Photography Cheat Sheet: The Perfect Exposure Settings for Food Photos

Whether you’re an aspiring food photographer or simply want to take better photos of your culinary masterpieces, this photography cheat sheet will get you started.

The ultimate goal of food photography is easy to point out; the way to making that happen may be a bit challenging to figure out for beginners. A lot of factors go into it like styling, lighting, backdrops, and of course, camera settings. Your Instagram-worthy snaps may seem good enough to many, but if you really want to go beyond that, you’ll have to make some magic with an actual camera. This is why we’re always on the lookout for learning resources and tips to help make it happen. For today, let’s tackle the basic camera settings that you can use to get started.

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$9 A Month Can Help You Save Big On Photography Tutorials, More

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$9 won’t buy you a lot of things these days. A couple cups of designer coffee. One lunch at a casual diner, a few energy drinks perhaps. What if we told you, though, that $9 can get you access to some of the best deals on photography tutorials, presets, and more? Well, it’s true. Just $9 per month can help you save hundreds on stuff you actually need to help you improve your photography. Photowhoa has launched a service called Plus Membership. This membership will allow you to save an extra 20% on all their photography bundles, which include presets, photography tutorials, software, and more. You’ll also get six free bundles per year worth $399 for just $9 per month! Find out more about this exciting new plan after the break.

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Chinelle Ro’s Self-Portraits Are Some of the Best We’ve Ever Seen

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“I find self portrait work to be both healing and inspiring,” says Chinelle Ro. She continues, “it helps to channel thoughts and feelings, positive and negative, into creating reflective art.” We’ve been around a while here at The Phoblographer. Throughout the time we’ve featured many self-portrait photographers, and Ro’s are some of the best we’ve ever seen. A self taught photographer, business owner, mother, and wife, Ro has plenty going in her life. In love with her work, and curious about her story, we caught up with her to find out more.

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These 35mm Prime Lenses Will Help Create Beautiful Portraits

When it comes to portrait photography, 35mm prime lenses are a force to be reckoned with.

We’ve talked many times in the past about just how versatile 35mm prime lenses are. While they might not spring to mind immediately when you think about portraiture, they’re absolutely capable. When people think of portrait photography, they often think of head and shoulder shots or closer. However, there’s something to be said about three quarter, full-body, and environmental portraits. It’s in these categories that 35mm prime lenses excel when it comes to portraits. In this roundup, we’re going to look at five 35mm (and equivalent) lenses that’ll help you create beautiful portraits.

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Save an Extra 20% on Photography Guides and Big Preset Bundles


These sale prices on photography guides, presets, actions, and software are already incredible, but now you can save an extra 20% until October 15th!

The deals we have found for you on photography guides, software, presets, and more are fantastic. Throw in an extra 20% off the listed prices, and you have some genuine bargains. For a limited time, use the code COLUMBUS to save an additional 20% on any product over at Photowhoa. Need some spooky Halloween actions, presets, and backgrounds? Just $29 will get you a massive bundle of goodies. Become a master image retoucher. Learn with Nino Batista. His 30 video bundle is only $49! You can get 2,000 Lightroom presets for $25. 2,000 Luminar presets for $29.99, and over 1,000 sky overlays for just $29! All of the deals on photography guides and more listed here represent only a few of the bundles you can save on. Remember, save an extra 20% on the listed prices when you use the code Columbus. Come and see the deals after the break.

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$29 Photography Bundles: Become a Better Creator on the Cheap

These photography bundles will help you learn, grow, and profit.

Do you want to learn new skills and expand your knowledge? Do you want your new skills to earn you money? If you answered yes, these deals on photography bundles are for you. You can start with the PhotoWhoa Plus Membership for more deals. Grab over 5,000 Lightroom presets for just $29. You can get over 2,500 photoshop actions for $29. 60 retouching actions from Nino Batista cost only $29. If you want to learn Lightroom, this tutorial will have you editing like a pro in no time for just $29. We’ve also found a deal on DeNoise software that will make noise in your images vanish! It’s only $14! Join us after the break to see all the discounts on photography bundles.

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$29 Or Less: Big Savings on Photography Guides, Presets, More

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Learn, create, and grow with these photography guides, preset bundles, and more, which all cost $29 or less!

