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14 Tips for Building a Sub-$1,000 Home Studio

A home studio is a great option if you are taking clients to support your photography business. But before you open your home to your clients, make sure you have a setup that will give you great results and deliver the professional photos every client is looking for from their photographer. Follow these 14 tips to help make your home …

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Chromatic aberration: What it is, and how to fix or avoid it

What is it? Chromatic aberration as it relates to photography is also known as fringing. The cause and effect of chromatic aberration deals directly with the scientific engineering of the lens that you’re using on your camera. But first, here is a photo with chromatic aberration: At first glance, you can’t even tell that this photo is being affected by …

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How to Take Better Pictures Using Just the Pop-Up Flash

The dreaded pop-up flash. For many photographers, the thought of using only our built-in flash makes us cringe – and for good reasons. When not carefully altered, the pop-up flash gives off a harsh, direct light that is unnatural. Your photographs will turn out flat every time because the head-on direction of the light erases any shadows that would have …

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Top 35 Places to Shoot in California

California is such an amazing state with so many places to visit and sights to see! We reached out to several of our website fans and asked them to share some of their favorite places in California to go and shoot and they helped us come up with this:   Click here to view map   Region One – Shasta …

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How to Tell a Story With Your Fireworks

Many of us tried to take some photos last week of the Independence Day fireworks and test our skills as photographers. But how many of us attempted to share a story through our photos at the same time? For the 4th of July, I was in Washington State and this is my story about fireworks and how I resurrected my …

Black and White Photography Tips [Duel]

This week’s theme is black and white photography.  Most of the time, we all like seeing colorful images, but sometimes only black and white can make the viewer enjoy the simplicity of the tones. New to the weekly Improve Photography Duel?  Check out this page, where we explain how it works.  A new camera duel will be released each Monday, …