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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How to Get Into Wedding Photography [A Guide for Beginners]

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Wedding photography is one of those industries that can seem daunting to the beginner photographer.

There is so much pressure to not only perform to a high standard but you also have to learn to cut through the noise of all the other wedding photographers to get to your ideal clients. I didn’t start out as a wedding photographer, in fact, I told myself I wanted to stay away from weddings.

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How to Name and Organize Your Digital Photos [So you Can Keep Your Sanity]

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Naming and organizing your photos is a crucial and often-overlooked part of your workflow as a photographer. It’s a bit tedious, but neglecting this step can make it difficult to locate photos.

The key is to determine what information is important, and then to use it to consistently name your photos and the folders where they are stored.

I will take you through the process I use to name and organize my own photos. If you’re looking to improve your organizational system, perhaps this will help.

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Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners: Capturing Animals in their Natural Environment

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There is a lot more to wildlife photography than just snapping a quick shot of an animal.

Good, attention grabbing wildlife photography tries to capture emotion within the photo and in turn tell a story. This isn’t always easy, as some animals move fast and others you can’t get close to. As a result, your choice of gear is almost as important as your technique in wildlife photography.

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Simple Ways to Improve your Food Photography [To Create Mouth Watering Images]

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Food photography is something we see all the time – on billboards, magazine covers, the television, probably on your social media feeds, too.

When done well, food photography can produce enticing, tempting, make-your-mouth-water images. Done poorly, it can produce images that are incredibly unattractive and off-putting.

Chances are that if you’ve ever tried your hand at food photography, you know it can be harder than it looks to make images that truly capture the food you see in front of you.

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What Does a Wedding Photography Assistant Do?

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If you’re thinking about getting into wedding photography or being an assistant, you might be wondering what a wedding photography assistant does.

Some wedding photographers don’t even use them but they are sort of the unsung heroes of the wedding photography world, people who have a hand in greatly increasing the quality of photography for wedding photographers who employ them.

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How to Find Wedding Photography Assistant Jobs

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Wedding photography is not rocket science, although it’s certainly not easy and comes with a lot of responsibility. So in my opinion, if you’re looking to get a job as a second shooter, you should actually work as a wedding photography assistant first and get your foot in the door that way.

It lets you get a behind the scenes look at how a wedding photographer operates throughout a wedding day. You’ll pick up some technical wedding photography skills along the way as well as how a wedding photographer interacts with their clients and subjects.

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Should You Go Full Frame?

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There’s a lot to like about cameras with full frame sensors: they have excellent image quality, work well in low light situations and are capable of producing shallower a depth of field than digital cameras with smaller sensors.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that a full frame camera is the optimal choice for photographers across the board.

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What Are DSLR Cameras Good For?

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At one point, DSLR cameras had all the advantages in their favor. But as of this writing in November 2017, the advantages that DSLRs once had over mirrorless cameras has dwindled significantly.

But regardless of how mirrorless camera technology has improved in recent years, DSLR cameras still have a lot going for them in terms of performance, as long as you can deal with the size and weight.

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The Blurred Background Effect in Photography

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If you’ve paid close attention to pictures before, you’ve probably noticed that some have a lot in focus whereas others it’s the opposite, resulting in a blurred background effect. This blurred background effect, also known as “bokeh” among photographers, named after the Japanese word for “blur” can be done in a very tasteful way that enhances images by drawing the viewer in.

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