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    For Black Friday, you can save 15% off refurbished lenses at the Canon Store. The sale runs until 11:59PM on November 26, 2017. Canon Lenses: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L 2039 Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II $999 Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS $747 Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L $534 Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II $1053 Canon EF Read more...

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    When you see portraits like the one above, it's hard not to be impressed.

    Well, that's because it was taken by a professional with tons of skills and knowledge. The professional model helps, too.

    But what if you're an amateur photographer with non-model friends as your subjects. How do you make awesome portraits then?

    Well, it still takes a good amount of skill, knowledge, and effort.

    But you certainly don't need a supermodel posing for the camera to get an awesome shot.

    In the video above, Mango Street offers up a few simple tips for posing your friends for portraits.

    Below, I outline each tip for easy reference.

    Let's get started!

    Use Straight Lines and S-Curves

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    A simple strategy for evoking a certain feeling in your portraits is to utilize different kinds of lines.

    Straight lines tend to be harsher, with a more masculine feel.

    S-Curves, meanwhile, tend to be softer and more feminine.

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    Using the same model but with different types of lines, you can see how they impact the look and feel of the image.

    On the left, the straight lines create a look that's a little more angular, if not jagged. Note how the presentation of the elbows and the arms bent upward create a nice frame for the subject's face. Combined with the straight-on view of the subject, it makes for a very strong portrait.

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    On the right, you can see how incorporating curved lines helps to soften the portrait.

    In this case, the bends of her arms and the twisting of her torso make the subject appear to be much more free and unencumbered.

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    Direct Instead of Pose

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    The reason why amateur portraits often look so stiff and posed is because the photographer spends the entire time physically posing their subject.

    A better way to do things is to take a hands-off approach, and simply offer suggestions to the subject for how they should be structured for the shot.

    This might involve telling the subject to stand or sit or how to place their arms or hands. But beyond that, try to refrain from giving strict instructions.

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    In fact, you might get the best look if you give your subject a character to play or an emotion to portray...

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    You can also crack a joke, tell a story or ask the subject about a memory to help them get into character.

    As you can see in the images above, taking this approach results in more genuine, candid images that have a vibrancy and an emotion to them.

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    Capture Motion

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    Another excellent way to capture more authentic images is to put your subject in motion.

    Not only does their movement force them to think less about being in front of the camera, but it also helps loosen up their body and take on a more natural form.

    Add to that the fact that things like their hair, limbs, and clothing are in movement, and you have a recipe for a more engaging picture.

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    And this doesn't have to be massive movements that cause motion blur in the shot, either.

    As you can see above, simply having the model flip her hair adds a dynamic to the image that would be impossible to get in a traditional posed portrait.

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    You can have the subject walk, jump, swing their arms or any number of other actions to create something similar.

    Just use a fast shutter speed and click away so you can get a series of images as the subject is moving around.

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    Final Thoughts

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    Whether you're just starting out with your first camera or you're a seasoned pro just looking for a little inspiration for your portraits, these tips will help you create something that's much more eye-catching and unique.

    They're simple portrait photography tips, but certainly effective.

    No one ever said that photography is easy, but that doesn't mean you have to implement complex strategies to improve your photos, either!

    Give these tricks a try and see how they improve the quality of your portraits.


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    When it comes to portraits, it can be hard to source unique ideas that help make the photos you take stand out.

    That's where this article comes in...

    Whether it's the use of props or colors, lines or framing, these simple, yet effective portrait photography tips will make your subjects shine in a unique way.

    And though the example images I use are of girls, these ideas can be used for any portrait.

    With that, let's get started!

    Use Props, But Carefully


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    When some portrait photographers hear the word "props," they shutter.

    That's because props can very quickly get out of control, and before you know it, you've got a portrait on your hands that's less about the person and more about the crazy prop they're holding.

    If you want to create a photo with a more interesting dynamic, use props in a way that helps support your visual story.

    In the image above, for example, the sunflower that the little girl is holding is the ideal prop.

    Not only does it help tie her in with her surroundings, but it gives her something to do with her hands - a strategy that will help your subject relax for a more natural-looking photo.

    What's more, the sunflower in her hands helps tell a story about this little girl. Instead of looking like she was placed in a field of sunflowers to get her picture taken, it seems more like the photographer happened to find this girl as she was looking for sunflowers on her own.

    It's a subtle tool to use, but it can certainly be effective!

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    Use Color to Draw Attention to Your Subject

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    If you aren't too keen on trying props to help define your subject and tell a more interesting visual story, then you might try adding a pop of color to the image.

    Our eyes love color and contrast, and by placing your subject in a bright or saturated color, you'll immediately draw the attention of the viewer's eye.

    In the image above, the bright pink of the girl's gown offers a beautiful contrast to the deep greens of the forest background.

    Not only is that color contrast a pleasing combination, but the brightness of the pink also helps offset the darkness of the background.

    Additionally, the fact that the dress is flowing and in motion helps make the little girl an even stronger subject in this portrait.

    That brings me to a bonus tip: if you want to elevate the impact of your images, consider doing it with the wardrobe choice. In this case, the girl's gown from Sew Trendy adds a touch of elegance and femininity to the shot that help take the portrait to another level.

    Use Leading Lines


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    Leading lines are usually associated with landscape photography, but they can certainly help you create better portraits as well.

    Looking at the example above, you can see the various lines at work.

    The pathway on which the girl is walking helps move our eyes from the foreground, to the girl, and beyond, creating a line for our eyes to inspect the photo from front to back.

    Helping in that regard is the path to the right of the girl as well as the horizontal line created by the top of the archways in the background.

