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Photographing the Human-Animal Bond

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Photographing the Human-Animal Bond

If you share your home with a dog, cat or other furry creature, then you know that being a pet owner is about more than just caring for a non-human animal. We love our pets, and they love us. Animals are a part of our families.

So when you take pictures of your dog or cat, how often do you try to capture some of the love between your furry friend and your other family members? It’s one thing to take a beautiful portrait of your cat sitting next to the window or an action shot of your dog chasing a ball in the backyard, but what do these photos really say about your pet’s place in your family? Read on to find out more about capturing those people-pet moments. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Windows and Doors

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How to Photograph Windows and Doors

You already know that light is the most important element in every single photograph you take. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to find great light, and your photos practically take themselves. At other times you are stuck with some really challenging light, and you’ve got to employ some strategies to make the best out of the situation.

Perhaps no lighting situation presents quite the same sort of challenge as windows and doors do. The light that comes through an opening in a building—whether it is covered by a piece of glass or not—is extremely bright compared to the ambient light in a room. If you don’t think through a shot that includes a window or door, you may end up with a bright, white, burned-out rectangle where that window or door is supposed to be. So is photographing windows and doors just an impossible task? Read on to find out.
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Photographing Indoor Celebrations

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Photographing Indoor Celebrations

Sometimes it seems like the weather is constantly driving us inside. It’s either too cold to have that outdoor party, or it’s too hot. It’s raining, or it’s snowing, or it’s too humid. There are definitely more reasons to cancel an outdoor party then there are to keep it where it is. So what do you do when it’s your job to take pictures of that outdoor event, but the venue suddenly changes to an indoor one? Keep reading to find out. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Strangers

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How to Photograph Strangers

There are two kinds of photographers in this world: those who take pictures of people they know, and those who take pictures of people they don’t know. Yes, I am aware that this is an oversimplification, but for a lot of people it rings very true. It’s really hard to photograph strangers. In fact it’s one of those fears that probably ranks right up there with public speaking and death.
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Fun Feet Photography

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Fun Feet Photography

Did you know that portraits don’t necessarily have to include faces? In fact, most dictionaries define “portrait” as “a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph or other likeness of an individual, especially of the face”. Which loosely translated means that a portrait usually, but not necessarily, includes a person’s face.

That opens up a world of portrait possibilities, doesn’t it? You could shoot hands, you could shoot fingers, you could shoot eyes and ears, you could shoot curves – but today we’re going to focus on the feet.
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Shooting Portraits with Window Light

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Shooting Portraits with Window Light

All indoor photographs are low light photographs. But not all indoor photographs are break-out-the-super-fast-lens-and-tripod low light photographs. In fact, during the brighter parts of the day, you may actually be able to get better photographs indoors then you can outdoors. That’s because the type of natural light you get in the middle part of the day is direct and comes from directly overhead. When you take photos in these conditions you get subjects with black shadows over their eyes and under their noses and burned out highlights or super-black shadows in other areas of the photo. When you move indoors, however, the natural light that comes in through the window is indirect and easy to control. Think of it as your own personal photography studio that you didn’t half to invest any money in. How do you get the best out of this beautiful, free light source? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph (Moody) Teenagers

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How to Photograph (Moody) Teenagers

One common thread I find in nearly all of my friends’ photo albums is this: lots of pictures of babies, toddlers and school-aged children. Not so many pictures of teenagers. It’s a very sad fact that as children grow, they start to like mom or dad’s camera less and less. Now, the camera on their smartphone is another story – I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as a teenager who doesn’t take selfies. But family photos are a different problem altogether.

If your teenager ducks, hides, shields her face or otherwise retreats every time you lift the camera, you need some advice. Here are some ideas you can use to get great photos of your moody teenager.
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How To Shoot Maternity Photos

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How To Shoot Maternity Photos

[This is a guest post by photographer Becki Robins]

There are a few truly life-changing events in a person’s life, events that dwarf all of those little every day experiences. Marriage is one of them. Purchasing a home is another. And for many people, one of the most profound of those events is becoming a parent.

