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10 Ways to Make a Living from Photography – Photography Article

10 Ways to Make a Living from Photography It has never been harder to make a living from photography than it is in this day and age. But that doesn’t mean the game is over for you as a photographer. There are still plenty of ways to make money from photography if you are willing to make the effort and have a well-thought-out plan. So here are 10 ways to make a living from photography. Portrait photography Portraits can be…

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Getting to Grips with Fill Light in Portrait Photography – Photography Article

Getting to Grips with Fill Light in Portrait Photography Using fill light is an essential skill that will allow you complete control over the contrast and tonality in your images in any type of lighting situation. It should be no secret to any photographer that one light is all you need to achieve great results. While one light setups (in this context, specifically those that don’t involve the use of a reflector) are both well discussed and incredibly useful, sometimes…

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DIY Photography Backdrops for Still Life and Product Photography – Photography Article

Your choice of backdrop can have a big impact on the final look of your photos. You may have purchased expensive professional photography backdrops because you know this.  But whether you’re a hobbyist or pro, you probably already spend enough on your photography that you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for your props. Luckily, with a bit of creativity, you don’t have to. Here are some of the best ways to create beautiful DIY photography backdrops for…

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How To Protect Your Camera Against Lens Fungal Damage – Photography Article

Protecting your expensive camera against lens fungal damage is necessary to prevent lasting damage. Left unchecked, fungal growth can damage the glass elements in lenses forever. Fungus is a living, growing microorganism which can form on camera lenses. This type of mold is most common in humid climates. Often the damage it causes is only minor, but a rampant fungal growth can ruin a lens. Cleaning fungus on exterior elements of lenses can be relatively easy. However, you need to…

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9 Great Lensball Perspectives for Creative Photography! – Photography Article

One of the most effective ways of getting more out of your photography is to change the perspective. It’s a great way to explore your camera without needing to get additional equipment. The same concept can be applied to lensball photography, where a change in your lensball perspectives can lead to a burst of creativity with your work. It’s easy to think of lensball photography as a one-trick pony, rather like, say, a fish-eye lens. As any fish-eye lens owner…

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Tips for Creating Awesome Double Exposures In-Camera – Photography Article

Techniques for creating double exposures have been around since the beginning of film photography. While the days of being able to expose the same frame of film multiple times are mostly gone, a great many digital cameras do offer that functionality. While the technique can be unpredictable and hard to get right, that’s part of the charm of it (in my opinion) and what makes it so fun. This article provides you with a few tips to help you create…

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Top Tips for Photographing the Best a City has to Offer in 48-hours – Photography Article

Always be on the lookout for interesting scenes in cities. I saw this view in Taipei from a metro train and went back at dusk. You have two days and two nights to photograph a city you’ve never been to before. How will you make the most of this opportunity and come away with amazing photos? You could just turn up without much advance thought and deliver a stunning set of images that fits the brief perfectly. Leaving things to…

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Great Reasons to put a Carabiner in your Photo Kit – Photography Article

The carabiner is a device most closely associated with mountain climbing, but now it finds application in so many other things.  In this article, we’ll explore a few ways you can make good use of a carabiner as a photographer. Interestingly, the carabiner was not initially invented for climbers.  The history of the device is interesting with an inventor nicknamed “Rambo.” It’s not a story I’ll detail here, but worth a read.  The carabiner is essentially a loop with an…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving the Perfect Starburst Effect – Photography Article

Adding a starburst effect to your images is a great way to spice things up and really grab the attention of your viewers. Seeing rays of light slice through your photo is one of the most enjoyable tricks to pull off, especially if you haven’t really done this sort of thing before. While some software programs let you do this on your computer, the real magic comes when you do it by knowing how to use your camera. Step 1:…

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How to Use a Pinhole Body Cap for Awesome, Creative Photography – Photography Article

Making a pinhole body cap is a rite of passage on any digital photographer’s journey. It’s a great way to get some of the unpredictability of analog photography without spending loads money on film or having to wait for the results to come back from a lab. But how do you make a pinhole body cap? And what do you shoot once you’ve made your pinhole body cap? That’s what you’ll discover in this article. What is a pinhole body…