    Speaking of those archways, the vertical columns help give the shot additional depth and dimension, which makes for a much more immersive viewing experience.

    But notice how none of those lines compete with the little girl for attention. Rather, they're supporting elements that make this portrait more successful.

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    Focus on Framing

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    There are a couple of different ways that you can use framing to create improved portraits.

    First, if you're shooting in a location that doesn't have a great background, frame up a close-up shot of your subject and turn the background into bokeh.

    As you can see in the image above, the tight frame on the little girl not only de-emphasizes the rather blase background, but it also helps draw more attention to the girl's face and eyes.

    What's more, the close framing allows us to see the small details in the girl's dress and floral crown, which help balance out the lack of detail in the blurry background.

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    Another way you can use framing is to find elements that help contain the viewer's eye in a wider portrait like the one shown above.

    Here, the railing behind the girl helps prevent our eyes from wandering all over the shot.

    What's more, the tree branches in the foreground help frame out the right side of the image, again, helping to direct our attention to the girl.

    Again, this and the other tricks I've outlined above are simple, yet as you can see, they have tremendous impact on the quality of the photos.

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    Episode 231 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 –  Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS! Featured: DP, photographer, timelapse cinematographer and editor, Drew Geraci In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us. Show […]

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    “Did it make you feel like a Spy”? was Hamish’s response to my question regarding whether or not he was interested in a piece about the Minox B. Well, it does. But the fact of the matter is, in most cases, you can point the thing right at people and they do not even realize it is a camera….even when they see it: “What is that thing?”. But the “miniature” does not stop at the camera itself. It goes on to include the film (three rolls of 36 exposure Minox film can be sliced and hand-rolled from one 36 exposure roll of 35mm film,) and the processing ( only 56 ML of of developer solution needed to fill the tiny Minox daylight developing tank.) So it not only makes you feel like a spy, it also makes you feel like you are Gulliver. The vital statistics: shutter speeds ranging from 1/2 to 1/1000 (B &T included. zone focus 8” to infinity 3.5 constant aperture 15mm Complan lens. When new…. and the newest example is now 46 years old, the cameras included a very accurate, coupled, match-needle, selenium cell light meter that could be set from ASA 25 to 400. Miraculously, […]

    The post 5 Frames with… #46: Minox B Subminiature Camera – By Wayne Pinney appeared first on 35mmc.


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    Cities are incredible places to photograph. Even the dullest of cities will be chock full of life and locations. If we combine a bustling city with one of the best times to shoot, the blue hour, we arrive at a photographic utopia. In that short window of time, cities become a riot of contrast and […]

    The post Why You Should Be Photographing Your City At Blue Hour appeared first on Light Stalking.


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    Save Up to $500 on Sony cameras, lenses & more! Save up to $500 with Sony Black Friday Deals on Sony a7 Series, a6500, a6300 and a6000 cameras, lenses & accessories thru December 2, 2017! Save up to $897 on Zeiss lenses! Save up to $897 on Zeiss Batis & Loxia lenses and more… Save […]

    The post Black Friday Deals 2017: Sony & More… appeared first on Portrait Photographers Miami l Celebrity Portrait Photography Florida.


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    Amsterdam photographer Caspar Claasen, like all parents, dreads the day his child will have to live without him. Four years ago, when his daughter Lora was four years old, the fear took over, causing acute bouts of panic. Intrusive thoughts and anxiety-inducing images flooded his brain. He worried about car accidents and ill-fated falls. Throughout […]

    The post A Photographer’s Strange and Beautiful Ode to His Daughter appeared first on Feature Shoot.


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    This Is Why

    This is Why All Clowns Are Not Funny-In Fact They Are Downright Scary

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  • 11/23/17--07:50: Black Friday 2017
  • Black Friday Camera Deals Attention shutterbugs, friends of shutterbugs, and loved ones of shutterbugs! Black Friday 2017 is here. If you’re looking for a new camera for yourself, a friend, or loved one, we put together a list of Black Friday deals through Amazon worthy of consideration. There are camera deals for nearly all skill […]

    The post Black Friday 2017 appeared first on Online Photography Courses.


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    THIS CLOWN IS AWESOME

    Puddles The Clown Is One Clown That Will Totally Amaze You

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    A notice in the Tampa Bay Times for Peter Bates' exhibit Florida Bodegas and the Immigrant Experience, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History till 1/14/2018.

    The post Florida Bodegas Notice in Tampa Bay Times appeared first on The Bodega Project.


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  • 11/23/17--07:59: Happy Thanksgiving
  • ...Well, I guess I should have mentioned that I'll be "off" (mostly) today and tomorrow, and then the weekend. I'll post the "Baker's Dozen: Leica Lenses" on Monday. And of course today it's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so I want...

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    Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera body.


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  • X Międzynarodowy Nadbużański Plener Artystyczny zakończony – czas na wystawę poplenerową. Już w sobotę w Fabryczce kilkadziesiat prac artystów z Polski, Ukrainy, Białorusi i Łotwy, ale ja jak zwykle wolałem poprzeszkadzać w przygotowaniach…Kategoria: fotografia, hobby, Wołomin, wydarzenia, wystawy Tagged: Fabryczka,... Continue Reading →

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    Here comes Thanksgiving, where we thank our significant other for allowing us to spend so much money on Black Friday. Well, we can always justify any purchase by saying that buying on Black Friday is actually not spending money, it’s saving it. This is why we got a list of the best deals on the […]

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  • 11/23/17--08:55: File format choices
  • What are the best file types for shooting and archiving?

