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10 Do’s and Don’ts of Digital Photography

The world of Digital Photography is exploding right now and has been for quite some time. The quality and availability of incredible equipment including camera bodies, lenses, flash gear, tripods, video devices, accesories, software, etc is just incredible. Never has there been a time where a person jumping into Photography has had such great access to gear that can have …

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9 Post Processing Tricks To Improve & Correct Your Images

Post Processing your digital images is, in many ways, like problem solving. Actually, in photography, the entire process of image creation is pretty much an entire problem solving exercise from start to finish. When shooting, we have to get the exposure correct. “Are my highlights going to be clipped?” “Will I have detail in my shadows?” “Is the lighting correct …

5 Creative Ways to Use Hard Light in Your Portrait Photography

I always teach my students that the light is the most important component of a good photo.  This always begs the question, “What makes good lighting?”  Generally, photographers say that good light is soft light.  That’s often true, and if you want soft light, I wrote an article on how to achieve soft light. Unfortunately, many photographers fall into the …

How to make your landscape photography look dull and un-inspiring

Gorgeous mountain scene–check.  Have my photography gear–check.  Found a good composition–check.  Dull and un-inspiring photo–unfortunately, check. We’ve all been there.  This is an unfortunate example from my portfolio of photos that *almost* turned out beautiful.  Examining this mistake will hopefully lead us to understand some of the most important characteristics of good landscape photography. Look at the photo featured on …

FUNdamentals of soft light for portrait photography

When you start talking about teaching the fundamentals of anything, people tune out.  I’m hoping I got you here with the whole FUNdamentals thing.  Seriously, this post is gonna be a lot of fun (no, not really). Soft light vs. Hard light We’ve all heard people use these terms and many of us probably know what these terms mean intuitively, …

Wildlife Photography at High Noon

Perfect shot.  Perfect lens.  Perfect set-up.  Harsh, mid-day lighting.  Ugh!  Such was the situation when I came upon these fawns (for those of you who don’t speak Bambi, that means baby deer).  It was the middle of the day and the lighting was disgusting.  When you look at this photo, you probably can’t tell the lighting was terrible.  Why?  Read …