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2017 Photo Contest!

November 28, 2017
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 It's time to submit your best fall portrait!

 
Win a Think Tank Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 camera bag (a value of $279!)

 
 
The runner-up will receive a voucher for two classes of their choice!
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How to Make a Collage in Photoshop

June 8, 2017
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In the above video, I demonstrate how to make a quick and easy collage in Adobe Photoshop CC 2017. 

 Planning
It's a good idea to plan out your layout by drawing a rough sketch on paper. How many horizontal and vertical images [...]

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Finding “Good” Shade for Portraits

May 26, 2017
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 Scouting good natural light

As we begin to elevate our photography, one of the first things we learn about shooting portraits is to get our subjects out of the direct sun and into the shade. We get a range of advice from "take your subject [...]

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4 Must-Have Tools for Landscape Photography

October 26, 2016
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(Photos by instructor Jordan Roberts)
 

If you love to shoot scenics- here are the 4 tools every scenic/landscape photographer should have and carry with them:

1. Sturdy Tripod
A sturdy tripod will allow you to shoot any shutter speed you desire. Often longer [...]

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Photoshop Actions: To Buy or to Build?

September 23, 2016
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When it comes to using Photoshop to perfect or retouch a photograph, there's clicks, keystrokes, and menus involved- A LOT of them.

Luckily, Photoshop has something called "actions" which can be used to automate repetitive tasks and consolidate multiple steps into a single keystroke or click. Imagine [...]

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5 Steps Every Photographer Should Take Before Buying Their First DSLR!

June 7, 2015
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These days, a camera is quite the investment. And for a 21 year old paying rent and student loans, spending $350.00 - $500.00 on a basic DSLR is a pretty pricey risk. What if I spend the money and realize my skills don't translate with the [...]

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5 Tips for Stunning Outdoor Portraits!

April 13, 2015
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I will be honest with you (well I am usually an honest person), but I need to come clean with all of you. I use flash in over 90% of my outdoor portraits! There I have said it – I have put it out there for all to know [...]

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Learn How a Nikon Gear Head Went Sigma – And Why You Should Too!

March 24, 2015
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Two lenses I use most frequently are my 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII and the 85mm f/1.8. I do also own a 50mm f/1.4 and used to own the 24-70mm f/2.8. Yep I said, used to own. Here’s the [...]

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Ben Reeve Shares His Tips for Fearless Street Photography!

February 27, 2015
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Recently, I have been developing my street photography skills. Why? Well because I feel the activity of carrying out an acceptable and enjoyable image to look at involves "seeing" the composition and subject very quickly. By this I mean I am using this as a way to hone [...]

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Learn How to Make Any Lens a Macro Lens With This Inexpensive Tool!

February 17, 2015
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After buying your first DSLR, your first instinct may be to go out to your garden or local park to take photos of flowers, butterflies, or even the fresh morning dew on the leaves. However, you may feel frustrated because you can't get close enough to your [...]

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Capture Smoke Trails With Ease!

September 15, 2014
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Have you ever had a day (or in my case late evening) when you just want to shoot/practice/create something, and sometimes you just can’t get out of the house? Well, here’s a fun little project to get those creative needs satisfied! How about capturing [...]

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Here’s How To Command Attention to Your Photos

August 12, 2014
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All it takes is a quick search on the Internet for it to be apparent that Macro photography is everywhere. If you don't have the money to purchase a Macro lens of your own, don't worry! We'll let you in on a little secret: you [...]

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