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Tips for Light Painting and Some Common Pitfalls to Avoid

In this article, I will focus on light painting objects in night scenes during a single long exposure (rather than multiple exposures combined in Photoshop) and some of the pitfalls I have experienced. I hope you will gain an understanding … Continue reading

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5 Common Camera Setting Mistakes New Photographers Make

Whether you’ve just purchased your first DSLR or have been shooting for a while and would like to start using your camera’s manual settings, you should be aware of some of the common mistakes most new photographers make when they … Continue reading

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Five Common Portrait Retouching Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to retouching portraits there are a number of mistakes that I see photographers make over and over. Part of the problem is that there are too many poorly made skin smoothing plugins. Another is that Photoshop gives … Continue reading

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Common Portrait Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid

Portrait photography is hard. There’s a lot to think about including: Getting the lighting right What lens to use Composition Posing Working with a model or subject Post-processing (how much is enough or too much) And so on . . . So … Continue reading

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10 Common Composition Mistakes in Photography

Are you making any of these common composition mistakes? 1. Subject Is in the Center of the Frame Sometimes a central subject works, but normally it’s better to shoot it positioned to one side, as explained in the rule of … Continue reading

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Are You Making These 10 Common Street Photography Mistakes?

When looking at the work of street photographers, it’s often a common thought that, “I could do that if only I were there.” However, when you finally go out into the world with your camera it can be shocking to … Continue reading

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My Camera Won’t Focus: The 8 Most Common Problems

Quick reminder: only a little while left for the Essential Camera Skills eBook at 50% Off If you’re consistently struggling with poor auto-focus performance and want to know how you can improve, this video is a treasure-trove of ideas that you … Continue reading

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5 Common Post-Processing Mistakes to Avoid

For today’s photographer, post-processing is a critical element of image making. Sure, when you first get started with digital photography, you might shoot in JPG mode and allow the camera to make decisions about things like color and contrast. But … Continue reading

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What is a Stop? The Common Currency of Exposure Explained

What are stops? Are they the same as f-stops? How are they measured? Are they the same for different exposure controls? Are they still useful now? These are common questions for those just starting out in photography. They are good … Continue reading

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Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes in Black and White Photography

Black and white photography has been around for nearly 180 years, ever since Louis Daguerre introduced the daguerreotype process to the world. It is still hugely popular despite the rise and ease of color photography. And yet, whenever I look … Continue reading

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4 Common Lighting Styles to Get the Perfect Portrait

When you begin doing portrait lighting for the first time, the general advice you get is to put your light at 45º to your subject, and aim it down at 45º. It’s a quick way to get something reasonably good, … Continue reading

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How to Overcome 6 Common Newbie Photography Fears

For the majority of new photographers, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is fear. This often leads to people missing a perfect photo opportunity or even, over time, falling out of the practice of actually taking photos. But it’s … Continue reading

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