Are you ready to take your photo editing skills to the next level? Do you want to learn new skills and expand your knowledge? If you answered yes, these deals on photography guides, presets, and actions are for you. You can pick up over 5,000 Lightroom presets for just $29, over 2,500 photoshop actions for $29, and 60 retouching actions from Nino Batista for $29. Want to master long exposures? This guide for $29 will teach you all you need to know, and this Lightroom tutorial will have you editing like a pro in no time at all for just $29. We have also found a deal on DeNoise software that will make noise in your images vanish, and it’s only $14! Join us after the break to see all of the deals on photography guides, presets, software, and more.

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These Helpful Tips Will Maximize Your Camera’s Eye AF Performance

Eye AF is an extraordinarily useful technology that can help ensure your subject’s eyes are perfectly in focus when shooting portraits.

Eye Autofocus (Eye AF) is undoubtedly on the list of groundbreaking autofocus developments in the past decade. Designed initially for portrait photography, it tracks and nails focus on the subject’s eyes consistently. Eye Autofocus has seen significant improvements and adoption across much of the photo industry, and photographing humans (and certain animals) has become much easier with it. Almost all recent mirrorless cameras contain some form of Eye Autofocus. Despite its advancements, this technology still isn’t 100% accurate, so here’s how to make the most of Eye AF in your camera.

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5 Astonishing Women Doing Boudoir Photography Tutorials on YouTube

Experience boudoir photography tutorials through the female gaze.

Boudoir photography can be a whole lot of fun, both for the model and the photographer. But those elegant, attractive, and sensual photos are not easy to achieve, especially if you’re working with non-models. You need plenty of knowledge to do it, and even more if you want to do it well. Because most boudoir subjects are female, we wanted to put this piece together from the female photographers’ perspective. Because, after all, who knows about women’s bodies better than women themselves? Check out these women doing boudoir photography tutorials on YouTube.

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These Softbox Tips Will Take Your Photography Lighting to the Next Level

Master how best to utilize softboxes to take your photography to the next level.

Softboxes are one of the most popular light modifiers used by photographers. They are very versatile and can be found in a variety of different shapes and sizes. A softbox gives you a great deal of control over lighting, regardless if you’re photographing in a studio or outdoors. Since our previous infographic on how to use a softbox for portrait photography proved to be quite popular, we’re bringing you more softbox tips today.

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These Tips Will Help You Master Shooting Wide-angle Portraits at 24mm

Did you know that you can shoot portraits using wide-angle lenses? Let us show you how to master portrait photography using the 24mm focal length.

Once upon a time, it would have been inconceivable to photograph portraits using something as wide as a 24mm lens. You may as well have bought a one-way express ticket to Distortion City. Thanks to advancements in modern optics design, however, that is a thing of the past. Portrait photography with 24mm wide-angle lenses is totally feasible nowadays. As long as you understand how best to utilize the focal length, it can lead to some truly creative possibilities. In our latest original infographic, we will be going over some important guidelines to keep in mind when creating portraits using 24mm wide-angle lenses.

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Showdown of the Portrait Photography Focal Lengths: 85mm vs 135mm

Both 85mm and 135mm lenses are highly sought after options for portrait photography, but which focal length reigns supreme?

When it comes to portrait photography, many photographers will naturally reach for an 85mm or 135mm prime lens. Both lenses are equally capable of delivering stunning results in the right hands. However, there are fundamental differences between the two focal lengths that give each lens unique advantages. Understanding them will allow you to pick the most appropriate option at your next portrait session.

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How to Overcome Self Doubt in Photography (Breathe, It’s Okay)

Self doubt in photography can cripple a photographer’s progress, but there are ways to accept, manage, and overcome it.

In a recent Reddit post, one user wrote about dealing with self-doubt in photography. The author of the post said they had had success in many fields, including music, but was struggling to match the same success in photography. They wrote, “…seeing my work getting nowhere while I had achieved success with much greater ease in other fields is demoralizing and makes me doubt my abilities…” They added, ” (I) wonder if my time is better spent elsewhere.” The post reminded me of my own self-doubt through my time in photography, and the journey I went on to overcome it.

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Portrait Photography: How to Shoot Stunning Portraits with 35mm Primes

Do-it-all 35mm primes are as great for portraits as they are for anything else when you know how to make the most of them.

