Posts in Photography Techniques
The Sharpness Myth

"The story is always king."  That one sentence changed so many things in my perspective on photography.  It was a quick statement in a video I watched, but it hit me like a truck.  Why?  Because the message rings true to almost every element of photography and video.  So today I'm going to talk about how sharpness really doesn't matter as much as you probably think.

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21 Tips for Sharpness – How To Hit The Sweet Spot

It’s not often that photographers aim to have an out of focus shot.  Yes it can be done tastefully, particularly in artistic contexts, but by and large we aim for the sharpest shots we can get.  Here are 21 tips to help you nail the focus and get tack sharp shots every time.

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Keeping It Fun

Photography can be one of the most amazing and fulfilling jobs on the planet.  You get to travel all over, work with incredible people, and capture moments that will last beyond your lifetime.  But the reality of a career in the field can sometimes be really taxing, and even kill the passion.  Here's a short blog post on some of the ways I've found to keep it interesting, challenging, and fun.

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Workflow: The Most Important Investment You Can Make

When it comes to wedding photography there are thousands of ways to invest your money.  New lenses, camera bodies, bags, flashes, accessories, they're all ways that you can see dramatic changes in your business, yet one that gets overlooked far too often is workflow.  It's hard to put money into something that won't show up in the form of better photos, but today's post explores why that's exactly where you should invest.

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Photoshop and Lightroom Photo Restoration

There are few things that truly test your mastery of Photoshop more than restoring a damaged photo.  So, if you really want to grow as a photographer, particularly in the area of post-processing, I'd definitely suggest challenging yourself to restore a damaged photo to print quality.  Here's a little post on a project I had recently with the Army.

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Investing in Pro Lighting Gear

I know how it feels to be frozen in your tracks at B&H staring at some Profoto, Wescott, or Dedolight gear, dreaming of a bank account that could afford your wildest dreams.  It's hard to look away, and it will haunt your every waking moment... alright, I'm being melodramatic, but you get my point.  Here's the thing though, there are many instances where (despite how you may desperately try to justify it to yourself) it's not necessary whatsoever.

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Putting in the Work

Photographer Tony Corbell once said, "Quality doesn't come easily.  There are no shortcuts and it often requires great sacrifice."  He's totally right, it is a long road, one I hope to keep walking for years to come.  Today's post discusses the process of becoming a professional, on stepping outside of traditional photography rules, and the hours and years it can take before you truly come into your own.

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How to Shoot Sharp Handheld Photos with Low Shutter Speeds

The reality of life is that there are going to be times where a tripod isn't an option and you have to go handheld.  I know, I know, it's brutal and unfair; you're tired of raising a fist to the sky, cursing the sun for setting.  I totally get it.  So what can you do?   Today's blog post suggests a few techniques you can use to still get the sharpest shots you possibly can.

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