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Lighting 101: 4 Basic Lighting Looks

I recently came across a proof book that I had shot wayyyy back in the dinosaur ages, when people used a thing called film, and photography was about your skill with a camera, not skill with your computer….but that’s a topic for another day.

Photo by Barbara Stitzer

Photo by Barbara Stitzer

Anyway, in those days, I was all about people’s expressions, and not lighting at all, which resulted in lousy pictures of people with great expressions. Luckily, I “found the light”, saw how much better it was, and haven’t looked back, and today, I’m going to show you how to do the same. Read more…

4 Photography “Tricks” That Should Be Quietly Retired

If you’ve ever felt the temptation to “improve” some of your photos with some special tricks, then you’re not alone. Many people with a passing interest in photography employ all manner of “extras” to give their photo some added visual interest.

Photo by Wilfred Iven

Photo by Wilfred Iven

Most of these tricks, however, are ham-fisted affectations that can not only ruin your photos, but mark you as an amateur who’s not to be taken seriously, neither as an artist or a professional. Read more…

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