What White Balance to Use for Night Photography

Photo of the New York City skyline and the lights from the building being reflected in water as an example of white balance for night sky photography

First of all, there are many different settings you’ll want to be familiar with before going out to shoot the stars. You can certainly check out my article on “Nightscape Photography,” to see some of this information, but there are many other sources to learn this information. Most importantly though, photography in general, and certainly …

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Creative Nature Photography: 13 Tips to Help Get You Outside of the Box

Cover image of a tree with the sun behind it and a sunset for article on creative nature photography

For some of us, there’s nothing that can compare with spending a day, a week or a lifetime photographing the wonders of nature and the outdoors. There’s also nothing quite so disappointing as coming home with nature photography shots that just don’t reflect the emotions we felt while we were there. If that happens to …

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Corporate Portrait Lighting: Producing Professional Results for Busy Clients

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Corporate portrait photography means you need to be able to adapt, be flexible, not waste anyone’s time and produce great images quickly. You’re not only dealing with people, but with people who are busy and don’t really have time for this, so you better be well prepared! Understanding your options and limitations, knowing when and …

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How to Sell Landscape Photography Work: The Mindset and the Methods

Landscape of a bright green mountain range from up high with the sun shining but with lots of clouds

Would you rather hang out with Mother Nature than photograph people? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Compared to genres like weddings, events and portraiture, landscape photography offers a slower-paced, less stressful and arguably more rewarding experience. Unfortunately, it also means selling your work as art, rather than yourself as a service provider. The general …

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The Nightscape Photography Settings You Need to Know to Master the Genre

Image of a nightscape of a rocky beach with a blue starry night sky

Nightscape photography is a fun and yet challenging field of photography. I have spent many nights under the stars and come up with some absolutely stunning images. It wasn’t all glory though, there are a lot of elements that need to fall into place for nightscape photography to be successful. Between the weather, the challenge …

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What is Cityscape Photography? Meaning, History & Purpose

Black and white cityscape of a drugstore at night

Light and shadow battling for supremacy in jungles of steel, concrete, glass, and brick… this is the hunting ground for cityscape photography. I say hunting ground because an adroit photographer has no choice but to avoid the oft-photographed and easy “shots” in order to capture the magical parts of a city that are overlooked. Most …

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Photojournalistic Wedding Photography – Is it The Right Style for Your Business?

Example image showing what is wedding photojournalism of a bride and groom doing their first dance

Photojournalism at its core is quite simply journalism, the act of gathering and presenting information, through the use of photography, as opposed to other mediums. The job of a photojournalist is to capture moments as they happen with minimal interference. The mere presence of a photographer is usually going to shape the course of events …

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Natural Light Food Photography: Making Your Images Pop With Just Natural Light

Image of a salad, fruit and bread on a wooden table using natural light food photography

“Light is the single-most important storytelling element.” I heard that quote often enough from my photojournalism professor back in college that it still springs to mind when I think about what goes into the making of a good photograph. It was said in the context of telling a journalistic story, but it applies to food …

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Wedding Photography Etiquette: Presenting Yourself Professionally to Your Clients

Being a wedding photographer is a challenging balance of technical skill and interpersonal skills. Finding that balance will be an ever-evolving process and each client will have different needs.

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Paul was born in New Hampshire, is based in Maine and has been doing photography for 10 years, and 12 years since he’s been doing Photoshop. He’s been a self-employed, full-time photographer for four years, and is just as happy photographing weddings as he is photographing real estate, products, his dog, or anything else for that matter. He’s no loyalist, loves all cameras and is always looking for something new to play with, but is usually carrying a Canon camera. 85mm lenses are his favorite and everything he owns has gaffer’s tape stuck to it somewhere. You can see his work at mainemountainmedia.com.

How To Get Your First Wedding Photography Clients When You’re Just Starting Out

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So you’re ready to shoot your first wedding! It’s time to start building your wedding portfolio – so you might be wondering, how on earth do you get your first few wedding clients?

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Lauren Nihen is an established wedding and portrait photographer. A lifelong Canon fan, she holds a passion for both the art and technical aspects of photography. While she’s rarely without her camera, she enjoys hiking and spending time hanging out with her husband and pit bull exploring their beautiful home town of Auburn, California. You can find her work at ldportraitphotography.com