Posts Tagged: tips

Composite Images Using Foreground Elements

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Video Interview: James Milligan, Makeup Artist


  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


  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


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


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


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 »

On-Camera Fill Flash


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


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 »