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Build your family photography portfolio, fast
How to find models for portrait photography: Eight (simple) tips
Portrait Tips: Color contrast makes all the difference
Using the Sony Xperia 1 for portrait photography
Two must-haves for beauty photographers
Portrait Tips: Don’t fight the light
Portrait Tips: Utilize graduated filters to finish your portraits
Portrait Tips: You need to get out more
The joy of toy photography is fun & learning too
Photographing portraits during Golden Hour
Quick Tip: Download and install eyelash brushes for realistic eyelashes in Photoshop

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Two must-haves for beauty photographers

I have the best two must-haves for you in the beauty world right now, and I am so excited to share them with you! Can I get a drumroll please? Press-on nails First up, we have press-on nails! Any other

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Portrait Tips: Don’t fight the light

If you give a boy a hammer, everything looks like a nail and he will pound it. If you give a photographer a flash, everything looks like it needs to be lit. That means that you’re doing the right job

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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 classes, but even if you only attend with a free

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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 along the way.) Humans are creative creatures.  Ever since the

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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 perfect light on your subject with a dramatic sky! I

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Quick Tip: Keeping model releases organized

Create a “Model Release” subfolder in the same folder as the images the release is for. This makes it easy to find and easier to match the release to the images. Store the digital model release form in this folder. If

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Rick Freidman

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, light, a ladder and a Venetian Blind I have created

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How and Why to Use a Grid on a Softbox

In this video, I’ll show you the power of using a grid to further modify the light on a softbox. It creates mood and makes it simple to control the light completely. From the course: Improving Your Photography and Portraits with

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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 using colors. Creating the First Image In the first image,

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Long exposure tricks: Use a low camera angle

While there has yet to be a true “dump” of snow in West Michigan, I went back and looked at some older photos recently, pulling up this photograph from Fallasburg Bridge in Lowell, MI. Utilizing a NiSi 10-stop neutral density

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11 tips to take better portraits, part one

Portrait photography is getting more and more popular professionally, with photographers using high-tech gear such as DSLR and mirrorless cameras to achieve stunning results. But even the ordinary person can use their smartphone or an entry-level camera to create portraits

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The Photographer Show: Meet Martika Gartman

Martika Gartman will be our guest this week on The Photographer Show. She is a recent winner of our Photofocus Celebrates 21 Years contest. Meet Martika Gartman This month’s guest had the honor of winning an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark

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Behind the scenes: How Kodak film is made

Many decades after the decline of film photography, Kodak remains one of the most enduring photography companies and brands. This is largely due to the continuing resurgence of film photography among the younger generation, kept alive by communities and media

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On Photography: Anne Geddes, 1956-present

On Photography: Anne Geddes, 1956-present

The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed. -Anne Geddes Anne Geddes is known for her creative, sensitive and evocative photographs of babies. Her

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Let it snow: Winter photography tips for snowy scenes

Gearing up to shoot gorgeous snowy scenes this frosty season? Winter photography comes with its own set of challenges, but many photographers simply can’t resist the charm of winter scenes. Whether you’re still looking for inspiration or some new ideas

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