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: 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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Photography Cheat Sheet: Choosing the Best ISO Setting

Still getting the hang of your camera settings? Here’s a cheat sheet you can use as a reference for when you’re confused when to change your ISO.

The ISO is one of the exposure values that you have at your disposal to make sure you get the best results for your photos. It’s one of the things you’ll hear being thrown around in photography circles quite often, but what exactly does it do? How will your settings affect the way your photos will look like? Never fear, because another photography tutorial and cheat sheet from Digital Camera World is here.

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Making Transparencies From Fujifilm Instax and Polaroid Films

It’s a popular project for  Polaroid instant films, but turns out producing transparencies from Fuji Instax films is also possible.

Looking for something creative and experimental with instant film? You might want to try transparency lifts. It’s a project more popular for Polaroid instant films but turns out that you can also do it for Fujifilm Instax films. It’s a permanent alteration of the prints, but maybe it could inspire you to get extra creative and make some interesting images out of it. Last year, Marco Christian Krenn of Analog Things shared how he creates transparencies out of Polaroid black and white films. He followed it up with another cool tutorial for using these transparencies into a multi-layer transparency lightbox using Polaroid black and white instant films. Since then, he’s been getting questions about whether it’s possible to do it with Instax films as well.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Metering Modes in a Nutshell

Ever been confused about which of your camera’s metering modes is best for which scene? Keep this handy cheat sheet close on your next shoot!

If you’ve yet to master your camera’s features and settings, understanding the metering modes is one of the crucial elements to get started with. Through this functionality, your camera evaluates the best exposure settings to choose based on a particular scene. With this quick tutorial and cheat sheet from Digital Camera World, you’ll soon be able to get your exposure spot-on with the right metering mode. The tutorial explains how metering modes are valuable for ensuring that your photos are correctly exposed. They determine the extent of the darkest areas, brightest areas, and everything in between, as well as the best aperture and shutter speed combination. The cheat sheet below covers the four most common metering modes you’ll find in most cameras today, how they work, and when to use them.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: When to Use Wide or Narrow Aperture

With a wide range of aperture settings to choose from, how do you know when to go for a wide aperture over a narrow one? This photography cheat sheet will give you an idea.

Whether you’re just transitioning from a smartphone camera or an everyday point and shoot digital camera, working with aperture settings can be confusing. When do you choose a smaller aperture over a wider one? What effect does a wider aperture have on a photo? These could be some of the questions you are asking, so we’re sharing just the right cheat sheet to help you make sense of it.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comprehensive Landscape Photography Guide

Still figuring out how to get better at landscape photography? Let this in-depth photography cheat sheet be your guide the next time you head into the great outdoors.

If you’re just getting into landscape photography you most likely have a lot of questions about how to nail those postcard-worthy photos. There are a lot of resources out there, but you can get a jumpstart with this quick cheat sheet. This comprehensive landscape photography guide should point you in the right direction, from equipment to settings and down to composition.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Family Portrait Photography Tips

Family portrait photography can be challenging, but this cheat sheet will help you nail those beautiful portraits on your next shoot.

Family portrait photography is one of those genres we find ourselves shooting one way or another. Whether for work or personal projects, it can be tricky to get these portraits just the way you want them. However, with some planning and the help of this cheat sheet, you’ll be on your way to overcoming some of the most common obstacles to getting better family portraits.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: White Balance Presets Guide

Break away from your camera’s Auto white balance setting with this nifty guide on the other white balance presets at your disposal.

It may seem like a good idea to stick to the Auto white balance setting and let your camera figure things out on its own. One less setting to worry about, right? If you’re consistently happy about your results, you may not find it necessary to change to another setting. However, it always helps to learn more about the other options that you can use, especially if you’re shooting with artificial lighting or tricky lighting situations. For this, we bring yet another useful photography cheat sheet that you can use as a reference.

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Pro Tip: How to Add Character to Your Location Portraits

These quick and easy tips should help make your location portraits more unique, fun, and interesting.

So, you’ve found a nice location that gives you some interesting backdrops for your next portrait shoot. But it’s only one part of the picture. In this quick tutorial for Adorama, Gavin Hoey provides some tips and ideas on how to use props, wardrobe and styling, lighting, and a little bit of post-processing to add character to location portraits.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Understanding Focal Lengths

If you’re new to interchangeable lens cameras, this cheat sheet should help you understand how focal length affects your photos.

The primary advantage of interchangeable lens cameras, as the term suggests, is that you’ll be able to shoot using different lenses with varying focal lengths. Therefore, learning how focal length works and its relationship with the angle of view will help you choose the right lens for the kind of photography you want to do. For this, we’re sharing a cheat sheet that will serve as your handy dandy guide.

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Landscape Photography Tips: Five Beginner Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re just getting into landscape photography, we bring a handful of tips on what to avoid while you’re finding your way around the craft. 

With landscape photography having been one the most popular photography genres, it’s not surprising that more photographers are getting into it today. However, there are some common misconceptions and mistakes that beginners can find themselves making which can hamper their progress. This was what landscape photographer Mark Denney learned the hard way. In one of his videos, he addresses this by sharing some of the mistakes he made when he was starting out, and how beginners today can avoid them.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Simple Portrait Lighting Techniques

Check out this cheat sheet featuring simple portrait lighting techniques that you can try.

Getting the lighting right is key when it comes to shooting professional portraits. While it doesn’t always have to involve complex setups, it can be daunting to figure out where to start if you’re new to portrait lighting techniques. With this quick tutorial and cheat sheet, you’ll learn of a bunch of simple lighting styles to try for your next practice.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Read the Histogram

If you’re wondering what your camera’s histogram readings are saying, we have just the right cheat sheet for you.

Understanding how the histogram works and what the graph readings mean are vital to a well-exposed photograph. We covered some basics in several tutorials, and also recently shared a photographer’s insights on the common misconceptions about this graphical representation of the tonal values in an image. Now, to help you remember all that, we’re sharing a very useful cheat sheet that covers the histogram in a nutshell and how to read it.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Working with Directional Light Outdoors

If you’re thinking of shooting in the bright outdoors anytime soon, this photography cheat sheet will give you some ideas on working with directional light.

Landscape photographers typically prefer shooting either early in the morning, or during the Golden Hour for its soft, gorgeous light. But there’s more to it than just avoiding the hard light during most of the day. Knowing how to work with directional light from the sun will help you get the results you need from these outdoor shoots. Let this quick tutorial and cheat sheet be your guide for your next practice!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Four Depth of Field Decisions to Make

Understanding how depth of field works may seem baffling at first. But with enough practice, it will allow you to work with different lenses, camera systems, and subjects with ease.

Depth of field is another of those technical-sounding terms you’ll have to grapple with if you’re new to photography. It’s one of the essential creative controls that allow you to utilize sharp focus to determine the look of your shots. With this quick tutorial and cheat sheet, you’ll get a head start on mastering this concept by learning how to work with it in four common shooting situations.

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Photography Cheet Sheet: The Color Temperature Scale Explained

All you need to know about color temperature and its relationship with white balance summarized in one handy cheat sheet.

White balance is one of the crucial elements you have to work with to ensure accurate colors in your photos. To be able to do this, you have to know how to use the color temperature scale. Whether you’re just discovering color temperature in photography or looking for a better understanding of it, we’re sure this infographic by Digital Camera World will serve as a quick reference for you.

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