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Photography Friday: Building Rapport with Subjects

By Nicholas Donner
Portraiture PhotographyPhotography is equal parts art and science and then, on top of that, making an interesting photo means knowing something about the subject you are photographing or the audience you want to see your photo. But beyond knowing your subject, there are a few other things that help with building rapport. Discover them here! Read more »

What is Portraiture Photography: Mastering Group Portraits

By Nicholas Donner
Group PortraitsEvery photographer will, at some point, have to take a photograph of a group of people. Even if you specialize in landscapes or product photography it’s inevitable: you’ll be at a party or a family reunion and, as the only one there that won’t botch the photo, you’ll be asked to take a shot of the group. With some practice I think my skill at producing a frame-worthy group portrait has become better, and these are the things I have learned along the way. Read more »

RAW vs. JPEG: Which is Better?

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Raw versus Jpg PhotosMost cameras will let you shoot in JPG or RAW. In the end you have the same image but sometimes it's better to use one format over another. Learn the best cases for using each mode. Read more »

Photography Friday: Studio Lighting Kits for Your Home Studio

By Kevin Pepper
Home Studio Lighting KitsNot too long ago studio lighting was really only for the professional photographer, or an enthusiast with lots of disposable cash. Today however, with a wide range of kits that are available on the market, enthusiasts are able to create home studios easier than it has ever been. Let's take a look at some lighting options! Read more »

What is Portraiture Photography: Creative Portraits

By Nicholas Donner
Creative PortraitsIn order to keep things interesting for myself and to keep clients from feeling like they are being put through a standard photography formula, I like to get at least one shot that I’ve never done before and pushes me to think a little harder. To me, a creative portrait must have some deeper meaning behind it. Usually, it’s personal to the subject, ironic to the viewer, or identifies something about the subject that you may not have otherwise have known. Read more »

How to Set Up a Home Photography Studio

By Kevin Pepper
Home Photography StudioSetting up a home photography studio can be extremely beneficial to any photographer. Whether you’re a professional portrait photographer or an amateur photographer just starting to get into studio lighting, a home studio gives you a place to work and learn new things without putting the added cost of studio rental into your bank account. Here are some tips for getting started! Read more »

Photography Friday: Landscape Composition

By Kevin Pepper
Landscape CompositionAnsel Adams once said, “You don’t take a good photograph, you make it." A landscape image has three distinct parts, and the photographer that understands these elements will create a photo far superior to others. Read more »

Photography Friday: 5 Tips for New Wedding Photographers

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
How to be a Wedding PhotographerWeddings can be an overwhelming experience for a photographer when you are just starting out. You have one shot to capture a couple’s wedding day in an artistic, professional way. Taking the photos is just a small part of being a good wedding photographer. Here are 5 tips that can help make all of the photographing and cat-herding a little easier. Read more »