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If you're serious about photography, you already know there's way more to it than pointing and shooting your subject. And the first step to leveling up your game is getting out of automatic mode. It's time to go manual!
Jeff Sinon
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For a long time, I felt nervous whenever I got client inquiries about newborn or baby photography. But after gaining some experience over the years, I realized there's no need to be intimidated. Creative baby photography doesn't require specific props, lights or instructions. It requires heart, soul, patience, time and — most of all — imagination.
Tamara Bowman
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Getting hired to shoot a wedding means your clients are trusting you to capture one of the most important days of their lives (no pressure or anything). When I was starting out as a wedding photographer, I was freaked out about not having everything I needed on hand. What if I had an equipment meltdown? What if the light was horrendous? When it comes to weddings, the what-ifs are endless. Preparation is your best friend.
Nicholas Donner
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You've just unboxed your brand-spanking fresh DSLR, and all you want to do is start playing with the new toy. You can't wait to take your shooting skills to the next level.
Dan Moore
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Mountains are my thing. I find their grand vistas so awe-inspiring that I feel compelled to photograph them again and again and again.
Jeff Sinon
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The world of Instagram is filled with cool artists pushing the limits of fashion and photography. But throw Barbies into the mix — you read that right — and you’ve got something truly original. On the heels of the release of Welcome to Marwen, where Steve Carell plays an artist who creates a miniature scenes as he recovers from a brain injury, doll-vignette photography is claiming the spotlight. These five artists will show you why.
Liz Callahan Schnabolk
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Outdoor photography isn't all picturesque mountains and dreamy lakes. Most of the world we wander is cities, and they've got their own natural beauty too. Here's how to make the best of 'em.
Jeremiah Gilbert
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Shooting events can be glamorous work. You're out there, mingling with people who are (hopefully!) having fun, your mission to capture the drama, color and buzz with your camera.
Laurence Norah
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My first real camera (that I purchased by myself, for myself) was a Panasonic GH1 back in university. I remember taking loads of photos during campus functions, but it was totally hobby status; not a career. But I fell deeply in love with the hobby when I bought an adapter for a vintage 50mm Canon lens, which made my camera much more fun to use — especially for portraits. Then I kept on buying different lenses for that first camera and there was no looking back. My hobby had turned into a full-blown obsession.
Josh Vergara
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Eyes are one — well, two — of the greatest challenges in portrait photography. A portrait with expressive eyes will grab the viewer. But the reverse is true, too: If the eyes are dull or blurry, the viewer's gonna look away. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help you get the effect you want.
Nicholas Donner
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We all love to post a pic of dinner once in a while (#tacotuesday, anyone?). But if you want to get serious about actual food photography, you'll need more than a phone and a hashtag.
Ashley McLaughlin
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Fire is the ultimate photo op, as anyone who's ever had a birthday cake with even a single candle on it will tell you.
Laurence Norah
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You’ve heard it before: It’s all about perspective. This is true in life, and perhaps even more true in photography. We live in a three-dimensional world, but our cameras only capture two-dimensional images. So what’s the remedy? Making sure your shots include a sense of depth and scale. Here are five ways to do just that.
Jeremiah Gilbert
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Get ready to throw some shade … into your photography, that is. Shadows are totally deserving of a spot in your snaps. They can add dimension, create an artsy vibe, and instantly upgrade a snoozy composition. Plus, their unending variety — they can be shallow or long, hard or soft-edged, simple or complex — makes them super fun to explore. These five ideas are all the inspo you need to start shooting.
Jeremiah Gilbert
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Here comes the sun … and there goes your great photograph. Taking pictures under bright, clear skies is definitely a challenge. That’s why the “golden hours” — early morning or dusk time when the sun is low and the light is warm — are serious photography goals. But not every picture-worthy event or moment is planned around your lighting needs. Consider these tips your SPF; they’ll save your photos from those rays.
Jeff Sinon
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Go ahead, strike a pose! If only it were that easy. Getting subjects, especially kids, in the right positions for photos is both super important and super tricky. Without good posing, kids can look awkward, uncomfortable, and out-of-place. But too much posing introduces issues of its own. Here's how to get it right:
Alethia Rains
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Seems like just about everyone with an iPhone and an Instagram account is fascinated by photography these days. But the truth is, there’s a lot that goes into taking a great picture. There’s the composition, the lighting, the angle … and about a million other things that the pros spend years mastering. If you’re interested in really learning the craft, start with these ten mini-lessons.
Alethia Rains
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Your pet isn’t Insta-famous yet? Why not??! Fido clearly has the looks, which means your lackluster photo skills might be the only thing standing between your pooch and the big time. Never fear! We asked the Bluprint photographers for some insider info on the best way to capture those drooly dog smiles.
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Ready to get up close and personal with the world around you? Enter macro photography. Sure, you could spend big bucks on a dedicated macros lens for your camera, but why not experiment with what you already have? These money-saving tips and genius hacks are everything you need to get started.
Katie McEnaney
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Everyone is always asking me what piece of fancy gear will make their photos better. The truth is, while new equipment is nice, it’s unlikely to improve your work on its own. In fact, extraordinary photos are made all the time on basic equipment (you've seen those iPhone ads!). Instead, I clue newbies in on the real secret for awesome shots: Make more photographs, don't snap more frames. Commit that motto to memory, grab your camera, and let's get started.
Photographer Brooke Shaden standing in field with hills behind her, twigs in each hand, arms outstretched
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You could say that fine art photographer Brooke Shaden is living the dream, literally. Her images — often self-portraits — have a dreamlike quality that's gorgeous, moving and sometimes a little unsettling. We connected with the artist to learn where all that passion comes from.
Elaine Lipson
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Whether you're headed to Boston or Bora Bora, your pics should aim to capture the truest essence of your journey. Make sure these five snaps are high on your shot list — whether they're destined for your living room wall or your Instagram feed! (Or both.)
Becky Olstad
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Being a parent means a lot of things, like giving up the likelihood that you'll have privacy in the shower, that you may start to sound eerily like your own mom or dad, and that you'll probably find yourself playing the role of paparazzi for your kids. We're like moths to a flame; they do something cute/funny/crazy/brand-new and we're there in flash, snapping away like mad — desperately trying to preserve the moment forever.
Alethia Rains
Beautiful image of Silver Cascade captured on a rainy day during the peak of the autumn foliage.
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If you wait to whip out your camera on days when it's only cloudless-blue-sky perfect, you might be waiting for a while — not to mention missing out on some amazing shots, particularly when it comes to the most breathtaking nature or landscape pics.
Jeff Sinon
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If you're having Insta-photo envy or just can't figure out why your images seem to lack a certain oomph or added dimension, here are three words to keep in mind: the golden hour.
Katie McEnaney
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