Photography Tips & Techniques

A question seen often on messages boards is “How do I prevent squinting when using a reflector?  Squinting can be a big problem when taking natural light portraits outdoors.  It is also a common complaint among amateur photographers using reflectors.  To get a great expression from your portrait subject, you definitely want to do all you …

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Reflectors are a great tool, especially in natural light portrait photography.  When shooting in natural light, you often have to learn how to work with and modify the light you have in a particular situation, as opposed to a studio lighting scenario, where you are in complete control from the start.  Many photographers struggle with reflectors …

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Soft light is great for portraiture.  It minimizes wrinkles and blemishes, produces softer shadows, and can create some incredible catchlights in the eyes. This bride was under an overhang and lit with indirect sunlight Without using any additional photo equipment, soft light can be found in many places.  The easiest way to get soft light …

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While we must be careful not to “spam” church members with our photography business, I think there are some ways to indirectly gain photographic experience and references while also being able to minister in the church. As much as possible, we should look to use the photographic skills God has given us to minister to …

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A reflector can be a great tool to help improve the lighting for your photography.  Here are some tips on how to use a reflector for portrait photography. A 5-in-1 reflector kit can be purchased relatively inexpensively.  This kit will include a silver, gold, black, and white sides, along with a white translucent diffuser disc. The …

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Wedding photography can be a great part-time or full-time business, but it is not for everyone.  Below is an excerpt from my e-book “The Rookie Wedding Photographer’s Survival Guide”, detailing some pros and cons of a wedding photography business:   THE POSITIVES First of all, most weddings are on weekends. This usually allows for a …

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  Since outdoor lighting can often be so unpredictable, even changing by the minute, it is good to be prepared with gear that can help with those lighting difficulties.  Here are some tips on using a translucent diffuser for natural light portrait photography. If there is no overhead cover at your portrait location on a …

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This has got to be one of the biggest debates in the photography world.  Who makes the better camera- Canon or Nikon?  Well, I am here to settle this debate once and for all.  Actually, I probably won’t settle the debate even a little bit, but hopefully give some clarity and direction to those looking …

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If you are familiar with digital cameras at all, you should have at least heard about “white balance.” Your camera’s manual should tell you more about your particular camera’s features. White balance is a feature that allows you to correct the color temperature of the light so that the whites are white. Outside, at different …

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One of the basic concepts that will take your photography to the next level is the ability to see light.   Most photographers don’t really know how to see light, and will just produce snapshots, with maybe an occasional “really good picture”.  The key to great photography is to know why an image is great, and …

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