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    IEEE Broadcast Symposium publishes NHK Hiroshi Shimamoto video presentation "Development of 8K UHDTV Cameras and Image Sensors:"


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    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - 
    Expanding My Winter Consciousness
    by Robert Glenn Ketchum

    In the early '70’s, I was doing a lot of winter adventuring with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, and a client invited me to take pictures at Big Mountain, a ski resort in Montana. Glacier National Park was not far away, so I thought that might be an interesting place to explore in the winter, as well. These two locations added important work to my exhibits and portfolios, and definitely expanded/sobered my winter consciousness.




    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #17:
    Big Mountain, #17: My ski patrol guides and I arrive at the point on the ridge from which we plan to descend into a back bowl of Big Mountain, known locally as The Fantasy Forest. Weather has been rolling up and over us, rising from the Flathead Valley below, and as it is VERY moisture laden, it regularly showers us with snowflakes and ice crystals. Those same humid clouds crest the ridge we are on and tumble out, over the basin below into which we are going to ski. My guides tell me to stay close as they expect things to change A LOT when we descend into the cloud cover over the bowl - the snow gets REALLY deep, and the light is VERY flat. I can tell they were hoping for some sunlight, such as we saw skiing along the ridge, and so was I, but apparently, most of the time The Fantasy Forest is engulfed in fog and clouds, and my guides are actually glad because they want me to understand how easy it is to get lost, if I plan to come back alone. When we drop off the ridge, the two of them carve beautiful telemark turns between the trees. Before I follow, I take one last glance at the top of the ridge bathed in sunlight. It will be awhile before I see it again.
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    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #16:
    Big Mountain, #16: Just before we arrive at our point of descent into the back bowl that is the heart of The Fantasy Forest, the ridge we are traversing puts on a little light show thanks to a small clearing of the ever-foggier, and cloudier sky. This part of the ridge is also VERY windswept and the snow is crusty. When I comment on it, my guides explain that where we stand is the “generator” for the forest into which we are about to ski. Winds coming across the huge expanse of the Flathead Valley and Flathead Lake pick up moisture from open water. They also draw more moisture from Whitefish Lake, directly at the foot of Big Mountain, then they begin to rise, upslope on the mountain. That turbulent moist air rising rapidly off of the lakes, condenses and becomes a damp, windy fog that rolls over the ridge and down into the freezing conditions of the basin below, crystallizing on anything it touches, especially the trees. It also leaves HUGE prismatic ice-flakes that accumulate like powder, and then sparkle rainbow colors when the sun is out and you ski through them.
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    Thursday, November 9, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #15:
    Big Mountain, #15: The weather does appear to be getting worse, however, and I do not want to loose my chance to photograph my ski patrol guides telemarking deep powder through The Fantasy Forest of Big Mountain, so I agree to keep moving. They suggest, once they have shown me where to go and how to get back to the resort base, I can return here without them, and take all the time I want. What is clear as we ski on, is that the ridge is tricky navigation and the increasing size and closeness of the snow-encased trees needs to be respected. Our path is circuitous because of them, and my companions warn me NOT to “disturb” the trees by striking them with my poles, or worse, falling into one, while skiing. Were one of these trees to “shed” its snow weight because it is disturbed, a person underneath could be crushed and buried. I find that advice especially unsettling as the forest around us is increasingly comprised of bigger trees with massively greater amounts of ice/snow encrusting them. In many places, trees merge in sculptural groups, but the edgiest to me are those trees whose tops have merged, well above us, and we are skiing between the two.
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    Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #14:
    Big Mountain, #14: The two ski patrol members that acting as my guides, tell me that we are going to ski out along a ridge affording some great views, and then we will drop off the backside of the ski area and go down into a bowl that is closed and designated “out-of-bounds.” This is the heart of what locals call The Fantasy Forest. First things, first, however. I am asked to add an avalanche beacon, a trailing avalanche cord, and a small shovel to my backpack before we start. Also, because the weather changes rapidly along the ridge, my guides suggest if I have amber lenses for my goggles, I should put them in. The day began relatively clear, but now, from the top of the Big Mountain ski area, various forms of weather from above, and vaporous clouds from below sweep, over us constantly. By the time we stride past the lift, and duck under the control rope to begin our journey along the ridge, there are clouds and/or fogs that blow through, but then dissipate a bit, opening to blue sky holes that allow dazzling spotlights of sun. It is ALL very distracting for me, and I am moving more slowly than my ski patrol guides would like. After all, they want to ski and have their pictures taken, and I am spending too much time photographing the landscape.
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    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #13:
    Big Mountain, #13: When I get off the chairlift at the top of Big Mountain, the decently sunny weather affords me a spectacular view. I can see out across the Flathead Valley, I can see the Bitterroot Mountains, and in the distance is Glacier National Park. Immediately surrounding me, things are very different. The buildings and facilities are buried by deep snow, and the trees are completely encased by vapor crystals and wet snowfall. This is going to be an interesting ski,..and now to find my guides. With my skis on, I stride toward the small cluster of summit huts, and as I approach the ski patrol shack, two guys step out of the door and ask if I am Robert Ketchum. They are as excited as I am about going into The Fantasy Forest today, because we have had a lot of snow, now we have good weather, AND guiding me is like having the day off. They get to ski for fun while I take pictures. Best of all, of the stories I have done for POWDER magazine, there are many “skiing” shots of us in the backcountry, but NONE of my colleagues really telemark skies downhill well, so those pictures are absent. Turns out, these two guys can REALLY ski telemark well, so I finally have actual downhill skiing in some of my shots, even if it does look very different from traditional downhill style. In fact, these guys do a tandem telemark run for me. Know what that is?
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #12:
    Big Mountain, #12: Besides the ie crystals from the humid lake environment that, literally, engulf the trees. When it does snow, the “banana belt” effect usually makes it a heavy, wet snow, rather than a dry powder. That wet snow also accumulates on the crystallized trees, adding to their volume, and smothering all exposed surfaces of branch and trunk. Until you see this, it is hard to imagine, so I arrange to have a guided ski tour by Big Mountain ski patrol to introduce me to The Fantasy Forest and these strange snow conditions. I also inform Big Mountain that I am skiing with heel-free telemark bindings, and and they respond that in “the forest” they would actually prefer that, if I hope to get around. Interestingly, my guides are both experienced telemark skiers who will also be heel-free skiing. I am to meet them at the summit, early in the morning, and as I start the day it is clear and cold with a lot of sun. The road to the resort is VERY icy because of all the moisture in the air, and then on the lift, on my way to the summit, I begin to see what the crystallized vapor and wet snowfalls do to the trees. I am not even close to the top yet, and every 100-yards or so upslope, it just gets stranger and stranger. You can see there are a lot of happy skiers out, however.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #11:
