Photography Tips and Tutorials

Tips for Creating Compelling Nature Photography – Photography Article

Tips for Creating Compelling Nature Photography Nature photography is one of the most common forms of photography out there today and in this article, I’m going to give you tips for creating more compelling nature photography. Instagram alone has more than 80 million posts under the hashtag #naturephotography. Not to mention that variations like #naturephotos and #naturephotoshoot have their own massive following. No matter what genre of photography you practice, getting out in nature and capturing images of the natural…

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The Absolute Beginners Guide to Camera Settings – Photography Article

The Absolute Beginners Guide to Camera Settings When you bought your fancy camera with all its buttons and dials, you began a journey that few can endure. Most people who buy a DSLR, never figure out how to use it. But the fact that you’re reading an article like this means that you’re determined to learn. One of the most difficult phases of photography you’ll pass through is figuring out how your camera works. But once you understand even a…

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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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How to Use Natural Light in Travel Photography – Photography Article

We all enjoy traveling and taking countless travel photos on our trips, don’t we? Why else are you reading this article! Travel photography is one of the most popular genres of photography today – especially with the advent of social media and the ‘share everything’ culture. People want to capture and post stunning photos of their travels to influence others, motivate others and in some cases also sell travel-related things. But travel photography is so much more than that. Travel…

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11 Tips for Shooting Travel Stock Photography to Make Money – Photography Article

Stock photography is a tough industry to master. The competition is fierce and prices have been falling over the last decade. But if you are willing to put the effort in and have a long term plan, you can certainly reap the rewards. As a photographer who has been involved in stock photography for over a decade, I have certainly seen the highs and lows. So here are my top tips for shooting travel stock images and how to make…

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Squares – Photography Article

This week’s photography challenge topic is SQUARES! Benjamin Bousquet Squares are all around us. You can see them in windows, buildings, boxes, TVs, technology, picture frames, power boxes, children’s toys, tiles, floors, etc. So go out and capture anything that has squares. They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they have squares in them! You get the picture! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Adli Wahid…

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How Using Props in Portraits Can Make Your Photos More Interesting – Photography Article

There are many ways using props can make portraits more interesting. Often photographing a person can be challenging. This can be so for both the photographer and the person being photographed. Using props can not only add interest to the portrait, but it can also help your subject relax more. What are props and how can you use them effectively? © Kevin Landwer-Johan A prop is any element you add to a photograph which adds interest or meaning to your…

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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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10 Photographic Exercises to Kickstart your Creativity – Photography Article

We’ve all had those days, weeks, or months where we’ve felt photographically stuck in a rut. There could be many reasons for feeling like you just can’t shoot anything worthwhile and it often looks like there’s no way out. But simple creative photographic exercises might just be the thing that gets you back out shooting. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite creative photographic exercises for those moments when I’m just not feeling good about my photography…

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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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Top 5 Locations for Photography Pre-Consultations that are not in a Coffee Shop – Photography Article

There is probably nothing worse than hearing a coffee grinder whirl up as you talk to your potential clients. While coffee shops can seem like an ideal and neutral location for a meet up with a client, it can also be distracting. Here are some other locations for photography pre-consultations with a client. 1. Vendor office space As photographers, we work with lots of different vendors that are close by and that over time, we can even become friends with.…

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Do Cheap Photographers Take Work Away From the Rest of Us? – Photography Article

Price tends to be one of the biggest points of contention with photographers. What is too low? What is too high? What’s just right? Running a profitable business is never easy. Whatever price you set, someone will likely have an opinion or two about it (solicited or not). Which leads to the biggest elephant in the room… do cheap photographers who price low take business away from those that price higher? My answer? No. And here are 6 reasons why:…

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How to Embrace MINIMALISM for IMPROVED Landscape Photos [video] – Photography Article

In this video from Mark Denney, he looks at how embracing Minimalism can improve your Landscape Photography. Mark uses some of his photos to illustrate some of the following points: 5 tips for achieving minimalist landscape photography 1. Include an obvious subject Use an obvious subject without filling the frame with it. It draws the viewer’s eye in. 2. Expansive Composition Use a lot of negative space around your subject to make your subject stand out further. 3. Minimizing color…

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Circles – Photography Article

This week’s photography challenge topic is CIRCLES! Tyler Lastovich Circles are all around us. You can see them in bokeh, star trails, light painting, rocks, car and bicycle wheels, swirling staircases, in patterns and shadows, fruit, kitchenware, etc. So go out and capture anything that has circles. They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they have circles in them! You get the picture! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you…

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9 Ways to use Reflections more Creatively for Stunning Photography – Photography Article

Mirrors or windows, ponds or lakes, it really doesn’t matter where you find them, reflections are eye-catching. In this tutorial, I’ll give you some ideas and inspiration on how to use reflections more creatively for stunning photography. We’re fascinated by reflections ever since we discover ourselves in a mirror, it’s no wonder we remain captivated by them. If you want to know about the technical aspect of reflections check out Rick Ohnsman’s article Understand Light and Color to Improve your…

