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5 Things to Look for in a Photography Mentor

In Photo Basics by Julian Baird6 Comments

There are many ways to improve your photography but few are as effective as learning from a mentor.  This type of approach requires commitment and effort by both the mentor and student, and so a strong relationship between the two parties must also be present.  In this article, I will discuss why you might need a mentor and what to …

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The Basics of Shooting Video for Photographers

In Photo Basics by Pete LaGregor4 Comments

Why Learn Video? Having been an avid photographer my entire life, I always thought video was a completely different medium and that I shouldn’t bother with it.  These days, though, that kind of thinking can leave a photographer behind the technology curve.  There will always be a place for still photography but video is the future. There are many advantages …

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How to Use Motion Blur to Improve Your Photos

In Photo Basics by GregNoel2 Comments

  How to use motion blur to improve your photos. My most recent article I discussed how to take sharp photos in low light situations because perfectly sharp images are the goal for most photos.  As photographers, we are obsessed with sharpness and perfectly sharp images.  We spend more money on lenses and cameras that promise sharpness, we argue and …

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Shadows vs Blacks Sliders: How They Affect Photos Differently

In Photo Basics, Post-processing by Frank Gallagher4 Comments

Lightroom’s Basic Panel in the Develop module and Adobe’s Camera Raw controls have a series of sliders with deceptively simple names, among which are Highlights and Shadows, and Whites and Blacks. So what’s the difference between the Blacks slider and the Shadows slider? Is there a special advantage in using one or the other? When should you use Blacks and …

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What is Flat Light?

In Photo Basics by Matt Gavin4 Comments

The Lighting Looks so Flat!!! What is Flat Light? Photographers love using language which is alien to the rest of the normal world.  It’s our secret code that only we know in order to make sure the ‘outsiders’ really don’t know what going on.  Ok, so we are not really that bad, and its probably not deliberate, but it is fair to …