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Could You Move Your Photo Studio Outside?

The whole point of a studio is being free of the outdoors and having complete control over the shooting environment, so it would seem a bit strange to drag a multi-light setup and backdrop system into the middle of a field, but that is just what this photographer did, and the results are quite intriguing. This great video tutorial will take you behind the scenes and show you how it was done.

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Original author: Alex Cooke

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We Review the Canon EOS R7: How Does It Perform for Casual Photography?

There are two new Canon APS-C mirrorless cameras available. There is the EOS R10, a relatively simple camera, and there is the EOS R7, a camera that promises a lot of things and also delivers a lot. Canon Netherlands gave me this camera for a week when I went on a holiday. These are my findings.

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Original author: Nando Harmsen

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The Easiest Way to Blend Focus and Exposure in a Single Image

Do you want to get pin-sharp photos with amazing dynamic range every time? Then, use this very simple technique.

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Original author: Iain Stanley

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How to Nail the Composition for Different Aspect Ratios

When you are shooting, do you think about what aspect ratio you need your finished shots to be in? Where will the photos go? Will they need to fit multiple aspect ratios for social, web, and other places? Here's a way you can make sure your images are perfect for each final ratio you need.

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Original author: Alex Ventura

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Amazing Desert Photography in Morocco

Photographing sand dunes can be a very productive photographic endeavor if you find a stretch of desert remote enough that not every inch of it is covered in footprints. In this article, I show you my favorite place to photograph dunes, and I give tips on how to get the most out of this sandy subject matter.

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Original author: Michael Breitung

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Incredibly Affordable Lenses for Leica Cameras

If you've ever dreamed of owning a Leica but quickly given up because you thought adding lenses to the bodies would send expenses into outer orbit, this will bring a big smile to your face.

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Original author: Iain Stanley

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How to Use Clamshell Lighting for Portraits

Clamshell lighting is one of the most classic and commonly used setups for portrait photography, and when done right, it can produce eye-catching and flattering results. If you have not used it before, check out this great video tutorial that will show you how to create a proper clamshell setup for portraiture.

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Original author: Alex Cooke

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Why It’s Your Fault That You’re Undervalued and Underpaid

Have you found yourself frustrated by being nickeled and dimed for your work? Does self-doubt about your skill and imagery creep in as a result of the prices you are asked to shoot at? You’re not the only one.

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Original author: Michelle VanTine

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Behind the Scenes: Check Out This Golden and Blue Hour Portrait Shoot

Finding the best light to bathe our subjects can be one of the most challenging parts of planning a photoshoot. We strive for those beautiful golden hour photos and sometimes completely dismiss other parts of the day. Harsh sunlight can be difficult and cloudy can be flat, but what about blue hour?

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Original author: Paul Waring

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A Review of One of History's Most Important DSLRs

The late 1990s and early 2000s were the infancy of professional digital photography, and as such, they brought with them some groundbreaking cameras that laid the foundations for those we know today. One such camera was the Nikon D1, and this neat video review takes a look back at the camera, its performance and features, and what made it such a pivotal body.

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Original author: Alex Cooke

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Clothes for Photoshoots: How to Advise Clients on What to Wear

The post Clothes for Photoshoots: How to Advise Clients on What to Wear appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Lily Sawyer.

Clothing can make or break a photoshoot. No matter your portrait photography skills, if the outfits aren’t right, the images will just feel…off. I know this from experience.

That’s why you must take steps to ensure the clothes your clients wear fit with the photoshoot theme, the environment, the client’s personality, and more.

In this article, I share several key tips for choosing the right clothes for photoshoots. I also offer a handful of ideas and examples; that way, if you’re struggling to pick the perfect clothing, you can always refer back to my list for inspiration.

Note: The client plays the most important role in any photoshoots – so while I offer advice on what to wear, I like to ensure the outfits match their preferences. I always ask my clients to send me some of their outfit ideas before the big day, and I’ll offer comments and suggestions. But I never force them to dress in a way that makes them uncomfortable!