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How to Use Pinterest to Grow Your Photo Business (Step-By-Step Guide) – Photography Article

Do you use Pinterest to market your photography services? You should. Because here’s the thing: Millions of potential clients use Pinterest. In fact, 250 million people around the world use Pinterest every month, and this number continues to grow.  Most people think of Pinterest as a social media platform, but it’s actually a search engine that’s driven by search and discovery. Statistics show that nearly half of online users search in Pinterest before turning to Google. It has an incredible…

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How to Shoot a Self Portrait to Support your Brand Identity – Photography Article

Personal branding has become more and more important over the last few years. As photographers, we often carefully curate the image that we present to the world, even as amateurs. Our brand and image are usually closely linked to the kind of photographs we shoot. Photographers will often carefully curate the look of their website. They’ll spend hours contemplating the images and text that they use to express their photographic hopes and dreams. They want their websites and online portfolios…

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6 Reasons Your Photos Might Be Lacking Sharpness – Photography Article

Capturing sharp photos needn’t be difficult. Most amateur photographers who struggle to capture sharp photos make one of the common mistakes listed below. The good news is that with a little bit of practice and knowhow, you will be able to take sharp photos most of the time. At the very least, you should accept that you will make mistakes and have blurred photos from time to time when starting out. Instead of getting frustrated, try to analyze each blurred…

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How to Plan and Pull-Off a Toddler Photo Session – Photography Article

Toddlers are filled with volatile emotions. They can be shy, moody, defiant, chaotic, unpredictable, and in need of bribes. So a toddler photo session can be a challenge. But when you build a photo session just for toddlers, it’s far less challenging and lots of fun. It is also the perfect opportunity to get creative. Here’s how to let your inner child create a toddler photo session that’s fun for you and toddlers. 1. The big idea The first step…

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5 DIY Macro Photography Hacks for Stunning Macro Photos (on a Budget) – Photography Article

Do you want to take stunning macro photos… …on a budget? In this article, I’m going to show you exactly how you can capture amazing macro photos (without breaking the bank). You’ll discover 5 DIY macro photography hacks which you can use for consistently gorgeous images. Sound good? Let’s dive right in, starting with: 1. Use a board for a stunning macro photography background First things first: In macro photography, the background matters almost as much as your main subject.…

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What You Can Learn From Entirely Different Photography Genres – Photography Article

If you spend any length of time within one photography genre, you come to the point when you wonder, what would take me to the next level? Deepening your creativity often means making connections between unlikely things. If you want to deepen your photography, one option is to take what you learn from one genre and apply it to another. Could you find something used in portrait photography and apply it to landscapes? How about taking an approach from birth…

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10 Tips to Create Emotive Portraits – Photography Article

Portraiture is as vast a genre of photography as it is rewarding. There are a lot of ways to go about creating portraits with a lot of visual interest, but one of the most satisfying ways to do this (to me anyway) is to create emotive portraits. Being able to capture your subjects showing emotion (whether that be positive or negative) not only allows you to show your viewer a more human aspect of your subject, but it can also…

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Steps For Better Product Photography in Natural Light – Photography Article

Taking photos of products can seem like a daunting task. If you look at a lot of advertising, you will find yourself inundated with a lot of high-end product photography that can seem (and probably is) out of reach for a novice. The thing is, not all product photography is equal. In many cases, a much simpler approach will do the job just fine. This article will guide you through a process that can get you started taking product photos…

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How to Control Depth of Field in Your Photography – Photography Article

It’s a common misconception that the f-stop you use will control depth of field (DOF). Aperture setting certainly has an influence, but there are other factors to consider. DOF is the area in a photograph which is acceptably sharp. Lenses can only focus at a single point. There is always a certain amount in front and behind the focus point which is acceptably sharp. Camera: Nikon D800, Lens: 85mm, Settings: f2, 1/250 sec, ISO 200 © Kevin Landwer-Johan This varies…

