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Portrait Tips: Stay relevant, use your tools
Your driver’s license photo is awful. The truth revealed.
Portrait Tips: Be ready to be nimble
Portrait Tips: Instant variety with PortaScreen
Get creative with your social media headshot
Portrait Tips: How to gel the sun
You might be struggling. But so are your clients.
Defining focus in a headshot
Get rid of the early morning look in your headshots
Portrait Tips: How to pose couples
Six keys to running a successful corporate portrait business
Positioning your lights for headshot photography

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Portrait Tips: How to gel the sun

Light and color are the only things your camera records, so those things should be a the top of your mind for every photo you make. Last week I was making headshots and the background had to be the building

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Defining focus in a headshot

Later this year, I’m exhibiting some portraits of nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In preparing for this, I played around with a few different styles, ultimately coming up with something that I think really lends itself

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Portrait Tips: How to pose couples

I hate to break it to you, but making pictures of one person is easy. It’s level one, beginner, easy-cheese. When you add another person, it becomes a lot harder — much more than twice as hard. Right now I’ll

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Fun with a fisheye: The Sigma 15mm f/2.8

“Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.” Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one, but I don’t travel without one. The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at

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Free photoshoots: Why do I do them?

This image that you see right here — the cover one — is a photo I took with a triathlon athlete for her blog. Did I get money for that? No. Am I happy with that? Yes. Will I do

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Why are passion projects so important?

Why are passion projects so important? I really don’t think it matters what genre you photograph, or even what sort of creative you actually are. Photographer, videographer, musician, painter, sculpture, writer … if you are of the creative type, I am

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Birds and bridge cameras

A friend asked if it’s possible to make nice pictures of birds with her Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 bridge camera. I already knew the answer to that question but I wanted to illustrate my point. Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.

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