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Tamron Announces First Z-Mount Lens for Nikon, the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3

The post Tamron Announces First Z-Mount Lens for Nikon, the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

August was a big month for Tamron. First, the company unveiled the innovative 20-40mm f/2.8 Di III VXD; then, following a July development announcement, Tamron launched the 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD.

Both of the above models – like most of Tamron’s recent third-party lenses – are designed for Sony E-mount cameras. Yet Tamron had one more surprise in store: a final August announcement that hints at a new direction for the company and should excite Canon and Nikon mirrorless users alike.

Earlier this week, Tamron unveiled a third lens, the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD – for Nikon mirrorless. While Tamron already offers a handful of Nikon F-mount options, the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 is the company’s first Z-mount lens (and indeed, one of the only third-party Z-mount lenses in existence).

The lens itself isn’t wildly innovative, and that’s okay. It’s a new version that offers the popular 70-300mm focal length; according to Tamron, the lens “combines the world’s smallest size and lightest weight together with high image quality.” Given the lens’s unique portability, you should be able to comfortably carry it in a bag or even on your camera for hours – when hiking, walking through the city, or traveling. And the impressive optical quality in addition to “very fast and accurate autofocus” make the 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 suitable for plenty of purposes, including telephoto landscape photography, portraiture, wildlife photography, sports photography, and bird photography.

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9 Tips for Perfect Product Photography Compositions

The post 9 Tips for Perfect Product Photography Compositions appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Ana Mireles.

If you’re struggling with your product photography compositions, you’ve come to the right place! Below, I share tips and guidelines to help you arrange products more effectively.

In product photography, the goal is to make the item desirable. Composition is a great way to direct the attention of the viewer, highlight the main subject, and add context to the image – all of which can contribute to the product’s appeal.

Note that the composition rules and guidelines that I mention in this article apply to any type of product. So regardless of what you’re photographing, you’re bound to find them useful.

Let’s get started!

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Tilt-Shift Lenses: Everything You Need to Know

The post Tilt-Shift Lenses: Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Nisha Ramroop.

In this article, I explore the ins and outs of tilt-shift lenses. I explain:

What tilt-shift lenses are and how they workThe benefits of using tilt-shift optics in your photographyThe difference between the tilt and the shift effectMuch more!

So whether you’re looking to understand the tilt-shift lens basics or you want to level up your own tilt-shift photography, then keep reading!

What is a tilt-shift lens?

A tilt-shift lens is a special optic designed to do two things:

Offer expanded control over depth of fieldPrevent perspective distortion

In particular, tilt-shift glass is frequently handled by landscape and especially architectural shooters, though other photographers (e.g., wedding, portrait, and even macro shooters) do use them to produce interesting creative effects.

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Image File Formats in Photography: The Ultimate Guide

The post Image File Formats in Photography: The Ultimate Guide appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Kav Dadfar.

JPEG, RAW, HEIF, PSD, DNG – photographers deal with an array of image file formats, and it can get very confusing, very fast.

To help you better understand your different photography format options and to ensure that you pick the right file type for each situation, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide. And I promise: By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be able to select the perfect file format with ease.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

What are image file formats?

When you take a photo using a digital camera, your camera records image data, which then needs to be stored on your memory card, your computer, and/or your external hard drives. Each image file format is simply a different way of structuring that image data – so that your images can be easily stored, viewed, transferred, edited, and copied across devices.

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Anthropics PortraitPro 22 Review: Pro-Level Editing at 10x the Speed

The post Anthropics PortraitPro 22 Review: Pro-Level Editing at 10x the Speed appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

Do you ever want to speed up your portrait editing workflow? Do you ever wish you could do comprehensive, professional editing simply by adjusting a few sliders?

