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Macro photo studios share many of the same basic needs and equipment as traditional photo studios—just on a smaller scale. This reduction in size both lowers the cost of entry into the genre while inviting creativity from resourceful DIY photographers. Below are some tips for expanding your macro studio using items around the house or easily obtained from local art, craft, or hardware stores....
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Visual storyteller Paola Franqui, aka Monaris, shares her portrait photography tips when taking pictures of strangers through reflections. Which tips are new to you, and which will you be applying to your own photos? Share them in the Comments section, below, along with any other...
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Shallow depth of field (DOF) is one of the visual effects that many photographers seek in their everyday photographs. To accomplish this, there is the grail quest for lenses with larger and...
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Macro and close-up photographers often employ the technique of “focus stacking” to increase the depth of field in their images. While this is often done in a controlled studio environment with a sturdy tripod or support and sometimes the benefit of macro focusing rails, it is possible to use this technique out in the field armed only with a minimal amount of gear. Handheld focus stacking is...
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The awesome and exciting world of close-up or macro photography does not need to be yet another expensive foray into the world of photography. In fact, you don’t need to buy, rent, borrow, or steal a dedicated macro lens at all. You can do macro photography with the lens(es) you already own plus a few relatively inexpensive additions. For those looking for what I think is the best way to do macro...
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I was enthralled with long exposure photography long before I took up the practice myself. There’s something about seeing movement represented in a still image that I’ve always found compelling. In everyday life, we observe stillness in more or less the same way we do in a photo. Movement, however, is represented differently in photography than we see it in everyday life, and long exposure...
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The art of photographing the wristwatch is known as one of the most challenging aspects of still life photography. Between the relatively small size of the timepiece, reflective sapphire and acrylic crystals, shiny elements on the watch face, matte leather or nylon straps, etc., there are a multitude of surfaces...
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So, you just bought a shiny, new, and maybe expensive, lens for your camera, and being the savvy consumer, you did your homework. You pored over customer reviews on the B&H Photo website, read online reviews splattered all over the Internet, grabbed a copy of every photo magazine that reviewed the lens,...
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Going eye-to-eye with a praying mantis can be a trip and a half, but understandably, not everybody shares my enthusiasm for creepy crawlies. This doesn't mean you cannot enjoy the visual treats afforded by peering at everyday objects at life-size or greater magnifications. To illustrate my point, I pulled a half dozen spice jars out of my cupboard along with a few herbs from our spring garden and...
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A friend of mine once described his favorite wide-angle lens as his “gateway to landscape photography,” and that’s a pretty good metaphor for wide-angle lenses if I ever heard one. Wide-angle lenses and ultra-wide-angle lenses naturally lend themselves to capturing landscapes with a sense of depth. They also tend to capture a sense of drama that you seldom get when photographing landscapes with...
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When it comes to capturing the world’s scenic vistas, there is nothing quite like photographing natural or urban beauty with a premium high-end landscape lens. The traditional “landscape lens” for generations of photographers has been the wide-angle prime...
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Photographer Dane Isaac shares his habits to help avoid burnout, with tips on time management, work-life balance, self-care, and more. What steps do you take to avoid burning out? Share them with us in the Comments section, below.
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For the longest time, comparing image quality between point-and-shoot cameras and full-frame cameras, or even APS-C format cameras, was a conversation you could have start to finish during the course of an elevator ride. Point-and-shoot cameras were convenient, but the detail and dynamic range of their smaller sensors never measured up to the detail and dynamic range you get from larger sensors....
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Once your portrait needs have advanced beyond what natural and available light can provide, it is time to begin exploring studio lighting. The best way to build any lighting kit is one light at a time. This allows you to grow with your setup, developing an...
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Visual content creator Kristi Hemric shares her iPhone photography tips to level up your content creation game! Dig deep into Live and Pano modes, try out long exposure, and even turn your phone upside down on your next photoshoot for richer, more creative photos that fit your personal vision. How do you get creative with your smartphone photos? Tell us how you'll incorporate Kristi's tips, and...
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