Tutorials

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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Headshots are a staple of business owners, actors, actresses, models, and real estate agents.  If you’ve been asked to take headshots for a client but have never had a headshot session, you may have questions about the equipment you’ll need.  We’ve got some pointers on choosing a lens for headshots.   What is the best lens …

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Boudoir photos are growing in popularity across the country.  These sensual, intimate photos are usually taken for the enjoyment of the subject and her (or his) partner.  If you’re new to shooting boudoir photos, one question you might have is where to shoot your sessions. Where Can I Take Boudoir Photos? Boudoir photos can be …

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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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If you don’t like the current background of a photo, changing it is the obvious answer. If only it were that easy, right. But what if it is? The Photoshop Quick Selection tool can detect a subject’s edges in an image. This allows you to select the background so you can remove it quickly.  In …

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Skin is one of the most crucial aspects of retouching a portrait to create the perfect look. Hair, eyes, and lips are all critical, but it’s the skin that makes the image stand out. One way to make your subjects’ skin appear flawless is to achieve a natural, soft texture. In this tutorial, we’ll teach …

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There are lots of reasons why you could need to learn to combine images in Photoshop. Perhaps you took a family photo with one person missing, and you need to merge photos to include everyone.  Or maybe you simply wanted to improve one image by combining it with a second one with some higher-quality elements. …

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Selecting objects is one of the first skills that both Photoshop hobbyists and professionals learn. You can crop, cut, and paste images within a photograph or picture to create a brand new work of art. However, it can be a challenge to select objects with an elaborate border, such as a head full of hair, …

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If you want to know how to increase the resolution of an image in Adobe Photoshop, you’ll need to understand what resolution means for your image and how image size plays into the overall quality of the final product. Adobe Photoshop allows you to easily alter image resolution using the image-size dialog box, pixel dimensions, …

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All too many photographers, both amateur and professional, are familiar with glare showing up in their images. Glare appears as bright, sometimes blinding spots that can ruin even the best photographs. It distracts from the main subject and may also hide focal points of photos. Why Does Glare Appear in Photographs? Glare is caused when …

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If there’s a tool you need to know about in Photoshop, it’s the grid. This non-printing guide is an indispensable tool for your layout designs and the best part? You only have to learn how to make a grid once. Just save your creation to reuse it when necessary. 5 Basic Steps to Make a …

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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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