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Window lighting can be absolutely beautiful for many types of photo shoots. Food photographers love it and portrait photographers highly value the way that it renders an image. However, window lighting isn’t always ideal. It can be quirky, can only work to the way you want it to at certain hours, and has lots of factors that can affect it.

Here’s how you can make the most of window lighting.

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All photos by Kyle Dean Reinford. Used with permission.

When it comes to concert photography, Kyle Dean Reinford is no doubt one of the best in the business. But he also tells us that he’s still not sure that it’s his true calling. Kyle has been shooting professionally for years and has experienced lots of the changes that have happened as of recent: such as digital rights management and over-saturation of the market.

But most of all, Kyle thinks that concert photography is one heck of a thrill.

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So why do you put film in the freezer?

Years before digital, one of the ways that photographers saved money on processing and images was to put film in the freezer. Why? Well in short, it slows down the aging process due to the organic chemical properties that create it. Specifically, the gelatin in film is made from animal skin according to an old Kodak documentary. The gelatin is the main component of the protective layers that otherwise expose film to radiation. By slowing down the aging the film can stay at a more steady target performance and won’t end up looking like something that belongs on Instagram.

We asked B&H Photo’s Henry Posner for more insight. He responded by saying that “I was always told frozen film basically cancels the expiration date but I also recall the first time the woman who is now my wife was in my apartment and opened the freezer to get ice for drinks and found nothing but ice cube trays and stacks of Kodak, Fuji & Ilford boxes. Quite the conversations.”

Lomography Magazine goes even further stating that you should keep it in the canisters, and this applies to only 120, 35mm and other negative films. Positive films, like Polaroid, shouldn’t be frozen according to Rangefinder Forum.

But to see more about how film is made, we found two videos from Kodak that we’re sharing after the jump.

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All images by Josh Kane. Used with permission.

Photographer Joshua Kane lives the dream of so many photographers. He gets paid to travel the world, photograph weddings for clients, and in some ways lives a creatively enriched life because of it. But Josh tells us that doing destination wedding photography these days is a ballsy move, and because of it he only shoots 10% of the time and 90% of his time is spent editing, booking clients, negotiating, marketing, etc. While that doesn’t sound so fun for an aspiring photographer, it is a reality. When you combine this with Josh’s goal to give every single wedding client unique images (and the amount of work that he puts into it) Josh is in many ways still challenging himself creatively.

We talked to him about destination wedding photography, the challenges, the clients, and how he started out.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Impact One Light Kit Test photos (14 of 17)

We’ve got the science of making your images look sharper down to a T. It starts in the camera with good lighting, then it has to do with the black levels, clarity, and sharpening. We’ve established how black levels make the eyes focus on other colors and provide more differentiation between others. But what exactly is clarity in Adobe Lightroom?

According to Sharad Mangalick, Senior Product Manager, Digital Imaging at Adobe. “Clarity is image content aware and increases contrast in the mid tones. Sharpening adds definition around the edges in particular. I tend to use Clarity as a starting point, and then I use the Sharpening tools in the Detail panel to fine tune my results.

Sharad continues to say that a single slider can’t work for all images all the time. It really depends on the image and what you’re trying to accomplish. “With black and white photos, Clarity is my starting point. With Portraits, Vibrance. And with Landscapes, Saturation.”

Consider this: the higher the contrast is an in image, the sharper it can appear to someone without zooming in at 100%. Of course, that’s the only way that you’ll truly know. However, most of your clients won’t want to see the details on their pores. Instead they’ll want to see just how beautiful of a moment you captured at their wedding.

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In terms of technical speak, if you want to get the absolute best performance from your camera, you’ll need a solid lens. Many portrait photographers that use DSLRs tend to reach for the closest 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens that they can get their hands on. But you don’t necessarily need those!

Mirrorless camera technology has come a long way to where we now have unique lineups and interpretations of the famous telephoto zoom lens. And you have lots of choices.

Here are just some of our favorite portrait lenses for your mirrorless camera. But before you even begin to shoot portraits, we recommend that you read the basics first.

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