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New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You a Better Photographer

Happy New Year! We hope the first days of January are treating you well. Whether you love making resolutions or prefer to avoid them, the start of every year is filled with them. Even if typical New Year’s resolutions make you cringe, however, don’t give up on the notion of successful promises. New projects of…


Photographing & Editing Tips to Perfect Newborn Photography

Newborn photography could be daunting compared to other photography genres where either a still object or adults and even kids could be posed and moved at will. Whereas, newborn babies are delicate and need to be handled with a lot of care. Plus, you need to be patient as there could be multiple breaks during…


Which Lenses Are The Best For Nikon D7100?

The D7100 Deserves A Good Lens – Which To Choose? Although not a new camera, the Nikon D7100 has always ranked as one of the best cameras around for the high-level enthusiast or even semi-professional, serious photographer.  In the four years or so since its release onto the market, this remains a serious piece of…


How to Beat the Winter Blues With Stunning Photographs

Oh, winter. A season of unpredictable weather, freezing hands, and few photoshoots. A season when clients are less eager to pose for hours. A season that, though graceful in appearance, gets under our skin and makes us feel blue. A season that’s almost here. Despite winter’s inconvenient temperatures, it can become a valuable time of…


How to Make Shy Teenagers Feel Comfortable in Front of Your Camera

Each and every one of us was once a teenager who did embarrassing things and felt insecure. Our adolescent years overflowed with angst, infatuation, boredom, curiosity, and emotions we couldn’t really understand. In a nutshell, it was a roller coaster of an experience, a wild ride that had a significant impact on our older selves.…


Best Lens for Nikon D5300

Table of Contents: Nikon D5300 Prime Lenses Nikon D5300 Zoom Lenses Nikon D5300 Wide Angle Lenses Nikon D5300 Macro Lenses Nikon D5300 Telephoto Lenses Nikon D5300 All-in-One Lenses Nikon D5300 Lens Comparison Table Conclusion This is a 24.2 megapixel DSLR camera with fantastic sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and no optical low-pass filter that can…


How to Create a Magical Autumnal Atmosphere Using Lightroom

The gorgeous autumn months are almost over. At the end of every season, photographers review their portfolios, reminisce, and find beautiful outtakes they didn’t notice before. These outtakes may have been overlooked because of their desaturated colors, lack of light, or uneven horizons. If you can relate to this dilemma, don’t throw those photos away!…


Thanksgiving Photography Tips That Will Keep You Inspired and Grateful

Thanksgiving is here, about to shower us with feelings of coziness, gratitude, and warmth. This time of year is ideal for photographers who enjoy documenting moments of all kinds with their loved ones. Whether you’re a fan of scrumptious food photography, sweet portraits of children, or gorgeous photos in general, Thanksgiving will provide you with…


Best Professional Camera (Full Frame DSLRs)

Are you looking for a new professional camera? Table of Contents: 1 Are you looking for a new professional camera to buy in 2017? 2 Professional Camera Comparison Table 2.1 The winner: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II 2.2 Best value deal: Nikon D750 3 Customer reviews 3.1 Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: I love everything…


How to Photograph People With Glasses

Light becomes a completely new obstacle when reflective surfaces come into the picture. In addition to creating unflattering glares, reflected light distracts viewers from the true beauty of a portrait. When it comes to children, this challenge becomes a particularly risky creative endeavor. Your images, no matter how brilliantly composed, will all have a single…


How to Take Expressive Photos of Pets

Most people need a significant amount of guidance during photo shoots. Without it, they feel awkward and out of place. Animals, on the other hand, don’t feel self-conscious. Their never ending enthusiasm and curiosity resemble the purity of children: unadulterated and unfiltered joy. The oblivious nature of animals may become a troubling obstacle if you’re…


How to Find Your Unique Artistic Style Through Photography

Nobody else takes photos like you do. There may be artists who have a similar editing style to yours, but who have a completely different way of composing their shots. There might be a local photographer who takes photos of the same models, but whose concepts are worlds away from yours. Regardless of how similar…


How to Take Powerful Travel Photos

Having the chance to travel is exhilarating, mind-opening, and fun. Traveling gives people a chance to respect other cultures, rediscover the timeless beauty of nature, and remind themselves why photography is an irreplaceable form of art. If your short-term plans involve traveling, you might feel intimidated by the seemingly endless photo opportunities you’ll be faced…


5 Handy Tips for Indoor Portrait Photography

Why is indoor photography so appealing? The reason is that indoor spaces, particularly homes, have a familial atmosphere. Being in a location full of someone’s beloved possessions is both eye-opening and heartwarming. Photographing that location with its happy owners is even better. This kind of environment gives portrait photographers a chance to take photos that…


The Best Camera Settings for Portraits

There is a big number of different genres of photography. One of the most common type and the one that is most famous is portrait photography. All of us at some point in our lives needed a portrait photo. Also, as a photographer there is not way you can avoid that well-known question “ Can…


Make Your Own Ethereal Photos in Lightroom Within Minutes

Complicated, fantasy-themed photoshoots are nothing short of inspiring. We all dream of having the opportunity to recreate fairytales using outfits and locations that are almost magical. Fortunately, ethereal portraits don’t always depend on expensive props and equipment – they can be recreated in an editing program within minutes. A handy alternative to fantasy-themed shoots is…


How to Create Black & White Photos That Stand Out

Black and white photography is a genre that revolves around thoughtful concepts, eye-catching subjects, and clever points of view. It embraces light, shadows, and fascinating patterns. It’s not a surprise, then, that many photographers rely on this genre to enhance some of their best photographs. Colorless images direct the viewer’s eye and compel every element of…

box photography


Creative photography assignments usually come from “THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.” Not today…  Today we’ll teach you how to photograph “inside the box” and keep things fun and creative at the same time. This has been one of the most widely requested tutorials from our Facebook Group members. So have fun with this and come share your…


5 Reasons Every Beginner Photographer Should Be Editing Their Photos

For a beginner, editing can be intimidating. There’s a whole lot of software out there and it all seems designed purely to make me want to give up on photos entirely. I make no secret of the fact that I don’t understand what half of the buttons mean and they frighten me a little. When…


How to Get Featured on a Book Cover

Books are a comfort for many, yet the publishing side of literature is often seen as an intimidating world of contracts, offices, and deadlines. It seems that only the very best photographers can get the opportunity to successfully contribute their work and get published. Because of this, many book-loving photographers refuse to contribute their work…


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