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Laura Alpizar

Laura Alpizar is a professional photographer based in Minnesota. She's originally from the tropical lands of Costa Rica, a paradise that she often visits. Her specialization is in weddings, portraits and lifestyle photography. Find her on Google+ and Facebook.

Why the First DSLR You Buy Doesn’t Really Matter

It’s about time! You finally made the decision to buy your first DSLR camera, you have saved a couple of bucks and started browsing around. Quickly, you realize the market is full of good (really good) cameras, and you start to feel overwhelmed.

Photo by Bilal Arslan

Photo by Bilal Arslan

You ask your photographer friend or, even worse, a camera store salesman and end up feeling even more confused.  The truth is that it takes little to no time to realize how hard this decision can be, especially if you will also think of choosing lenses and accessories. Read more…

6 Main Studio Lighting Methods to Master for Your Portraits

Understanding light is a concept that makes a good photographer, and an even greater skill to master is knowing how to recreate different light effects in the studio .

Using lighting accessories like off-camera flashes or strobes, and studying how to trigger them from a different position than on top of the camera, will give an overall different aesthetic to your photographs. Read more…

10 Accessories To Make Your Camera Bag Super-Interesting

Once you get into photography, many of the things you want to buy are very expensive, and all of the sudden those 15 lenses on your wish list seem to compete with your children’s college fund.

Photo by fussgangerfoto

Photo by fussgangerfoto

For some reason, you start feeling like you “need” stuff to be a better photographer. Truth be told, you don’t need much, but it’s a real challenge to stop investing in your now favorite activity. Let’s  entertain the idea you could get all those items in your wish list and even more fun things to put in your camera bag. Read more…

How to Improve Your Photographic Eye Super-Effectively

What does it mean to have an eye for photography? Is it something you are born with, or can you can learn? Besides taking pictures, our photographic eye lets us recognize situations, composition, subjects and then puts together all these elements in a frame that makes a great picture.

Photo by kennysarmy

Photo by kennysarmy

Taking good pictures is not always easy, as there is a lot of practice required, so we can achieve both the technical aspects and the composition. Another key to taking good pictures is our way of “seeing” or our “vision.” Read more…

10 Bad Photography Habits and How to Break Them Now

There are some very common habits that we develop as photographers. Especially in the beginning when there is so much to learn!

Photo by Luis Valadares

Photo by Luis Valadares

Among the tips and secrets to good photography, a valuable one is to avoid bad habits that will be hard to shake off later. Bad habits are fairly common to create, as we  create habits in everything we do. But this guide will help you overcome those habits, and later, you will thank yourself for being so immune to forming bad habits. Read more…