Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

After posing, one of the most critical elements of a good headshot is the lighting.  But what kind of artificial lighting works well for headshots?  In this post, we’ll discuss using ring lights for headshots. Are Ring Lights Good for Headshots? Ring lights can be a great lighting source for headshots.  When used correctly, in …

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There are lots of considerations when it comes to taking headshots.  There’s posing, lighting, skin tones, etc. One of the things you shouldn’t stress is how to hold the camera! Can Headshots Be Horizontal? Headshots can be shot in a horizontal orientation!  Traditionally, headshots were shot vertically, also known as portrait orientation.  But now either …

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Pricing headshots feels tricky for new photographers.  Most clients claim they only need one image and may balk at a full session fee.  But your expenses and talent doesn’t change, even if they only need one image.  And it takes an investment of time to create one really great headshot.  So headshots can feel harder …

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Wondering why you should use back button focus? Back button focus usually confuses photographers at first but once they “get it”, they love it! If there is anything I wish I had known sooner in my journey as a photographer, it would be this one simple thing: Back Button Focus. Back button focusing has been …

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Captivating Your Clients – Tips for Knocking Their Socks Off. Episode 08: Show Notes. There are as many photographers as there are coffee shops. But what makes one better than the next? Why do we prefer going back to the same ones over and over again? It’s all about creating an experience that your clients …

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The Formula to Happiness: Finding Worth in Your Everyday Work with Wilson Lau. Episode 07: Show Notes.  Wedding and engagement photographs often follow a formulaic series of poses that can make them feel forced rather than capturing couples’ true happiness. Wilson Lau, a wedding photographer, looks to turn this convention on its head with his …

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One of the most valuable tools, but perhaps one of the most misunderstood, is your camera’s histogram. Histo-what? We aren’t talking about Instagram’s cousin here. If you’ve been confused by that fancy chart they call a histogram, you’re in the right place! In this tutorial, we will break down using a histogram so you understand what your …

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The Secrets of Branding and Website Design to Attract High Paying Clients with Amanda Shuman. Episode 06: Show Notes. With the crowded photography landscape, it can be difficult to stand out. But there are some tried and tested branding techniques and strategies you can use to ensure that you get noticed. Our guest today, Amanda …

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The word photography translates from Greek to “drawing with light.”  Why not have some literal fun by experimenting with light painting?  Break out your camera, a light source, and your tripod, and let’s explore using light as a brush and the world as your canvas with light painting! In this article, we’ll cover what light …

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If you’ve ever tried to take a close-up macro photograph of a flower, you know that it’s tough to get your entire subject in focus. While autofocus or auto-blend layers tools can help a lot with macro photography sharpness, they still leave a lot to be desired. In this article, we’ll explain how you can …

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If you’ve ever seen a photograph of a tourist appearing to hold up the leaning tower of Pisa, you’re familiar with the concept of forced perspective photography. Forced perspective shots can be incredible optical illusions, but many photographers struggle with taking forced perspective photos that look good. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you’ll need …

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Learning photography is not just learning a new skill…it’s also learning a new language.  Understanding photography terminology, from ambient light to viewfinders, helps you become a better photographer and grow your skill.  Here’s our ultimate list of photography terms! Basic Photography Terms – The Fundamentals of Photography Terminology Photography Photography is the art or practice …

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Introducing RAW Files RAW files are uncompressed, meaning they’re in the original form directly from your camera. RAW images are “lossless,” so they have the most quality, allowing for small edits or large scale prints. It contains so much more information about the conditions of the photo than a compressed file, giving editors more freedom …

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Wildlife Photography Basics: Mountain lions and tiger salamanders and grizzly bears, Oh My! I’ve always loved wildlife.  As a kid and as a grownup.  Before I became a pro photog, my job was to talk, and write, about wildlife for our state’s wildlife agency. I was surrounded every day by some of the most stunning …

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Business Owner at 17: Pushing Past Judgements and Forging Your Own Path to Success, with Hope Taylor. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Episode 05: Show Notes. Sometimes, we need to learn how to push past the judgments of other people, live the life that we want to live, and forge our own path to success. In …

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Fear of Running a Photography Business: Getting Past Insecurities and Embracing Your Uniqueness. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Episode 04: Show Notes. Today’s topic is a tough one because it touches all of us in some way—fear. While both new and seasoned photographers sometimes battle with fears and insecurities, it is mostly the upcoming ones who …

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