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About Cole

My goal is simple - give easy to understand, relevant & unbiased advice to transform you into a better photographer. When not writing for Cole's Classroom I am often behind the camera running my San Diego based wedding studio, Cole Joseph Photography or playing guitar on a local stage somewhere!What I love most about running an online blog is all the people I can help, and all the people I can "meet" so feel free to leave a comment and say hello!

Have you found yourself wondering: What the heck is aspect ratio? You’re not alone. Aspect ratio a fundamental photography concept that can be quite confusing at first. Chances are, you’ve seen numbers representing common ratios, including: 1:1 3:2 4:3 5:4 7:5 8.5:11 16:9 What do these numbers mean? And how can they make …

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Unmanned aerial vehicles known as drones first appeared for military use over a century ago. Since then, the use of drone cameras has captured the attention of commercial markets like real estate, construction, search and rescue, law enforcement, agriculture, media, and others. Aerial Drone Photography Tips: Getting Started What Drone Is Right …

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Learning composition in photography is a critical element of photography basics. The ability to understand composition techniques can genuinely help you make a difference in your photography, allowing you to take better photos every time. There are several different rules to keep in mind when planning the perfect picture taking session, including …

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Interested in how to use a ring light in your photography? We’re here to explain the use of ring lights and when they are beneficial! “Why don’t my beauty and fashion images look this good?” Many beginning photographers ask this question. Sometimes, an apparent lack of quality is caused by a missing …

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iPhones have wonderful cameras built into them. It’s now so easy to capture and share images with our phones, that printed snapshots have become a distant memory. With the right tools and knowledge, many iPhone photos can look like professional snapshots. 5 Quick iPhone Photography Tips Camera Settings and Options – Adjusting exposure, …

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Afterlight 2 is a popular photo editing app available for iPhone users. It’s a complete overhaul of the popular Afterlight app. Powerful and inexpensive, this app is designed to make photo editing process easy for everyone. If you are deciding whether to purchase Afterlight 2, it’s helpful to first understand the quality, …

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Styled photoshoots can be a lot of fun, and you can get very creative with your photography ideas. Unlike street photography or even landscape photography, photo sessions are planned, designed, and organized photography projects that can supply you with interesting material for your portfolio. They also help you find exciting collaborations both …

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So you’re thinking about selling your photographs? Has your hobby reached a level where people want to buy photography prints from you? There is definitely a market for photography art prints, and you can be a part of it with a few simple tips. Whether you specialize in street photography, landscape photography, fine …

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Adobe Lightroom is the go-to photo editing software for photographers because it has everything you need to edit your images professionally and quickly. It comes loaded with useful presets and can accommodate extra presets that can be purchased and downloaded for your specific needs. Although it can seem a little overwhelming at …

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When it comes to turning your passion for photography into a career, there are many different steps that need to be taken. It might seem overwhelming for newly independent contractors at first, yet through research, passion, and a clear business plan, freelance photography jobs are attainable. How to Get Started As a …

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If you are serious about digital photography, at some point you will find yourself needing to edit your images. There are many photo editing programs out on the market, but the two most popular are Photoshop and Lightroom. They’re both made by Adobe and have a lot of similarities, so you may …

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“Why don’t my sunset photos look like what I saw that day?” Among all levels of photographers, taking beautiful sunset photos can sometimes be challenging. We want to know how to take advantage of “The Golden Hour” to capture sunset pictures and sunrise images too. What type of digital cameras are used, …

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Being a wedding photographer is one of the most rewarding jobs, allowing you to capture the love, emotion, and joy that two people share for one another on their special day. With a variety of venues and lighting changes during a wedding, photographers need to acquire a set of tricks that allow …

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Snapseed is a free photo editing app that comes loaded with image manipulation tools and presets that are quite easy to use. The app is supported by Google, which is a plus when it comes to quality and reputation. The app allows you to edit and fine-tune things like brightness, saturation, contrast, …

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Should You Care About Metadata in Your Photos? Here’s Everything You Need to Learn About What is Metadata and How to Use It The concept of Metadata is simple. Metadata is essentially the information about the data. Examples of metadata are all around us, especially in our digitally connected world. There’re examples …

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