Then consider PortraitPro 22, the latest and greatest version of Anthropics’ portrait editing software. It’s designed to offer both professionals and amateurs a way to create refined, subtle edits with only a few minutes of work and minimal effort. 

Thanks to Anthropics’ outstanding AI technology, you can apply a wide variety of edits – including face shaping, hair coloring, and even relighting – by moving a slider. And for those who want to cut down their editing time even further, PortraitPro offers dozens of intelligent presets and easy batch-editing options, so you can (genuinely!) edit hundreds of portraits in a few seconds.

In this PortraitPro 22 review, we offer an in-depth look at the program’s different features, benefits, and pricing options. By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll understand what makes the software so special, and you’ll know whether it’s right for you.

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9 Tips to Improve Your Black and White Landscape Photography

The post 9 Tips to Improve Your Black and White Landscape Photography appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Andrew S. Gibson.

Black and white landscape photography is beautiful, timeless, and – when done well – incredibly moving. But how can you capture stunning B&W landscapes? How can you find the right compositions, choose the right camera settings, and do the right post-processing so that you end up with images that are truly breathtaking?

That’s where we come in.

In this article, we share nine easy-to-follow tips that’ll improve your black and white scenics; we also share plenty of examples so you can understand exactly what goes into a good black and white landscape image.

Specifically, you’ll discover:

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Outdoor Photoshoot Poses: 5 Tips and Techniques

The post Outdoor Photoshoot Poses: 5 Tips and Techniques appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jackie Lamas.

Looking for some outdoor photoshoot posing tips to improve your portraiture? We’ve got you covered.

I’ve been doing outdoor portrait photography for years, and in this article, I offer plenty of tips and tricks to enhance your photoshoots. I explain:

How you can use the surroundings to effectively pose your subjectAn easy way to ensure your subjects never get stiffHow to combine beautiful lighting and powerful poses for stunning resultsMuch more!

I also offer plenty of outdoor posing examples, and I encourage you to use them for inspiration in your own portraits.

Let’s dive right in!

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Sunrise

The post Weekly Photography Challenge – Sunrise appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Sime.

This week your photography challenge is to capture ‘sunrise’ we have had this one before now, but let’s think out of the box, work on our technique, maybe include some reflection, maybe try your hand at post processing and make something wild. BUT, main thing, it needs to be a new photograph, so get your thinking caps on, you’ve got seven days!

Need some tips, check out this article!

Like a SunriseSunrise in the hills

Remember: Only one photo per challenge, The photo must be taken for this challenge (not from the archives)

Have a great week!

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Luminar Neo Will Gain New Noiseless AI Extension on August 30th

The post Luminar Neo Will Gain New Noiseless AI Extension on August 30th appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

Luminar Neo, the latest release in Skylum’s series of AI-driven editing programs, will soon receive a major upgrade: the Noiseless AI extension, designed to remove image noise while retaining crisp, clear detail. 

While Luminar Neo does already offer a noise reduction option, Skylum claims that Noiseless AI is a “higher-quality” tool that ensures you “no longer have to compromise on ISO when capturing photos.” The company explains: “Based on deep photo analysis, Noiseless AI determines an image’s noise level and suggests one of three noise reduction presets…[O]ne click gets rid of noise throughout the photo.” 

Most photographers occasionally struggle with noisy high-ISO images, and in recent years, various software companies have released tools promising an effective solution, such as DeNoise AI (from Topaz Labs) and NoNoise AI (from ON1). It remains to be seen how Skylum’s Noiseless AI program will perform, but Luminar Neo’s inbuilt noise reduction tool is already highly regarded. I’m hopeful that Skylum can build upon its initial success.

Noiseless AI is part of Skylum’s newest software initiative. Instead of producing brand-new Luminar programs, Skylum is releasing a series of extensions that offer expanded image editing functionality to Luminar Neo users. At present, one extension – called “HDR Merge” – is available, and Skylum has already named several upcoming additions:  

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