What is Foreshortening in Photography?

As a portrait photographer, I’ve learned that foreshortening can be an incredibly powerful tool for creating dynamic and engaging images. But what exactly is foreshortening, and how can you use it to take your photography to the next level? In this article, I’ll be exploring: Let’s dive right in. More of a visual learner? Check ...

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Lens Hood vs. Polarizing Filter

This is a helpful guide discussing the difference between a lens hood and a polarizing filter. Lens Hood vs. Polarizing Filter – Which to Use? Knowing when to use them, how to use them, and in what combination can be tricky if you don’t understand the fundamentals of both tools. The age-old question of “when ...

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Review

In this review guide, I’ll be reviewing the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS, a versatile powerhouse and a highly regarded member of Canon’s L-series lineup. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS has earned its reputation as a Swiss Army knife of photography, offering both wide-angle, short telephoto, and even macro focal lengths, along with a ...

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Review

In the world of photography, there are few lenses that stand as iconic milestones in a photographer’s journey. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is one of those lenses known for its remarkable image quality, affordability, and artistic possibilities. This lens is commonly referred to as the “Nifty Fifty” and for good reason. It has ...

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“Afghan Girl” Photo Analysis

Hey there, photographers! Today, we’re diving into the incredible story behind one of the most iconic photographs in the world, Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl.” If you prefer video, be sure to check out my video analysis of “Afghan Girl”: Background and Intent You see, understanding the depth of this image goes way beyond the lens. ...

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7 Steps to Edit a Light and Airy Photo in Lightroom

Welcome to this comprehensive guide on how to achieve that coveted bright and airy look for your photos using Adobe Lightroom. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer looking to refine your editing skills… …or a beginner eager to infuse your images with an ethereal and dreamy quality, this step-by-step tutorial will take you through the entire ...

What is Culling in Photography? Speed Up Your Editing

As a professional portrait photographer, I remember the early days of my photography journey when I was still learning the ropes. After photographing a client session, one of the biggest challenges I faced was dealing with the overwhelming number of photos. I would often find myself spending hours sifting through hundreds, sometimes even thousands of ...

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Luminar Neo Review and Tutorial

In this guide, I’ll be providing a full tutorial and review on Luminar Neo! To jump to the review, you can click here. To jump to the full tutorial, you can click here. If you prefer video format and want to see how the before and after edits looked, be sure to check out the ...

Frame Within a Frame Photography: (5-Step Guide)

In this guide, we’ll be exploring images that utilize the frame within a frame composition technique. Prefer a video? Check out the video I made on this topic: If successfully implemented, images that utilize the frame within a frame composition technique are very unique and can easily stand out among other photos. In fact, many ...

How to Use Leading Lines in Photography

As photographers, we’re always looking for ways to improve our craft. One of the most important techniques I’ve learned over the years to improve my own photography skill set has to do with leading lines. In this guide, I’ll be covering: Let’s dive right in. If you’re more of a visual learner, watch the video ...

Photography Composition Techniques

One of the most important skills a photographer can have is knowledge of composition. This means knowing how to place elements in a photo to create the desired effect. There are many different photography composition techniques and rules you can use, and in this guide, I’m going to share with you 30 of them! In ...

Emphasis in Photography

Think of all the images we see every day — from images on TV, billboards, social media, the Internet, video games, magazines, websites, etc. Just from the images we see on ads every day, it’s averaged that people are exposed to 4,000 to 10,000 each day. That’s a lot of images and pictures! With people ...

What is Punctum in Photography?

Punctum, you may or may have not heard this term before, but you’ve probably experienced it yourself when viewing a photograph. In photography, the goal is to capture the beauty of life around us and craft an image that evokes emotions, tells stories, and offers unique perspectives. In this guide, I’ll be covering: Let’s dive ...

What is Objective Photography?

Have you ever wondered what makes a photograph objective or subjective? Photography continues to play an integral role in shaping our perception of the world around us It’s important to understand the nuances of different photographic approaches. In this article, I’ll be covering: Let’s dive right in. What is Objective Photography? An objective photograph is ...

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What is ISO in Photography?

As a portrait photographer, I vividly remember the moment when I first encountered the term “ISO” in my photography journey. I was a beginner, eager to capture stunning portraits, but I found myself puzzled by this seemingly cryptic acronym. Was it some complex technical jargon or a secret code that only professional photographers understood? Little ...

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ChatGPT for Photographers

The robots have taken over and Skynet is online. Meanwhile, I’m photographing all the destruction and Arnold Schwarzenegger is yelling at me to put my camera down and focus on the mission. Okay…maybe we aren’t in that AI Robot world yet… …but something massive has happened in the world of technology and the way content ...

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What is a Proof in Photography?

Proofing is a critical step in the process of building a strong relationship with a client while looking professional. If you work with clients and send them photo, you need to know about proofing. In this article, I will be covering: Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, understanding the role of proofs ...

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How to Make a Photography Portfolio in 7 Steps

It has been shown that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression. Whether it’s an impression of you as a photographer meeting in person, or you as a photographer online. One of the best ways to make a strong impression as a photographer is to have a solid, well-optimized ...

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What is Shutter Speed in Photography?

Shutter speed is one of the three elements of the exposure triangle. In this guide: I’ll be covering everything you need to know about shutter speed including: Let’s dive right in. If you’re more of a visual learner, watch the video version: What is Shutter Speed in Photography? Shutter speed refers to the length of ...

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What is Aperture in Photography?

I get it, aperture is confusing. Especially if you are a beginner. You have acronyms like f-stop, and they’re written like f/1.8, f/8, f/16… “I thought this was photography, not math!” But here’s the deal: If you want to take your photography to the next level, you need to understand aperture. So fret not, my ...

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What Is The Exposure Triangle?

