Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Macro Lens Guide

Want to shoot macro but can’t figure out which lens to get? This cheat sheet will help you decide.

With all the options available for macro photography lenses, how do we know which one to choose? Apart from dedicated macro lenses, many zoom lenses also offer a “macro” function, making it somewhat confusing for anyone starting out. Fortunately, Digital Camera World has put together another tutorial and handy photography cheat sheet to help us choose the right macro lens for the job.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Exposure Guide for Tricky Lighting Conditions

Let this photography cheat sheet help you get the exposure right even in the most challenging lighting situations.

Once in a while, you’ll come across shooting situations that give you inaccurate colors, blown-out highlights, and unbalanced exposures. You can correct these in post-process later, but it always pays to get the best results possible in-camera. With the tips in today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be ready to make the necessary adjustments when shooting in some of the most tricky lighting conditions.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Composing with the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is one of the basic and fundamental composition techniques every photographer should learn.

When in doubt about your composition, one of your best bets is to go with the Rule of Thirds. This is why every photographer is encouraged to begin mastering this technique when they’re starting out. Read on to see how you can apply it to the shots you want with this handy photography cheat sheet by Company Folders.

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Can the Canon Rebel T3i Still Take Great Portraits?

Have one of your old DSLRs lying around? This cheap camera challenge with an entry-level Canon DSLR camera will inspire you to keep shooting with it.

We’re at a time when constant upgrades render cameras out-of-date every few years, especially for professional photography. This often leads photographers to fuss about their gear and feel the need to constantly upgrade to the latest and greatest. However, it’s often possible to get beautiful results, even with old cameras. The cheap camera challenge that Mango Street recently did is a testament to this. So, if you’ve ever wondered whether you can pull off something good with that nearly decade-old DSLR gathering dust somewhere, the quick answer is yes!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Lens Filter Guide

Filters can help get better results in-camera and save hours of editing. This photography cheat sheet will let you know which one to use.

Ever wondered about how filters work and what they can do to your photos? In a nutshell, these accessories are useful for addressing challenging lighting conditions or creating a certain mood or effect. They work best if you choose the right filter for the right situation, and can affect image quality. There are plenty of resources out there on the topic, but for starters, we have a photography cheat sheet as a quick reference.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Cropping Guide for Portrait Photography

Cropping in your framing or in post-processing is necessary for portrait shoots. Let this photography cheat sheet serve as your guide to do it effectively.

The concept of composition is the foundation of any outstanding photo, and it’s especially the case for portrait photography. Part of compositon is deciding which part of your subject appears in your shot. Whether composing through your camera or cropping in post, you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good portrait by trimming it at an awkward part. To that end, this simple photography cheat sheet will be a handy guide for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: 19 Composition Tips You Should Know

Whether you’ve just started to take photography more seriously or farther along into it, the composition tips in this photography cheat sheet are worth checking out.

Composition is key for taking outstanding photographs. It’s one of the first things a person who enjoys taking photographs learns. A photo can be technically sound — well-exposed, properly focused, and tack-sharp — but if it’s poorly composed, it won’t be a great photo. Today’s photography cheat sheet has some excellent tips that will improve your composition and create stronger photos in the process.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Achieving Beautiful Backlighting

Backlighting can be a powerful technique for many types of photography. Today’s photography cheat sheet tells us how to achieve great results with it.

When shooting against the light, it’s easy to wind up with nothing but silhouettes. But, with some adjustments, you can get more flattering results through the backlighting technique. The key here is to put a light source behind your subject to create a rim light without overpowering it to cause a silhouette. A photography cheat sheet shared by Lifehack gives us some tips on creating the balance necessary for the backlighting technique.

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A Cheat Sheet for Every Wedding Photographer’s Mental Health

Precious memories depend on you when you’re a wedding photographer. Help your clients get the best photos of the big day by sharing this photography cheat sheet with them.

Wedding photography can be stressful both for the photographer and the couples, but you can do something about it. Preparation is key, and it’s a team effort. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet is specially designed for that. If you’re looking for some tips to make the job easier for you, this is a visual guide you should definitely share with your clients.

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Two Ways to Shoot Single Light Portraits with the Chimera Lantern

It’s possible to get amazing results even if you’re using a single light source, and Adorama shows us how to do it using the Chimera Lantern.

Whether you’re looking into experimenting with a new lighting technique, or simply want to keep your shoot minimal, a single light setup will do the trick. There are many different ways to do this, but Adorama adds one more to the list. In a recent episode of OnSet, Daniel Norton demonstrates how to achieve simple but beautiful headshots in the studio using the Chimera Lantern, a less commonly used light shaper.

Interested in grabbing photography gear and accessories like this? Check out Adorama’s listings for some deals while you’re at it. You really can’t beat Adorama’s prices on these specials!

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5 Reasons for a Photographer to Love Their Prime Lens Over a Zoom

The staff at the Phoblographer love their prime much more than zooms.

