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Speedlights for Beginners: Using On-Camera Flash

By Nicholas Donner
Using SpeedlightsAfter investing in a DSLR and a decent lens, most people’s next purchase is a speedlight for their camera: those small hotshoe mounted flashes. Adding a flash to your photographs can be an exciting way to change the look and feel of your work and, in some cases, can be the only way to get a decent shot. In this post, discover how to use your on-camera flash and some techniques to get the most out of it straight out of the box. Read more »

Photography Friday: Amazing Pocket Wizards

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Pocket WizardsPocket Wizards are a professional photographer's best friend. They are small, affordable, and allow the photographer to remotely set off flashes from anywhere in the room. Off-camera flash is the one thing professional photographers have that amateurs don't. Having your light source hit your subject from a different angle will make the subject and light look more natural than a light hitting them straight on. Say goodbye to red-eye. Pocket Wizards are the easiest way to learn the hardest thing about photography: lighting. Read more »

Macro Photography: Getting Great Photos Up Close

By Nicholas Donner
Macro PhotographySometimes it can be fun to take photos of an object from very close to focus in on details that you might not see from a normal viewing distance. If you try this with a normal lens, like a 50mm, you’ll find that at as you get closer than 18 inches or so your camera will not be able to focus. This is where a specialized piece of equipment called the macro lens comes in handy. Macro photography is used on all sorts of things from plants and animals, to product details and textures, to natural phenomena. Read more »

Tips for Traveling with Camera Gear

By Kevin Pepper
Traveling with Camera GearAs I prepare for upcoming to Mongolia, I decided to write about traveling with camera gear. Traveling with all the camera gear I have is not for the faint hearted. Here are a few tips to make your next trip a bit less stressful. Read more »

Photography Friday: Controlling Depth of Field

By Nicholas Donner
Controlling Depth of FieldDepth of Field is a very important piece of the photography puzzle when you are trying to make compelling images. DOF is basically the distances at which your subject is in focus, relative to the rest of the photo. A wide DOF means that a large range of the photo is in focus and a narrow DOF means that a narrow range is in focus. These distances (and ranges) change based on a few things: sensor size, aperture, the focal length of your lens, and the distance from the subject. Read more »

4 Tips for Photographing Siblings with Success

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Sibling PhotographyI love photographing siblings. I enjoy the way they all play off of each other, and when everyone is in a good mood you can often end up with amazing natural, candid portraits. Of course, if they are in a bad mood-- watch out, because they outnumber you! Here are a few tips to keep young kids entertained while you take beautiful photos. Read more »

Photography Friday: Light Modifiers for Your Studio

By Kevin Pepper
Light ModifiersLearn all about light modifiers: the accessories that photographers use to help manipulate light in their studio. There are a few basic tools you can use to modify your light, no matter if you are using natural light, flash, strobes or constant lighting. I could get much more in-depth, but I figured we should look at the basics first to get you started! Read more »

Keep it Fun: 3 Tips for Photographing Toddlers

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Photographing ToddlersOut of all the young children to photograph, toddlers are the most unpredictable. They can run, play and completely ignore you. Don't get me wrong-- when they are into the photos they can be super adorable, but it can be a challenge to keep them engaged. Toddlers haven't quite learned to sit still and smile at the camera, so you have to get a little creative when trying to get family portraits. Here are a few things you can do to help make a shoot with a toddler run a little smoother. Read more »

4 Key Infant Photography Tips for Great Photos

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Infant Photography TipsInfants-- babies between a month to a year old-- are a little easier to photograph in some ways. They can see farther so their eyes are less likely to be crossed when awake, they are more active and can smile when they want to. It's also more difficult to photograph infants because they are more active and are better at expressing all kinds of emotions, particularly when they're annoyed. The best way to get the most of an infant shoot is to make it as fun as possible. Here are a few tips to help achieve that. Read more »

Photography Friday: How to Photograph an Air Show

By Kevin Pepper
How to Photograph an Air ShowAn air show brings back childhood fantasies of flying plastic planes and yearning to be that Top Gun pilot that seems invincible. That’s probably why you will see generations of families sitting on lawn chairs-- grandfathers, fathers and young boys-- all with a camera in hand, trying to recapture those childhood fantasies. As with any photographic genre, cameras for these types of events can be quite expensive. Just remember, it’s not always the gear that takes the great photo, it’s the space between your two ears that will make your photos better than the others. Read more »