Understanding the exposure triangle is a crucial first step for any beginner photographer. But it can also be very confusing. In fact: Without understanding the exposure triangle, you’ll never be able to have complete creative control over your images. In this guide: I’ll be explaining everything you need to know about the exposure triangle including: ...

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How to Give Photo Credit on Instagram

This is a helpful guide discussing giving photo credit on Instagram and other social media platforms. Being a portrait photographer, many clients have asked me if they could post the photos I took of them to social media and how to give photo credit on Instagram. In case you were wondering how to properly do ...

How to Zoom in Lightroom (4 Quick Methods)

In this guide I’ll be showing you how to zoom in Adobe Lightroom using four easy methods. In fact, these are the same exact methods I use when I need to zoom into my images. If you are more of a visual learner, watch the quick video version: Let’s dive right in. How to Zoom ...

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SEO for Photographers

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that SEO is confusing. You often hear so-called “experts” telling you to do one thing and then others to tell you to do another thing. The thing is: If you hear someone call themselves an “SEO Expert,” then you should run away. Some of the best ...

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Photography Keywords: 7 Tips to Choose the Best Keywords

There are millions of keywords you can choose from. But which photography keywords are best for your photography website and business? It can be tough knowing where to even begin on your keyword research journey. That’s why I created this guide. I know a thing or two about keywords. In fact, I’m an SEO consultant ...

How to Make a Photo Album in 5 Steps

As photographers, we see our photos on digital screens all the time. Sometimes, we want to see it in real-life. And the most popular way to bring our photos to life, is by creating a photo album. In this guide, I’ll be covering how to design your own photo albums using a software called Zno ...

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Evoto AI Review: Is AI Portrait Retouching the Future?

As portrait photographers, we know the job isn’t finished just because we took great portraits of our subject. We still have the editing and retouching portion of the job. Here’s the thing: Retouching can take forever, especially if you have lots of portraits you need to edit! Luckily, with the advent of new AI portrait ...

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How to Optimize Your Photography Core Service Pages for SEO

Your core service pages as a photographer are your “money” pages. These are the pages that will bring in revenue to your business. Here are some examples: Ranking high for these keywords in search engines will allow you to drive free, organic traffic to these pages, increasing the amount of client leads for your business. ...

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How to Optimize Your Photography Blog for SEO

Your photography blog plays an essential role in the success of your photography business. From a branding standpoint: Your blog gives voice and personality to you as a photographer, improving the overall percentage of leads to clients. From an SEO standpoint: Your blog is an opportunity to drive “top-of-funnel” traffic that will trickle down to ...

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Technical SEO for Photographers

Technical SEO can be very confusing, especially if you aren’t familiar with how websites work. As photographers, most of us are more in the arts and creative side of things, not so much on the coding side of things. So when we hear things like 404 pages, HTTPS Errors, Canonical URLs, 301 Redirects, Structured Data, ...

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What is Portrait Photography?

What’s so special about portraits? Isn’t a portrait just a photo of someone? That’s what I used to think: Then I became a portrait photographer! I learned that portraits stand for a lot more than just “photos of people.” In this article, I’ll be covering: If you’re more of a visual learner be sure to ...

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Portrait Photography Tips

In this guide, I’ll be providing you with my top portrait photography tips. In fact: These are the same exact tips I follow in my own portraits. Whether you’re a seasoned portrait photographer or just starting out, you should benefit from these tips. So grab your camera, and let’s dive in! 30 Portrait Photography Tips ...

Best Camera Settings for Portrait Photography

Every photographer has their own take on the best camera settings for portrait photography. Some prefer to use a shallow depth of field to blur the background and focus attention on the subject. Others like to use a higher shutter speed to freeze motion and capture candid expressions. Regardless of your preferred method: There are ...

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50+ Lightroom Editing Terms

When I first started learning photography and editing, I had no idea where to begin. I wished there was a guide that easily listed out all the terms, their definition, and when I should use them and why. Well, since I couldn’t find anything, I decided to create the guide! Here are 50+ Adobe Lightroom ...

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Project – Alan “Chikin” Chow LA Cinematic Portrait Session Working with Alan “Chikin” Chow, a social media influencer (1+ million followers) for a moody portrait session for social media. The details of this project Interested in working together?

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Project – Dory Portrait & Lifestyle Session Working with Dory and her roommate Markian (also in my latest work) to capture some portrait and lifestyle photos. The details of this project Interested in working together?

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Project – Blake H. LA Portrait Session Working with Blake for a portrait session for social media in downtown Los Angeles. The details of this project Interested in working together?

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Project – Markian Benhamou Portrait, Brand, and Lifestyle Session Working with Markian Benhamou (1+ million followers), on a portrait, brand, and lifestyle session. The details of this project Interested in working together?

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Project – Cosette Rinab Portrait Session in Los Angeles Working with Cosette, a social media influencer & ambassador (500k+ followers) on a portrait session. The details of this project Interested in working together?

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Project – Mychelle Night “Film” Portrait Session Working with Mychelle for a portrait session during the night. The details of this project Interested in working together?

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Project – Savanah Portrait Session Working with Savanah for a fashion and portrait session. The details of this project Interested in working together?

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25 Good Places to Take Pictures in Orange County (2023)

This is an in-depth guide covering the 25 best spots to take pictures in Orange County. Looking for good places to take pictures in Orange County? Check out our list of 25 of the best places to take pictures in Orange County. This list was made in no particular order. From panoramic views of beaches ...

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Is Photography a Medium? Why I Believe It Is

Curious about whether photography can be considered a medium? It’s a topic of discussion in the photography and art community. In this article, we’ll delve into the question of whether photography is a medium or not, and explore the different arguments that support each side of the debate. We’ll examine the artistic and technical qualities ...