Posts Categorized: General

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 »

Night Photography Tips

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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 »

How To Use Rim Lighting to Separate Subject from Background

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Rim lighting is an effective way to visually separate the subject from the background especially when it might be hard to distinguish one from the other because of an intersection of similar tones.  The rim (or kicker) light creates a thin highlight around the edges of the subject, partially outlining her with bright light. A… Read more »

Why You Should Learn to Headshot Photography Techniques

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The headshot could be considered a portrait photographer’s fundamental skill.  After all, it’s a basic necessity for any client who’s in the public eye, or otherwise needs a good representation of their likeness for things like resumes, press releases, corporate use, casting, and even online profiles. In many ways, creating a good headshot can be… Read more »