Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

There may come a time when you need information about your camera’s shutter actuations. When that time comes, you may be surprised to learn that locating this information is not a simple matter of looking in the camera menu. The camera menu houses plenty of other details about your Nikon, but you have to look …

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Find Your Frosting — Stand Out in a Saturated Photography Market. Episode 15: Show Notes. Everyone has something unique to them—a specific area in which they shine and where most of their positive feedback comes from. Whether it be communication with clients, a specific editing technique, or the way you thank them after the shoot, …

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A client calls saying she needs some new headshots.  You agree and book a session for her.  The only problem?  You’re not entirely sure what defines a headshot!  Is it just a head and shoulders shot?  Head with some torso?  Argh!   What Qualifies as a Headshot An image qualifies as a “headshot” if its primary …

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If you’re new to photography, one of the concepts and terms you’ll hear constantly is exposure.  You might be reading a tutorial about getting scenes exposed correctly or you may get feedback on a photo you share saying it’s overexposed or underexposed. Proper exposure is a fundamental concept of photography.  Understanding what it is will …

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Branding Photography: How One Photographers Discovered Her Passion and Found Confidence with Meg Marie. Episode 14: Show Notes. There are many routes that you can take for a career in photography, and one of the really great ones we don’t hear enough about is branding shoots. Here to talk about how her passion for taking …

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Packing a Punch — Tips for Maximizing Your Time and Productivity with Laylee Emadi. Episode 13: Show Notes. Productivity and scheduling are two areas of any creative business that go hand in hand! Without a finely attuned approach to these areas of work, we might all end up on the couch all day and never …

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Legal Issues Photographers NEED to Know to Thrive with Paige Griffith. Episode 12: Show Notes. As creatives, our minds do not naturally go to the practical side of things, and these tasks may even overwhelm us. But it is incredibly important to realize that when you are a photographer, you are a business owner as …

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Surviving the Storm of Covid-19: How to Recover from an Economic Downturn. Episode 11: Show Notes. During this unprecedented, uncertain time where many industries have been closed, the thought of reopening your photography business can be very exciting. But rather than rushing in, it’s important to think about certain things before getting back to normal. …

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Taking the Full-Time Leap: Becoming Your Own Boss and Calling the Shots in Your Life with Kate Guertin. Episode 10: Show Notes. Today, I’m going to be talking to Kate Guertin, a mentor at Cole’s Classroom and the owner of Sweetest Things Photography. She decided to quit her corporate job and jump full-time into professional …

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Adobe Portfolio is a site builder that comes with the CC bundle. Squarespace makes a similar promise, but this site-building platform includes additional features that make it worth considering. Here is what you need to know about Adobe Portfolio vs Squarespace. Which Platform is Easier to Use? Getting started is quick and easy with Adobe …

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High Dynamic Range photography (HDR photography) is a popular technique used to capture a wide range of lights and darks. Essentially, it alters a photograph’s dynamic range. The dynamic range is the complete spectrum of light and dark in a photo. Different types of cameras have different ranges. When the camera can’t accurately capture the …

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Displaying your photographs to an audience around the world is easier than ever before. Unfortunately, it’s also easy for others to take your photos and claim them as your own. A watermark helps you claim rightful ownership over your work. If you want to create and add a watermark to your photos, Lightroom is an …

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Two free Photoshop alternatives — DarkTable vs Rawtherapee come together to compete for your time and attention. They both offer photo-editing capabilities beyond your phone’s simple editor, and they both produce some fantastic results. So which one is for you? Let’s take a look at each of the features to see which one might be …

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Are all headshots portraits?  Why are portraits not headshots?  It’s sort of like one of those high school English quizzes!  If you’re not sure what makes a headshot and what makes a portrait, you aren’t alone!  We break it down for you in this article. What is the Difference Between a Portrait and a Headshot? …

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Even if you’re new to photography, it likely won’t take long before you hear the terms 8-bit image and 16-bit image. They each play an essential role in the size, appearance, and quality of your images. However, despite what many people think, the higher numbers aren’t always better. Both 8-bit images and 16-bit images have …

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Architectural photography can offer its fair share of challenges. The lighting is unpredictable, buildings have a way of tilting and people always seem to be in the shot. But have no fear, architectural photography can be conquered. We have come up with some solid tips to help you with your architectural photography. If you follow …

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