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Ring Shots: Tips for Photographing Wedding Rings

In Portrait by Erica Kay

Photographing beautiful wedding rings is one of my favorite parts of a wedding day.  It’s my chance to sneak away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding and create something truly epic and creative for my clients.  Whether I’m catching things on fire, getting in touch with my inner pre-teen girl with sparkles, or hunting down …

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From Start to Finish: A One-Hour Family Portrait Session Timeline

In Portrait by Aaron Taylor

If you’re just starting your family portrait photography business and want to know what to actually do for the hour you’re with the family who graciously asked you to take their yearly portraits, then I have your answer. When you’re working with families–especially those with little kids–how you spend your first hour-session with them can …

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10 Creative DIY Portrait Photography Backdrops – on a BUDGET!

In Portrait by Erika Sneeringer

Perfect weather during the golden hour is great for outdoor portraits, however, it is not always practical.  The time will come when you are forced to do portraits inside and you might not have any idea where to start.  What are you supposed to do if you don’t have any professional backdrops?  This article will show …

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The Art of Photographing Beer: Q and A with Rob Andrew

In Photo Basics, Portrait by Erika Sneeringer

I’ve learned the hard way that photographing beer is not a simple task.  There is a lot that goes into setting the scene and lighting for a quality photograph.  Photographing beer really is an art.  This article addresses the art of photographing beer through questions and answers with food and lifestyle photographer, Rob Andrew. When …

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Behind The Scenes of a Kids Cosplay Photoshoot

In Portrait by Aaron Grubb

I recently had the pleasure of watching Improve Photography’s “Lighting in a Flash” video workshop, wherein, Jim Harmer teaches the fundamentals of flash photography. I highly recommend purchasing it if you are interested in using flash or especially if you are struggling to get the results you’re looking for. It’s only $50 and is jam-packed …

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Copyright Nightmare: Taking photos of people with tattoos

In Portrait by Jim Harmer

An emerging but largely unsettled issue in copyright in the United States regards photographers taking pictures of people with tattoos and then selling the image.  The problem is that the tattoo artist designed and has some copyright protection over the design, and you using that design in the photo may be a violation of copyright …

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Watch This Lighting Genius Create 3 Looks in One Room

In Portrait by Jim Harmer

Dedolight International Competition 2015 – Lighting Tutorial: How to create 3 atmospheres in one room from Dugly Habits on Vimeo.   Produced by Dugly Habits (www.duglyhabits.com) Camera: Mark Klotz Lighting: Dugly Habits Actors: Joanna Barbera (Paula), Ives Pancera (Peter) Supported by dedo light (www.dedolight.com) I’ve always been impressed by the lighting in movies.  As photographers, …

Best Speedlight Flash Options for Fuji Cameras

In Portrait by Jim Harmer

When I look at a new camera system, my first questions are about the lens system and the flash system, and THEN I’ll consider the actual camera itself.  The main reason why I avoided the Sony camera system a few years ago (this is no longer an issue) is because their “standard” hotshoe was… well… …

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Five Ideas for Making Fall Portraits Unique

In Portrait by Jennie Harless

When I think of fall, my mind is filled with images of brightly-colored leaves, baskets of apples, warm scarves, carved pumpkins, and crisp morning air. Fall is a great time to take portraits, but sometimes creating unique photos can be challenging. Here are five ideas to help you capture extraordinary images during your next fall …