Archive for July, 2016

Any kind of light is a must for photography. You just cannot photograph without light. There are various types of light that no doubt you are familiar with:

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Props: are they a blessing or a curse? In photography, props can often make or destroy a photo, and because of this some people try to avoid them, some are afraid to use them, and other people love to use them.

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Jul
30

How to Achieve Background Blur or Bokeh

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If I show you two different portraits, one with a blurred background and one with a sharp background, you will automatically prefer the one with the creamy bokeh. Why? Because that’s just how it is. No, the bokeh effect is very flattering because it isolates the main subject by separating it from the background.

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Everybody loves to get it right in camera. But if you don’t, you have plenty of tools to help you make it right. Lightroom is one of the best available, and the easiest to use. In this article I’ll show you how you can use Lightroom’s Transform and Crop Tools to improve your composition.

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Jul
29

Weekly Photography Challenge – Speed

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Earlier I shared a collection of images that show speedy subjects.

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How you photograph a moving subject really depends on two things:

  1. Your intentions (to blur or freeze it)
  2. The lighting conditions (it may be low light)

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Jul
28

7 Travel Photography Mistakes to Avoid

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Travel photography has been captivating people for years. But capturing unique travel photos isn’t easy, and often people who are starting out make the same mistakes several times. There’s no doubt that a well composed, and well lit travel photograph, with an interesting subject, has the power to convince someone to head to a destination.

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Jay Maisel has to be one of the most interesting photographers alive today. He is 85 years old and he still makes a point of carrying his camera with him every day, everywhere he goes. I recently watched a few videos where Scott Kelby spent a few days with Jay, just wandering through the streets of New York and later, walking through Paris.

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Jul
27

Tips for Taking Candid Portraits of People

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Get Andrew’s ebook The Candid Portrait at 43% off, now over at Snapndeals, for a limited time only (August 9, 2016 AUS time).

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I know you’ve done it. It’s okay to admit it. I’ve done it too! We all have! You’ve shot some terrible photographs.

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In their latest release of Lightroom 6.6 (or CC 2015.6 if you are using the Creative Cloud subscription package), Adobe has added a new feature, allowing us photographers to straighten our images even easier than before.

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An on-camera flash (or speedlight) is the tool many photographers own, but few know how to use. Every day I see this amazing piece of equipment go to waste, slamming harsh light into a subject, when it could be caressing it with soft, directional illumination. The flash is a sculptor’s chisel, not a sledgehammer. You just need to know some basic technique.

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