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Equipment Versus Photographer – Which Matters More? – Photography Article

Flatlay image: Jeff Hopper. Photographer image: Alexander Andrews Equipment versus photographer, which matters more? It’s a common question without an easy answer. It’s one that pretty much every photographer has asked themselves at one time or another. In this article, I’m going to start by identifying the ways in which the equipment matters. And then I’m going to cover the ways in which the photographer matters. Finally, I’ll address the main question: Which is more important? So let’s dive right…

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5 Great Ways to Create Abstract Wave Photography – Photography Article

In this article, you’ll learn how to use motion and long exposure photography to create abstract wave photography. There’s something about water. It is mesmerizing. People flock to beaches and waterfalls to photograph water. We seem drawn to its fluid beauty. If you Google “waterfalls,” you’ll find millions of images. Beaches, sunsets and softly crashing waves also pepper Google searches. Given these two facts, why then do most of the images of water, waves, and waterfalls always look so similar?…

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How to Use Color in Your Photography to Give Your Photos the Wow Factor – Photography Article

Photography is a wonderful art form that is enjoyed by people all around the world. It is a popular medium of expression, a fine art, a way of documenting our journeys and memories, and even a way to change views. Originally, when photography started it was all black and white, and historic photographers learned their craft in this way. Whilst this can be a great way to bring out textures and shapes, the introduction of color is a great way…

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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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7 Tips for Stunning Black and White Photography (Comprehensive Guide) – Photography Article

How do you achieve stunning black and white photography? Black and white photography is one of the most intimidating genres out there, mostly because it’s associated with lots of established names, as well as the “fine art photography” label. But here’s the thing: Black and white photography isn’t actually difficult. In fact, it’s just like any other genre of photography: There are a few tips and tricks that, once you apply them to your shooting process, will instantly improve your…

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Photoshop vs Lightroom – the Power of Photoshop – Photography Article

In this video from Nick Page, he Looks at Photoshop vs Lightroom and shows some things that Photoshop can do that Lightroom cannot. In this tutorial, Nick covers the following using landscape photos as examples: How to use the Quick Selection Tool to select skies against difficult backgrounds so that you can change things like exposure, and contrast more selectively. How to use the Select and Mask tool to refine selections. Applying the selection as a new layer mask. How…

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Landscapes – Photography Article

This week’s photography challenge topic is LANDSCAPES! Photo by Simon Bond Landscapes are one of my favorite things to photograph. Being out in nature with your camera is a wonderful experience. So for this week’s photography challenge, I’d love for you to get out in nature and take some lovely landscape photos.  They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they are landscapes. You get the picture! Have fun you awesome photographers, and I…

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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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Understanding the “Sunny 16 Rule” in Photography – Photography Article

In life, we are sometimes met with certain inalienable truths; water will always flow downhill, there will always be an unhappy baby on your flight, and the milkshake machine at your favorite fast food place will always be broken when you need it the most. There are also some self-evident truths that we must accept when it comes to photography; one being, one day, you will need to set your own exposure manually. If you’ve been shooting exclusively in Auto…

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How to Sell a Travel Story to a Magazine and Help Fund Your Travels – Photography Article

There is nothing quite like when you sell a travel story to a magazine. Seeing all your hard work in print gives you a great sense of satisfaction. Editorial work has changed a lot over the past few years, and you must prepare yourself for some rejection. However, if you follow this simple process of selling a story, and don’t give up, you will reap the rewards. Also note, once you have built up a few relationships with editors, things…

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5 Top Tips for Marketing Your Photography Business Successfully – Photography Article

Marketing is something that often falls by the wayside for photographers. We push it aside when we’re busy, only to find the clients aren’t there when things slow down. The best marketing efforts are those that are organic and purposeful. There is no quick fix. Promoting your work is not as simple as “build a website and they will come.” It takes consistency and effort to keep your name out there, no matter how long you’ve been in the business.…

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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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How To Achieve Better High-Key Photographs – Photography Article

Lighting influences the atmosphere of a photograph. High-key photographs are associated with upbeat, positive feelings. Using one main key light and avoiding contrast can help you produce photographs that convey a happy mood. This technique is popular with wedding and portrait photographers. It’s also often used in classy advertising campaigns. © Kevin Landwer-Johan What is your key light? Your main light source is your key light. It can be light from any source. The sun on a cloudy day is…

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An Introduction to Amazing Abstract Automotive Photography – Photography Article

Some photographs document an event or show a person, place or thing. These are photos of record accurately capturing an image that represents what we see. Other times we want to take a more artistic approach, making a photograph more about a feeling than solely about the subject itself. Sometimes the two mix, for instance in advertising photography, where we might want to accurately show a product but do it in an artistic way that invites the viewer to also…

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