Why Every Photographer Should Use a Manual Focus Lens

Your camera is smart. It has processors that are able to run algorithms, for near instantaneous adjustments to compensate for lighting conditions and changing environments. I’m a professional lens reviewer, and tend to complain if a lens/camera combination takes more than a split second to achieve accurate autofocus. But the reality is that most modern […]

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11 Stages That Every Photographer Goes Through

While I hope you take this article as tongue and cheek, and realize that a decent amount of this is talking to my early self – the reality is that there is a pretty consistent learning curve that many photographers go through. While hopefully your learning curve will not be this extreme, I think that […]

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Light Painting Photography Tools – PictureCorrect

Light painting is a creative way to explore photography when you’ve gotten bored with taking all those standard or cliché photos and have gotten to grips with the features of your sophisticated DSLR camera. While the activity is most commonly referred to as light painting, there are actually two distinct styles: Light Painting This is […]

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Engagement Photography Tips – PictureCorrect

Every couple is unique. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always translate to them being skilled at naturally interacting between themselves and relaxed posing during the engagement session. If you regularly shoot engagement sessions you likely look forward to sessions with attractive couples that pose so naturally you wonder if they work as models in their spare time. […]

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15 Tips for More Powerful Portraits

15 Tips for More Powerful Portraits

1. Have respect

This is my number one rule. It doesn’t matter if I am photographing a poor boy in Laos or the CEO of a large company in New York-I always respect the people I photograph. I live by the motto: “you should never get close to people in order to take their photo; you should take their photo in order to get closer to them”. Act as if your camera is a bridge and not a weapon. I have friends who are amazing street photographers, who manage to work with such discretion that they can get the portrait without the person realizing he was photographed. Certainly, there are some exceptions, but I believe that people are not zebras and we are not hunters. To summarize the point, I photograph old people in same manner I would like someone to take pictures of my grandmother.

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How to Not Go Overboard With Photo Editing – PictureCorrect

In the age of digital photography, post-processing has become a vital aspect of the industry. Unfortunately, as much as it can help your photography, it can also hurt it. In fact, many images (even great ones) are ruined during the editing process by pushing the picture past its breaking point. To help keep your post-processing […]

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10 Photography Mistakes to Avoid

Here are ten common photography mistakes to avoid to take your photos to the next level. Mistake #1: Combining Light & Shadow A good example of the mistake of combining light and shadow into photographs can be seen when family photos are taken outdoors. They might be in a really nice location, but the one […]

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Exposure Lock Button – What is it and How to Use it?

Nestled quietly on the back of most cameras is a button that is often ignored or misunderstood, particularly by those who have recently upgraded to a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. It’s the Exposure Lock button, and it can be a tremendous asset to photographers who are looking for ways to get more control over their […]

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