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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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  • How to Plan a Portrait or Headshot Shoot

    Today’s assignment: a headshot sitting, a good old-fashioned business headshot. This isn’t going to be one of those crazy beauty shots with all kinds of makeup and stuff blowing around. This is for marketing purposes for a young woman who’s setting up a practice as a therapist. So let’s get started! My subject is 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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  • 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…

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  • How to find the “good side” of a person’s face for a Portrait?

    My left side is my good side… no wait – it’s my right side… oh come on – with a face like this – there is no bad side :-) Keep reading and I will explain how to figure out the BEST side of the face – to make your portrait subject look their best!…

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  • How important are photography conventions and conferences to your development as a photographer?

    Where can you meet and learn from the most well known photographers? Touch, try, and drool on the latest and greatest photography gear? Meet other like minded photographers and talk and share ideas and stories? At a Photography Convention or Conference. In this post I am going to talk you to about a few of…

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  • 6 Reasons to Work with a Makeup Artist for Better Portraits or Headshots

    Do you think this young woman would prefer to look like this? Or this? That’s what I thought. So until next time, keep learning, keep… Huh, ohhh you expected me to make a long and passionate speech about the reasons for using a makeup artist.  I kinda thought that was a strong enough argument. But…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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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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  • Wide Angle Pink Clamshell Beauty Shot

    This beauty shot is from the “oldie but goodie” category for me. A follower on Facebook asked me for the details on the image since I recently posted it as a Timeline Cover – so here is the scoop. . . I like to challenge my creative process by trying to do an artistic /…

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  • Why you should join a Camera Club or Photography Meetup Group

    The best reason to join a camera club or photography Meetup group is for the human interaction. The educational opportunities are amazing, lectures, workshops, . .

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  • Shoot A Social Media Profile Photo That REALLY WORKS!

    Do you know how to shoot a great social media profile photo? In today’s visual world, the importance of having an AMAZING social media profile. . .

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  • How to shoot a portrait in bright sunlight with no reflectors or lights

    Shoot a portrait in bright sunlight? Are you kidding me? Harsh light? Heavy shadows? Squinting subjects?… OMG that sounds like a recipe for disaster. Well, it can be a disaster unless you are willing to break some rules and be a little creative.  Let’s take a look at how we can shoot awesome portraits and…

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  • Equipment And Lighting For Shooting The Female Nude

    Planning KISS IT! = Keep It Simple Stupid Especially for your first few shoots… select a simple concept or lighting style and don’t try to over do it. The majority of my fine art nudes are shot with one or two lights. Even when I am not using the models face, I am much more…

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  • Exposure Do’s and Don’ts For Fine Art Nude Images

    Exposing the Fine Art Nude The metering systems in todays DSLR cameras are micro-computers that are capable of making amazing calculations in real time.  No matter how good we would like to think this technology is, the simple fact is that a light meter makes its calculations based upon its sensitivity to light and mathematical…

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  • Lighting for Mood with the Female Nude

    I think I made it pretty clear in Naked Part I and Naked Part II that I am a fan of the KISS IT (Keep It Simple Stupid) method of lighting and shooting. So with that in mind let’s jump right in and look at a few lighting set-ups that I routinely use for shooting…

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