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Shooting the Natives – With a Camera

  Shooting the Natives – With a Camera Refining Your Style Getting great travel portraits is an acquired skill, one that I’m still refining after more than 40 years as a commercial photographer. I’m happy to say that I’ve made more progress with it in the last 10 years than in the previous three decades.…

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Soldiers shot my brother! How to produce instant ancestors.

Relax, he’s not my brother. Someone at a Civil War re-enactment cheerfully asked me, “Can you photograph my brother being executed by a firing squad?” So I did. I would never allow my own brother to be shot by a firing squad, he owes me money. So what’s this lesson all about? This lesson is…

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The Simplest Lighting in the World

Is there really such a thing as the “simplest lighting in the world?” Yes, there is. It has many names, but I’ll call it SOFT SIDE LIGHTING (SSL) for the purpose of this lesson. SSL is very plentiful. Of course direct sun is even more plentiful, but SSL is much more attractive. You can find…

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Shooting Tips: Gathering Photo Assets

When you’re building anything, whether it’s a house or a photo album, you’ll be using components. For the house project, you’ll go to the lumberyard, the hardware store, the garden supply store and many other places to get objects that seem unrelated until they’re assembled. In this blog we’ll show you how that same approach…

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Beyond the Family Photograph – Finding Inspiration

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably the designated family photographer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or a hobbyist, you’re the person with the best camera. Everyone relies upon you to make them look good and document all the important events. It can be a drag to view life through an LCD screen.…