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Portrait Tips: You need to get out more

I just attended WPPI in Las Vegas along with thousands of other photographers. The great thing about this conference is that it’s focused on portraiture. There are all kinds of

The joy of toy photography

The joy of toy photography is fun & learning too

(Editor’s note: Dave DeBaeremaeker photographs toys. His work is amazing and, believable. In this guest post, Dave shares the experiences of why he began photographing toys, and what he learned

Photographing portraits during Golden Hour

Shooting with speedlights on-location is a great way to be mobile, creative and light! We all know how heavy camera equipment can be. Speedlights on-location allows you to have the

Creating Effect and Mood with Light

When shooting a photograph, I often feel that I am creating a single frame from a movie. The star of the movie is the subject. With the use of backdrops,

Portrait of Ken Susi

Coloring a Rockstar

Guitarist, singer, and photographer Ken Susi of the band, “Unearth”, dropped by the Photographic Test Kitchen, for a portrait session.  Our goal is how to create a different look by

Tips and Tricks for Using Layers

What is a Layer? Layers are a powerful way to “build up” your images. They allow you to add filters–or stack several filters together–to apply corrections or enhancements. Changing blending

How to D.I.Y. a Snoot & Grid

What is a snoot? A snoot is just a funny name for a piece of equipment, generally a tube or similar objects such as a conical, cylindrical, or rectangular shape,

Is Opportunity Knocking? Are You Ready?

Have you ever been in a room and looked around and felt like you didn’t belong? Just felt like you were a fish out of the water and your hoping no one

Photographic Test Kitchen: 3 Light Setup

Work made with 3 speed lights Here’s the equipment used to create this photograph: Nikon D810 Nikon 105mm Macro lens 3 Nissin Di700A speedlights Nissan Carbon Fiber Light Stand Nissan

What is a model release? Photo by Kevin Ames ©2017

What is a Model Release?

Simply put, a model release is a permission given to the photographer from the subject to use photos of them. In order to assure the best return for photographs offered

These six photographs of model Danielle Hamm are the beginning of the tale of a bride and her five bridesmaids. Photography by Kevin Ames.

Bridesmaids and The Bride

Let’s be clear on one important fact. I. Don’t. Shoot. Weddings. Period. Back when film was photography’s medium, I did my share of weddings. For the most part, it was

Reviewed: Perfecting The Headshot

Headshot photography, once reserved for actors and the occasional executive, is now about as mainstream as LinkedIn or Facebook. Whether you’re looking for a job, changing careers, starting a new