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Shooting engagement sessions is one way to start to dip your toe into eventually photographing weddings. The session typically tells some sort of story in a way that combines aspects of photojournalism and portraiture, and it’s designed to make the happy couple not only become more excited about marriage but also to be put on the wedding invitations. After you’ve spoken with and planned the session with your couple, you’ll need to get the right gear.

Here are a couple of lenses that we recommend from our reviews index.

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Reading and understanding your histogram can help you to create the image that you really intend it to be. It helps a photographer for the most part when they shoot photos because it will in turn explain how simple it will be to edit in post-production. When it comes to editing, you’ll get a better idea of how the image will look on another person’s monitor when you put it on the web.

To better understand the Histogram, the folks over at the Professional Photography Tips YouTube Channel have created a video to explain how histograms work in regards to landscapes (though it can surely be applied to anything.) For what it’s worth, Histograms are most useful for landscape photographers but in some situations can work for portrait photographers. The most important thing overall though has to do with knowledge of metering.

The video is after the jump.

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All images by Sacha Goldberger. Used with permission.

Photographer Sacha Goldberger was an art director in the advertising world for 15 years. These days she’s a photographer who works on very interesting and creative projects. On a recent collaboration, she teamed up with her head costume designer Jackie Tadeonie to create a special superhero project called Super Flemish. Sacha has been working with superhero ideas for the past five years for her other project: Mamika. But this time around, she wanted to do something different. So with Super Flemish, Sacha and Jackie worked together to adapt costumes to the 16th and 15th centuries.

The lighting in the scene is influenced by Flemish paintings–as were the poses in many ways. To show the models what they wanted, Sacha used a lot of Rembrandt paintings. The models came up with certain poses then Sacha directed them a bit more.

The images convey Batman, the Hulk, Superman and even some villains like the Joker. Overall, they’re quite telling and give us a unique an very cool idea (with the exception of that time that Bruce Wayne travelled through time to get back to the present.)

Sacha’s images are after the jump.

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All photos by Hien H Nguyen. Used with permission.

Being a foodie and a photographer can sometimes feel like a full time job–but for Hien H Nguyen it’s a wonderful life. He’s an investments professional during the day and has always has a big love of both food and photography. His job lets him travel and he’s become buddies with many chefs out there. But beyond this, he’s also a trained photographer even though his only client is himself.

When he sent us an email showing us his incredible food photos, we were seriously captivated. And you’re bound to be also.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 19)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.8

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 was announced earlier this year–aimed at landscape, real estate and architectural photographers, this lens represent’s the company’s attempt to take on the likes of the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L and the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G. For the past couple of years, Tamron has been putting out incredible lenses that have impressed us over and over again. At first sight, we were impressed with the size of this one–it’s huge!

With 9 aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, and a front element so large you can’t use a filter, there is bound to be lots that pro photographers will love about it.

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Creating more lifelike colors in Adobe Lightroom is really, really simple once you identify and pay attention to specific areas in your images. Best of all–it’s a process that works with every image 100% of the time.

The process goes like this:

– Look at the image and figure out if you want it to be brighter or darker. You absolutely must go one way or the other even if it’s 1/3rd of a stop.

– Slightly raise the contrast and clarify a few points, no more than 10 each.

– Move down immediately to the color channels and identify the most important colors in your scene. For the image above it was red, blue, purple, green, and orange.

– Start by working with the saturation levels of each of your paramount colors. Move the slider back and forth until you get the colors to be exactly how you want them to be. Saturation makes colors more or less punchy.

– Once you’ve done this, tweak each of the colors that you manipulated with the luminance bars. This makes them brighter or darker individually.

– Finally, tweak your white balance providing that the balance isn’t terribly out of the norm. If it’s out of the norm, then do this way before you even really begin editing the image. What you’ll find is that generally you’ll only need to change the white balance just a tad.

And that’s it, you’re done. For the image above we raised the exposure, did the contrast/clarity tweaks, saturated pretty much all of the colors except for purple, and we also individually raised each color a bit more to add even more punch and impact to the scene. The great this is that this works for every photo; but in general it’s worth it to figure out what colors Lightroom believes each section to be. Once you’ve got this you’ll be able to create better color every time.