Improve Your Photography

  • The LAST FRAME LIVE

    Improve YOUR Photography Faster – Shoot JPEGS!

    Episode #6 of The LAST FRAME LIVE - Broadcast Live on April 21st, 2021

  • Editorial
    7 Things My Subjects Have Taught Me About Photography

    7 Things My Subjects Have Taught Me About Photography

    Learning to be a better photographer is not all about learning photography. Especially if you want to photograph people. Don’t get me wrong, you still need to read your camera manual, learn about exposure controls, Depth of Field and the dreaded Inverse Square Law. Let’s face it, there is no way to really master photography…

  • EditorialTHREE most important things you can do to improve your photography in 2020

    Improve your photography in 2020. The 3 most important things MUST do.

    It’s a new year and the beginning of a new decade.  All of which means – opportunity.  Opportunity to become a better photographer.  Opportunity to improve your photography skills and even improve your ability to make money as a photographer if that is your goal. 2019 was a great year for photographers and photography. Lots…

  • Editorial

    My TOP 11 Most Viewed Photography Videos for 2017 and My 5 Most Popular Of All-Time

    As 2017 comes to a close I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on this past year and my top 11 videos. Plus, I will share with you my top 5 videos of all time – they may surprise you! 2017 has been an amazing year and honestly I owe it all to…

  • Tog Tips

    What is Dynamic Range and Why is everybody so worried about it? Here is what you should really worry about…

    Over the last month or so I have been asked more and more questions about dynamic range, and I am seeing more and more articles and YouTube videos with headlines about this topic. Indeed, it is becoming the big buzz phrase in GEARtographer discussions all over the internet. I’m seeing people debating which cameras are…

  • Editorial

    Can we PLEASE STOP WATERMARKING images

    My Facebook group recently blew up in a heated debate: Why is watermaking an issue? Painters add their signature right into their painting as an assurance that people will be able to identify them as the artist but they do it in a way that you frequently need to hunt to find it. Photographers really don’t…

  • Tog Tips

    Success as a photographer – it’s in the details.  It pays to be finicky!

    Last week, fStoppers.com published an article by a very talented Canadian shooter named Ryan Cooper. The article was titled “Why being pickier will make you a better photographer.” The article reminded me of a presentation that I’ve been doing variations of for almost ten years. It’s titled The Art of Seeing: Success in Photography is…

  • Editorial

    A picture doesn’t have to be perfect – to be perfect!

    A few weeks back, Darryl Currey from Australia, who is a member of my Facebook Group posted an image with a question. He asked, “Does a photo have to be perfect to be perfect?”  and “Have we become more obsessed with the technicalities of photography than the art of it?” My answers: NO and YES!…

  • Editorial

    Will that new camera make you a better photographer?

    More megapixels, faster shooting speeds, greater dynamic range… it all costs more money – lots more money- but will it make you a better photographer? 2017 has been an exciting year in the world of photography, especially when it comes to the cameras that we use. Sony released the A9 with its full frame 24.2…

  • Tog Tips

    Your smartphone is the BEST camera you own to dramatically improve your photography. Part 1

    I want to challenge your way of thinking about camera gear and prove to you that your smartphone is the best and possibly most important camera that you own. Now, I bet you are thinking I’ve lost my mind; that I’ve finally crossed over to the dark side, sold my Nikon gear, skipped Sony completely,…

  • Tog Tips

    Work The Shot to Dramatically Improve Your Photography

    Before I go any further, let’s make sure that you know not to be that cliché guy with a camera telling your model “work it baby – that’s hot!” If you really want to improve your photography, work the shot. I’ll also share with you at the end what your subject or model really wants…

  • Tog Tips

    Photography Composition Rule – Ignore the Rule of Thirds

    If you want to learn about photography composition, fill the frame, fill the frame, fill the frame! Seriously, fill the frame. Hey, gang. Guess what this conversation is about? Yeah, photography composition and why you should fill the frame. I’m honestly kind of dumbfounded. As I’m lecturing and I’m spending time with meetup groups, it…

  • Tog Tips

    7 Most Important Things To Know About Working With A Makeup Artist

    I have had new photographers tell me they are intimidated by the thought of working with a makeup artist. They don’t know how to find one, they don’t know how much to pay them, they don’t know how to communicate with them. And, in all honesty, working with a makeup artist for the first time…

  • Lighting

    Learn How to SEE Light. Remember the Egg!

    When I started telling the egg story in my workshops many years ago, I got the sense that people were just humoring me as they sat there nodding their heads as if they understood the message. So I went ahead and recorded a video to show what I was talking about when I told the…

  • Tog Tips

    Photo Critique – STOP asking for Constructive Criticism and STOP being so quick to give bad feedback

    Stop it, stop it, stop it! Posting your pictures on Facebook, Flickr, 500px or ANY website with those two horrible words – CC Welcome – is NOT helping your photography. For years, I have watched photographers posting their works online with the caption “CC Welcome.” For those of you that may have missed it, CC…

  • Tog Tips

    The BEST Way to Dramatically Improve your Photography Skills

    Hey gang! If you’re reading this, than you’re either really bored, think I write better than J. K. Rowling (which I assure you I do not), or you want to improve your skills as a photographer. If the last one is the case, BRAVO! You’ve come to the right place. Improving as a photographer is…

  • Tog Tips

    Don’t be a ZOMBIE Photographer

    Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah, Habari gani…  well – you get the idea. It’s the holiday season and as we near the end of 2016 I wanted to take a few minutes and share with you MY Holiday wish lists for all of you. This year has been an incredible ride, meeting and talking to people…

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