Discounts Continue: Photography Training Deals!

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UPDATE: One or more of these might be extended for a day or two! Here are your Black Friday Deals! If you’re looking for photography training, you’ve come to the right place. Check these out: Secrets of Successful Event Photography: Save 33% on this amazingly popular course offered by Phil Steele. You’ll learn tons of… Read more »

Will CGI Make Photography Obsolete?

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I created the following images as an exercise in lighting and composition for still life pictures. I wanted to see what I could do with several of the tools and techniques most photographers aren’t familiar with. Careful attention was given to every detail of every object and its environment. The camera I used features an… Read more »

New Video & eBook: Anatomy of a Production Day

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Dan Hostettler has put together a great behind-the-scenes instructional package featuring a 2-hour video production and a massive (over 200-pages!) eBook that virtually puts you at Dan’s side every step of the way.  The Anatomy of a Production Day, is a well-produced documentary-style video that walks you through the planning and production stages of a… Read more »

Black and White Conversion Techniques for Beginners

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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 »

New Photography Magazine, The LIGHT Side Digest

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Ian Pack and friends have just released the first issue of The LIGHT Side Digest.  The eMagazine features some of the most useful content as contributed to the popular, The LIGHT Side photography group on Facebook.  It’s available now as a free download from Pack’s website, and contains several good articles on lighting and studio… Read more »

New Course Offered: Selections, Channels, and Masks

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Being good at Photoshop is one of the most important skills you need as a photographer. Most of us know just enough to get by, and it often shows. Things like simple retouching and composite work might okay up to a point, and then you hit a wall. It starts to look sloppy, or you… Read more »

How To Watermark Your Photos

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  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 »

Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord, Art and Music

Spend too much time in the traditional, commercial photography ecosystem, and you might think that the only good photography, the only real photography, is what you see in a given photo enthusiast Facebook group or photographers’ message board. Deconstructing lighting and composition, or arguing over which lenses make the most sense for portrait shoots or… Read more »

Common Portrait Lighting Mistakes

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Here is a quick list of several common portrait lighting mistakes that beginners, and even pros, often make.  Why are they mistakes?  Because the goal of most portraiture is to depict the subject in a flattering, or at the very least, recognizable, way.  When there’s a problem with lighting or technique, you’ll often get just… Read more »