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How I Produced a Major Kickstarter Campaign

In Marketing/Business, Portrait by Erica Kay0 Comments

Many of you know me as Erica, Portrait Session podcast host and wedding photographer. But here lately, I’ve been venturing into new, uncharted territory (uncharted for me, at least). This territory is the world of large-scale production management and direction. As my studio transitions away from the retail portrait sphere and toward marketing productions and …

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Review: Mastin Labs Presets

In Post-processing by Grant Whitty0 Comments

Film is not dead, folks. For some time many thought that film would eventually die out since digital is so much easier. Surprising to some, film is back, and on the rise. It’s not likely that film will be used more than digital, do to cost and time. However, I am beginning to see more …

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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 …

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8 Reasons Why You Need a Wacom Tablet

In Post-processing by Brian Pex9 Comments

The idea of purchasing a Wacom Tablet is something many digital photographers wrestle with as they settle into refining their workflow. “Do I need one?” “What can that do that my mouse cannot?” “Is that really going to make a difference?” The answers to the above questions are simple. First, NO, you don’t need one. …

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Review of the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

In Gear by Brent Huntley6 Comments

Lensbaby is a lens company most photographers have heard of, but a lot have never tried.  They aren’t like Tamron or Sigma or the other companies that are trying to compete with your camera manufacturers.  Lensbaby throws a whole different dynamic into the lens game by offering lenses that are all about creativity and fun.  …

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The MagBeam – A Review of MagMod’s Newest Modifier

In Gear, Portrait by Erica Kay1 Comment

MagMod has done it again.  The company that has provided thousands of photographers around the world with lightweight, portable, easy to use magnetic modifiers has created yet another modifier designed to make our lives as speedlight photographers easier.  The MagBeam, MagMod’s newest modifier, is designed to allow photographers to produce creative, designed light patterns in a quick, …

Step-by-step guide to planning a creative shoot

In Features by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Creativity is a complex concept.  It involves making something new and out-of-the-ordinary.  It means avoiding the expected and typical.  With this in mind, many photographers attempt to take creative photographs by creating absolutely insane and ridiculous scenes and then snapping a picture of it.  I’m always amazed when I look at the top-voted pictures on …

What is the highest aperture on a DSLR camera?

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer1 Comment

While many lenses have a maximum aperture of f/22, some lenses have apertures that go to f/40 or higher! Generally, photographers do not use any aperture above f/18 or f/22 because of diffraction.  Diffraction is a phenomenon which causes a loss in sharpness because light rays are bent around the aperture. The following is a …

30 Tips for stunning sunset photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer119 Comments

Sunset Photography Tip #1. Underexpose.  This is the most important tip for taking pictures of sunsets.  Slightly underexposing the sunset will make the colors look more rich and defined.  The entire scene will become more dramatic.  You can underexpose by using manual mode and selecting a fast shutter speed, or you can shoot in aperture …