It’s long been a well known fact that prime lenses are better than zooms, even though zoom lenses can be much more useful for professional reasons. If you’re looking for the penultimate of image quality, prime lenses are hard to beat. Not only are they often sharper and have better bokeh, but they’re smaller in comparison to many zoom lenses. For years, photographers used prime lenses exclusively. That is happening less and less in the professional world, but many pros still keep at least one prime in their kit. Here’s why you should love your primes.

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Portrait Photography Hack: Your Smartphone as a Colorful Light Source

Turns out your smartphone can also double as cheap, portable, and colorful lighting for portrait photography!

Looking for a cheap colored light for your next portrait shoot? Look no further, because your smartphone will work in a pinch! Not everyone can afford professional studio lights with color gels. This lighting hack, recently shared by JT of Run N Gun, could be an option worth trying on your next shoot.

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Why Doesn’t My Camera’s Flash Freeze Fast Moving Subjects?

If you want to stop fast-moving subjects, the effects that a flash provides can help.

While newer photographers will always try to stop a fast-moving subject by cranking up their ISO setting and increasing the shutter speed, it isn’t always the most effective method. In fact, it can cause a more problems for you in post-processing where you’ll enjoy creating awful photos. One of flash’s biggest benefits is what it can do for photographers, not only for providing light on a subject but also for extra benefits like stopping motion. However, not all flashes are created equal in that capacity.

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How to Make Time for Photography While Having a Day Job

Been feeling limited with your photography because of your nine to five job? This photographer’s suggestion might inspire you to find a way to fit it in your schedule.

While a lot of photographers are shooting to make a living, there’s also a large chunk of the population who do it as a hobby. Work can often “get in the way” of photography, but Spanish-American photographer Adrian Otero says it’s definitely possible to squeeze it into our busy schedules. He gives us some insight on how he was able to do it in one of his recent videos.

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What Lenses Should You Invest in for Wildlife Photography?

If you’re just getting started with wildlife photography, it’s worth knowing which lenses make the best investments.

Thinking of upgrading your lenses for shooting wildlife photography? If you’re determined to do it long-term, we have just the right stuff for you. UK-based wildlife photographer and journalist Tom Mason gives a run-down of his lens recommendations, but not the way most photographers would do it. Understanding that choosing the right lenses for the job can be daunting for beginners, he decided to recommend lenses that you’d be using for years.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: A Handy Shutter Speed Guide

Still figuring out how shutter speed works or what it means to shoot in stops? This photography cheat sheet will help!

If you’ve decided to give shooting in manual mode a try, one of the things you have to set to make your shot is the shutter speed. As one of the elements of the exposure triangle, shutter speed determines how long the shutter remains open to expose the camera’s sensor to light. It works together with aperture and ISO to create a balanced image. This photography cheat sheet will serve as your guide for understanding shutter speed and how to choose the right one for what you’re shooting.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shoot Mouthwatering Food Photography

Learn how to take great food photography that goes beyond Instagrammable with key tips from this photography cheat sheet.

We all like to dabble in food photography, but there’s more to it than being good enough for likes on social media. If you’ve been wondering how to begin taking better, even pro-looking, food photos, we have a cheat sheet by Italian food photographer Jonathan Raho that could get you started. Here, we learn about a bunch of key elements for exploring the scrumptious side of photography. As with any kind of photography, it’s about leading the eyes of the viewer to the star of your photos (and of course, make their mouths water at how tasty the food looks!).

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9 Things a Photographer Should Purchase Besides Gear

Photographers: You’d be shocked at what the $2,000 for a lens can do to help improve you instead.

GAS: lots of photographers have it and many can understand the need and benefit of getting a brand new lens that can render all the bokeh. But after a while, you’re pretty well saturated and set in the gear you’ve got. Eventually, you realize that you’re the one who takes the pictures and not necessarily your camera. And you’ll end up at a point where you want something, but don’t need it. That’s fine–satiate your wants as much as is reasonable. But when you want things, you’ll start to realize how much of your money can be invested into things that are bound to make you more money: that’s more about doing something for yourself as you grow as a photographer. Here are just a few.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Flash Photography Tips and Tricks

Working with flash may seem tricky if you’re just starting out. But with this quick photography cheat sheet, you’ll have a bunch of simple tricks for shooting with flash.

Flash photography may seem daunting at first, but knowing how to work with lighting equipment like flashes and strobes will expand your skills and let you work in different shooting situations. It’s an especially valuable skill if you want to do portrait photography. Whether you’re curious about using flash and pro lighting setups in the studio, or simply want to learn how to make the most out of the flash unit you just bought for your camera, this cheat sheet should help you get started.

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Pro Tip: How to Shoot Cinematic Portraits with Hard Light

Hard light isn’t always the best choice for portraits, but you can get really cool results if you know how to use it well.

When it comes to portraits, soft and diffused light is often the go-to setting to create the most flattering results. However, hard light can also open up your portrait photography to a lot of creative techniques and cinematic effects. In his quick tutorial, Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media shows us a quick setup in the studio that will let you create beautiful cinematic portraits when your projects call for it.

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