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Posted 06/20/19
In this B&H interview, wedding/portrait photographer Sam Hurd offers five simple tips to help you add a creative element to location portraits in any environment. When shooting with a prime lens and shallow depth of field, mask distracting elements from a scene by holding the side of a basic cell phone in front of your lens, creating a reflection on demand. A six-inch triangular glass prism can be used in the same way to enhance a portrait with dual reflections, or even flares and distortions if you pivot the prism and shoot at an angle. Pick up an unmounted double convex lens to create imperfect reflections and explosions of bokeh in scenes with small bright light sources, especially at night. An old anamorphic lens takes on new life when held in front of your prime, to distort an image in a fun house mirror effect. Undistort the perspective in post using Lightroom or Photoshop, to achieve a cinematic perspective with shallow depth of field. And, in sunset conditions or a harsh light situation, hold a 1 x 1" copper or metal pipe in front of your lens to enable controllable dramatic flare, which Hurd calls a ring of fire.
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Posted 04/25/18
Photographer Brian Marcus shares his insights on how to expand your business by creating great working relationships with different vendors, party planners, florists, and clients, in general. He also emphasizes the importance of using social media platforms to keep your business current and competitive.
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Posted 04/25/18
Fashion and wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis is obsessed with light, and he stresses the need to consider the correct lighting when choosing location and subject matter for a shoot. He also emphasizes that the use of shadows and lack of light is what gives photographs a sense of depth, dimension, and beauty.
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Posted 04/24/18
Lindsay Adler gives great insight into how to approach photography with a business mindset. She reveals how she got started as a young photographer, shares advice on how to avoid some of the missteps she made along the way, emphasizes the need to have a balance between technique and people skills, and uses her 17 years of shooting experience to guide you toward maximizing your value as a working photographer.
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