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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.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Photographer Needed an App — So He Built One

photographer decided to build an app

Mike Wong didn’t want to build an app. He really didn’t. All he wanted was to take awesome long-exposure photos.

But he could never figure out what shutter speed to use for those trial-and-error pictures.

“I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way than having 50 shots that didn’t work for every one that did,’” says the hobby photographer.

There ought to be an app for that, he thought, as so many of us do these days.

And then—much to his own shock—he built one.

By Konrad Eek | Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 Tips for Hanging Pictures on Your Walls


I’ve worked with several people over the years who have wonderful art sitting in their closets because they aren’t sure how to go about hanging it on the wall.

It’s not just about the hanging hardware; they have lots of questions about where it should go, how high it should be, and how it should be grouped.

So here are five tips for hanging pictures on the wall in an eye-pleasing way.

By Seán Duggan | Friday, October 03, 2014

Get Ready to Photograph the Eclipse — with These Expert Tips

Lunar Eclipse Over Donner Peak

Do you remember the total lunar eclipse last April? There’s another coming up Wednesday, and still more in April and September of 2015.

If you’re thinking about heading out into the night and photographing an eclipse, here are some tips and suggestions to make sure you have the right gear and are ready once the sky’s shadow dance begins.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stop! Don’t Shoot: Property Releases for Photographers

Property Releases and Photographers

If you’re a photographer who shoots outdoors with any regularity, you’ve probably been asked to put your camera away: “No photos allowed here.”

But what are your rights, actually? When and where are you allowed to take pictures on public and private property?

By Erin Manning | Saturday, September 27, 2014

DIY Headshot Lighting Tips — from a Pro

a DIY headshot with home lighting

Let’s face it, everyone needs an attractive headshot. It’s essential for marketing yourself online. But lighting that DIY headshot can be a challenge if you’re working indoors.

A poorly lit shot can make even the most beautiful model look terrible. But what if you don’t have the budget for lighting gear? What’s a photographer to do?

Get creative!

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