New! Digital Background Kit


Here’s a free demo project showing how easy it is to use The Digital Background Kit. Included in this free download: The Digital Background Kit “Quick-Start” Guide. This is included with the kit and as a chapter in the larger Digital Backgrounds & Compositing Techniques eBook (also included with the kit). The Project File. This… Read more »

Guide to Flash Photography


Flash photography should be easy… I mean, second-nature, do-it-without-thinking easy. So why isn’t it? Here are some of the top things a lot of people are struggling with: 1)  Outdoor flash that looks too “flashy” or unnatural. 2)  Backgrounds that are too dark. 3)  Can’t seem to get a good white background effect. 4)  Just… Read more »

Creative Portrait Techniques

Kelly Grace

This post was adapted from my eBook, Taking Your Portraiture to the Next Level I. Traditional and contemporary posing certainly have their place, but I’d like to present some alternative techniques in this post. Most of these examples are about finding ways to get your subject to relax, or forget about the camera. Others are… Read more »

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II


In Episode #5 of Flirting with Film: “Mamiya RZ67 Pro II,” I offer an overview of the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format SLR camera. The Mamiya RZ67 Pro II is a medium format single lens reflex camera produced in the mid 1990’s. It’s part of a modular system, and features interchangeable lenses and viewfinders,… Read more »

Photoshop Retouching Tutorials


In this video, I quickly demonstrate several steps in a retouching workflow developed by Julia Kuzmenko McKim, a professional photographer and retouching expert.  Here, I’m using two of her popular eBooks as references, both of which I recommend if you’re new to retouching.  You can order them here: Creative Retouching Essentials in a Day (New)… Read more »

eBooks: Great Tips for Portraiture Lighting


Good portraiture skills are crucial to successful photography, but surprisingly, very few photographers have an adequate understanding of all the necessary techniques.  Even many professionals lack what I’d consider some of the essential skills. Sure, anyone can get lucky on the occasional shoot.  And many photographers have a few simple go-to tricks, but that isn’t… Read more »

Black and White Conversion Techniques for Beginners


We’ve talked about why we love black and white photographs and how some subjects can take on surprising transformations when converted from color to monochrome.  Certainly, most people are capable of using in-camera and editing software features to produce basic monochrome images, but not everyone is adept at more sophisticated black and white conversions.  You… Read more »

How To Watermark Your Photos


  Watermarking photos, digitally overlaying some conspicuous logo or text onto an image to identify it as the work of a particular photographer, can be accomplished any number of ways.  It is after all, just pixel editing.  Here, I’m going to discuss several ways to add identifying info to your images: Embedded Copyright Information If… Read more »