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YN560IV Manual: A Helpful Illustrated Guide

In Gear by Brian Pex7 Comments

YN560IV Manual: A Helpful Illustrated Guide   The YN560 IV is a low cost flash unit made by third party Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo. This company makes a whole bunch of really great lighting devices for today’s digital photographer. This device is one of the very best in terms of value and utility. It is a …

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23 Tips for Posing Women

In Portrait by Brent Huntley4 Comments

If you want to be a portrait photographer or just want to shoot images of your wife, girlfriend or friends, you owe it to yourself to learn some things about posing.  I wanted to learn posing tips for some upcoming shoots I have so I went to Improve Photography Plus to watch the new posing video …

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YN560TX Manual: A Helpful Illustrated Guide

In Gear by Brian Pex8 Comments

The Yongnuo (YN from this point foward in the article) 560TX flash controller is a tremendous value (UNDER $40.00USD) and provides you, the photographer, with the ultimate in control over your YN speedlights remotely. This can either be done  from the hot shoe or even beside you at your computer while shooting tethered! It is …

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Learning Product Photography with Sandy Dorau

In Photo Basics by Brent Huntley3 Comments

If you follow the Improve Photography network of podcasts (and you are crazy if you are not, each show offers some unique insight from different hosts that make my commute much more enjoyable), you have noticed a lot of talk lately about product photography. If I am going to be honest, product photography never interested …

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The Best Westcott Light Modifiers Reviewed and Compared

In Gear by Brent Huntley5 Comments

If you have looked into flash photography at all, then you surely know the name Westcott.  When I was first shopping for new flash modifiers,  Westcott was the first place I went as they were the main name I knew and they have a reputation in the industry for producing high quality lighting gear.  Their …

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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, …

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Photographing Women: 8 Tips for Posing, Lighting, and Details

In Portrait by Erica Kay11 Comments

Photographing women can be a difficult and daunting task.  As a wedding, engagement, and boudoir photographer, one of the most challenging (and rewarding!) parts of my job is guaranteeing that the women I photograph feel beautiful, confident, and sexy.  As a woman myself, I can relate to the feelings and concerns many women share with …

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10 Ways Your MagMod Modifiers Boost Creativity

In Gear by Mark Morris7 Comments

Okay… If you are a regular listener to Portrait Sessions or the Improve Photography podcasts (which you SHOULD be!!!)  then you have heard about MagMod modifiers.  In case you haven’t, basically they are a set of modifiers that attach to your speedlight(s).   There is a silicone device called a MagGrip, that holds two powerful …

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10 Do’s and Don’ts of Digital Photography

In Photo Basics by Brian Pex11 Comments

The world of Digital Photography is exploding right now and has been for quite some time. The quality and availability of incredible equipment including camera bodies, lenses, flash gear, tripods, video devices, accesories, software, etc is just incredible. Never has there been a time where a person jumping into Photography has had such great access …

5 Creative Ways to Use Hard Light in Your Portrait Photography

In Portrait by Jim Harmer1 Comment

I always teach my students that the light is the most important component of a good photo.  This always begs the question, “What makes good lighting?”  Generally, photographers say that good light is soft light.  That’s often true, and if you want soft light, I wrote an article on how to achieve soft light. Unfortunately, …

How to make your landscape photography look dull and un-inspiring

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer5 Comments

Gorgeous mountain scene–check.  Have my photography gear–check.  Found a good composition–check.  Dull and un-inspiring photo–unfortunately, check. We’ve all been there.  This is an unfortunate example from my portfolio of photos that *almost* turned out beautiful.  Examining this mistake will hopefully lead us to understand some of the most important characteristics of good landscape photography. Look …