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Boudoir Flow Posing Guide

Michael Zelbel has just released his new boudoir posing guide, Boudoir Flow Posing: A System for 30 Hot Poses in 30 Minutes.  This guide gets right to the point as Michael explains his method for knocking out several poses very quickly, and how he’s able to remember the entire sequence without pausing.  It includes a… Read more »

Guide to Flash Photography

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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

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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 »

The Artist and Model Relationship

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One of the biggest challenges for those of us who love to do creative portraiture is finding the right people to pose for us. It can be especially hard when you’re starting out, big on enthusiasm but short on portfolio pieces to show. And even if you’ve got a lot of work behind you, you… Read more »

Composite Images Using Foreground Elements

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Replacing backgrounds is an effective way to create a new look for our photos, but we can also add elements to the foreground of an image to give it extra impact. The subject isn’t always the closest thing to your camera, so why not reflect that in your creative composite work? In the following poster-style… Read more »

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II

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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 »

Lightroom Presets for Creative Options

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a great all-around tool for importing, organizing, processing, and outputting your images. Lightroom’s Develop module allows you to make changes and add effects to an image without altering the original image file. And, an effect you apply to one image, can be copied over instantly to an entire group of images… Read more »

Photoshop Retouching Tutorials

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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

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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 »

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 »