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New Year’s Resolutions for Photographers

New Year’s Resolutions for Photographers

A new year and the chance for a new start.  What will you focus on this year?  Perhaps you will resolve to spend more time shooting? Perhaps you’ll venture into a new (to you) genre.  Perhaps you will finally take a deep dive into your camera manual and fully master...

Never Center Your Subject ?

Never Center Your Subject ?

The art of composition is full of rules; one of them being, “Don’t ‘bullseye’ your subject in the center of the frame”.  Overly centered compositions are generally considered static and boring — the “Rule of Thirds” which we all learn early on, is a way to break the...

Ready to take your creativity in an exciting direction?

Ready to take your creativity in an exciting direction?

In Brit Hammer's course Beautiful Black & White you'll explore how to create a mood and to convey a wide range of emotions. Black & white is more than the absence of color What makes for a beautiful image is making use of interesting light or showing off tonal...

How to create strong compositions

How to create strong compositions

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. In photography we strive to declutter our images. Anything that distracts from the intended subject must be pushed out of frame. This is how we arrive at strong compositions. In Finding Beauty we look at what to leave out of your frame...

Major Update to Lightroom Classic

Major Update to Lightroom Classic

On April 18th, Adobe released a game-changing update to Lightroom and Camera Raw.  While there are some improvements in masking that will be of interest to portrait photographers, and we finally have the Tone Curve in local adjustments, the big news is in the Detail...

Embrace Contrast

Embrace Contrast

(Adapted from my eBook, “Twelve Ways to Improve Your Photography”. Available free, here.) When most photographers think of “contrast”, they think of differences between light and dark.  But there are many more forms of contrast than just “tonal contrast”. There are...

Mastering the Art of “Less is More”

Mastering the Art of “Less is More”

Creative Use of Negative Space for Impactful Photo The area of a photograph that is not taken up by the subject(s) is known as negative space. It can also be called "empty space" or "white space," and it has a big influence on the balance of the image. Negative space...

Create Depth

Create Depth

Create Depth - For More Engaging Images Photography is a two-dimensional medium desperately trying to represent a three-dimensional world.  Without some help from us, it often fails. We view the world with two eyes rather than one, so a sense of three dimensional...

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