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Ron Leach  |  Aug 12, 2022  |  0 comments

Bright summer days are great for trips to the beach, sitting around a pool, or casting a line into your favorite stream. But when it comes to outdoor portraiture, well, not so much.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 28, 2022  |  0 comments

We’re all familiar with the notion that the best time to shoot landscapes is early during Blue Hour or late in the day at Golden Hour. But what if you get the photography itch in the middle of a summer’s day?

Ron Leach  |  Jul 25, 2022  |  0 comments

The first thing most of us think of when we hear the words “Zone System” is the great Ansel Adams, who developed this powerful exposure technique with Fred Archer over 80 years ago. The second thing that often comes to mind is the word “complicated.”

Ron Leach  |  Jul 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Are you dissatisfied with your portrait photos because they tend to look like snapshots? Do you wish you had a studio and a bunch of costly lighting equipment (and knew how to use it)? Well, keep reading because this is your lucky day.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 14, 2022  |  0 comments

Admit it: You typically shoot in Aperture or Shutter Priority mode, and are pleased with your images. Yet you’re nagged by the nonsense that, you’re not a “real” photographer unless you use Manual Mode.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 13, 2022  |  0 comments

Whether you’re shooting your favorite pro sport team from the stands or photographing a little league game from field level, there are several techniques you can use to make the best images possible. In the video below you’ll learn five helpful tips for capturing the action.

Henry Anderson  |  Jul 12, 2022  |  0 comments

If you want to learn how to light and pose for boudoir photography, look no further than the below tutorial from boudoir pro Yuliya Panchenko. In the video, Panchenko shares her top selling boudoir poses and top over-the-head lighting techniques for boudoir shoots.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 11, 2022  |  0 comments

One “rule” many photographers learn when first starting out is to “always shoot with the sun at your back.” This advice may work well for “Kodak Moment” snapshots, or for predictable photos of average scenes, but a different approach is called for if you’re after eye-catching imagery that stands out from the crowd.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 07, 2022  |  0 comments

The human form provides a wealth of possibilities for intriguing images, from fully clothed portraits to explicit nudes. Today’s tutorial takes sort of a middle ground, by explaining how to capture seductive images that leave plenty to the imagination.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Independence day is right around the corner, and with it comes a great opportunity to capture spectacular images of fireworks—whether you’re shooting in a stadium, astride a lake or river, or in the comfort of your own backyard.

Henry Anderson  |  May 31, 2022  |  0 comments

Portrait and beauty photographer Irene Rudnyk is one of the queens of the beach photo shoots on YouTube. A few months ago, we shared an awesome behind-the-scenes (BTS) video of Rudnyk’s tips for capturing backlit photos of a swimsuit model at the beach. Now she’s back with another great beach photography tutorial and BTS video on how to shoot gorgeous golden hour portraits.

Ron Leach  |  May 25, 2022  |  0 comments

Whether you’re photographing birds in the backyard, planning an outing to a local zoo, or shooting big cats on safari, achieving correct exposures is absolutely essential. This task is often challenging, as subjects move in and out of ever-changing light.

Ron Leach  |  May 23, 2022  |  0 comments

When it comes to portraiture, “posing is everything.” So says pro Justin Laurens who regrettably neglected this consideration when first getting started. He admits he was initially confused by how to pose models, and considered this important skill “trivial.”

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Modern cameras have excellent AE (Automatic Exposure) features, so users can get great shots without thinking much about what’s happening under the hood. The light meter, of course, is built-in and somewhat autocratic—and therein lies the rub.

Ron Leach  |  May 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Some photographers shy away from shooting portraits because they don’t own supplemental lighting equipment or they’re intimidated by the complexity involved. But today we’ll show you how easy it is to make beautiful people pictures outdoors under available light.

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