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Managing Highlights and Whites in Bright Photos 1

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Managing Highlights and Whites in Bright Photos – Intro One of the main ways to asses a photograph, is to see where you eye goes first. Ideally, your eye will go to the subject first and everything else will be context and background. Having extreme highlights and whites in bright photos, will almost always distract […]

Managing Highlights and Whites in Bright Photos

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Have you ever looked at a photo and felt like something was a little bit off? After trying the usual suspects of straightening the horizon lines and cropping out distracting things, does something still not seem right? Maybe color correcting the photo will help solve the problem. The coloring of the photo is also known […]

Color Correcting Photos in Two Clicks

Color Correcting Photos in Two Clicks 2
How Get Great Photographs in Crowded Areas 3

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I’ve looked around a location and felt my heart pounding as I saw how busy it was. How many people milling around. How many potential posing locations already claimed. The mounting pressure and disappointment. Wondering if you’re going to get great photos despite the amount of people around. Will it all be a waste? If […]

How Get Great Photographs in Crowded Areas

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When you are on location and trying to pick a spot to start shooting, you have to decide what you want in the photo and what you don’t. Composition basically comes down to deciding what to keep in and out of the photograph. The vibe or look you’re going for can help start making these […]

Deciding What to Keep In and Out of the Photograph

Deciding What to Keep In and Out of the Photograph 4
Directing the Eye and Leading Lines Photography 5

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Everything in photography is really about how your eye is taking in the photo. Lighting is about creating a consistent aesthetic so your eye will naturally go to the subject and not be distracted by another aspect. (Unless that is what you’re going for.) Leading lines photography is another way that we can subtly direct […]

Directing the Eye and Leading Lines Photography

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When choosing a photo shoot location, you have to think about two major categories – the location in general and the amount of places you have at that location to pose. In other words, you have to decide where you are going to pictures and then specifically where you (or your subject) are going to […]

Choosing the Right Photo Shoot Location

Choosing the Right Photo Shoot Location 6
How Your Background Affects Light in Photography 7

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Interested in the rest of my series on light? Check them all out here! Now that we’ve learned about how to understand the natural light we are working with, we can move on to other factors that also impact how light or dark a photo feels. One of the key considerations is the background of […]

How Your Background Affects Light in Photography

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Interested in my entire blog series on light? Check them all out here. Now that we’ve talked through the different types of light, we can start complicating it. (Yay!) Sometimes light is consistent throughout the entire frame or your photo. If you have open shade on both your subject and in the background, then you’re […]

How to Identify Light on Your Subject vs. Background Light for Photography

How to Identify Light on Your Subject vs. Background Light for Photography 8
Taking Photos in Bright Sunlight 9

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Out of all of the factors when taking photos, I will always argue that light is the most important. That’s why I (and so many others) spend so much time perfecting our own lighting techniques and teaching them to others. As I’ve covered in previous blog posts, there is an art to picking the right […]

Taking Photos in Bright Sunlight

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Interested in my entire blog series about light? Find all the posts here. When I first started shooting, one of the most overwhelming aspects was choosing where to have my subject stand. I chose based on the background and a faulty idea of what light might look good. Learning quickly spot the good light mitigate […]

How Open Shade Photography Will Revolutionize Your Photos

How Open Shade Photography Will Revolutionize Your Photos 10
Different Types of Natural Light for Better Photos 11

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When you’re thinking about taking better photographs, you probably think about things like composition and background and posing. All of these things are important, but, in most circumstances, the key to taking better photographs is better light. This post is going to explain the different types of outdoor light, so you can start to identify […]

Different Types of Natural Light for Better Photos

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Of all of the decisions you make in regards to your upcoming photo shoot, I will argue that choosing the time is the most important. Why? Because the question about the best time to take photos outside is really a question about light. While weather and other things can (and do) impact the lighting of […]

The Best Time to Take Photos Outside

The Best Time to Take Photos Outside 12

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