How to Better Use Backgrounds in Portrait Photography (Guest Post)

In Portrait by Jim Harmer3 Comments

When capturing photos of people, most budding photographers tend to concentrate on the subject and forget to consider the background. Yet, a good backdrop can be the difference between a good and a great portrait. How many times have you seen a really nice picture of someone except that there is a light pole in the background, or a cute …

9 Ways to De-Emphasize Flaws in Your Model

In Portrait by Jim Harmer9 Comments

We don’t all look like Cindy Crawford (and I wouldn’t even pass for a Scottie Pippen).  So when photographers set out to make a picture of someone, we do everything humanly possible to de-emphasize their flaws.  This post will show you 9 common problems and how you can fix them in-camera. Problem #1: Pimples and Moles. A simple way to …

How to Photograph Lightning

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer8 Comments

Doing photography of lightning can be one of the most fun experiences a landscape photographer will have.  Last week, Sean Allen from Florida sent in a question asking for some tips on how to take pictures of lightning.  I wasn’t surprised to be getting this question from someone in Florida, because the Florida lightning storms happen about twice per week. …

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Panoramic Pictures: Putting it all together

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer3 Comments

One of the great challenges in photography is capturing something different from what everybody else is shooting. It is for this very reason that I look for new and innovative ways to capture a scene at night or with a different perspective. In past articles I have highlighted night photography because fewer people know how to shoot in this light …

How to Photograph Your Loved Ones (Family Photography)

In Portrait by Jim Harmer1 Comment

Today’s post is another FANTASTIC guest post on family photography from our friend Jeff Cable.  If you haven’t checked out Jeff’s blog, his website, and liked him on Facebook, then you’re really missing out on some great photography inspiration. Taking pictures can be really fun and it allows us to capture history in an image.  One of the greatest subjects …

Lightroom vs. Photoshop

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer8 Comments

This is an outdated post.  To see the up-to-date article comparing Photoshop vs Lightroom, check this post. Yesterday, I wrote an introduction to Lightroom Presets.  This prompted MANY readers to ask whether they should buy Photoshop or Lightroom, and whether Lightroom is useful on photos other than portraits, or if it is just a portrait photography tool.  Michael Bates wrote …