    Big Mountain, #11: Winter has come to Big Mountain, the Flathead Valley, and Glacier National Park, and I am about to learn that the snow here is VERY different from the snow I am more familiar with in Idaho. Big Mountain sits at the edge of Whitefish Lake, one of numerous large lakes in the Flathead Valley, including Flathead Lake, the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi. Previously, I have also explained that the area is considered a “banana belt” with warmer winter temperatures than the surrounding areas, created, in part, by these large bodies of water that may not entirely freeze over. The presence of the lakes puts a lot of moisture into the air, and is the reason I experienced dense morning fogs on my first visit to the area during fall. Now the cold of winter has come, that vapor rises from the lakes and freezes into crystals. Some float in the air, some are created on contact with a frigid surfaces. When the fog and clouds sit on the summit of Big Mountain, those crystals form on branches of the trees. It is NOT snowing, but the crystals form around every branch and twig, covering all sides and surfaces. One layer gathers more crystals, forming layers on top of layers, eventually engulfing the entire tree.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #10:
    Big Mountain, #10: Indulge me a moment now, as I would like to describe a bit about winter “conditions,” so that you can fully appreciate what it is that I am about to learn through the experience of my first winter visit. In the last post I said that the Flathead Valley and surrounding ranges are considered to have created a “banana belt” of warmer winter air around them, at least warmer than would be found elsewhere in the state. Very likely that warmth is abetted by Whitefish Lake at the foot of Big Mountain, and the massive scale of nearby Flathead Lake, as they put a lot of moisture into the air. That moisture created the fogs that I saw in the early mornings of the fall on my previous visit. On the ground, the result is this: at lake level, as you see here, there is little snow, but plenty of open water. As you rise up the flanks of Big Mountain, expectedly snow depth increases, but look carefully at the upper-third of this image - the distinct dark line of the forest, is smothered by an entirely white crown, where not even the trees are defined. What I will soon learn is, that although the snow up there IS really deep, the trees have NOT been buried. They have been encased!
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #9:
    Big Mountain, #9: My side journey from the work I was doing at Big Mountain into Glacier National Park clarified for me that I wanted to ski back into the park during the winter when the roads were closed, so I returned to Big Mountain to continue my shoot. I see early snow in Glacier, and on the very summit of Big Mountain, but it is still fall. Several months later when I return again, it is a very different story. Although the Flathead Valley is said to be in a “banana belt,” suggesting even this far north, it is blessed with a “warmer” winter, nonetheless, winter surely comes. When I arrive, most of the lakes and streams are frozen over, or decorated with ice, which makes for great pictures but terrible roads upon which to drive. The twisting, ascending road up Big Mountain is very tricky to negotiate, and it seems to snow at the summit nearly every night. There is a lot of local skiing traffic, and besides wandering in the woods to take pictures for my client, I arrange to ski Big Mountain as part of a story I propose to POWDER magazine about an area of the Big Mountain backcountry, called The Fantasy Forest.
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    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #8:
    Big Mountain, #8: My drive finally reaches the end of the narrowing glacial valley I am in. The road does a dramatic hairpin turn, and then starts to rise across the face of some considerable summits. This is the “going-to-the-sun” part of the Going-to-the-Sun Road I am on, and it is quite impressive. This relatively narrow highway has been cut into the side of these mountains, and in some places actually passes through tunnels. It rises steeply above me on one side, and plunges off sheerly on the other side, back into the canyon where my drive began. The actual road gradient rises gradually in a long straight line to Logan Pass at 6,646ft. As if the drive were not remarkable enough, once “on top” of the pass, a whole new world opens up as you can see from this image. I am now looking at big mountains and lakes, rising FROM THE PASS. Were I not to know the canyon I drove through and Lake McDonald are below me somewhere, I would think this is Glacier National Park, but in fact, it is JUST the upper elevations, and it is clear to me that snowfall up here in the winter is substantial, completely burying this landscape. I feel that if I can ski to this point, there would be a huge amount of spectacular terrain to explore, and dangerous avalanche slopes could easily be avoided, BUT to get here, I would have to follow the Going-to-the-Sun Road across The Garden Wall and I wondered if you could even find that road in the winter. Certainly crossing The Garden Wall would be scary, to say the least, but I was clear that I wanted to come back and see what was possible.
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    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #7:
    Big Mountain, #7: The Going-to-the-Sun Road winds on for longer than I expect, and the vertical walls around me seem encroaching. I am driving in a DEEP glacially-carved valley, and the walls rise more abruptly than any other mountains I have ever explored. It is intimidating. Not the least of which, every once in awhile, a steep, treeless chute comes all the way into the trees, just beyond the edge of the road. These are avalanche corridors, swept clean of growth by slides that descend from 6,000ft directly above. THIS does give me some pause about a winter approach, but still the road seems broad and safe, and none of these chutes appears to cross it, so I remain hopeful. Finally the road switches back and begins to rise across the face of The Continental Divide headed toward Logan Pass. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is an amazing feat of engineering. A narrow, ascending cut across the face of big walls, and often requiring tunnels, the road rise sheerly up on one side, above me, and drops off frighteningly on the other side, plunging down to the valley I just drove through. Here, on this part of the road, the avalanche chutes DO appear to cross, so if I actually get this far, being here is going to take perfect conditions or I will be greatly at risk.
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    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #6:
    Big Mountain, #6: Back in my van, I am breathless, having just had a conversation with Claude Monet on the shoreline of Lake McDonald. The fog has lifted and the lake and surrounding peaks are “out.” It is a beautiful day that seems to have started off VERY well, and I am on the Going-to-theSun Road, so I guess I am going to the sun. The road parallels the lakeshore for some miles as the peaks draw increasingly closer and rise ever more steeply. Then, it turns into the heart of the range and follows McDonald Creek back into the glacial valley that will ultimately bring me to the foot of the Continental Divide. There are numerous trails, campgrounds, and vistas along the route, but at one point on the road, you come out of the trees and THIS becomes the view. I am looking at the The Divide reflected in the creek, and that “slice” crossing the foreground peak is the Going-to-the-Sun Road that I am upon, rising to cross through Logan Pass and into the Canadian side of this park. In my mind, this is a big road when there are no cars upon it, AND it is closed in the winter, so it will make a PERFECT access point to the entire park, and maybe I might even be lucky enough to ski up the highway to the pass (about 6,700ft.)!
