Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

Don’t Let the Fear of Failure Cripple Your Growth as a Photographer

Here are some encouraging words from photographer and educator Mike Browne, who talks about one of the biggest obstacles some photographers face: the feature of failure and getting it “wrong.”

“Many photographers don’t get into action because they are afraid they might get it wrong,” Browne writes. “Instead they do endless research, read, watch videos and tell themselves they just need to know a little more before they attempt it themselves. To master photography or anything else in life there is some knowledge needed – and a lot of practice and experimentation.”

3 Simple Pointers for Avoiding Awkward Poses When Shooting Portraits of Couples

Some couples are naturals when it comes to posing gracefully for the camera, while others may be more awkward and require more guidance from the photographer. Here’s a short video in which wedding photographer Jasmine Star shares 3 simple but helpful tips she’s learned over the years for helping create natural moments between couples. She suggests that you should focus on: (1) touch, (2) appendages, and (3) physical tension.

“These are relatively easy tips,” Star writes, “but they make the biggest difference when it comes to putting clients as ease as well as getting photos that appeal to a soft and natural photo style.”

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9 Photo Composition Tips, As Seen in Photographs by Steve McCurry

Here’s a great video on photographic composition, created by The Cooperative of Photography using tips and photographs by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the 9 composition tips is illustrated with examples from McCurry’s impressive body of work.
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6 Helpful Functions of the Shift Key When Working in Photoshop

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I was working on a commissioned artwork in Photoshop today and I noticed something. I keep my left hand over the shift key pretty much the entire time I am working in PS. That little button does a LOT. So I thought I would take some time and show you guys what you have been missing out on if you haven’t taken advantage of shift key functionalities in PS before.
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10 Beliefs That Suck the Life out of Photographers

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What if I told you that it’s not the industry, the bad economy, where you live, what camera you shoot with, how many lights you have or how small your Facebook following is that is holding you back. None of those are truly capable of stopping you, they are only challenges for you to meet — the same challenges everyone who creates art or starts a business has to meet and beat.
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9 Reasons You Look Awful in Photos… And How to Fix Them

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Want to improve the way you look in portraits, or improve the portraits that you shoot? Here are 9 common reasons people look awful in portraits and tips on how to fix them.
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How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

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The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this question I would answer in the same way: by telling people which camera I was using, but that it didn’t really matter in my opinion.
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Thinking About Brand, Thinking About Photography

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There has been lots of discussion recently on how to brand what it is that we do, since so many of us are doing multiple things. Do we brand each thing or genre we do, or brand it into some sort of ‘holding company’ title? That’s a lot of work.
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How to Protect Your Camera Gear from a Robber

Renowned Magnum and National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey offers this sweet 40-second tip on how you can protect the theft of your camera gear. It’s pretty simple: you just need to be wise about how you wear your camera bag and knowledgable in the art of judo.

(via David Alan Harvey via ISO 1200)

Hair Stocks Are My New Favorite Photoshop Hack

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I have this project I’ve been working on for a few weeks now. It is a conceptual portrait commission for one of my clients. The goal of the image is to create something with the feeling of “The Dutch Masters” — something with a painterly feel, but not necessarily with visible paint strokes.

I finally got the image to a point where I was ready for some feedback, so I uploaded the image to get some critiques from my artistic tribe.
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