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Review: Kelby Training

A couple of weeks ago, I finally subscribed to Kelby Training. I say “finally” because I have been mulling over the purchase of this subscription, and an accompanying subscription to NAPP, for quite some time. Everyone I consulted with about these memberships responded with the same advice: “Do it. You won’t regret it.” So, since […]

Beating the Intimidation Factor

In my recent article, Six Tips for Finding a Photography Mentor, reader Tropicartist56 posted the following comment: My experience has been that having a Mentor without being able to afford “high end” equipment is frustrating… and also being able to tweak your pics in Photoshop. There are no “natural” photos anymore… if it’s not put […]

Six Tips for Finding a Photography Mentor

Photography is fast becoming a learn-it-yourself craft, but sometimes you just can’t glean all you want from YouTube how-to videos, books, magazines, or even websites like this one. Many people learn best by having things personally explained or physically demonstrated to them. Sometimes, you just really need a person to speak to; an expert in […]

Night Photography–Tips, Tricks & Having Fun

By Steve Russell As photographers, we tend to spend a lot of time thinking and talking about light; the golden light of the first hour or two after sunrise and before sunset, placing the lights just right in a studio and adjusting the light intensity until it’s just right, where and how to bounce a […]

Accessories for the New DSLR Owner

A friend of mine recently got an early Christmas present – a Nikon D90. She was in the process of updating her Wish List and pinged me for suggested accessories for a first-time DSLR owner. 1. First thing’s first. I promptly went out and bought her Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, […]

Learn From Your “Bad” Photographs

For every one great photograph that we post on-line, upload to Flickr, share on Facebook, or show our friends and family, there are twenty “bad” photographs hiding on our hard drives that never see the light of day. The reason? They’re overexposed. Or underexposed. Or composed strangely. Or out of focus. Or just… off. Here […]

DSLR, or Point and Shoot?

I’ve received several requests for advice lately, on how to decide whether to purchase a D-SLR or a point-and-shoot camera. Some folks are taking advantage of the seasonal sales to get themselves a new toy; some folks are asking for advice before buying a camera for the photographer in their life. As with most things […]

Build a Home Photo Studio for Under $800

I have plans to turn one of the spare rooms in my home into a photo studio. I abruptly got frustrated with the surfaces and common areas of my home, and the lack of light in those areas. Living in Arizona as we do, we constructed our home to be energy efficient and let in […]

Set Your Goals for 2011

Setting periodic goals for yourself is an excellent way to continue to enhance your photography skills. We are now less than two months away from 2011 (it sneaked up on us so fast!), so now is a great time to start thinking about what you’d like to accomplish in the forthcoming year. Following is a […]

The Beauty of Soft Focus

We talk a lot about how to achieve tack-sharp, perfectly focused photographs. We extol on the virtues of the Unsharp Mask in Photoshop, and enumerate the countless ways to steady our cameras in order to achieve perfectly crisp images. There is great beauty to behold, though, in a softly focused photograph – keeping in mind […]