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #5:
    Big Mountain, #5: Back in my van, I know the road leads to Lake McDonald, which is extremely large, but when I arrive at the shoreline, it is so foggy I can see nothing at all. Out there, somewhere, is a dramatic, peaks-reflected-in-lake panorama, that is considered by most to be the “grand” entrance to Glacier National Park. Not this morning. Then, as happened before back in the forest, the fog lifts a bit and I can see the rocky shoreline come increasingly into view in either direction. Everything seems to be happening quickly, so I bolt back to the van to grab my 4x5 camera and film. I am unsure from which direction something might appear, but as I set up my tripod, the trees directly behind me light up and the thinning fog above me has a golden-green cast to it. Within seconds, the shoreline to my left does the same thing. I shoot one frame of film, and before I can load another, the fog lifts off, the aura of color disappears, and the sky and lake emerge. The print of this image, entitled, “Homage to Monet," is one of the most significant of my early career. It was premiered as a 30”x 40” dye-transfer at my MFA graduation exhibition at CalArts, and was one of my first images to sell out of its edition. In 1974, a color print this size was also seen as “unusual,” which seems pretty funny now. This image appealed to the embroiderers I have worked with in China since the early 80’s as well, and they translated it into a stunning embroidery, posts #177-181.
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    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #4:
    Big Mountain, #4: It rains all night before the morning I plan to drive into Glacier National Park, but it stops at dawn, and the lack of the rain sound wakes me. The weather is clearing, although it is very foggy at ground level in the valley. Nonetheless, I decide to go. The drive to Glacier is uneventful, but just after I enter the park and start along the road that leads to Lake McDonald, the fog begins to thin and some sunlight filters in through the trees. The park at this point is mostly an evergreen forest with a road through it, but the sporadic larch trees provide unexpected splashes of color, and I have no idea what lies ahead so I stop often to shoot and to try and take in this NATIONAL park that is new to me. (I have never been to a BAD national park.) It is often said that “timing is everything,” and so it is this morning. At the moment I am having a pretty good time (above). What I don’t know is what awaits in the next few moments. For that to happen, I get back in my van and drive to the grand shoreline view of the park across the sizable, Lake McDonald.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #3:
    Big Mountain, #3: Besides a glowing fall, Big Mountain, Whitefish Lake, and the Flathead Valley have water, water EVERYWHERE! Streams, lakes, big rivers, AND it comes out of the sky quite a lot, as well. The work I am doing for realtor/developer, Tom Curran, is going well and the terrain is navigable enough to allow me to drag my 4x5 view camera most places. The few times I actually shoot with my 35mm cameras on Big Mountain property, are when I need longer, telephoto views. I stay for two weeks to watch the end of the fall season and the first snows that signal the beginning of winter. I feel I am having a great shoot with most of what will appeal to Tom accomplished with the big camera. As my visit nears an end, I have one more objective while I am in the valley, and that is to visit Glacier National Park. Glacier is part of the Continental Divide and is also on the border with Canada. There is actually a Canadian “side” to the park that you reach by driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road through the center of the park. I want to do this before it closes for winter, so I can get some sense of the park because, besides returning in the winter to continue my work on the Big Mountain ski area, I am hoping I might discover some opportunities for good stories to contribute to the formative POWDER magazine with whom I have just started working. In the winter, the backside of Big Mountain turns into something called the “Fantasy Forest,” and a ski trip into Glacier might also be possible, so that is what I want scout.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #2:
    Big Mountain, #2:  The fall on Big Mountain, and indeed, across the Flathead Valley, is spectacular. I drive my new, tricked-out, photo-van with platform on the roof, up from Sun Valley, fully loaded with film and cameras - two Nikon F’s, and 4x5 Super Cambo. ALL of the 4x5 film that I shoot at this time is Ektachrome, and ALL of those images have faded, so I have none to show you. Those now lost film images were most of what went into print and up onto the walls of the real estate offices and staged townhouses that clients were walked through, but I do have a few 35mm shots to give you some sense of the season. As you saw in the opening post, the fall is unexpectedly colorful with the addition of the larches to the already vibrant forest, and it rains a lot, which are conditions in which I like to work because the moisture saturates the colors, such as you see here. Big Mountain is just that,..BIG! Not just tall, but broad around like Snowmass in Aspen. The ski area is quite a distance up a winding road, near the top of the mountain. Along the way private home lots, and condo groups are being proposed for development. The principle houses of the “community” are more in the “middle” of the mountain as there is less snow to contend with. As usual in my discovery process, I spend a good deal of time driving and hiking around.
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    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #1:
    Big Mountain, #1:  In the early '70’s, I am busy with MFA graduate work at CalArts, and I am commuting to Sun Valley, Idaho, where I am teaching seasonal photography workshops for the formative Sun Valley Creative Arts Center. I am also making pictures of the area during adventures with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing & Frisbee Club. My pictures are regularly published in Sun Valley Magazine, and several locations exhibit my prints which attracts many local buyers. One, in particular, Tom Curran, is a principle of Sun Valley Realty, and he decorates his offices with my work. My increasing visibility generates a synchronous moment when David Moe approaches me in the Pioneer Saloon to ask if I would like to shoot for a new magazine that he and his brother Jake are starting called, POWDER. I tell David I do NOT want to shoot traditional downhill ski stories, but would rather trek to unexpected places and ski backcountry, to which he agrees. Then, nearly simultaneously, Tom Curran offers me a commission to take pictures of Big Mountain, Montana, a low-profile ski area above Whitefish Lake in the Flathead Valley, adjacent Glacier National Park, that he is helping to further develop. Thus the opportunity to photograph a new environment draws me north in a late fall to “scout” the territory, and to make pictures with my 4x5 camera. It is not likely I will be bringing it when I return for the “winter” shoot, as I expect much of that to be on skis. If you have never seen “pine” trees that turn yellow in the fall, these are larches. They do, and they are quite common to the valley and surrounding ranges. I hope you will follow and enjoy this new blog. WINTER IS COMING!
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    Happy Thanksgiving! We’re grateful for all of you this Thanksgiving Day, and to show our appreciation we’re giving you some tips on which cameras you should be buying this holiday season! We’ve also got some great Black Friday deals at the bottom of the lesson, so check it all out! Buying the Right Camera I […]

