Why Your Nose Looks Bigger in Selfies (In Case You Were Wondering)

Yep, selfies usually aren’t the most flattering choices for your profile photos

Next time you or your selfie-obsessed friend complains of her big nose in those selfies, you finally have something to say that explains this phenomenon. It’s not you (or your friend); it’s the darn smartphone selfies. A quick but highly informative video by Vox explains a number of good-to-know things about this reality brought about by selfies. First, selfies, especially those taken using smartphones, do make our faces look weird. Second, there are figures backing up the reality that say a lot of people think their nose looks big in selfies, and it’s making them all want to get nose jobs. The third and most important of all is most people don’t really know that this facial distortion is caused by the distance between the subject and the camera.

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The Focus and Recompose Method: An Introduction for Photographers

Cameras these days have a gillion autofocus points, so why would you choose to focus and recompose a scene instead? If you’re new to photography, you’ve probably never thought about or knew about the focus and recompose method. Focus and recompose is a method photographers have been using for years before autofocus. Even when autofocus came around, it was more or less designed to be used alongside the focus and recompose method of shooting photos. To use the focus and recompose method, you essentially choose a focusing point, place it on the subject, focus the camera, recompose the scene and then shoot. In most cases, photographers tend to use the middle focusing point. With high megapixel cameras, this feature has become more and more valuable because you can simply crop the image to bits if you wish. But lots of photographers don’t know or understand how to properly focus and recompose.

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You Need to See this Deep Dive on the Science Behind Exposure and Metering

You know about the exposure triangle and sunny 16, but do you know the science behind them?

Exposure is an integral part of photography: you literally deal with this every single time you take a picture or look at the live view coming from your digital camera. Metering is also a very important part to how digital cameras work, especially those that work in some sort of automatic mode: this is how your camera decides to measure the light and by extension, figure out what a ‘proper’ exposure for the scene is.

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What Photographers Should Know About Travelling with Film

If you’re traveling with film and film cameras, here’s what you need to know

Over the past few years, I’ve decided to give film a shot–not just domestically here in NYC, but also with international travel. Most photographers haven’t done this in years, but with film photography back on the rise, there are great reasons to travel with it. Documenting the deserts of the United States or the streets of Bangkok in Kodak emulsions are bound to give you images you’ll be so incredibly proud of partially because you worked so much harder to get them. Of course, if you’re in the United States, then you should know that travel has become even more strict thanks in part to our President. But I’ve faced it all.

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Every Beginner Could Use These Photography Tips

You’ll progress better if you take note of these simple photography tips

So, you’ve decided to move on from being a beginner to becoming a better photographer. You’re on the right track doing research for photography tips and tricks, so we bring you a few things to avoid and remember from wedding photographer Bethany Kay. In this quick video, Bethany shares some of the mistakes she did when she was starting out in wedding photography, and what she learned out of it. With these simple photography tips, you too will see improvement in your work by leaps and bounds, whatever the kind of photography you’re doing.

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The Five Basic Portrait Lighting Setups Every Photographer Should Know

Learning these basic portrait lighting techniques is the first step to making stunning images of your subjects

Want to be an outstanding portrait photographer? One of the first things you have to master is how to light your subjects for the most flattering portraits. There are five basic portrait lighting setups that you have to learn, especially if you’re keen on working in the studio. Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens has a quick and very informative video tutorial to show you how it’s done.

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SEO for Photographers: An Introductory Guide to Getting Your Site Seen

This is a syndicated blog post from Digital Photo Magazine originally written by William Sawalich. It and the images here are being syndicated with permission.

Do you want people to find your photography website? Whether you’re displaying your images for fun or, more than likely, with the hopes of making a profit, it’s important to optimize your website so search engines will be more likely to return your site in the search results much earlier. The sooner you appear in that list, the better, because studies have shown most people don’t go very far down the list of search results before choosing a destination or going back and trying it again.

The point is, if you want to rank highly in search results, you need to use search engine optimization techniques, or SEO, in order to tailor your site the way search engines like them. Here are five straightforward (i.e., not for computer programmers) tips photographers can use to optimize their websites.

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How to Make Precise Adjustments with the Gradient Filter on Lightroom

Here’s a quick and useful tutorial that will teach you how to really, really, really use a gradient filter.

One of the most useful tools on your Lightroom arsenal is the gradient filter. As one of Lightroom’s powerful local editing tools, it lets you make changes only to a specific part of your frame. If that sounds like something you could use for your photos, this two-part video tutorial by Joshua Cripps will tell you how it’s done and what you can do with it.

Also called Graduated Filter, this tool lets you apply a myriad of adjustments on a specific area of your frame, with just some clicks on your photo. With this, you can make those precise and sometimes tricky adjustments for projects like landscape photography.

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