Photography Cheat Sheet: Explaining Camera Exposure to a Dummy

Those who are just starting to explore the manual controls of their camera may find the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO easier to understand with today’s photography cheat sheet.

Mastering camera controls can be intimidating for beginners, especially for those who are upgrading from a smartphone camera. But, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Today’s photography cheat sheet will certainly help anyone who wants to have a better understanding of the three basic camera settings: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

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How to Shoot Dramatic Portraits With One Light Source

If you’re just getting into portrait photography, you’ll most likely be surprised to see how you can achieve dramatic portraits even with just one light source. 

Whenever studio lighting or lighting for portrait work is mentioned, it tends to be intimidating. However, it’s actually easy to work with just one simple light source to get beautifully dramatic portraits. You don’t even need pro-level studio lights to start experimenting with this, as JT of Run N Gun shows us in one of his latest videos. Whether you’re just getting into portrait photography or want to level up with your practice, this tutorial will be of great use to you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Exposing the Sky in Landscape Photography

Learn how to avoid overexposing the sky in your landscape snaps with today’s nifty photography cheat sheet.

Overexposing the sky is one of the tricky parts of landscape photography. Because the sky is often brighter than the rest of the scene, it’s easy to blow out the details and end up with an unflattering sky when shooting in Auto mode. With today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll learn how to avoid that by exposing for the sky.

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The Essential Film Photography Checklist: What You Need to Get Started

Want to dip your toes into film photography but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a quick checklist for you.

Film is not dead, and you’re living proof of it for wanting to try it out. Maybe you were curious after seeing some film photos in your Instagram feed. Or, you came across film photographers whose work you really liked. Perhaps you found your grandparents’ old film cameras and have been wondering if they’re still working. Whatever your reason, this simple checklist should help you get started.

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9 Photography Lighting Hacks to Level Up Your Portraits

Feeling the need to get creative with your portraits? Try these quick lighting hacks to level up your portrait game!

Last time we shared some tips from JT of Run N Gun, he showed us how to get pro-looking dramatic portraits using one light source. In a recent video, he shares a bunch of quick and easy lighting hacks for shooting portraits, using everyday items you can find in your home or office, or in grocery stores and craft supply shops!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Staying Sharp for Action Shots

When it comes to action shots, getting your shutter speed right is only one part of the equation. With this photography cheat sheet, you’ll also be able to use your camera’s AF points to ensure sharp photos.

Photographing moving subjects can be tricky, especially for beginners. Not only will it require using fast shutter speeds to freeze movement, but also nailing the focus. Today’s photography cheat sheet will help you with the latter through some tips for choosing the right AF point depending on how your subject is moving.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Autofocus Done Right for Portraits

If you’ve started shooting portraits, one of the things to master is how to nail your focus.

When you’re shooting portraits, it’s not enough to just rely on your camera’s autofocus mode and expect everything in your frame to look focused. You have to make sure your subject’s eyes are always pin-sharp. With this portrait photography cheat sheet, you’ll learn how to use the right autofocus mode to achieve that with each shot.

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Blending Flash with Natural Light (And Getting it Right in Camera!)

Blending flash and natural light is all about listening to the light meter in the camera.

“Why can’t I just do this in post-production?” is what I heard in a recent event I attended on mixed lighting and flash. Many times the answer is that a photographer can’t get an organic look and effect in the scene. Further, why work a long time in post-production when you can just get the image right in-camera? Why can’t you achieve your creative vision without the use of a computer or an app? And why do you need to live by that preset life? In this tutorial, we’re going to walk through the ideas behind blending natural light and flash.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Exposing for Landscapes

Still struggling with exposure settings for landscape photography? With today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll learn how to get spot-on exposures by taking note of the histogram.

Previously, we shared some tips for getting your composition right when shooting landscapes. For today’s photography cheat sheet, it’s time to work on exposure with the help of histogram readings. Both elements work hand in hand to create landscape photos that are more than merely snapshots. So, if you’re working on getting better at shooting landscapes, we’re sure you’ll find these tips handy!

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Here’s a Way to Justifiably Get More Money for Your Printed Photo

When photographers print their images they should make it really special.

Printed photographs are perhaps the most fantastic way to appreciate and understand the art of photography. Most photographers aren’t printing enough. Digital screens have become the default way in which we view photography. They have taken over our lives. But, the moment someone can take in their favorite photo as a print, their jaw drops. Beyond simply printing images, how do you make someone pay attention to it and want to buy one? This is something that requires you to think out of the box. As with most art and media these days, you need to create something folks want to interact with or you need to have interacted with the print in some way. It needs to be made special. It needs to be one of a kind.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Mastering Composition for Landscapes

Before you set your exposure for a landscape photo, make sure your composition is on point. Use this photography cheat sheet as your guide to master working landscape scenes. 

Getting the exposure right is only half of the job when it comes to landscape photography; it’s just as important to have eye-catching composition. These two elements work together to make an outstanding landscape photo that goes beyond the snapshot. Today’s photography cheat sheet is a great resource both for those who are new to shooting landscapes and those who want to keep improving their composition.

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Is Annie Leibovitz Right About This? What Do You Think?

What do you think?