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    If you've been manually editing colored borders to your photos before uploading them to Instagram (or anywhere else), here's something up your alley. VSCO has just introduced their new Borders tool, which you can exclusively access if you've signed up for VSCO X membership.

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  • 11/23/17--09:06: I’m thankful for you
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! In celebration of Thanksgiving, I’m offering a 35% discount from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. An entire photography store of Lightroom presets, online courses and eBooks. Save 35% from Black Friday – Cyber Monday using the coupon code BF17 at checkout. Valid 11/23/17 – 11/27/17 Subscribe

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    Sony sparked a great deal of excitement when it announced its blazing fast full-frame a9 camera in April, but somehow it managed to make an even bigger splash with its a7R III unveiling in October. In addition to fantastic reviews coming out about it, the a7R III just got another solid vote of approval: TIME […]

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    The International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 has pulled off an extensive test on how an airbag could act as a potential hazard to cast and crew in a driving car while shooting a scene.
    credit: ICG Local 600 (video screengrab)
    As a working camera operator this scenario is probably a familiar one: The task at hand is to shoot a short scene inside a driving car. Just some nice over-the-shoulder shots, a POV of the road ahead and maybe a little extra closeups of the protagonist. I personally have done exactly that just weeks ago.
    How an Airbag Potentially Gets Dangerous
    Truth is, while trying to get the shot you’ll likely squeeze yourself into the seat in a very awkward way. Not the way the automotive engineers had in mind when they designed the airbag which should save you from harm in the case of an accident. But sitting in the correct position with the belt fastened is key in order to take full advantage of the airbag(s) when you need them.
    Watch the video below to see what could happen to you, your gear and other people in the car.

    The problem here is the recklessness of the people involved. Nobody thinks of an accident when entering a car. But if desaster strikes, you don’t want to sit backwards with your neck towards the deploying airbag and with a 25 lbs camera on your shoulder. But still, as mentioned above, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Because it’s just a few shots, only 10 minutes… Another aspect might be the fact that everybody in that car is focused on the scene, not necessarily on driving, so accidents could be even more likely.
    credit: ICG Local 600 (video screengrab)
    Some facts about airbags:

    Airbags can deploy at speeds comparable to 200 MPH within 1/20th of a second, leaving no time to react.
    While a crash is the most obvious concern in a free driving situation, airbag deployment is the greatest specific danger that we must consider.
    Most vehicles now have weight sensors in the seats that help determine how much force an airbag should use to deploy. Sitting with a camera on a shoulder will therefore result in a higher weight reading and cause the airbag to deploy with even greater force than necessary.
    Anything that is not secured in a vehicle, including a handheld camera, will act as a projectile when propelled by an exploding airbag. Imagine that square metal box (camera) hits your head at 200 MPH. It can’t be nice.

