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Rapid-Fire Photo Tips from Photographer & TV Personality Nigel Barker

The video above is only about one minute long, but in that minute The Face host, former model and well-known photographer Nigel Barker fires off some very valuable tips for photographers who would like to reach the level of success he has enjoyed.

From being confident in your abilities and taste as a photography, to being your own editor, to specializing in one or two specific looks/styles so that the clients you’re pitching know what it is they’re going to get, the tips offered in the short video will come in handy for all photographers, not just those who want to break into the fashion industry.

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Walkthrough: How to Create a DIY Studio On a Budget

In a perfect world, we’d all have the studio of our dreams, and it would be filled with all of the best of gear. Unfortunately, we don’t live in such a world, and more often than not we’re constrained by a (sometimes very tight) budget.

Here to help overcome that challenge is Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, who has put together a video that shows just how easy it can be to build a very viable studio out of fairly cheap materials/products in a spare bedroom. Read more…

Photographer Steve McCurry Explains How to Pack Your Suitcase for an Assignment

We never thought we’d write that headline, but thanks to Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey you can now learn how to best pack your bags for an assignment from the one and only Steve McCurry — the iconic Nat Geo photographer behind the Afghan Girl photograph. Read more…

NYC Wedding Photographer Ryan Brenizer On How To Find Your Individual Style

Ryan Brenizer is back again, talking through some more useful wedding photography knowledge with B&H. Last time Brenizer shared some tips on how to capture great engagement photographs; this time, he’s sharing how to really define your style as a wedding photographer. Read more…

external “Michael Lewis on How Great Portraits Are Made” —PDN

On set, Lewis seizes opportunities to talk with subjects themselves. “I’ll walk up like I’m going up to check the light. I’ll have an exchange with the subject that no one else hears.” He might talk to them about their work, or a common interest he’s researched. Says Lewis, “It creates a micro moment that only you and the subject have, and I’ve found the subject is more open to direction.”

 
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Photogs Take Note: A Blood Moon Eclipse is Set to Take Place Early on April 15th

On April 15th, a rather rare astronomical event is taking place: the “blood moon.” While technically nothing more than a lunar eclipse, this particular event will the first of four lunar eclipses to happen over the course of the next two years. Read more…

Tutorial: How to ‘Make Eyes Look Amazing’ In Photoshop

One of our favorite Photoshop tutorial websites, Phlearn, yesterday put out a tutorial that is both incredibly useful and a bit scary. Useful because making eyes pop in post is probably one of the most sought after Photoshop skills. Scary because this kind of manipulation is a slippery slope that could lead to photographers getting lazy and using the “fix it in post” excuse… so proceed with caution. Read more…

external “18 Lessons Richard Kalvar Has Taught Me About Street Photography” —Eric Kim

Richard Kalvar is one of the contemporary masters in street photograph, and also a member of Magnum. I have always loved his quirky and observant street photographs, and am quite pleased how active he is — especially on Facebook and the Magnum Blog. I gained a lot of insight about his work and street photography through his various interviews online.

 
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external “10 of the Most Common Photo Editing Mistakes” —DIY Photography

In light of my upcoming immersion in three days of Photoshop education, I thought I’d share my list of what I feel are the most common photo editing mistakes. These are intended only to educate and illustrate, not offend. I’m sure some people will disagree with some or all of these. Photo editing can be extremely subjective. So, in no particular order…

 
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