• 15 Props That Make Your Photos Pop

    Published Monday, July 1st, 2013

    15 Props that Make Your Photos Pop

    If you’re having difficulty creating images that really have staying power, consider adding some props. Adding a prop or two to your photos can make a huge difference and make your images much more memorable. Here are a few photography props you may want to consider collecting:

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  • How to Get Your Photographs into an Art Gallery

    Published Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

    How to Get Your Photos into an Art Gallery

    Imagine you’re browsing a gallery hall, champagne in one hand, price list in another, and the many works of photographic art on the wall are being studied and admired on this, the first opening night of a gallery show in downtown New York City. But you’ve seen all these pictures before, because this time these photographs are no longer held in your hard drive, they are in fact on a gallery wall being celebrated, finally giving you the accreditation that you have worked so hard to get.

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  • Free Sample: Photographer’s Badge Overlays

    Published Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

    Badge Overlays

    Today we have a really useful freebie that can be used as an overlay on your own photos. The download includes 3 badge overlays in PSD format. These are free samples from the following sets:

    You’ll get one badge for free from each of these 3 sets (the full sets include 10 badges each). You can edit the text and use them as overlays to decorate your own photos. Here are previews of the 3 badges included in the free sample:

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  • Fabulous Black and White Photos

    Published Monday, June 24th, 2013

    If you’re looking for some inspiration or some examples of amazing photography, look no further! Here you’ll find a collection of 50 stunning black and white photos from a wide variety of different photographers. To see larger versions of any of the photos, click on the credit link below the photo. These photos should give you some ideas and spark your imagination about things that you can do in your own work.

    If you’d like to convert your color photos to black and white, you may be interested in our set of 10 black and white Photoshop actions. We also have one of those actions available as a free sample – free black and white Photoshop action.

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  • Tapping into Your Hidden Gold-Mine to Market Your Photography Business

    Published Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

    Networking for Photographers

    “Extra, Extra, read all about it! Jane’s got a camera and knows how to make you look thin in a picture! “

    I bet you haven’t heard that on the street lately. Long gone are the days where you would find newsboys blasting people with the latest headlines as they walk by. However, as a small business owner there is something that can be learned from the tactics these young boys used to sell papers decades ago. While you may not want to have your kid stand out in front of your house yelling with a poster, you might want to consider how you can use word-of-mouth networking to boost your business for virtually no cost. Why not take advantage of the fact that when people find out you have a nice camera, they suddenly want you to photograph everything for them. Who knows, you may be sitting on a gold-mine of business with your personal network that you can begin to cultivate into dozens of returning clients.

    Pre-Plan

    Before you start bombarding your friends with online spam, start by determining your target market and branding. Honestly, branding deserves a whole post on its own so I won’t get into much detail here. It’s just important to consider because it’s the first impression someone gets of your business. This is why it’s vital that your image accurately represents the type of photography you do. Have a website and portfolio that clearly show what you take pictures of. If you love to photograph homes but have a website that is more suited to newborn photography, your potential clients will be confused. Make sure everything is consistent and professional in order to turn your potential clients into frequent customers.

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  • Free Word Overlays

    Published Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

    Free Word Overlays

    Yesterday we released 4 different sets of word overlays in our shop, and today we’ve got a free sample for our blog readers and newsletter subscribers. The free sample includes a total of 4 different word overlays in .png format. There is one word overlay from each of the following sets:

    The sets that are available for purchase include each overlay in layered .psd format in addition to the .png format. The layered .psd files allow you to have greater flexibility with customizing the overlays, for example changing the colors of each word individually.

    Here are the 4 word overlays that are included in this free sample:

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  • 11 Myths Every Photographer Should Know About

    Published Monday, June 17th, 2013

    Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, chances are you’ve come across all sorts of ludicrous assumptions and accusations when it comes to explaining what’s going on behind the lens.

    Well prepare yourself, because today we are going to debunk the most common photography myths and set the record straight once and for all!

