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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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How to Choose Your Next Lens

In Gear by GregNoel9 Comments

One of the biggest decisions every photographer has to make is what should their next lens be.    There are hundreds of options available and navigating through the vast sea of options can be quite daunting.  Nikon currently has over 170 lenses available and Canon has over 80 in their EF Lineup alone. Then add the …

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10 Sure-Fire Drone Photography Composition Tips

In Features, Photo Basics by Matt Gavin0 Comments

“Composition IS the masterpiece, lighting is the mood, technique is just the presentation” – Jim Harmer Flying drones, and drone photography are alot of fun, and taking the world by storm.  There is no doubt about it, it’s great to take your drone out and just fly it.  But we’re Photographers, right?  Our purpose for …

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ETTR, ETTL and ISO Invariance: Which is Right for You?

In Photo Basics by Frank Gallagher4 Comments

In any type of photography, getting the right exposure is important.  But, is the best exposure one where the histogram is evenly spread out like a bell curve, one where it leans towards the right (ETTR) or to the left (ETTL)or do modern sensors make it all meaningless through ISO invariance? If you’ve been around …

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How to Focus ⅓ Into a Photo for Deep Depth-of-Field

In Photo Basics by Frank Gallagher9 Comments

  If you’re a landscape photographer, you’ve probably had someone tell you to focus 1/3 of the way into the scene.  It’s one of the many guidelines about photography that have sprung up over time.  Like most guidelines, it doesn’t cover every situation and it’s open to interpretation.  But, a lot of the time it …

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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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How to Take Sharp Photos in Low Light

In Photo Basics by GregNoel8 Comments

How to Take Sharp Photos in Low Light Taking photos in low light presents a number of challenges for our cameras.  The camera’s sensor needs light to create an image, and the less light there is, the more challenging it is to create a photo.   Auto modes on your camera are programmed to ensure enough …

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How To Use an ND Filter in 8 Easy Steps

In Landscape/Nature by Julian Baird5 Comments

In this article, I will share with you a robust and repeatable workflow that will ensure that each time you use an ND filter you’ll get great results.  The Neutral Density (ND) filter remains an essential piece of equipment for many photographers.  Their use can extend exposure times to several minutes and can make focusing and exposure tricky, …

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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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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 …