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Freezing Mountain Bike Action with Cactus and Aurora
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Freezing Mountain Bike Action with Cactus and Aurora

Murphy’s Law follows a photographer just as your little sibling did in grade school – “What can go wrong, will go wrong”. We work with technological marvels that can be temperamental: the weather, which is even less predictable; people, who can sometimes be more volatile than the weather! The list […]

Fire and Ice Product Photography
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Fire and Ice Product Photography

I was recently contracted by a machine shop to make their products look compelling. They wanted images that would draw attention to the finer details and quality of their work, plus a couple of “showcase” images that would be different from their other images. Their website, which was a mix […]

Sharpening using Overlay in Photoshop
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Sharpening using Overlay in Photoshop

Photoshop Professor Notes series Introduction Sharpening our images using the Overlay Blending Mode in combination with the High Pass filter has been around for quite a while now and some of you may even use it at this point but I am going to explain why it works so well. I am […]

Dramatic Low Key Pet Portrait
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Dramatic Low Key Pet Portrait

For the new Aurora Lite Bank ad, I had two exciting new products to use: Aurora Strip Bounce SB-50 and Firefly PAR. These two speedlight modifiers are both very different: Strip Bounce creates a narrow strip of light, similar to a strip softbox for strobe lights and Firefly PAR is […]

Photoshop Professor Notes
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Photoshop Professor Notes

Adding Impact to  your images John Warren – September 11, 2016 Introduction The quality of the images coming out of our digital cameras these days is quite stunning compared to what we used to get from our cameras years ago. Even the compact all-in-one and cell phone cameras produce great results but, […]

Tips for Tethered Shooting
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Tips for Tethered Shooting

By Floyd Dean Tethered shooting is a method most photographers are familiar with. But many may not be aware of the various corresponding benefits available while tethered. I’ve found that, when applied correctly, tethered shooting can make things simple and effective while creating a great shot, every time. Tethered shooting […]

THE ART OF THE CINEMAGRAPH
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THE ART OF THE CINEMAGRAPH

BY CAROLINE JENSEN VANGUARD PROFESSIONAL CAROLINE JENSEN SPECIALIZES IN BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAITURE, UNIQUE MACRO WORK, AND COLORFUL LANDSCAPES. SHE IS ALSO A CMUNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR FOR CLICKIN MOMS. LEARN MORE ABOUT CAROLINE Cinemagraphs are a study in curiosity and patience. I am generally a still photographer, but the magic of cinemagraphs caught […]

Cactus CB60S and CB60W Softbox with Grid
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Cactus CB60S and CB60W Softbox with Grid

CB60S and CB60W In a previous article, we looked at hard light and soft light and a few methods of controlling light. Today, I’ll explain one of my new favourite light modifiers and help you move from taking photos to making photographs. We have a companion video for this article, which you can […]

Organizing your image files – Part 2
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Organizing your image files – Part 2

In the last article on this topic I discussed the need to get all of your image files in order and hopefully you have started the process. In this second part of “Organizing your image files”, I would like to talk about improving on this organizing and just as important, […]

How to Photograph Holiday Decorations
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How to Photograph Holiday Decorations

With mixed light sources and reflective, delicate materials, capturing the holidays can be difficult for a photographer – learn how to photograph holiday decorations with this  in-depth guide. Holiday decorations often inspire photographers to record their beauty but… >> Read the article in PDF