    The whole list can be reviewed over at ICG Local 600 website.
    How to Deal With it
    I think this is a common issue in our industry: Nobody on set wants to be the party pooper. In fact it’s usually quite the opposite: everybody goes past the limit in order to achieve the shots, because the art is everything. Since most of us are freelancing, we need to stay on the radar of potential clients and achieve the best. Risks are accepted in order to reach that goal. That little airbag won’t get between me and the perfect shot! Right?
    credit: ICG Local 600 (video screengrab)
    Time to pause and think: What choices do we have? Refuse any handheld camera work in a car from now on (that’s what the ICG Local 600 recommends)? Ignore the issue and keep shooting reverse-style without fastening the seatbelt? Sensitize your director and crew to the dangers of such a work environment and try to get creative about your options to keep safe and get the job done successfully. After all, finding creative solutions is what filmmakers’ are good at, aren’t they?
    What is your approach to tackle this problem? Feel free to share your experience and ideas in the comments below!
    The ICG Local 600 wants you to report each and every potentially hazardous driving shot using their SAFETY app (US only).
    links: icg600.com

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    It all started as a joke. When watching Vikings (History channel’s hit show on HBO Nordic) together with my wife, I pointed out several times that she seemed to share both the looks and a similar attitude with Lagertha -surprisingly similar considering that the other one is a scientist / mom from Finland and the other one a shieldmaiden from […]

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    Sometimes you’re so focused on capturing the moment that you forget to pay attention to what’s in the background of your photo. When you look at your photos later, you realize that there are all sorts of distractions in the background. One way to overcome these distractions is to use the background to help with […]

    The post How to Use the Background to Create More Storytelling Images by Mat Coker appeared first on Digital Photography School.


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  • 11/23/17--10:00: Happy Thanksgiving!
  • In this time of gratitude I give thanks for all of you. To all my family, friends, and customers, if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be able to do what I love. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Peter Hurley Photography Tutorials Discounted More Than Ever

    Peter Hurley is a master of headshot photography and is responsible for how many photographers approach their craft. His charisma and eye for detail allow him to capture perfect emotion and poses out of his subjects. This Black Friday, Fstoppers is giving all of Peter Hurley's tutorials bigger discounts than ever before. With more demand for headshots than ever before, now is a great time to learn his techniques at in incredible price.

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    Have you bought your Christmas gifts yet ? Put up your Christmas tree and decorations ? Good, now you can relax and enjoy the Christmas spirit – take a look at these 15 photos of Christmas and festivities ( not a bokeh in sight! ) … Happy Hollidays !!! Happy Hollidays !!! by Edgar Barany [...]

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    Everyone who has photographed in the outdoors with a digital camera knows that trying to view your images on the LCD screen on a sunny bright days, it’s almost impossible to see the image.   I like to be able to view what I just shot,  or when using the live view for focusing on the […]

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    Canon 6D mark II Black friday deals are now LIVE at Amazon and B&H Stores. Before we begin take a look at the base price of the camera without any deal.

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    Black Friday CRAZINESS! Camera deals are plowing in every hour! NOW is the time. It’s that time of year again and this year is going to be NUTS. Black Friday, now more than ever is generating much more ONLINE than in real retail stores. Online shops such as B&H Photo and Amazon and others are…


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    How to Find Compositions in Drone Photography

    As a newcomer to drones and drone photography, it can be a little overwhelming in the beginning. Learning all there is to know about maneuvering your new toy through the air is enough to give you a few grey hairs before you even get it off the ground. Once you’re up there, you better believe there’s some extra tension in your muscles the first few times you fly. Once you finally get the hang of this element, it’s about time to start learning how to make great images or videos from this new perspective you’ve gained. That’s a whole new set of complications for you to deal with. It might seem cool just to have that new viewpoint for a while, but you’ll soon be wanting more. Thomas Heaton addresses that in this video about composing from the sky.

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    What if your house burnt down? Have you still “made it”? 3 weeks ago I was sitting, much as I do now, winding down on a Saturday evening, finding some time to write a newsletter and blog. I had just released an image shot for Kohler, a company whose advertising I had wanted to be […]

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  • 11/23/17--11:36: Happy Thanksgiving
  • The trouble with turkey is it's two meats in one: the white meat and the dark meat. That's a problem because the white meat is cooked before the dark meat is done. If you cook the turkey long enough for the dark meat to be cooked, the white meat will be dry.

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    I’m not posting all the Black Friday deals that I’ve been sent, because frankly some of them aren’t that great. Every company thinks they have to do something, and some of the deals are minimal. That’s not the case with this one though… This morning I had an email from my friends at Formatt-Hitech filters telling me that they are offering a 25% discount for their entire online store, for regular customers. However… for you guys, my readers and followers, they wanted to give me the chance to give you 35% off! Just use the coupon code Dan35 at the checkout. A Read More...

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    One of the best things about photography - and most creative endeavors - is the unending process of learning. In celebration of such, here’s my list of practical gifts for photographers exploring the craft. No lens shaped coffee mugs or ties with cameras on them here. And the only gimmick is one that I'm selling. This list is aimed at beginner or novice photographers and outside of the book recommendations and the Canon version of the f1.8, I have used all of the items listed. Happy Holidays.

     

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    1. Micro fiber cloths: $13.99  - This is an item that I am regularly purchasing. If a photographer already has some, they’ll want more down the road. Perfect stocking stuffer.