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7 Techniques for Original (and Stunning) Nature Photos – Photography Article

Do you want to capture original nature photos? The kind of photos that are both stunning and unique? You can. While capturing original nature photography might seem hard, it doesn’t have to be. Because there are a few simple tricks that you can use… …which will help you create original photos, consistently. And it’s not about finding new locations. It’s not even about finding new subjects. Instead, it’s about looking at the subjects you have in a completely different light. Let’s get…

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8 Tips for Better Fireworks Photos – Photography Article

If you’ve been to a great aerial fireworks display, I’m sure you’ve heard the “oohs” and “ahhs” of the crowd, captivated by the colorful spectacle. Here in the United States, the Independence Day holiday is when many of us try our hand at fireworks photography.  I’m sure if you live in other places in the world, you also have holidays celebrated with fireworks.  So how can you capture those moments in a photo and elicit those same “oohs” and “ahhs”…

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Why Hiring an Assistant at Weddings Makes you a Better Photographer – Photography Article

It’s no mistake that many wedding photographers have assistants and even second shooters at weddings. The reason being is that photographing a wedding longer than 5 hours on your own can be very challenging, especially since there are many important wedding details and moments that need extra coverage. Hiring an assistant means you have help carrying your gear and keeping distractions at bay so you can photograph the important moments smoothly. What is an assistant? A photography assistant is not…

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5 Photography Rules for Capturing Photos Your Audience Will Adore – Photography Article

It’s hard to stand out as a photographer. These days, you have so many photos to compete against; the internet is drowned in smartphone snapshots (with layer upon layer of filters). So how do you create images that cut through all the noise? How do you create art that will truly stun your audience? In this article, you’ll discover 5 simple photography rules for capturing photos – which will ensure that your photos are truly special. Let’s dive right in, starting with……

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Mastering Color Series – The Psychology and Evolution of the Color PINK and its use in Photography – Photography Article

From the Renaissance to contemporary art, pink has endured as a color of emotional versatility. In this edition of the Mastering Color Series, let’s take a look into the color pink and its role within the history of visual arts. The psychology of pink The English word pink derives its name from flowers of the Dianthus genus. A combination of red and white, pink can be raucous and racy, or delicate and subtle. Buoyant light pinks describe playfulness, youth, kindness and…

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The 7 Nature Photography Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making – Photography Article

Do you like to do nature photography? Then you might be making these 7 mistakes. And here’s the thing: These nature photography mistakes are the kind that you don’t even know you’re making. They’re the type of mistakes that are easy to miss, but they’re absolutely critical to your photography. To discover these mistakes (and to ensure you never make them again!), read on! 1. Shooting under bad lighting I’m going to start with the single most critical, most common…

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When is the Best Time to Photograph the Moon? – Photography Article

Moon phases are a key to understanding when you should be out taking photos. These days it’s easy to predict where and when you will see the moon for the type of photos you want to produce. First let’s start with some tools you might want to look into, then options for different moon phase photos. Tools Astronomers have known the secrets of the moon’s phases and timing for eons. Ancient civilizations built monuments and shrines in regard to locations…

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How Journal Writing Improves Your Photography – Photography Article

The obvious way to improve your photography is to study photography. But once you’ve had some success with the main principals of photography, you’ll be eager to go deeper and learning more photography principals won’t get you there. Rather than piling on more and more knowledge, you first need to go deeper with what you’ve already got. Use journal writing to pull yourself out of a rut as a photographer. Journal writing is the best way to go deeper with…

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How to Use a Photography Ring Light in Unconventional Ways – Photography Article

With a ton of options on the market, adding a ring light to your kit has never been cheaper. Continuous photography ring lights seem to be everywhere nowadays. There are dozens of offerings from dozens of companies that you can choose from, and they are popular with photographers, make-up artists, and videographers. The main use of a ring light is on-axis lighting for an even, somewhat flat exposure. However, what do you do if you don’t like that effect or…

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