Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

Amp up the impact by capturing motion in your photos We spend a lot of time talking about how to avoid blur in our photos. But sometimes blur is exactly what you want! Why? Because inducing blur is one way to convey motion in an otherwise static image. This tutorial will cover five different methods …

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Thinking about a mega zoom?  Here’s a Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens review If you’re a wildlife photographer, nature photographer or sports photographer, sometimes you want to fill the frame with your subject.  Problem is, you can’t always get closer to your subject.  That’s where a super-telephoto lens or a mega zoom like the Nikon 200-500mm …

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Self-portrait photography will challenge your technical skills and your creativity! The word selfie didn’t become part of our cultural lexicon until sometime in 2013.  But self-portrait photography has been around almost as long as photography itself.  Robert Cornelius used his camera in the back of his family’s store to take his own portrait as early …

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Have you ever been frustrated to find lens flares in your photo? Maybe it’s covering your subject’s face, or distracting from your image’s aesthetic. The good news is you can prevent this! You are in control of your camera, so you control if your image shows a lens flare. The lens flares don’t control you! …

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What would you do if a client asked you to capture some last photos of their dying family member? Perhaps you’ve thought about joining an organization that captures the last memories a parent has with their still born baby. We’ll share our tips for how to approach bereavement photography with empathy, respect, and dignity. Bereavement …

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Help contribute to the industry and the environment and practice good photography ethics. How much is a social media like worth to you?  Is it worth a trespass fine?  The destruction of private property?  The loss of someone else’s income?  The life of an animal?  The lives of your friends and neighbors caught in a …

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Learn to take pictures of the carnival, fair or amusement park in all its whirly, night-time glory! You don’t have to be a kid to love the carnival.  The lights, the food, the noises and colors…it’s a feast for the senses.  It can also be a fantastic place to take a camera and experiment!  Join …

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What is bokeh, and how do you get it? You’ve heard photographers throwing that term around like everyone knows what it is, but you’re left in the dark trying to understand it. Not to worry, bokeh isn’t so mysterious once someone explains what it means which is what we’re here for. We’ll also let you …

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Have you ever wondered how photographers get those gorgeous glowing outdoor portraits of their clients? You know – the ones that evoke thoughts of happy days and lazy summer evenings, using only backlight photography.  After diffused light aka cloudy days, backlight photography is one of an outdoor photographer’s best kinds of lighting. Soon you’ll know …

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Have you ever seen a tilt shift photo or video? It’s a fascinating photography niche whose effect can be achieved both with a specialized lens and during the editing process.  Seeing a tilt shift video or photo makes you feel like a giant overlooking a miniature world. Even if you’re seeing a real photo with …

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We’ve gathered together our best photography tutorials in one location! Are you overwhelmed with learning photography?  There are so many awesome resources, it’s hard to know where to start.  Or what to learn next.  Or maybe you start learning one skill only to get sidetracked by a separate lesson and you fall down a rabbit …

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Play all day with flat lay photography! Did social media make flat lay photography popular?  Or did flat lay photography drive the rise of social media?  It’s almost a symbiotic relationship.  Either way, these days you can’t have one without the other.  But what is a flat lay, exactly?  Who uses this style?  Does it …

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Have fun and save some time and money with these 40 photography hacks! Ever had a friend share a photography tip and you thought “Why didn’t I think of that?”  Well, here are 40 new reasons you can say that!  We’ve got photography hacks for weddings, portraits and even product photography!  From creative DIY ideas …

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Did you recently start your photography journey and you’re not sure what to do with your camera? Welcome grasshopper, you’ve come to the right place for photography for beginners! We love your enthusiasm and drive to get better and we’re going to guide you on your journey to growing as a photographer! This article will …

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Are you struggling to get the look you want in your camera when shooting in automatic mode? Leave all the frustration of inconsistent photos behind by working in manual mode! When you shoot in automatic mode, you often get photos that are too dark one minute and too light  the next. This will happen even …

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Are you the type of photographer that runs indoors at the first sign of rain, or the type that grabs your camera and jumps in the puddles? If you’re not already the latter you will be dying for precipitation to get rain pictures! We’ve got tips to protect your camera and take creative rainy day …

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