How To Photograph Three Indoor Window Light Portrait Styles

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Since it’s the winter that won’t end, I though I’d share a few tips for how to photography three indoor window light portrait styles in the comfort of your own home using any camera.

I’m always amazed by how great window light can look and how easy it is to get completely different looks from such a simple light source – and the best part is that you can stay warm indoors too!

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How High ISO Has Revolutionized Photography – And Why Dynamic Range is Next

how high iso has revolutionized photography and why dynamic range is next

I was recently editing a set of photos for submission to my stock agency, when I realized how much my approach to photography has changed in just the last few years.

I think that this particular series of photos really illustrates how the ability to use high ISO has revolutionized photography in just the last couple of years, and why I think improvements to dynamic range should be the next revolution in photography.

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Why Light Trumps Location in Photography

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One of my favorite locations for photography sessions is the beach in front of our family cottage.  Its a location that I use quite often for everything from family photos to commercial photography gigs.

The reason that it makes such a great photography location is because (besides being accessible) it has a little of everything: interesting texture, rugged wilderness, water and waves, ice and snow, sunshine, moody rain and fog, unobstructed star fields and everything in between.

But even with a great location, light trumps location in photography every time – and sometimes you have to break the rules!

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The Secret To Correct Exposure With Any DSLR Camera – Revealed for the First Time

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Are you just starting out with photography?  Have you ever wondered why that expensive, brand new, professional grade DSLR in your hands is betraying you and not giving you perfectly exposed photos – every time?

Read this article and you can learn the secret to correct exposure with any DSLR camera – revealed for the very first time – right here on the internet.

(Warning – the truth about getting correct exposures from your DSLR camera may shock some readers – discretion is advised.)

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Why “Do What You Love” Career Advice Leads To “I Live In A Van Down By the River” For Creative Professionals

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I have been thinking a lot recently about the direction that I want to take my photography business, and this week I came across two really interesting ways of looking at career advice for creative professionals.

First, there is the “do what you love” genre of career advice for creatives.  Then, there are statistics.

For the sake of this article, lets call them fantasy and reality.

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Is Live Sports Photography Really Photography?

What about concert photography?  Fashion show photography?  Paparazzi? Red carpet event photography?  Or pretty much any circumstance where there are multiple photographers taking the same photos from the same location, in the same light, with the same gear, at the same settings, producing photos that look pretty much the same as every other game / concert / fashion show / celebrity photo ever taken?

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Want to Be A Professional Photographer? Here are 8 Photos To Learn This Year

8 photos to learn how to be a professional photographer

Everyone is a professional photographer these days right?

Well, if you want to add some legitimacy to that claim, there are a handful of specific photo styles that are really the foundation of a professional photographer’s tool kit.

These may not all fit your personal style, but the technical proficiency needed to capture these photos are relevant to all photographers.

So if this is the year that you want to make the jump to pro photographer, here are 8 photos to learn this year.

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Photographing Photos of Paris

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I recently had a short stay in Paris.  I knew that there would not be much time for photography, but I was determined to make the most out of the opportunity (I think I slept for about 8 hours over 3 days).

I photograph people, so I had planned to recruit other tourists to fill in as models – but with the volume of relentless touts swarming all of the famous landmarks, convincing a stranger to sign a model release was a bit of a challenge.

I was also trying to think of ways to photograph the famous landmarks of Paris in a way that was at least a little different from the millions of times they had all been photographed before.

The idea I came up with was to use my Rolleiflex vintage film medium format camera’s projection viewfinder to photograph photos of Paris.

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