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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

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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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13 Feb

Why Ultra High ISO Makes All The Difference

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Dropping thousands of dollars on a camera with ultra high ISO capabilities (we’re talking ISO 100,000 or above) is frankly overkill for many types of photography -- portraits are best captured with natural light, wildlife photography is really only possible during the day and fashion photography happens mainly in the studio. But there is one scenario in which an ultra high ISO can make the difference between a decent image and an outstanding one - and that’s when it comes to long exposure nighttime photography. Shooting at night introduces a world of difficulties that photographers don’t face during the day. Not only does nighttime shooting require an entire set of equipment not necessary in the sun - from tripods to cable releases to...
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14 Nov

Your New Favorite Lens: The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

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If you're a Canon shooter in the market for a new, professional quality wide angle lens, then look no further because the Canon EF 16-35mm at f/2.8L III USM is here, and it's your new best friend. Measuring in at 3.5" x 4.4" and weighing in at 1.4 lb, this lens is slightly heavier than its predecessor, and slightly larger than a 24-70 f/2.8 II. Its exceptionally high quality makes it worthy of its L series designation, and will leave you drooling over its stunning results - whether you're a professional or amateur shooter. This lens has a large, 82mm filter size. You can always avoid the cost of the filter by simply not buying it, but only when the filter is...
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7 Nov

No, Your iPhone Camera Isn’t Just As Good As A DSLR

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Movements like the 'Shot on iPhone6' campaign make some DSLR owners tremble with the fear that, at the end of the day, their expensive equipment is overkill compared to the recent high quality of cell phone cameras. But tremble not, you DSLR enthusiasts. Because, although the newest cell phone cameras might have breathtaking quality, they will never - or at least no time in the near future - live up to the power and complexity of a DSLR. As cell phone technology advances, and apps like Instagram become more and more popular, everyone now thinks they're a professional photographer. Gone are the days of complicated large format cameras and hours spent working over chemicals in a darkroom with expensive sheets of film. Gone, even, are the days of...
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18 Oct

Give Your Portraits A Magazine-Quality Glow in Photoshop

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We've all seen the beautiful, airbrushed people on magazine covers and wondered how their skin can look so perfectly polished. The porcelain skin effect doesn't require thousands of dollars of studio lights and hours of editing, but can actually be done with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Even if your subject already has smooth, flawless skin, this tutorial can help bring an extra touch of brightness and polish to their face. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. You can use either a portrait shot in a studio or one shot using natural light. This works best when your subject is placed against a darker background because the contrast will help make the subject's face and skin stand out as the...
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2 Oct

Turn Your Digital Photos to Film with a Pop of Color

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Do you want to achieve that antique, film-like quality without emptying your wallet on expensive rolls of film or spending hours in a darkroom? Well, all you really need is Photoshop and a digital camera! With a few simple steps, you can create images that look like they just came fresh out of a tub of developer. This tutorial will teach you not only how to create that old school, grainy film effect in Photoshop, but how to also add a splash of color using just a few basic tools. Bright colors can really make a photo pop, but sometimes too much color within a photo can be distracting. Turning a color photo black and white and then bringing some of the color back...
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