Photography Tutorials

Lightroom Tips and Tricks

Many artists work for months in the powerful software without realizing some of the less obvious features hidden within. Learn some pro Lightroom tips and tricks to get even more out of your photo editing software.

Aperture Priority Mode

One way to ease your way into your camera’s manual controls is to use aperture priority mode. This mode is great for beginners who want to understand aperture, but even experienced photographers often use aperture priority mode for certain conditions. Learn more about how and when to use this mode in order to change the look and focus of your photos.

Photographing Car Light Trails

Some night photography requires cloudless, black nights in the middle of nowhere. But you can still experiment with night photography even if you can’t make it out to the wilderness on a clear night. All you need is a bit of darkness and a safe place to view some vehicle traffic to practice photographing car light trails.

Catchlights Enliven Your Portraits

Eyes can show us emotion and bring life to a face. We often talk of a person having a sparkle in his or her eye. Catchlights put that sparkle in a photograph.

Golden Hour Photography

Without beautiful light, it’s not easy to take amazing photographs. For this reason, many professional photographers schedule all of their shoots when the natural light is most appealing. This time of day is referred to as the golden hour or the magic hour.

Reflector Basics

If there’s one piece of gear that will improve your photography overnight, it’s a reflector. A simple reflector gives you some control over natural light, allowing you to work in varied lighting conditions.

Tips for Creating Meaningful Portraits

Generally, a portrait photographer’s goal is to capture the essence of a person. In a split second, the camera records a single moment that can tell the subject’s story. Learning this art of bringing out the defining qualities of an individual is a long process.

Photography Long Exposures

Most of the time, photographers take photos that freeze action into one frame that represents a split second in time. Keeping your shutter open a little longer than usual, however, can bring new life and interest to your photographs. Long exposures produce images of silky water, ghosts walking about, and trails of light that transcend our perceptions of reality.

Quality of Light: Hard and Soft Light in Photography

Photography is the capturing of light. A common lighting misconception made by those new to photography is that only the amount of light is important when it comes to taking a picture. But quality of light is one of the most vital aspects of picture making.

Product Photography

Pleasing images makes us lust after new products. Place a fun gadget or piece of home decor in the wrong lighting and setting, and it suddenly loses some appeal. Product photographers strive to make viewers want whatever is being photographed.

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