5 Tips for Better Photographs

October 16th, 2012

I believe a lot of the effort that goes into a photograph tends to get lost as people look at photography as a near instant process. You can’t really blame them though, it seems silly to compare the effort that goes into a photograph to other mediums of art when you realize the image is [...]

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Photoshop Tutorial: Stitching Images Together

September 25th, 2012

There are three things I will edit a photograph for. The most basic is general adjustments, such as contrast, bringing out shadows, color grading (see tutorials one and two), removing/adding noise, things of that nature. The second one is touch ups; think pimple and tattoo removal. The final, and most annoyingly time consuming adjustment I [...]

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How to Create Background Blur

February 9th, 2012

In photography, bokeh refers to the blur in a photograph and is created by separating the subject from the background. Bokeh is fairly simple to understand. It occurs in the out of focus regions of a photograph. This means that if you were to point your focus on a specific subject, the other areas of [...]

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Making Sense of Focal Lengths

February 2nd, 2012

For this tutorial, I’m going to go over the use of focal lengths beyond the convenience of zooming in and out, and how to choose the appropriate focal length. In portrait photography, the focal length you shoot at not only affects your distance from the subject, but also the manner you interact with the subject [...]

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How To Shoot In Low Light

January 27th, 2012

Shooting in low light is always an obstacle, especially if you decide to go at it without a flash. I personally hate flash for anything other than studio work or event photography (typically the dance floor) because I think it completely destroys the mood of a picture. Before we go into this, lets go over [...]

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Tips For Camera Shopping

January 25th, 2012

I’m going to bring to light a little secret here that will drive camera manufacturer’s mad. When shopping for entry level or mid level cameras, it doesn’t matter what camera you shoot with, the results will be the same. If you’re shopping around for cameras within the $600-$1400 price range and your main concern is [...]

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Photoshop Tutorial: Quick and Easy Color Grading

January 13th, 2012

A while back, I wrote a tutorial on selective color grading where I discussed altering the color on specific parts of an image. For this tutorial, I’m going tone that down a bit, and go over a quick and simple process to color grade your photos in just a minute or two. Before I begin [...]

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How to Choose the Right Photo Gear

July 6th, 2011

There’s a lot of gear envy going on in the photo world. I’ve lost track of how many times people have contacted me trying to compare equipment or ask for advice towards their next camera or lens purchase. It seems like some people are more concerned with having an arsenal of lenses than their actual [...]

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How To Control Your DSLR

June 30th, 2011

I’ve always been bothered when I hear about people spending loads of cash on a DSLR and never learning how to take it out of its automatic mode. Its like buying an automatic sports car. Being able to control your camera gives you an edge on how you want your photos to turn out. You [...]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Off-Camera Lighting on a Budget

June 26th, 2011

If you’re a beginner looking to specialize in portraits and fashion, you may be daunted by the world of off-camera lighting; especially when the majority of your budget just got spent on your camera or lens. With that in mind, I’m going to go over the basics of setting up an off-camera lighting system as [...]

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Photoshop Tutorial: Selective Color Grading

June 9th, 2011

Color grading is the process of altering an image’s color. You can use it to achieve a more natural look or something surreal. While it can usually be done in a few simple steps, I’m going to go over a process I used to selectively color specific portions of an image rather than having the [...]

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