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Easy Lighting Magic for People Shots

Easy Lighting Magic for People Shots

It’s late August… but with a few ornaments, ribbons, and glitter, suddenly it’s Christmas. It’s just the back lawn… but with a model and some mood lighting, it becomes a fairy tale. And with the help of some food coloring, make-up, and test tubes, the living room -- and our model -- become a mad […]

Professional Studio? Bah! Try This at Home

Professional Studio? Bah! Try This at Home

You'd think a big-name photographer like Lise Gagne would have a gigantic studio that spans a city block. After all, with her stock photo income, she can afford it. But instead, iStock's top-selling photographer does most of her shooting in the downstairs of her home. And today, we spent half of the day there, shooting […]

Are You Editing Your Photos for the Right Market?

Are You Editing Your Photos for the Right Market?

I was looking through the submissions for this month’s photo challenge theme, and I found myself thinking that while a lot of these photos are compositionally good, many could benefit from a little post-processing in order to make them saleable. So I’ve asked professional photographer Shelly Perry to choose a couple photos from the challenge, […]

Learn Another Language—And End World Hunger

I’ve been talking quite a bit this week about our upcoming Photography and Spanish Immersion Expedition coming up next month in Ecuador. That trip is now SOLD OUT, but if you’re interested in attending and you missed out, I’ll include details about our February program below. Today, I stumbled upon another fun way to brush […]

Can You Name That City in Six Shots?

Professional photographer gives our readers tips on how to capture the essence of a city in 6 shots. Read more here… .

August Photo Challenge Theme: Patterns Interrupted

August Photo Challenge Theme: Patterns Interrupted

Next month’s Photo Challenge theme is “Patterns Interrupted,” and it’s designed to have you out taking pictures of patterns that surround you in everyday life -- in nature, at work, at home, and everywhere in between. First, look for a pattern.  Then, look for an interruption in it – a picket fence with one fence […]

How to Photograph Moving Water

How to Photograph Moving Water

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How (Practically Speaking) to Copyright Your Photos

How (Practically Speaking) to Copyright Your Photos

Read here to find out how to copyright your own photos.

How the Pros Protect Their Photos

How the Pros Protect Their Photos

Read here to find out more about protecting your photos with copyrighting and watermarking.

Before She Was Pro... Old Photos from Shelly Perry

Before She Was Pro... Old Photos from Shelly Perry

On Wednesday I promised to send you some old pictures from professional photographer Shelly Perry’s portfolio.  Pictures she once thought showcased her best work. Today, when Shelly looks at these photos, she can’t help but laugh (and doesn’t mind if you laugh, too). She’s on a perpetual learning curve, she says, which helps her improve […]

Born with Talent: Before and After Photos from Jani Bryson

Born with Talent: Before and After Photos from Jani Bryson

To continue our “Myth of Talent” series this week, professional photographer Jani Bryson sent us some before and after photos from her portfolio – three photos from a few years ago that she once thought represented her best work…and three from her present collection. Someone once told Jani that she was born with a special […]

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