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Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a picture or make an endless looping photo? Jennifer O’Brien shows you how to create cinemagraphs. Share your experience with cinemagraphs in the Comments section, below.
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Once your photoshoot is done, it’s time to choose your images and prep them for retouching! Headshot photographer Peter Hurley goes through his post shoot workflow, step by step. What are your takeaways from this video? How will you be incorporating elements of Peter’s process into your own? Engage with us in the Comments, below. Want to learn more from Peter Hurley? Watch the rest of the...
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The question: What can you do with a macro lens? The answer: Just about anything! If you want to get into close-up photography, the best tool for the job is almost always a dedicated macro lens—preferably one that does life-size (1:1) reproduction. An alternative 1:2 (half-size) macro lens is nothing to sneeze at and...
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What is the best tripod for extreme weather conditions? Should you use a wide-angle or telephoto lens for your landscape photos? How do you capture a volcano erupting? Photographer Mike Mezeul II helps you prepare for your next photography adventure. Share your own tips for adventure photography in the Comments section, below.
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When the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun, those on Earth are treated to one of nature’s greatest spectacles—a total solar eclipse. It is a phenomenon that almost every observer would like to capture in a photograph. Due to the rarity of the event, the short duration in which to capture it, and the dynamic nature of the subject, it is one of those photographic opportunities that...
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Every portrait photographer who started with a kit zoom remembers the first time they swapped it out for a prime lens. The “Wow” factor of a bright, sharp prime is hard to match, even with the best zooms. Optical benefits aside, working from a fixed focal length encourages more natural photographer-sitter interactions and better spatial awareness. Read on to learn why so many portrait...
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Peter Hurley discusses his gear setup and camera settings for headshot photography. He offers advice about what to look for in a camera lens, as well as how to balance ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings for optimal results. What gear and settings do you use for your own headshot photography? Engage us in conversation in the Comments, below. Want to learn more from Peter Hurley? Watch the...
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Watch enough online tutorials or read enough marketing copy and you might be convinced that a successful portrait requires cranking the aperture of your lens to its widest setting. While the “wide-open” approach to portraiture is far from new, its usage has surged in recent years, leading to a surplus of photos flaunting extremely shallow depth of field. As polarizing as it is popular, whether...
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Do you capture those special moments with your child, but then wish for better final images? Do you want to know what to consider when photographing your child in order to get the best portraits? Brandon Cortez and Jack Salamanchuk from Panasonic share their tips for photographing kids, from camera settings to gear, from newborn to toddler, and from indoors to outdoors. What are your takeaways...
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Alexis Cuarezma shares his expertise regarding how to photograph athletes during a commercial photoshoot. Go behind the scenes to learn how to optimize your time with professional athletes while getting incredible images! If you have any questions after viewing this video, please leave them in the Comments section, below.
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It’s amazing how many people think you need a bag full of expensive lenses and pockets deep enough to bankroll safari adventures in faraway lands to photograph wildlife. Regardless of where you live, how hot it gets in the summertime or how cold it gets in the wintertime, you’re surrounded by wildlife the moment you step out your door. The fact of the matter is, if you live near a park or, for...
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Photo fact: Anything photographed close up looks amazing. It doesn’t matter what your subject is, be it a flower, a bumblebee or butterfly, a gemstone, or a slice of apple. Get in close enough and people start exclaiming, “Oooooohhhh…!” Going face-to-face with...
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Whether your subject is a model or not, it’s important to make a connection when taking headshots. Join Peter Hurley in his photo studio as he teaches you how to direct and pose anyone so they look good in photos. Do you have a favorite Hurleyism? Let us know in the Comments section, below! Want to learn more from Peter Hurley? Watch the rest of the episodes in this series:...
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If someone were to ask me what is the fastest, easiest, and most effective way of instantly improving their photography, my answer would be: a tripod. In the quest to make better photographs, we often dream of owning the latest camera body or the most expensive lenses. For many of us, these remain out of reach...
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Texture is one of those multi-sensory things that we can feel with our sense of touch and “feel” visually with our eyes. Because texture transcends the senses, we must account for it when we create photographs. Sometimes the goal is to accentuate a specific texture. Sometimes we wish to “smooth” the texture visually. How you light your subject has a lot to do with how you reveal, or hide, texture...
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