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Top 10: Poses to Work on with a New Female Model

Working with a new female model can be challenging for both you and her. You need to work on building a rapport and making her comfortable before you take your first shot. You can do this while setting up your lighting and fine-tuning your equipment—ask her about her day, make her laugh, be genuine. However, even with the best lighting, …

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Lightroom or Photoshop Camera Raw?

You’ve probably heard enough photographers talk about RAW that you realize it’s a pretty powerful tool in the digital photographer’s tool bag.  The power of shooting RAW is unleashed when you get to the digital darkroom, and for most of us, that means using Lightroom (LR) or Photoshop (PS).  Editing can be a lot of fun, but having a solid …

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Let’s Talk: Portraits vs Snapshots

You have a good camera and photograph people on a regular basis, yet your photos don’t look like the portraits you admire or regularly see in magazines or online. All of the elements seem to be there but something appears to be missing. In this case, you may be taking snapshots and not portraits. Snapshots tend to capture a moment …

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How to Market Your Photography Using Instagram

More and more photographers are using Instagram to market their work. It makes sense, considering Instagram is a popular social media application with over 150 million users. It’s also one of the easiest photo and video sharing platforms: You simply post a square photo or video and add tagging, captioning, or both. Then, other Instagram users can like your photo, …

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Night Photography with Chris Smith [IP104]

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Jim sits down with Chris Smith to talk about the ‘Out of Chicago’ Conference happening June 26 – 28, 2015.  Chris also shares some awesome insight into the world of City Night Photography, as well as an opportunity to meet both Jim & Chris in Chicago! What’s in this episode: The Second Annual ‘Out of Chicago Photography Experience’ happening Friday, …

10 Ideas for Creative Photo Essays

What is the difference between a photo essay and a photo project?  In “15 Creative Photography Project Ideas to Get You Shooting,” Jim Harmer presents a number of varied photography project ideas to help you find inspiration. Photo projects offer a great way to try something new and can help you get out of a rut. Suppose, though, that you’re …