Archive for the ‘Photography Tips & Tutorials’ Category

In Praise Of Photography Umbrellas

Tweet My absolute favorite photography light is an umbrella. Oh, sure, I’ll use a softbox if the job calls for it, but it’s not my first choice, especially for lighting people. The reason I like umbrellas is precisely because they’re an imperfect light source. They don’t provide a smooth, even light, a good umbrella bends […]


The Only New Year’s Photography Resolution You Need To Keep

Tweet I hate New Year’s resolutions because most of them are motivated by conscience and quickly forgotten. When it comes to your photography skills, there’s only one resolution you need to make and only one you need to keep. You’ll get a lot of advice, particularly this time of year, so I decided to condense […]


Three Fun Photo Projects For Your New Camera

Tweet A lot of you are getting new cameras over the holidays and, since a lot of you are spending it with family and friends, this might be a good time to review some of the fun things you can do with a new camera. For some of these you’ll need a tripod and some […]


Five Tricks You Didn’t Know Your DSLR Could Do

Tweet “Nobody ever reads the manual,” my friend, Bill Pryor, frequently grouses. “They pay thousands of dollars for a camera and have no idea what it can really do.” From years of experience I know when Bill gets a new camera or piece of gear it’s going to be a few hours before I hear […]


Four Tips For Getting Through Off Days In Photography

Tweet In any artistic business you’re going to have days when you’re just not feeling it and photography is no different in that regard. It would be great if we could all work on days when we were really sharp and go fishing on the bad days…there would be no bad days in that scenario…but […]


How To Photograph Fireworks Displays

Tweet It’s that time of year again in the U.S. Time to dust off the tripod and remote switch and gear up for another Fourth of July fireworks display. I’m always surprised when people say that photographing fireworks is difficult because, once you know the secrets, it’s really quite easy and the results are dramatic. […]


Six Tips For New Photographers

Tweet We were all new once, though that’s sometimes hard to remember when confronted by the aloof snobbery of some professional photographers. As if sharing some tips with a new generation of photographers would somehow diminish their lofty creations. When you judge photo contests and review the work of people new to photography there are […]


Basic Five Point Studio Lighting

Tweet For this article I needed a studio and the assistance of a full time studio photographer, so I turned to Karl Leopold at imagesforever.net down in Melbourne Beach, FL. Karl was gracious enough to help out with this article and lend his expertise. Last time we covered basic three point studio lighting today we’re […]


When Do I Need a Model Release?

Tweet One of the biggest areas of confusion I run into as a photographer is when model releases are necessary. There is a lot of misinformation out there and quite a few people willing to make up the rules to fit their preference at the time. First, a disclaimer. This is not intended to be […]


My Budget Portable Lighting Rig For Under $250

Tweet Some of you may remember the article a while back about the portable lighting setup my professional wedding photographer buddy at imagesforever.net uses. A few of you might have become depressed when adding up the price tag you realized that rig came to over $1,800.00 USD. Ouch. Many of you can’t afford that, many […]


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