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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 …

How to Win Your Next Photo Contest

Do you dream about seeing one of those big, fat, royal blue ribbons adorned over one of your favorite photographs?  It’s a major accomplishment to win a ribbon at a photo contest, and it can be a milestone on your path to photographic excellence.   But every path has to have a beginning, and I’m going to help your find yours.

In a Photography Rut? Project Workshop!

Tired with your photography? In a serious photography rut?  Do you find that you end up disappointed with the images that you are taking every now and again . . . . and again. Well, don’t give up – what you need is a project. Something that you can get your teeth into,  that stretches your imagination and takes out …

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Episode 11: How to Get the Most Out of the Camera You Already Own

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In Episode 11 of the Improve Photography Podcast, Jim and Dustin answer listener questions about choosing an online photo printing lab, getting started with portrait lighting, choosing a lens, and how not to feel stuck with your current gear. If you are reading this post via email or RSS, be sure to click the blue title of this post so …

Jimmy Hickey Teaches How to Photograph a Stranger (Guest Post)

Note from Jim: I saw the video below last week as it was being passed around Pinterest (follow my photography boards here).  I have never written about street photography and photographing strangers before, so I contacted the creator of the video and asked him to share his best tips for photographing strangers here on Improve Photography. Photographing a stranger is …