    2. Light reflector: $20-$40 - If the photographer has an interest in portraiture, this is a must. If they don’t, they might after learning how to use one. It will also give them a basic skill set for being an assistant to a working photographer. The bigger ones are much easier to learn how to use.

    3. 50mm f1.8 lens: $125-$175 - It’s a great lens to learn about composition and depth of field, and it’s one of the least expensive styles of lenses for any SLR. You’ll need to know the camera model, but just ask your salesperson. You’ll want to get them an autofocus model. Great portrait lens.

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    4. Field Notes Notebooks and accessories: $10-$90 - These are good gifts for any type of creative. Encourage the brainstorms.

    5. Rode shotgun microphone: $260  - Most cameras these days are also brilliant video cameras. If your loved one has an interest in video THEY NEED a decent microphone. Rode is the leader in that department and this is probably their most relied upon model.

    6. Extra camera battery: $50 - Once again, you’ll have to do a little research to find the camera model but any salesperson will be happy to help. DO NOT buy off-brand camera batteries. If it’s a Nikon Camera, get em a Nikon made battery.

    7. External hard drive $75-125 - If they are making photos with today’s technology, they’ll need space to save em. I use Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive for my general use. All sizes for different budgets.

    8. Private lessons with a professional photographer: $150+ - This holiday season I am making available a limited number of private lessons redeemable through the end of 2018. I’ve been working with fourth graders this fall semester and can help any age or skill level. For every hour of private lesson someone gifts this holiday, I’ll donate an hour of my time to a local school. DETAILS ON PRICING - Photo Tutor: Columbia, SC

    9. Gift certificate to Borrow Lenses: $10+ - Borrow lenses is a gear rental service that lets you rent equipment out. Great for trying things out before purchases or special trips and projects.

    10. Everybody Street: $5 - This is a brilliant documentary about some of the best street photographers in the grandest city in the world, New York City. (Some adult content)

    11. The Americans by Robert Frank $33 - (book) “The book that changed photography.” -NPR

    12. Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth $50 - (book) “Sleeping by the Mississippi has been ranked with the great representations of the United States, including Walker Evans’ pictures of the depression, Robert Frank’s harsh vision of the 1950s and, more recently, the colour work of Soth’s former teacher, Joel Sternfeld.” -British Journal of Photography

    13. Vivian Maier: Street Photographer: $28  - (book) "An unassuming Chicago baby sitter named Vivian Maier was one of the pioneers of street photography.  But for 60 years, nobody knew it." -The New York Times Style Magazine

     

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    Eight Tips You Should Try for Better Portraits

    When shooting portraits, there are certain things or ways we shoot that help us achieve a better end result. We should all be trying to capture the best portrait possible, so if someone shares advice I usually give it a try to see if it works for me or fits the style of my work.

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    We’ve spoken about saturation vs vibrance before, but I think it’s a topic that still confuses a lot of people. While that post looked more at Photoshop’s vibrance adjustment layer, this 3-minute video from Evan 5ps concentrates more on how it works in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) & Lightroom. There are some subtle differences between […]

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    Being in a photography business involves interaction with lots of different people. But putting yourself and your work out there seems more difficult if you’re introverted. In this video, photographers Sean Tucker and Simon Baxter discuss this topic, and their thoughts will inspire all you introverts out there. Unlike many other videos or blogs, Sean […]

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  • 11/23/17--13:00: Red Giant Year End Sale
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    On Tuesday, December 5th, everything at Red Giant will be 40% off!

    But that is literally not all. Between now and then, you can enter for a chance to win everything Red Giant makes, for free! Here's how.


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    The return of Yashica to the market caused quite a buzz when we first brought new to you back in September, and not all of it positive. Yashica’s quirky, innovative retro film camera Kickstarter concept has faced criticism from photographers that wanted a different type of camera while others have questioned the purpose of the […]

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    The Right to a Fair Internet for Photographers Is About to Be Gone

    On December 14th the Federal Communications Commission will almost certainly be voting in favor of doing away with Net Neutrality. If you’re not familiar with Net Neutrality, check out this article we wrote earlier this year on the topic. It is the idea of a free and open internet. As it stands right now, users are able to access the internet freely, with no speed or data caps regardless of the websites they visit. If the plan the FCC is proposing passes (and it probably will in a 3 vs. 2 vote), the internet as we know it may well be on its way out.

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    The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III has appeared in the refurbished section of the Canon Store for the first time, and with 15% off. Act quickly, this probably won’t last long. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22 Three Aspherical & Two UD Elements Subwavelength & Air Sphere Coatings Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor Read more...

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    Macphun’s Luminar photo editor has become a fast favourite with me which is why I’ve been busy working on tutorials for it recently. Luminar 2018 launched to the public last week, but I’ve been using it for a couple of months and I’m totally in love with the experience. In the run up to the launch, there was an excellent pre-order special which I told you guys about, but now they’re back with a quick Black Friday special as well, for those that missed out last week. Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new Read More...

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    Happy Thanksgiving 2017!!!                   I am grateful for warm wood stoves on cool Fall days. I am grateful for a good, reliable roof, For a strong, well-made house that my father designed and built. I am grateful for and to all of my friends, Those far away […]

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    Global comparison of viewfinders from all digital cameras. Optical viewfinders (OVF) and electronic viewfinders (EVF) all in one easy to compare table.

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    Fstoppers’ Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

    Finding (and asking for) gifts for photographers is near impossible. They’re either way too expensive (we all want that a9, too) or we photographers already seemingly have everything we need. Hopefully, we can help a bit with some ideas, deals, and advice about shopping for your photographer friends or for yourselves, as the holidays also present prime opportunities to restock studio essentials.

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