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6 Apr

Add Cinematic Drama To Your Photos In Lightroom With a Few Quick Steps

Movie imagery has a specific style and mood that increases the sense of drama. The cool, blue tones, faded contrast and shallow depth of field draw the viewer in. It's a look that speaks to many still photographers as well. But not all still photographers have the right gear to recreate it on camera. Luckily, if you're a fan of the cinematic look, you can recreate it whenever you want with just a few simple steps in Lightroom. Start by opening your image in your Lightroom catalog and open the editing window by clicking the Develop tap at the top of the window, or by using the shortcut D. An editing bar will appear to the right of the image. Cinema tends to have a...
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3 Apr

Boost Colors In Lightroom Using This Simple Technique

Photographers must live with the unfortunate reality that nature will often outperform even the most expensive gear. The rich hues of a sunset or the deep blue of an ocean won't always come out on camera the way it looks in real life. Luckily we have post processing to fix that. With the help of Lightroom, you can boost the colors of any image without making it look fake or over edited. Start by opening your image in Lightroom. Click on the Develop tab at the top of the window or use the shortcut 'D.' We're going to start with basic exposure edits. The photo I'm working with is very dark, so I increased the overall exposure, then decreased Highlights and increased Shadows. Removing...
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30 Mar

5 Essential Tips For Wedding Photographers Working With Wedding Planners

Anyone who’s ever attended a wedding knows how stressful they can be. Big families are involved, people show up late, rings get lost or forgotten. For wedding photographers, that stress is magnified tenfold. But a wedding photographer's job can be made much easier with a good working relationship with the wedding planner.  While wedding planners and wedding photographers have very different jobs and responsibilities for the big day, it’s absolutely essential that the two teams work together to make sure the wedding goes by without any problems. That’s why we’ve broken down a few key rules to remember if you're a wedding photographer working with a wedding planner. 1. Set up a meeting. When you're hired to shoot a wedding, find out as soon as possible...
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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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8 Mar

Michelle Terris Brings Body Positivity To The LA Fashion Scene

Michelle Terris always felt self conscious as a child. Growing up in Southern California, Michelle was fed images from the media that convinced her that her loose arms and extra body fat were something to be ashamed of. Then in 2008, Michelle’s father was diagnosed with ALS - a neurodegenerative disease that causes you to lose control of basic bodily functions. The disease completely changed Michelle’s view of her own body. “After watching my father lose his ability to do everyday things, and then all things, I gained a new perspective on my body image,” Michelle said. “Instead of seeing rolls of fat that needed to be diminished or jiggly arms, I started thinking about all the amazing things my body...
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24 Aug

7 International Food Photographers Whose Pictures Will Leave You Drooling

@_c2k: _c2k is a food photographer whose studio work is the stuff other photographers strive for. Her images feature a lot of Asian cuisine, all perfectly styled against clean, well-lit, white backgrounds. She shoots most of her images from a straight on, wide angle aerial view, allowing the impeccably placed, bright ingredients to speak for themselves. She doesn’t distract from the beauty of the food with extra props, tools or place settings, which gives the dishes an extra fresh and healthy feel. Scrolling through her Instagram feed will make you want to get adventurous in the kitchen and try out your own dumpling or chicken teriyaki recipe. Check out _c2k on Instagram here. María C: María C is a food blogger and photographer whose...
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5 Jul

8 International Wedding Photographers That Will Make You Fall In Love With Wedding Photography

Stoffer Photography Photo by Stoffer Photography John and Maura Stoffer have been shooting weddings together since 2008, but they never expected to fall in love with the art form. Now, they’re addicted. Over the past nine years, the couple from Chicago has traveled all over the world documenting engagements and weddings with their signature, yet classic style. With a strong use of contrast, as well as bold, bright colors, every single photo stands out as an individual piece of art, but together, as a package, the images come together to tell the wedding story every couple dreams of. The galleries they produce don’t just include the usual wedding portraits and moments we’re used to - they tell stories....
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28 Jun

Shooting The Perfect Video Interview

Shooting a video interview is one of the very first skills every budding videographer should learn. Video interviews are a great way to get started with videography and they're a staple in most video pieces. Plus they’re easy to practice - all you need is some basic equipment and a willing interviewee. The Setup The first thing to think about when shooting a video interview is how to set up the shot, which requires some basic equipment most photographers already have - a DSLR camera, a tripod, a mic, two chairs and a light source. You’ll want to place the person you’re interviewing on a chair, where they can sit comfortably for the duration of the interview - there’s nothing worse than...
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13 Apr

Why Shooting in Black and White Will Make You a Better Photographer

In the age of digital photography, HDR and increasingly saturated images, shooting in black and white might seem like an antiquated technique reserved only for film cameras and Ansel Adams. But shooting in black and white is one of the most beneficial methods for improving as a photographer. It forces you to pay closer attention to the subject you’re shooting, rather than relying on bright, flashy colors to carry the image. Photography is an art form that revolves around light. As photographers, we go where the light goes. This is even more so the case when you’re shooting in black and white. With black and white photography, it’s the light and the shadows, not the colors, that will make or...
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4 Apr

The Inspiration You Need to Break Out of the Dreaded Photo Slump

The dreaded photo slump is every photographer’s worst nightmare. It’s the dark valley of disappointment that all photographers - professional or amateur - fall into at some point during their relationship with the art form. Sometimes, the slump only lasts a few rather annoying seconds, like when a long exposure doesn’t turn out the way you were hoping or when you realize your shot of the winning touchdown is out of focus. Other times, the slump can agonizingly last for weeks or months (I once went six months without picking up or really even thinking about my camera). If gone unattended, the slump can extend for years. Regardless of whether your camera has been collecting dust for years or if you...
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