Posts Tagged: tips

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 »

Video Interview: James Milligan, Makeup Artist

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  My interview with NYC-based makeup artist (MUA), hairstylist, James Milligan.  James offers some great tips and encouragement for photographers, models, makeup artists and creatives.

How To Set up a Softbox

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  The first time I tried to figure out how to set up a softbox, I was lost.  I made this for people who find themselves in that position. Featured: Photoflex LiteDome Q3-9 Lastolite Ezbox Hotshoe Softbox Alien Bees B800 Canon 580EX II

ND Filters and How To Use Them

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Neutral density filters (ND filters) can be an extremely useful tool for achieving proper exposure under challenging lighting conditions.  In this post, I’m going to introduce ND filters and explain what they’re for and how to use them. What is a neutral density (ND) filter? Essentially, an ND filter allows less light to pass through… Read more »

How to Deal with Camera Shake

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I asked members of my Facebook Group to comment on camera shake (the term used when talking about blurry photos as a result of unsteady shooting).  If you’re like me, you might have noticed that as you’ve gotten a little older, camera shake has gotten a little more noticeable. There are plenty of reasons, other… Read more »

Wedding Photography Tips: Detail Shots Help Tell The Story

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I began shooting weddings nearly 10 years ago.  I have to say, it was sometimes an exciting way to earn a paycheck.  If you’re the type of photographer that likes to make every photo count, and also likes a good challenge, try weddings.  I did and I liked it much of the time.  There’s a… Read more »

Holiday Family Photos

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Taking family photos this Holiday?  Of course you are!  Here’s a little video with some advice that will help keep you happy and sane when family is in front of your camera.  Lots of common sense stuff, but maybe worth a view.

On-Camera Fill Flash

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In this video, I provide a quick overview of on-camera fill flash for outdoor portraiture.  I know that using your flash on the hot shoe isn’t the sexiest technique in the world, but sometimes it’s the best way to go, especially for things like outdoor event shots, where things are moving quickly and conditions aren’t… Read more »

Good Backgrounds Are Everywhere

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Do you need an exciting location to make great people photos?  Not really.  As a matter of fact, the more “location” you put in the shot, the less emphasis you’re going to have on the person featured in it.  Sometimes that’s okay, because sometimes the story is not just about the person, but also about… Read more »

Video Q&A #1

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Photography Q&A.  Question:  What is the best portable gear for environmental portraits? Would speedlights be enough?