We have waxed lyrical about 35mm primes for years here at The Phoblographer, but just know that it’s for good reasons. These seemingly simple lenses can do so much that we truly believe everyone should own one, and while you might think they might not be great for portrait photography, we have to tell you you would be wrong. 35mm primes are fantastic for portraits. After the break, we will talk you through how you can create gorgeous environmental portraits and more with your humble 35mm primes.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Aperture Settings for Different Applications

If you’re unsure which aperture setting to use for photos you want to shoot, let today’s photography cheat sheet serve as your quick reference.

We’ve been sharing a lot of tips about camera settings as of late, especially aperture. As one of the components of the Exposure Triangle, the aperture is responsible for letting light into the camera. The lower the f-stop (also known as f-number), the larger the opening of lens, and the more light hits the camera sensor or film. However, that is just one of the things your aperture setting will do for your photos. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet provides yet another way for beginners to look at aperture: which one should you use to get the creative effects you need for your shot?

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Figure Out What Aperture You Need

The aperture does more than let adequate light in your shot: it also helps you control how much of the scene appears sharply focused.

Whether you’re shooting in manual or aperture priority mode, setting the right aperture to put depth of field to work is one of the decisions you’ll have to make with confidence. Whatever the kind of photography you do, your choice of aperture will determine not only how bright your results look, but also how much of the scene appears sharply focused. It’s one of the topics we cover a lot in our tutorials and cheat sheets, but in case you need a less technical visual guide, today’s featured photography cheat sheet will serve as another quick reference to help you better understand how aperture works.

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Infographic: Tips on Shooting Portraits with an 85mm Lens

When it comes to portrait photography, the 85mm focal length is the go to choice for most photographers with good reason.

For many photographers, the 85mm focal length is synonymous with portraiture. Whenever the topic of portrait photography comes up, the discussion inevitably involves the use of 85mm lenses. But, why is the 85mm focal length so closely associated with portrait photography, and how can you best utilize it in your portraiture work? That’s precisely what we’re covering today with our latest original Phoblographer infographic.

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5 Quick-Fire Tips to Make You Even Better at Street Photography

Although street photography takes time to perfect, these five quick-fire tips will help you get to grips with the fundamentals.

Street photography can be as equally frustrating as it is rewarding. It’s not easy creating a compelling photograph out of a scene you seemingly have no control over. That’s why many fall at the first hurdle, deeming it too difficult to do well. But like anything, practice prevails, and if you master the basics, you’ll eventually get to a point where you’re creating fantastic street images. To help you on your path to glory, here are five quick fire tips for better street photography.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Use a Softbox for Portrait Photography

We know lots of you would love a photography cheat sheet on how to use a softbox.

The softbox is arguably the most popular light modifier for photographers. It’s also a tool that lets you direct lighting to exactly where you want it with the most control. Softboxes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They’re useful for photography at any time of the day or night, but they’re most often used in studios. However, we’d recommend that you take it out on location and shoot with one by blending the natural light with the softbox’s output. And to help you, we’re releasing an original infographic that’s going to teach you about how to use a softbox.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: An Easy Guide to Shooting Portraits Indoors

Since many of us will most likely be shooting portraits indoors, we’re sure today’s featured photography cheat sheet will be especially helpful.

With the current quarantine situation leaving us limited to shooting mostly indoors, a lot of us may take up portrait photography projects. Now is actually a great time to channel our creative energies toward making great family portraits and even creative self portraits. For those who are fairly new to the craft, figuring out the best camera settings to use it can be a challenge. If that sounds like you (or someone you know), we have just the right photography cheat sheet to help get you started quickly. So, pick up your camera and take note of the settings you can use for your next portrait sessions around the house.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Make Great Black and White Images

Getting stunning black and white images is all about using the right techniques, as today’s photography cheat sheet tells us!

When it comes to black and white photography, adapting a different mindset is necessary. There’s more to it than shooting with your camera in monochrome mode. Instead of evaluating a scene through eye-catching colors, you’ll need to look closely at the balance between light and shadows, and of light elements against dark ones. It will definitely take a lot of practice, but with photography cheat sheets like our featured guide today, you’ll have a jump start to making those impressive black and white images.

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