4 Ways to Add Color to Shadows Using Gels for Portraits

Instead of editing your images in post to inject color into your shadows, you can use gels to do it in-camera. Here’s a 6-minute video from photographer Jay P. Morgan at The Slanted Lens demonstrating 4 different methods.

1. Foam Core Mount

The first method uses a white piece of foam core as a fill card with the gel taped on to it. This will act as a colored fill light, and bounces the color of the gel into the shadows.

2. Mirror Mount

By using a mirror in place of the foam core you can create a harder colored
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How to Clean Your Camera Sensor

When was the last time you cleaned your sensor? Even with weather-sealed equipment, dust particles can eventually make their way inside your camera. Peter McKinnon runs through how to clean the sensor and lenses in this 13-minute video. The tools McKinnon uses are: McKinnon notes that you should only clean your sensor if you really have to, as you want to expose it as infrequently as possible. If you’ve started noticing dust spots in your images
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Things You Should Look Out For When Buying a Tripod

What makes a good tripod? This 5-minute video from Kai Wong looks at the ins and outs of a photographer’s three-legged friend. In his typical charismatic fashion, Kai makes a seemingly boring topic of tripods light up with his engaging look at the different elements you should pay attention to next time you’re choosing a new tripod head or legs. It’s easy to choose a tripod straight off the shelf and think “that’ll do,” but make sure to consider the smaller things like the payload of the equipment. If you have particularly heavy gear, ensure that the tripod can actually
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Shooting a Dramatic Portrait Using a Beauty Dish

This 12-minute tutorial from photographer Joel Grimes demonstrates two methods for creating dramatic portraits using a minimal amount of gear. Both techniques use a beauty dish; the first with a single light source and the second with the addition of 2 edge lights. Grimes shoots these portraits at 24mm, which accentuates his subject’s upper-body bulk and creates more drama. For his first setup, Grimes uses the beauty dish to concentrate the light on his model and part of the black background behind him, allowing it to taper off to black. Once Grimes has nailed the exposure with his settings at
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10 Tips On Getting Your Photography Exhibited in a Gallery

Having your photos displayed in a gallery is an excellent way to put the spotlight on your hard work. In this 10 minute video by Shutterbug, photographer Jordan Matter runs through 10 tips on how to get your photographs exhibited.

1. Pay For It

Matter recommends finding an art fair near your location, and submit your work in hopes of getting a booth. You may be able to make money selling prints this way, but more importantly you will get the opportunity to speak to people about your work and build an audience.

2. Build Relationships

3. Have Your
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10 Tips On Getting Your Photography Exhibited in a Gallery

Having your photos displayed in a gallery is an excellent way to put the spotlight on your hard work. In this 10 minute video by Shutterbug, photographer Jordan Matter runs through 10 tips on how to get your photographs exhibited.

1. Pay For It

Matter recommends finding an art fair near your location, and submit your work in hopes of getting a booth. You may be able to make money selling prints this way, but more importantly you will get the opportunity to speak to people about your work and build an audience.

2. Build Relationships

3. Have Your
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Tip: Deodorant Spray Can Tone Down Reflections in Product Photos

Here’s a helpful 4-minute video in which photographer Phillip McCordall shares a few tips and tricks for dealing with reflections in still life photography. Perhaps you’re stuck lighting your subject and can’t get rid of big white reflections. Well, simply spraying a cheap deodorant onto the surface will dull down the reflection.
Before and after comparison of spraying deodorant onto a reflective surface.
The more expensive varieties won’t have the same effect as they tend to be transparent, or “invisible,” and don’t leave the necessary residue needed for this trick. Or maybe you want to light all sides of the bottle
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3 Ways to Find Clients While You Sleep

Being a great photographer is only one part of turning it in to a full-time job. You’ll also need some business chops, and these 3 tips from photographer Moshe Zusman will give you some ideas on how automate client acquisition. In the 6-minute video above, Zusman discusses 3 vital components to his lead and booking workflow. He begins with explaining how he uses Facebook, Google and Yelp for diversified targeted ads. Zusman says that he actually gets the majority of his clients via Yelp. Next, at 5:12, Zusman talks about his website and how he SquareUp to manage bookings. This
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How to Use a Tube Light as an Invisible Softbox

