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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Understanding light

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Before embarking on the more creative side of photography, it’s important to grasp the basics. Even before you wrap your head around how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO need to come together correctly in order to make a good exposure,…

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How to nail environmental portraits

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Environmental portraits are a stock in trade of editorial photographers, and photojournalists, who need to show people in specific locations, circumstances, or at a specific time. Environmental, contextual, or in- situation portraits are a very different proposition to those out-of-situation…

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Choosing a studio

Finding the right studio

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Studios come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with varying amounts of equipment. The size and level of equipment combined with location and additional services, such as internet, bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and so on, will determine the studio’s rental…

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In praise of shadows

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The title In Praise of Shadows is stolen from an influential essay by Junichiro Tanizaki, written in the 1930s. In it he railed against the new tendency to install tungsten lighting in traditionally dark Japanese interiors, but the point is…

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Lightroom on your iPad

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There are three components to Lightroom on your iPad: Lightroom (i.e., your desktop app, directly connected to all your high-res images), Lightroom Mobile (the app on your iPad), and Creative Cloud (Adobe’s cloud service, which has a number of other…

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