I’m sure you’ve shot plenty of baby photos, but what about maternity photos? They’re important too, and you need some special knowledge to do them right. Keep reading to find what you need to know.
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Making People Comfortable When You Photograph Them

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Making People Comfortable When You Photograph Them

Photography can be a sort of introvert’s hobby. It’s just so easy to hide behind that giant DSLR, isn’t it? And what could be more soul-searching than traveling the wilderness with your camera in hand, taking photos of wild places and enjoying the solitude?

How about taking photos of people? I know, it’s not the same thing. At all. There’s not really anything soul-searching about photographing a person who would clearly rather be doing just about anything except having his photo taken.

Portrait photography is often the domain of the extrovert – but would you believe me if I said that it doesn’t have to be? While there is definitely some skill involved in getting your subjects to relax in front of the camera, and while there are definitely some people who were born with a knack for it, it can be a learned skill. All it really takes is a couple of tried and true techniques, and some practice.
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How to Photograph People in Harsh Midday Light

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How to Photograph People in Harsh Midday Light

Everyone loves the beautiful, diffused light of the golden hour right before the sunset, but our lives exist outside of that hour. Often, it’s impossible to avoid harsh midday light. The results are blown highlights, severe shadows, and washed out images. Luckily, it is possible to outsmart the sun and the havoc it wreaks on your photography. Here are some things you can do to improve your midday photography.
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How To Do It: Blurred Backgrounds

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How To Do It: Blurred Backgrounds

You see it all the time in professional photographs; amazing portraits with the subject in front of a soft, blurred background. That beautiful baby or gorgeous model immediately draws your eye. How do they do that? Do you need years of training and top of the line equipment to make this happen? Definitely not! You do not need to be an expert or have an expensive lens to achieve this look. This is one of the easiest things you can try to add a new dimension to your photography. A little knowledge, your DSLR, and a kit lens are all that is required. I will describe simple adjustments you can make today to get that out-of-focus background and add artistic flair to your photos.
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9 Tips for Lifestyle Photography

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9 Tips for Lifestyle Photography

Often times, the photographs we feel the most connected to are simple. They freeze time, a moment as it is, instead of the contrived editorial work of fashion shoots and perfume ads. Babies sitting on a shiny hardwood floor, kids in an intense game of flag football, this season’s first snowfall. These photos are so easy to connect with because they are honest portrayals of life. This is called lifestyle photography. Lifestyle photography is a genre of photography which serves the purpose of documenting life honestly and artistically by capturing authentic, usually candid moments as they happen. What that actually translates to in regards to actual photographs depends on you the photographer and your artistic vision.
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Fine Tuning Portrait Poses

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Fine Tuning Portrait Poses

Most of the time, when you’re shooting portraits, you want your subject to be happy with the final photo. Not all the time, because honestly we all get a little bit of evil delight from catching a misbehaving toddler in full-tantrum mode, don’t we? But other than that and maybe a few other circumstances, it’s probably safe to say that when you’re shooting a portrait the photos are not just about your subject, they are for her, too.

And let’s face it, no one wants to look bad in a photo. And let’s also face this: it’s easy to make people look bad in pictures, even when they really look very good in person. If you’re going to be shooting a lot of portraits – especially if you plan to one day make them a part of your business – you need to know the tricks to posing your subjects so that they’ll look great in those photos. Here’s how.
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Capturing Personality in a Photo

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Capturing Personality in a Photo

The day of the family photo shoot arrives. The lighting is perfect, your camera settings are spot on, and the composition is perfect. You direct everyone to look at the camera and “say cheese”. You rush home to find an SD card full of stiff looking people with lots of teeth and all the personality of a driver’s license photo. What went wrong?

Sometimes we get so hung up on the technical aspects of portrait photography we forget about the subjects themselves. With visions of aperture and shutter speed dancing in our heads, we forget our job is to capture the essence of that person. We need to help them look natural and take a picture that reflects who they are. How do you do that? Read on for tips on capturing your subject’s personality.
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Photographing the Elderly

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Photographing the Elderly

The elderly members of our communities are some of our greatest assets. They have seen the roar of change, the cruelty or war, the upset of recession, and the power in our humanity at work. Photographing them gives us a chance to capture the history they have witnessed and participated in but there are some distinctive challenges that are paired with reaping these benefits. Here are some tips to make photographing elderly people an overall smoother experience.
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