Want to try out product photography but can’t afford a softbox? They can be expensive pieces of kit, but invisible ones cost a lot less. In this 6-minute video by Leo Rosas, learn how to use a cheap tube light as a makeshift softbox. Sounds strange? Just shoot a long exposure and move the tube light along, light painting your subject, in the same plane the surface of a softbox would be.
The result? Well, see for yourself: Even trickier-to-photograph wine bottles work too, and you get the same white reflection that you would from a soft box: “This video
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
Continue reading "The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer"

The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
Continue reading "The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer"

The Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Photographer

Oh the road to becoming the best photographer you can be, you come across loads of useful information… and some not-so-useful information. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate what you need to retain and what you don’t. This 22-minute video is a list of things that I should have paid more attention to when I was first starting. Here’s a list of the subjects covered: 1. Focal Length (0:23)
2. Aperture (3:56)
3. Depth of Field (5:30)
4. Shutter Speed (9:44)
5. Golden Hour (11:52)
6. Shadows (14:00)
7. Light Source Direction (15:36)
8. Group Photo Focus (18:01)
9. Back Button
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You Can Use Wine Racks to Keep Your Camera Gear Organized

Here’s a simple little life hack for photographers: wine storage can sometimes double as great camera lens storage. A shelf or rack designed for wine could be a way to keep your lenses organized and ready to go. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based photographer Greg Wood recently moved into a new home that has built-in shelving for wine. Since Wood doesn’t drink much wine, he decided to repurpose the space for his camera gear. “I have a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70D, and a Sony a6000,” Wood tells PetaPixel. “The wine racks are wide enough to even fit my Canon EF 400mm
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11 Tips and Tricks for Shooting Drone Photos

Drone photography is all the rage right now. It’s not just for amazing aerial films, but also for great stills from a unique perspective. In this 5-minute film, COOPH gives 11 great tips for improving your drone photos. It’s the simple things, like looking for symmetry in the scene below your camera, that make for effective photos. The top-down perspective is one we’re not as used to seeing as photographers, until recent years, and it’s not until you’re up in the air that you’ll see such symmetry. Similarly, repeating shapes are effective too. It’s this kind of abstract style that
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Tip: Try Keeping Both Eyes Open When Shooting Through a Viewfinder

This 2-minute video from Adorama highlights one super-simple tip that could make your life behind the camera a little easier. Most photographers close one eye when looking through the viewfinder, but keeping the other open allows you to remain aware of your surroundings. It means you can see things coming into your frame, keeping you ready to press the shutter at exactly the right moment. This works for street, wildlife, and even portrait photographers. For the latter, it can help to maintain engagement with the subject, as you appear to still be looking at them and not just through the camera.
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7 Hidden Lightroom Tricks You Might Want to Know

Educator Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE has 7 great tips for Lightroom users that might just surprise you and make your post production life a little easier. He previously shared 7 Photoshop tricks hidden in plain sight, and these Lightroom tricks are just as helpful.

1. Try Out Solo Mode

Scrolling through all the panels in Develop mode can be a real pain. Once you’ve started opening a few of them, the sidebar because really full. If you right-click one of the panels, such as “Basic”, you can enable “Solo Mode”. Now this means that every time you open one section
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Why Photographers Fail

Recently there has been a spate of very sad, and ultimately defeatist articles decrying the “death of photography.” We have no shortage of examples. Seriously. In all their pain and detailed examples of how the art and business of photography have been “ruined” (their words), I can find little to no examples of the basic, most important reason that photographers are falling behind. And that is: photographers are wildly devotedly, happily, and ecstatically in LOVE with the processes of photography. Like any devoted partner, they see the relationship as sacrosanct and the most important in their lives. And they
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