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How to get emotion from your subject
Zooming in on Adobe Super Resolution: How is it for fine portrait details?
Portrait Tips: Angler’s Parasail is my new favorite light modifier
Three tips for fabulous photowalking
The importance of play
My first time using LuminarAI to replace a sky
Portrait Tips: Stay relevant, use your tools
Simplify and let go
Make it happen or let it happen: Which photographer are you?
Portraits precipitate stories; make more of both
Taking street photography should be illegal
Learning about off-camera flash: A landscape photographer’s first portrait session

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Three tips for fabulous photowalking

I just attended a terrific event hosted by the photo club at the Art Institute of Portland, and beforehand we did a 1-hour photowalk around the block. Portland, OR is a terrific place to photowalk because there are always lots

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The importance of play

Last week, Rohanna came by to help with a project. I had a specific idea and it didn’t take us long to get that part done. I was inspired by my last session with Lexi so we started to improvise.

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My first time using LuminarAI to replace a sky

I got the opportunity to try out LuminarAI for the first time. Not only that, I explored the new sky replacement feature. Let’s start with a little backstory. Who doesn’t love a little backstory? There I was shooting a swimsuit

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Simplify and let go

You probably already know how to use your camera to get the images you want. You might have a style that’s recognized a mile away, a repeatable workflow and people who love your photos. Well now what? Is it still

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Taking street photography should be illegal

Let’s talk about injustice that is being committed, perpetuated and defended by photographers all over the world — myself included. I’ll show you how I’ve come to realize that the way we do street photography is putting the freedom to

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It’s a man’s world. But I thrive in it.

How to succeed as a female in a male-dominated industry? Forget preconceived ideas. If it’s a man’s world, it’s also a woman’s land. I’ve had several requests to write for International Women’s Week. Each time, I’ve been asked to share

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Easy high key lighting with two lights

Creating high key light is making sure there is enough light on your background so it is pure white, with no shadows. This can be done using strobes or LEDs or a mixture of both types of light. There are several

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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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