5 Tips on How To Shoot Great Halloween Photos

Red Riding Hood as Marilyn Monroe
Boo! Fall is in the air and Halloween will be coming soon. As the holiday where everyone decides to go out all dressed up, it naturally presents itself as one of the best holidays for photo opportunities. If you’re strictly the photographer this Halloween, you’ll have less to worry about. If you’re taking photos and are out partying then you’ll probably have a bit more trouble since your attention will be a bit more split. Here are some tips to ensure that your photos come out great looking.

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How To Create Better Black and White Photos

There are a couple of methods to creating Black and White photos in digital photography. Two methods in particular are looked down upon: in-camera settings and using the convert to black and white function in Photoshop. While you may think that the images look really nice this way, often times they are actually very ugly. A more often used way is to desaturate the image in an editing program. While this is better, it still isn’t the best way to get the very most out of your images. While the above image still has some flaws to it, it still looks much better than what those tacky filters will give you. Here’s how to do it.

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How To Check For Sensor Dust

If you’re totally new to the world of DSLRs and interchangeable lens compacts, then you’ll perhaps be wondering what those weird specks are in your photos. Chances are that you’ve got a dirty sensor. My personal weapon of choice for dealing with this is the Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly(reviewed here) but sometimes even that can’t do the job and I’d require swabs. So how do you check for sensor dust in the first place?

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The Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist

I just got an email with an image detailing with what to me, is one of the most complete and organized wedding image checklists I’ve ever seen. Take a look for yourself and learn from it. If you want to get more into weddings, our buddies over at Snapknot.com can help to promote you, but you can also check out our intro. Another tips that I can add is this: don’t use a Rebel for wedding photography. As you can see that wedding photographer got completely steamrolled. Instead, check out our equipment list. I typically bring all this to a wedding.

Big thanks to John for the email.

The Essential Guide To Dog Portrait Photography

The Badass Pooches

Woof woof! Dogs are our constant companions and have been since the Stone Age. We love them, care for them, walk them, play with them, and in return, they give us great affection and protection. They are our best friends and though their lifespans are typically short, we always remember them. Here’s how to capture the looks and personality of your dog.

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Back To School Photography Gear Roundup

With school starting right around the corner, photography students will be getting ready to keep their shutters clicking. Granted, your Photography Department may offer you and other students cameras to use. But if you don’t want to go through the checking out/checking in process, you may want to take a look at this posting created especially for you.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best photography gear for students going back to school.

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Why Your Lenses are More Important Than Your Camera

For professionals reading this blog, the importance of lenses is old hat. However, for casual users who are considering getting their first DSLR, they might not understand just how vital having the right lenses is for shooting. A good lens means everything in getting the right shot. It’s not just the amount of zoom you have or how wide it can get, but the quality of the glass, the maximum size of the aperture, and other characteristics.

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The Quick Beginner’s Guide to Using A Photo Studio

At some stage in their career, every photographer will have need and use for a photo studio. It is the place where the photographer has almost total control of what is being photographed. Some are intimidated by the studio. This posting is for those photographers and by the end of it, you’ll probably understand and love the studio more.

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Reader Question: How to Improve My iPhone 4 Images

My review of the iPhone 4’s camera made quite the stir; and some users are even wondering how they can make their photos better. Take the recent case of Kyle, who found the posting through Google. He’s got some problems with his images and he wants to make them better, but he’s not a photographer. As I’ve learned in the commercial world, great editors can also create great images. I’m going to show you how to create better iPhone images by converting them to RAWs.

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Beginner's Tips to Shooting Fireworks

The 4th of July is right around the corner and after the BBQs are over you’ll most likely be with friends/family checking out the fireworks as they go off. To capture them accurately, you’ll need to know the technical stuff. Here are some quick tips on how to do it.

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Facebooks Terms Of Use Explained to a Photographer

Chances are that if you’re reading this posting that you are a photographer and use Facebook. Why not? It’s a great tool to use for your business. However, many photographers and people that know photographers don’t read Facebook’s Terms of Use. The reason for this—too much to read and not enough understanding of what it means. As a former college radio president, I’m used to reading through such terms of content use and even creating them. That said, here’s what Facebook’s Terms of Use mean.

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Editing: More Mistakes To Watch For When Editing a Video

As like many of you, I’m always learning and re-learning. The first time around on a recent podcast, I made some major mistakes. The second time around, it was in the editing process for the most part but some of these problems could have been fixed in pre-production. Since it’s been a while since I’ve been shooting podcasts day after day, here are some mistakes that I’ve made to keep in mind as well as how to avoid them.

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Quick and Forgotten Tips For 50mm Lens Users

One of the most valuable and versatile pieces of equipment a photographer has is a 50mm lens. When we first start using it, we are immediately astonished by just how much the image quality of our cameras can improve. However, we also do tend to forget lots of points that are important to know in order to ensure optimal image quality and excellent results. Here’s a list to keep in mind.

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Tips for Photographers: MAC-On-Campus

Those of you that come to The Phoblographer usually come here to read tips that I write. Allow me to introduce you to a website that can do a much better job of that than I can: MAC-On-Campus. Tailored towards students of photography, it teaches readers great things like lighting techniques, inside news for photographers, interviews and insights into the minds of photo reps and art buyers, and loads more. Check out the Learning Center for some really cool stuff.

Quick Tips for Studio/Location Headshot Photography

I’ve covered social networking and headshot photography before and even covered some of the best equipment for the job. Now it’s time to actually work with the client. Depending on what they want, it could be in studio or even on location. There are some elements of photojournalism, or at least there can be, in on location shoots. I’ll be covering some extra tips for you here. If you’d like though, have a look through my portfolio as well.

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Quick Tips For Shooting Events

Shooting events and parties has always been a good source of income for photographers. Getting them right and making your photos stand out from the rest though is a whole different story. There are ways to make sure that your photos don’t look like they came out of a point and shoot or from an amateur. Some of this was covered on how to shoot a memorable New Year’s Eve. For a couple of basics, hit the jump.

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