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  • Photographer Showcase: Meghan Newsom

    Published Friday, June 14th, 2013

    Photo Showcase: Mehgan Newsom

    The spotlight of today’s photographer showcase is on Meghan Newsom. You’ll get to know Meghan through her interview, and you’ll also see a collection of photos that showcase her abilities. If you follow our blog you’ll also being seeing more from Meghan as she will be one of our regular contributors! You can see her first post on How to Rock a Senior Session.

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  • Tips for Taking Great Food Photos

    Published Thursday, June 13th, 2013

    Photo courtesy of Sidious Sid

    Judging from the hundreds of food photos regularly posted in social media and photo sharing sites, a lot of people think that photographing dishes is easy. As long as you have a camera and you know how to use it, you’re bound to come up with fascinating photos of your favorite dishes. This is not what normally happens, though. Most of the time, the picture does not turn out the way you want it to. This is not to say, however, that only professional photographers are capable of coming up with good food photos.

    Whether you take food photos in restaurants, at home or inside a studio, there are important elements that you need to consider if you want to create visually enticing and delectable images of food.

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  • How to Rock a Senior Session

    Published Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

    How to Rock a Senior Session

    When it comes to planning for sessions, seniors are some of my favorite people to work with. Don’t get me wrong, I love families, children, engaged couples and wedding ceremonies.. but seniors are close to the top of my list.

    Why, you may ask? It’s simple: seniors are excited to model, seniors are some of my best marketing tools, and seniors know what they want. They also have a great sense of style, which translates well in their photographs.

    When a high school senior books a session with me, I do several things right from the start to help them know I am excited about working with them. I also do my best to get to know them so I can tailor their shoot to fit them perfectly.

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  • Texture Pack 1 – Free Samples

    Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

    Texture

    These free textures are provided as a free sample from our Texture Pack 1. This free sample includes 3 high resolution textures, and the full set includes 50 textures. Each texture is 12 inches by 12 inches at 300 dpi (3600 pixels by 3600 pixels), so they are versatile for web and print usage. You can preview the free sample textures here, and download the high res textures after the preview images.

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  • What Your Camera Kit is Missing

    Published Monday, June 10th, 2013

    What Your Camera Kit is Missing

    You’ve got it all – lenses, chargers, a tripod that could withstand an earthquake, even a fancy camera pack to keep it all safe. What you might be missing, however, is the modern essential for photography enthusiasts of every level – the point-and-shoot.

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  • Photographer Showcase: Amanda Bellucco

    Published Friday, June 7th, 2013

    Amanda Bellucco

    Today we are starting a new series of blog posts where we will showcase the work of various photographers. Hopefully these posts will serve as inspiration, and they can also help you to get connected with others in the industry. Today we are featuring Amanda Bellucco, a very talented photographer from New York. In addition to photography, Amanda also writes for B&H as well as other online publications. We’ll start with a few interview questions to get to know more about Amanda, and a showcase of her work follows.

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  • 10 Commandments of Being a Wedding Second Shooter

    Published Thursday, June 6th, 2013

    10 Commandments of Being a Second Shooter

    Being a second shooter to an experienced wedding photographer is one of the best ways to insure ultimate success in the business. You’ll not only learn the business but you’ll have a portfolio and face in the industry that other vendors and future brides will recognize.

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  • Intro to Depth of Field

    Published Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

    Intro to Depth of Field

    Taking photographs is great. It’s even better when you can get “that cool effect where the background is all blurry.” This can really make the subject pop and stand out from an otherwise busy background. It can also give your photos a sentimental quality.

    Your camera lens can actually only focus on a very tiny point in space, but there is an area around that point that will appear in focus in your photo. The space before and after your focal point that is in focus is referred to as the depth of field. A large depth of field describes an area where a large amount of the image is in focus; in other words the whole picture is clear. A shallow depth of field occurs when a small amount of the picture is in focus; the subject is clear and you have the “cool blurry background.”

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