Posts Categorized: Articles

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 »

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 »

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 »