Helping Photographers Understand the HOWS & WHYS behind Great Photography

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    DIY Portraits Backgrounds

    Have you ever considered the idea of painting with light to make a portrait background? The possibilities with this live composite technique are endless and it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Some of you may be thinking that, although light painting has been around for decades, it’s not very practical for shooting…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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!…

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    80% of Portrait Photography is Psychology – Techniques for Photographing People

    I have mentioned often that 80% of portrait photography is psychology and 20% of it is photography. I go into the psychology in a lot of other pieces, so I wanted to take a moment to address that 20%. 20% of portrait photography …. Understand that the 20% that is photography is the foundation that…

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    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…

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    10 Tips to find your photographic style. Is it important to have a photography style?

    How do I find my photographic style?  This question has been coming up a lot lately.  Do you know what your style is?  More importantly, does it even matter?  Here, I list 10 steps you need to take to find YOUR photographic style. Watch the VIDEO… More and more, I am finding new and/or young…

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    What does it mean to be a professional photographer?

    When can I call myself a professional photographer? What makes a photographer a professional? I have been asked these two questions a lot recently and I have learned that my answer tends to surprise people. So I think it’s time to sit down and have a little talk about what it means to be a…

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    Photo Backup: How to create an automated system with cloud storage to protect your photographs

    How many photos do you have stored on your hard drive?  A thousand?  Ten thousand?  A hundred thousand?  Maybe a Million?  Or, are you like me with 13tb of digital files stored on hard drives? Do you have backups?  That’s correct, backups, plural… meaning more than one. If you don’t have a backup and a…

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    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…

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    The Most Important Question For Photographers To Ask

    I wanted to take a moment to share with you an article that I saw on digital-photography-school.com. It’s about a topic that’s been discussed many, many times for year over. It’s about why asking what camera settings were used is not as helpful as you think. “Can you tell me what settings you used to take…

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    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…

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    Why You Should Join a Camera Club or a Photography Meetup Group

    Are you in a camera club? How about a meetup group? Maybe a professional organization? Why not? Ever wonder what the big deal is about camera clubs and meetup groups? In short, they provide you with incredible opportunities to learn. At camera clubs and meetup groups, you’ll have lectures, workshops, and hands-on opportunities to try…

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    Don’t Be Afraid to SUCK!

    You heard me right… Don’t be afraid to SUCK! Yes, it’s okay to fail in order to become a better photographer. In fact, you need to fail if you want to improve your skills! Think about it- the lessons that tend to stand the test of time are generally the ones that come out of…

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    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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    How to use a REFLECTOR the right way for better portraits

    Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Seriously – PLEASE STOP using reflectors to create crappy unflattering light. TV shows, movies, and unfortunately even YouTube photographers seem to think it’s really cool to do that low angle gold reflector that blinds your subject, makes ridiculously bright catchlights in the bottom of their eyes and puts shadows in…

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