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Portrait Tips: Using window light

Using the light from a window is a terrific way to illuminate your subject. It can be the biggest and softest light off all — and it’s free. One of

Portrait Tips: A note for newborns

One of the best experiences you’ll have as a portraitist is making pictures with brand new babies. There truly is something special about working with someone so new and pure,

Portrait Tips: Five keys for candids

Candid portraits are often the first type of portraits photographers learn to make, and they are probably the most often requested by clients. When you view a candid photograph, it

How to simply create powerful black & white images

(Editor’s note: Making photographs on an active railway is not only a flagrant violation of safety, it is also seriously illegal. Michèle Grenier, the author of this article, made the accompanying

Portrait Tips: Cut the Rim Light

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

Photographer of the Day: Paul Francis

Category: Street Photographer: Paul Francis Paul’s photograph of a man walking in what appears to be an alley is somewhat mysterious — you can’t really tell who the man is,

Photographer of the Day: Isengardt

The power of photography is its ability to make us feel and imagine from nothing more than a  2 dimensional collection of dots on a piece of paper or computer screen.  “Mannequins” by Isengardt, definitely makes you feel something, the best word I have to describe it is “uncomfortable”.  This is a “rule breaker” image, and why it works so well.  The mannequins have been transformed by the light and composition into something other than the typical figure of glamour we expect.  Messy hair, harsh light, and black clothes create something more out of a Hitchcock movie then a department store. We associate the eyes with life and personality, here they are lifeless, the gaze of each directed somewhere off frame.  This otherworldly scene takes the viewer out of their comfort zone, one of the greatest purposes of art.

“The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.”  – Michael Moore

Photographer of the Day: Andrea Fucà

Category: Sports Photograph: Andrea Fucà “IMG_4811” This image of young boys playing soccer in Morocco, showcases Andrea’s ability to capture street life when traveling. This could really fit into a

Photographer of the Day: Pamela Aminou Follow

Category: Sports Photograph: Pamela Aminou “Shallow waters” I love this shot by Pamela, mainly because of the simple, minimalist nature of it. The sailboats are clearly outlined, but there’s a