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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 »

What is Portraiture Photography: Headshots

By Nicholas Donner
Portraiture PhotographyJust about everyone needs a headshot. Authors, actors, speakers, sports figures, teachers, business people, and elected officials are all among the individuals who need headshots. If you plan to travel out of the country you need a headshot for your passport. If you are a photographer this is a great type of photography to practice, since everyone can use a good headshot! Read more »

Photography Friday: Capture the Best Shots with Natural Light

By Nicholas Donner
Photography with LightAs a photographer, natural light is your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how much you understand about the way it works. Today, we're going to explore light in its simplest form, and then some tips and tricks for effectively using it to capture better portrait photographs. Read more »

10 Must-Have Landscape Photography Techniques

By Kevin Pepper
Landscape Photography TechniquesIn order to take a great landscape photograph I believe you have to tell a story and capture the spirit of a location. These 10 landscape photography tips will help you make more of the photo opportunities that you'll come across, when you are in search of that perfect landscape photograph. Read more »