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Photofocus Road Trip: Into the great wide open of South Dakota, part one
Photofocus Road Trip: The majestic mountains of California
Five ways to get your kids involved in photography this summer
How to get perfect exposures on a sunny day
Using a neutral density filter
Portrait Tips: Slow down, set up, shoot
Photofocus Road Trip: Exploring surreal & ancient landscapes in the Australian Outback
Death Valley, Artists Palette and wind
Two competing forces in high school senior portraiture
Are you a chimper? Here’s some tips to stop
Exposure beyond the camera manual
Adding a human element to your landscapes

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How to get perfect exposures on a sunny day

We’ve been having a really, really long summer in Michigan. Lots of humidity, lots of warm temperatures and lots of sun. Last weekend, I shot for seven hours outdoors over the course of Saturday and Sunday. And while it took

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Using a neutral density filter

As you are taking a photo of a landscape or cityscape, have you wondered how people create the streaky look of water or clouds or car headlights? Some use a neutral density (ND) filter. What are they and how exactly

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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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Death Valley, Artists Palette and wind

Death Valley is a place of extremes. One of the extremes I experienced on this trip was wind. The National Park Service states that this is common in the spring and, oh yeah, I can confirm. The hope was to

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Exposure beyond the camera manual

You reviewed the camera manual and completed an online tutorial. You did everything you thought you were supposed to do. And yet, your photographs have not exposed the way you want them to be. When I was a new photographer,

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Adding a human element to your landscapes

It’s kind of funny that as a portrait photographer, I rarely have people in my landscape photos. Some part of my brain likes to keep them separated I guess. But I recently decided that this isn’t always the best idea,

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10 alternatives to a white background

When it comes to still life and even portrait photography, the temptation to use a plain white (or even plain black) background is there. It is simple, effective and uncluttered. But what about looking at some alternatives? Below I look

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Photographing details at Rhyolite Ghost Town

After my adventures finding a new set of tires I really didn’t feel like getting up for a sunrise session. The weather was breezy and surprisingly overcast. While this was crummy for broad landscapes, it was great for details. Hopefully

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Don’t forget to style the photoshoot

Sometimes photographers can get so wrapped up with the technical side of a photoshoot that they forget to add a key element that makes the purpose of the image clear. Forgetting this element can cause confusion and make the viewer

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On Photography: Sophie Rivera, 1938-2021

“The photo world, in general, was very machismo, Sophie was small and quiet, but she made her presence known. She was making street photography when New York was really at its nadir. The camera made her fearless. It gave her

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Comparing the Sigma 24-70mm to the 28-70mm

With Sigma’s recent release of the 28-70mm f/2.8 Contemporary lens for mirrorless cameras, a lot of photographers are wondering how it stacks up to Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens. In the video above, Oklahoma-based Brett Day seeks to answer that question. The

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How to get perfect exposures on a sunny day

We’ve been having a really, really long summer in Michigan. Lots of humidity, lots of warm temperatures and lots of sun. Last weekend, I shot for seven hours outdoors over the course of Saturday and Sunday. And while it took

Read More
Using a Neutral Density Filter - vimeo

Using a neutral density filter

As you are taking a photo of a landscape or cityscape, have you wondered how people create the streaky look of water or clouds or car headlights? Some use a neutral density (ND) filter. What are they and how exactly

Read More
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What is the Quick Collection in Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom Classic comes with the ability to sort your photos into collections. In fact, there’s an entire section on the left dedicated to organizing your photos in either Collection Sets, Collections or Smart Collections. But there is also a separate

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