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Macro Photography Tips with Ryan Morris

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Ryan Morris is a photographer and close-up and macro photography enthusiast.  Being an admirer of his work, as well as his no-nonsense approach, I asked him a few questions about his technique.  Here are some of his close-up and macro photography tips: EV:  How long have you been shooting close-up and macro? RM:  I have… Read more »

Close-up Photography Backgrounds

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One of the interesting things about close-up photography is how it allows you to take advantage of the narrow field of view in a typical shot.  In close-up work, your subject and setup are on a much smaller scale, which includes the visible background appearing beyond the subject area.  This means you can use “mini-backgrounds,”… Read more »

Flash Techniques for Macro and Close-Up Photography

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In my new eBook, Introduction to Close-Up and Macro Photography, I discuss several lighting scenarios for shooting small objects using a basic flash unit. While dedicated solutions like Canon’s MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash and Nikon’s R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System are great for many close-up and macro photography applications, that’s about all they’re intended… Read more »

Film Photography for Weddings and Portraiture with Matt Haines

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Wedding and portraiture is dominated today by digital photographers, but film photography is alive and kicking, and some are making their mark with film photography in an otherwise crowded market.  Matt Haines is one such shooter.  He’s making it happen with film photography, and tells us why and how he’s doing it. EV: How did… Read more »

Close-Up and Macro Photography

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I’m happy to announce that my new eBook, Introduction to Close-Up and Macro Photography is now available! If you’ve ever been amazed at those close-up images of flowers, insects, and ordinary items, this guide will show you exactly how to do it yourself. Here are a few of the things I cover in this new… Read more »

Photography Masterclass

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Photography Masterclass has just been added to the Store! It’s the massive photography course that makes learning DSLR photography fast and easy. Check it out here >>

Street Photography Tips

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  I identify with portraiture more than any other type of photography. So, this is going to be about street photography on a human level; street portraiture, more than anything. I am fascinated by people and their faces, the way they hold themselves and present themselves to the world. I love to look at faces… Read more »

Intuitive Portrait Lighting

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Light Your Way, But Learn From the Masters If you’ve studied portrait lighting at all, you’re probably familiar with several classic lighting styles, including: Broad Lighting, Short Lighting, Butterfly/Paramount Lighting, and Rembrandt/Loop Lighting. Each of these portrait lighting styles can be used to create a pleasing or “corrective” effect on the subject. For example, Short… Read more »

Learn Amazing Photoshop Skills

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Here’s a great course being offered today at an incredible DISCOUNT price. These premium Photoshop tutorials will take your photos from ordinary to high-impact. Click here for full description. Note:  I announced this course just a few days ago, and it’s already a huge hit with my readers!  Curious about how to improve your images… Read more »

Anastasia Taylor-Lind in Kiev

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When portraiture and social commentary come together like this (see the New York Times photo essay), it’s absolutely fascinating.  A medium format film camera and a light meter, a makeshift outdoor studio, and human beings dealing with a fight for what they believe in, and grief.  Give it up for Anastasia Taylor-Lind. I set up… Read more »