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Night Portraits with Bokeh: An EASY, step-by-step tutorial

If you feel like your portrait photography has become stale, then a night portrait is an excellent way to spice things up. This last week I was in Southwest Florida holding a completely free photography workshop for readers of the site.  I always share step-by-step tutorials like this in my free “Behind the Photos” newsletter  but I decided to put this one on …

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Please Don’t Pay Full Price for these 11 Photography Items

Photography is not a cheap hobby, but it doesn’t have to be nearly as expensive as most think it is.  Over the last 5 years that I’ve been running Improve Photography, I’ve been hunting down the very best cheap and inexpensive alternatives to photography, which I share in the recommended gear section of the site.  Here are some of my …

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Shoot Report: Photos from the I.P. Oregon Coast Workshop

Last week I had the pleasure of holding a completely free photography workshop with 55 readers of ImprovePhotography.com in Oregon. On this page I want to share a play-by-play of some of my photos from the trip, but if you’re looking for full tutorials on how each one of the photos is made, complete with “before Photoshop” photos, camera settings, …

Photography Skill Levels

Today, Improve Photography is releasing an innovative way for photographers to get in-depth, professional feedback on their photos.  It’s our online portfolio review service, which I’ve worked extremely hard to make cost effective for all photographers. As part of each review, we place photographers in one of our 7 skill levels, so the photographer can track his or her progress …

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Gel Shifting (Flash Photography 101)

“Gel shifting” means shifting the color palette of a photo by using a gelled flash to change the lighting on the subject and changing the white balance to change the background colors.  The term “gel shifting” isn’t known by the vast majority of professional photographers.  Usually this is referred to in photographer circles as “that thing where you use a gel …

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iMac 5k for Photographers (In-Depth Review)

Photographers get excited about lenses and cameras, but it’s not every day that a computer can get the entire photo industry buzzing like the new iMac 5k has.  Obviously, the main draw to the computer is the insanely high resolution screen, but it takes a lot more than a pretty screen to justify the high price tag of this photo-editing powerhouse. …