is one of my favorites activities. There’s endless variety in subjects and every classroom offers unique challenges in lighting. Last week I was making pictures in Oregon for a longtime client, the schools foundation. They

Read More

New York City Photowalk this Friday

PhotoPlus is happening this week in New York City. It’s the largest photography conference in the USA, and it’s a wonderful place to meet your favorite manufacturers, listen to stage presenters and meet other photogs. My favorite event of the

Read More

Vanguard’s new travel tripod: VEO 2X

The only requirement for a tripod is that it must have three legs. The requirement for a new tripod is that it must do something better or something new. Vanguard’s new VEO 2X has a new thing that makes it

Read More

Portrait Tips: Lighting the Hulk

It doesn’t really take too much imagination when you have a muscleman in front of your lens to picture him as a green mass with purple highlights. It’s either because I’m a male, or because I have a three-year-old son.

Read More

Portrait Tips: Challenge conquers dread

Dread: That’s the feeling that happens when you know you’re in over your head but you have to perform anyway. Dread started weighing on me and pulling my stomach into my shoes when I arrived for this photoshoot. I was

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Portrait Tips: Crop the crud

Everyone knows that to make romantic, intimate-looking photos you need to be in a romantic kind of place. You’d better build a strong relationship with the Italian restaurant nearby so you can make great pictures — I wonder if the

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Portrait Tips: “It’s not about you!”

This is about mindset. Somehow, late in the last century, folks became worried about how they looked in photos. People my grandparents’ and parents’ ages were very concerned about how they looked. It trickled down into my generation, too. Kids

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