Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

Scenes so nice, you’ll see them twice! 5 Tips for Capturing Water Reflections (Plus two cheats!) If I had to pick a favorite type of landscape scene, it would probably involve a water reflection. There’s just something serene and peaceful about an image with water. If symmetry and mirror images are your creative jam, too, …

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Have you found yourself wondering: What the heck is aspect ratio? You’re not alone. Aspect ratio a fundamental digital photography concept that can be quite confusing at first. Chances are, you’ve seen numbers representing common aspect 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 a …

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Some photos are beautiful enough to look like blended paintings and can rack in plenty of comments when you post them on your Instagram. However, finding ways to blur or blend the background without using special effects in photoshop can be tricky. One way that photographers can create unique effects without having to do any …

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If you’re in the midst of experiencing a little photographer’s block, trying a new type of photography can help get your creative juices flowing again. Maybe all you need to do is try taking a peek into the future with crystal ball photography. Crystal balls have a rich history, and their use in photography is …

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Steel wool photography is a light painting technique that produces amazing results. You can get a steel wool photograph with a few simple items, and there are a lot of possibilities to explore with that material. What is Steel Wool Photography? Steel wool is a cleaning product that is typically used to polish surfaces or …

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Check out our Lens Calibration 101 guide on why and how to adjust your lenses! There are a lot of different reasons your images might not be as sharp as you want. Dirty equipment, the wrong camera settings or even your shooting stance can affect the sharpness of your images. But if you find that …

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As a sub-genre of portrait photography, you’ve probably seen plenty of milk bath photography images pop up as a recent trend. By turning everyone’s favorite drink into a prop, photographers have been able to capture stunning, minimalistic portraits.  If you’ve never experimented with milk bath photography, the genre can feel intimidating. Whether you’re an amateur …

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If you look up aesthetics in a dictionary, you will find a definition that focuses on the artistic value of a work of art, or that discusses the characteristics of things we find beautiful and pleasing. The concept of aesthetics is central to photography. Here is what you need to know about aesthetic photography, why …

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Want to be a better photographer? Here are our recommendations on the things every photographer needs to learn to start mastering the craft! When you first start trying to improve your photography, it can feel overwhelming. What should I learn first? Do I need to learn A before I learn B? What should I prioritize …

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Stuck with the muck? Here are some photography tips for making ugly locations look amazing! One of the most iconic images from my home state of Wyoming is the T.A. Moulton Barn. If you’re a fan of landscape photography, I’m sure you’ve seen an image of it. There are about 8.98 million images of it …

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Improve your consistency and confidence with a photoshoot checklist Are you looking for ways to improve the flow of your photo sessions, your post-production workflow or your consistency? Consider developing and following your own photoshoot checklist! Have you ever finished a photography session that felt awesome at the time only to feel disappointed later with …

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What’s the best camera to take to Disney World? What lens should I take to Disney World? We have some ideas to make the most of your time at the Happiest Place on Earth About three years ago, my family started planning our vacation to Florida, including stops at Walt Disney World, central Flordia and …

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If you find understanding white balance to be a mysterious concept, you are not alone. Many do. The numbers and settings used can be a little confusing if you aren’t familiar with them. In addition, this is not something we notice in our day-to-day lives. It is something that our digital camera picks up that …

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Don’t freak out over the photography slow season.  We have some ideas! The photography slow season is upon us.  After a fast and furious fall season, it can feel good to slow down and enjoy a few weeks off. You can work on your website, get caught up on blogging, or clean your office! But …

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Flat light.  Golden hour.  Hard light.  We’ll decode them all for you here! As you begin your photography journey, you’ll hear lots of talk about light.  And photographers have come up with about six dozen ways to describe it.  Flat light, soft light, open shade, dappled light…so many terms it can be hard to keep …

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Sometimes auto white balance is just a frenemy posing as a time-saving setting.  We’ll tell you why. Photographers are a picky bunch. We will tweak settings, move here and there and wait for the light to be juuuuusssst right before we take an image. We want to shoot in manual and choose focus points so …

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