Posts Categorized: General

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 »

Yongnuo YN560 IV For Off-Camera Flash

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Yongnuo (H.K. Yong Nuo Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese interest that has been steadily making inroads into the high-end external flash market long dominated by Canon and Nikon. Yongnuo produces flash and flash triggering/syncing units that are compatible with Canon and Nikon E-TTL/II and i-TTL as well as non-TTL models. Certainly, the goal… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »