Studio Tuesday: Posing on Seamless Paper
Jun03

Studio Tuesday: Posing on Seamless Paper

Posing a portrait subject against a seamless paper background is the ultimate tests of your ability to make something from nothing; you’re shooting without a net—naked, even if your subject is wearing clothes. All that stands between you and a good portrait is your imagination. Because there’s nothing for your subject to interact with, your posing directions are going to have to be more precise than normal and you better cross your...

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Don’t Go Broke on Studio Props
Jan07

Don’t Go Broke on Studio Props

“Being an artist, I had an artist’s instincts….You can see the picture before it’s taken; then it’s up to you to get the camera to see.”— James Van Der Zee Photographic props can be expensive and while there’s no doubt having a complex set and extensive props in your studio, even a home studio, can be effective in helping you pose subjects and increasing sales, you need to be able to generate enough...

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Posing Tips: Expressions & Hats
May14

Posing Tips: Expressions & Hats

There is an old photographer’s expression—ESP—Expression Sells Portraits. The expression on a subject’s face tells the story of who they are. If they only have one look on their face, their portfolio will look monotonous. Be sure to look at both sides of a subject’s face. Most people—even supermodels—have one side of their face that photographs better than the other side but don’t let that stop you from posing them one way or...

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Wordless Wednesday #053: “At the WPPI Show ”
Mar13

Wordless Wednesday #053: “At the WPPI Show ”

At the 2013 WPPI show right now! Photo from last year’s show as I was gathering information on an article about studio lighting hardware from Multiblitz’s Veit Wulms. My assignment this year is broader and includes lighting modifiers and speedlight accessories. Look for updates here and in the pages of Shutterbug magazine throughout the year.

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How to Establish a Routine Especially With Your Website

On this Business Friday, I am honored to welcome Skip Cohen with today’s marketing advice: It’s always tough to get back on track after a great weekend, but there are times when I wish I could get off track a little easier. I just spent five days out of the office in Sarasota. The blog was all caught up with two posts in the pipeline when we left on Thursday. The minus side of being in a routine is simply how hard it is to...

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Monochrome Conversion with Plug-ins
Sep30

Monochrome Conversion with Plug-ins

One of the reasons photographic purists refer to black and white prints as “monochrome” is that it’s a more precise term that also covers images produced in sepia and other tones. One of the advantages of working with monochromatic digital photographs is the original image can come from many sources. Some digital cameras have black & white or sepia capture modes but more often than not they’re captured in RGB. Yup, it’s a color...

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What’s In Your Studio: Tether Tools’ Aero XDC
Sep07

What’s In Your Studio: Tether Tools’ Aero XDC

Tether Tools those clever designers of the Tether Table Aero System, has launched an accessory compartment, the Aero XDC, to assist photographers that are shooting their SLRs in tethered mode with external hard drives.  The Aero XDC and XDC Duo holds one or two drives and mounts flush to the under-surface of any Tether Table Aero. Because of a low-profile sleeve that mounts under the table’s surface, either version frees up...

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