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By Erin Manning | Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shooting Holiday Portraits Outside? Have Some FUN!

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Tired of the same old ho-ho-hum holiday pictures? Want to add some pizzazz and personality to your shots? It’s easier to capture the joy of the season when you and your subjects are having fun. Use these photo tips as a guide for inspiration.

By Scott Erickson | Friday, November 14, 2014

It's Almost Here: The DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

The DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter comes with its own camera

There’s been no denying the explosion in popularity of drone camera platforms in the past few years and this week DJI, the company at the forefront of the industry, took a giant leap forward when it revealed the new DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter.

At a special event on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, DJI announced the new flying camera system as the evolution of everything they’ve learned over their eight-year history of building Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. Their popular Phantom quadcopter system required you to attach your own camera or to attach a video transmitter to see a live stream from the camera. This time out, DJI is providing a completely integrated system right out of the box.

By Konrad Eek | Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Great Reasons for Shooting Film (Yes, Film). Give It a Try!

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When I began my formal study of photography, Minolta had just introduced an auto focus 35mm SLR, and you had to master exposure and chemical film and print processing to get a great photo.

The digital revolution has made it difficult to get a bad result with any type of camera these days—and if you do, Photoshop cures most ills. I confess to doing virtually all my professional work with a digital camera.

However, there are still great reasons for taking the time to learn the traditional process of shooting film. Here are five of them:

By John Derry | Saturday, November 08, 2014

Transform a Photo into a Digital Painting —as a Holiday Gift

Make a digital painting from a portrait

When it comes to giving gifts, everyone knows that a nice photographic portrait can make a great personalized present.

But I’m going to show you how to take that portrait a step further—and turn it into a painted interpretation.

By Erin Manning | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Shooting Portraits at High Noon? Don't Sweat It

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Early morning and late afternoon are great times to shoot portraits outdoors. The sun is low in the sky, which results in soft, beautiful lighting.

But what if you don’t have the time or the luxury of shooting at the most beautiful time of day? Are your chances of capturing a flattering portrait—well, shot?

Not at all! It’s easy to capture great portraits at high noon. You just have to know what to look for.

By Konrad Eek | Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photographers: Make Your Own DIY Light Box

Make a DIY light box on the cheap

For just a few dollars—and in just a few minutes—you can make a simple DIY light box to evenly illuminate small objects for close-up photos.

Whether you’re doing product photography, insurance documentation, or simply shooting as a hobby, this system will give you consistent and effective lighting from a variety of sources.

And it’s made from materials found at your local art supply store.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Please Release Me: When to Use a Model Release Form

A model release form is never a bad idea

Humans are among the most popular photographic subjects—of course. But when do you need a model release form before clicking the shutter or displaying those photos?

By Joseph Linaschke | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Build a DIY Camera Stabilizer — for Under $4

Build a DIY camera stabilizer like this one

Ever find yourself needing to stabilize your camera but don’t have a tripod with you … and can’t find anywhere to rest the camera … and really just need to stay solid for that long exposure?

I’m going to show you how I built a pocket-sized DIY camera stabilizer — for less than $4 — that will work anywhere, at any time, on any camera with a tripod socket.

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