I wrote an article about making your portrait subjects more comfortable and noticed a great comment. “Annie Leibovitz runs an ad on YouTube etc. in which she says she doesn’t believe it’s the photographer’s job to put the person at ease… whats that about?” This is a great topic. This person is talking about the trailer for Annie Leibovitz’ MasterClass, which was a big disappointment. (I recommend her book ‘At Work’ as an alternative.

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How Reciprocity Failure Affects Long Exposures in Film Photography

If you’re just getting into film photography, reciprocity failure is an important technicality to be aware of, especially when shooting long exposures. 

Long exposures are among the most exciting creative techniques at every film photographer’s disposal. However, they don’t come as easy in film as they do in digital due to the law of reciprocity failure. Jason Robert Jones covers this in one of his YouTube videos and accompanying cheat sheets for two of his go-to films. If you’ve never heard of this technicality before, we suggest you pay close attention as it has a hand in the outcome of your shots, especially if long exposures.

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Dispelling the Myths of the Street Photography Process with Sean Tucker

There are some really helpful insights to take in from Sean Tucker’s approach to street photography.

One of the most common misconceptions about the world’s best street photographers is that they get perfect snaps with every click of the shutter. That can’t be farther from the truth. To dispel this myth and help us understand what the street photography process is truly like, UK-based Sean Tucker talked about his own experience in his latest YouTube video. If you’re in need of some motivation, we’re sure his insights will do the trick.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Personal Brand Photo Shoot Ideas

Branding is essential in any business, including your own photography services. Today’s photography cheat sheet is handy if you’re figuring out how to shoot your own branding photos.

Working your way to being a pro photographer? As mentioned in a previous photography cheat sheet we shared, part of establishing your own photography business is marketing your services. This is where effective branding comes in. If you have no idea where to begin, today’s cheat sheet will give you some ideas for your personal brand photoshoot.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Essential Tips for Shooting in Cold Weather

Brrrr season is afoot, so we best be prepared for the cold with today’s handy photography cheat sheet!

It’s only a matter of time before we slip into colder and colder weather. A trip to winter wonderlands may also soon be in order. Some know how challenging it can be to shoot in freezing temperatures. Some learn the hard way. In either case it’s best to keep today’s photography cheat sheet with you from now on!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Manual Mode Settings Whatever the Weather

Still getting a grip on the Exposure Triangle and the effect of each element on your photos? This cheat sheet will serve as a quick guide for shooting, whatever the weather.

If you’ve decided to give manual photography a go but haven’t mastered the settings yet, don’t worry, we have just the right stuff for you. With today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be able to put the Exposure Triangle concept to the test and shoot with confidence in good or bad weather. Put on your comfy shoes, pack your gear, and have a copy of this cheat sheet ready for your next photo walk!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Guide to ISO Settings

Once you are seriously into photography, you hear the term ISO a lot. But what does it really do? Which settings do you use? Find the answers in today’s photography cheat sheet.

ISO is one of the elements that comprise a well-exposed photo. It’s definitely one of the things you should master, especially when you want to learn how to shoot in manual mode. If you’re struggling with ISO settings and what they do to your photos, we have precisely the stuff to help you. Whether you’re shooting with a film or digital camera, this quick photography cheat sheet should work well for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Aerial Photography Using Drones

Thinking of venturing into drone photography? Today’s photography cheat sheet has some useful tips to help you get started.

The advent of drone photography was a blessing for aerial photography enthusiasts and professionals and continues to be a popular approach to capturing sweeping vistas and stunning scenery. Since there are budget and pro drone cameras available today, it’s easy to see why more and more photographers have been picking it up. if you’re set to get your own drone camera soon, you may find today’s photography cheat sheet useful for your practice.

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How to Not Be a Jerk Photographing Cosplayers at New York Comic Con

Heading to New York Comic-Con this year? Check out these useful tips to elevate your cosplay photography to the next level.

Every October, thousands make their pilgrimage to Manhattan’s west side and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to attend New York Comic-Con. For those unfamiliar, NYCC is an annual celebration of their diverse fandoms, ranging from comic books, video games, movies, tv shows, pop culture, and everything in between. Last year’s NYCC had a record-breaking attendance of a quarter of a million people, and that number will likely increase this year. What was once considered geeky or nerdy is now woven into the fabric of pop culture. In recent years, more and more people are openly embracing and expressing their love of the numerous fandoms of which they’re a part. For many convention-goers, cosplaying – the act of dressing up as and embodying their favorite characters – has become a rite of passage. The rise of cosplaying’s popularity has also led to an influx of photographers attending conventions like New York Comic-Con in hopes of capturing the many cosplayers roaming around the convention hall. If you happen to be one of these photographers, this article was written with you in mind. Continue reading…

Photography Workshop Review: Finding the Photographer’s Vision

Instead of obsessing over gear, do something good for yourself with the short courses and online workshops like Finding the Photographer’s Vision.

Like most creatives, we photographers can find ourselves stuck, out of ideas, and unhappy about our work, whether professional or personal projects. Sometimes, it’s just not about the gear anymore. It’s our mindset that has to change and our skills that need to be upgraded. This is where short courses and online photography workshops come in handy. There are plenty of options now that caters to all kinds of photography. But if you want something that you can try regardless of the sort of photography that you do, Finding the Photographer’s Vision would be a good fit for you.

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