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Portrait Tips: Angler’s Parasail is my new favorite light modifier
Portrait Tips: Stay relevant, use your tools
Portrait Tips: How to get kicked in the face
Portrait Tips: Be ready to be nimble
Portrait Tips: $1,500 lenses don’t make good pictures
Portrait Tips: Forget about goals, just remember
Portrait Tips: Reminders about taking photos in snow
Portrait Tips: Holiday portrait tips from a Texas hog hunt
Portrait Tips: Don’t be a hog!
Portrait Tips: One light + one collapsible backdrop = $
Portrait Tips: Details aren’t only for weddings and newborns
Portrait Tips: Using the new Color Grading tool in Lightroom

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Cover Randy Levi Sim

Portrait Tips: Be ready to be nimble

The last time Randy had a headshot done was about 11 years ago, and he’s been using the same picture ever since. Well, now he’s up for an award recognizing his contributions over a more-than-40-year career and he figures he

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Hog Levi Sim

Portrait Tips: Don’t be a hog!

If you’re in Zoom meetings this year, you’ve probably seen a lot of extra people popping into meetings. Lots of children and pets who wouldn’t normally be invited often enter the screen. You’ve probably had some of the same surprise

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Collapsible Levi Sim

Portrait Tips: One light + one collapsible backdrop = $

Unless you have a dedicated studio, collapsible backdrops are the way to go. I’ve had dedicated studios, and even then, collapsible backdrops are usually superior to full-size-need-a-huge-stand-loads-of-space-and-always-have-wrinkles backdrops. With one light and a collapsible backdrop, you could make a comfortable

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Event portraits Levi Sim

Portrait Tips: Event portraits need more tries

Sometimes I think that if I could spend every day making creative portraits that I’d be a happy and content photographer. Never having to shoot events, never having to photograph boring products, never shooting cookie-cutter headshots — it’d be Nirvana

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Monetizing personal projects: The musician

The subject of monetizing personal projects is near and dear to my heart. I put together a ninety-minute presentation about the subject and shared it with my fellow photographers to a wonderful reception. A phone call leads to art In

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Astrophotography mistakes beginners usually make

There’s no question that astrophotography is one of the most interesting genres to get into. Photographing deep sky objects is especially exciting and rewarding, whether you’re a beginner or already years into it. However, to be able to make the

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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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