Posts Categorized: General

How-To Create Digital Backgrounds Using Photoshop


Even through plain backgrounds are great for classic portraiture, they can get old pretty fast. Seamless paper backgrounds, canvas, and vinyl printed backgrounds can add some variety to your background choices, but the costs can add up quickly. Physical backgrounds can also take up a lot of space and take time to setup and break… Read more »

New Lightroom Presets: Vendetta Collection


If you’ve ever taken a look at the type of photography I do, you know it’s got a bit of an edge to it. I started off in film photography, so I like the look of grain.  I’m inspired by cinematic visuals from the past, so I like my images to feel like they’re part… 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 »

Composite Images Using Foreground Elements

Figure 7.  Result.

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 »

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 »

Flash Techniques for Macro and Close-Up Photography

Close-up of flower illuminated from left with hand-held flash, modified with mini-softbox.

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 »

Close-Up and Macro Photography


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 »

Street Photography Tips


  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 »

Night Photography Tips


I received a question about night photography the other day, and thought I’d throw it over to Jeff Kauffman to get his take on it.  I asked if he could provide a few examples and explanations of his process. Here’s what he had to say: The first challenge in night photography is getting a proper… Read more »