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Video Tutorial – How to Work a Scene to Find the best Light and Composition
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In this short video tutorial, photographer Mike Brown takes you on a photo walk looking for images. Watch as he scans the scene and finds the best camera angle, waits for the right light, and frames the shot for the best composition. Go on a photo walk and see how Mike goes about working a […]

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How to do Clamshell Lighting: A Reliable Two Light Setup
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When it comes to lighting, there is an infinite choice on how you can light your portrait subjects. That’s great and it’s addicting, but when you are starting out it can also be overwhelming. To counter the inevitable information overload that you will get researching lighting, it is a good idea to know a few […]

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How to Understand Reflected Versus Incident Light and Get More Accurate Exposures
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Do you ever get under or overexposed photos when you use your camera’s light meter? Do you get frustrated that even in auto-mode you can’t get the correct exposure? That’s because there are two different type of light to deal with when taking a photo. When you make a photograph the light is your raw […]

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Portrait Comparison – Flash Versus Natural Light
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This article will demonstrate the difference between portraits taken with an umbrella softbox and natural window light, essentially flash versus natural light. My aim was to capture really soft light on the skin for both setups as I dislike hard light and harsh shadows which, even with light modifiers, can still happen. I was afraid […]

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How to Photograph the Aurora Borealis – Nature’s Night Light
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The Valkyrior, the “Dance of the Spirits,” polar lights, Goddess of the dawn, the mythical firefoxes of Lapland, the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. By any name, Aurora has intrigued, scared, excited, and fascinated humans since the dawn of time. Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, […]

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Video – How to Use Light for Depth and Drama in Your Landscape Photos
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If you enjoy landscape photography, here is a short video with photographer Andrew Marr as he explores a gorgeous location in Glencoe Scotland. Learn how he looks for light to add depth and more drama to his landscape photos, and see how you apply these tips to your photography. If you want more landscape tips, […]

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How to Make Your Own DIY Light Box with Tape, Paper and a Window
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Photographers are pretty savvy when it comes to saving money. This DIY  light box is a surprisingly simple method for photographing small, translucent objects like flower petals. Remember holding sheets of paper against a window to trace out a design? This process is similar in technique. The sheet of baking paper will act as a diffuser, […]

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How to Use a Reflector to Improve Your Natural Light Portraits
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Reflected light can add depth and a fresh dynamic to your natural light portraits. Sometimes naturally occurring reflected light can be used, but by far the easiest way is to use a reflector. The most important thing is to learn to see the light falling on your subject and then control the strength and quality […]

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5 Tips for Better Concert Photography in Low Light Conditions
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Concert photography is one of the hardest subjects to nail down for one main reason: the conditions almost always have low lighting and you aren’t allowed to use flash. With that said, there are some tips for optimizing your concert photography experience. Whether you’re equipped with a DSLR and a photo pass for a big […]

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