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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “How to use negative fill to create deep, dramatic photos”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: How to use negative fill

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Keeping your photography equipment safe around sand and salt water”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Keeping your photography equipment safe

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “In-depth review: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: In-depth review: The Olympus OM-D

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer or model: Who owns the image?”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer or model: Who owns the image?

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “NSFW: Ethics of removing tattoos in post-processing”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: NSFW: Ethics of removing tattoos in post-processing

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Understanding Exposure: The Shutter Speed Setting”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Understanding Exposure: The Shutter Speed Setting

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “10 Quick tips for nature photographers”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: 10 Quick tips for nature photographers

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Understanding exposure: The aperture setting”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Understanding exposure: The aperture setting

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Recently I worked with a team of fellow creatives on an “Ice Queen” character concept and photoshoot. Since snow is in pretty short supply in sunny Florida, to create the snow covered photo set we envisioned required much brainstorming, research and experimentation. While we could have resorted to a more Photoshop based approach, creating snow effects on the computer, we wanted to get as much of the winter effect in camera in one shot as possible.

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The term “texture” is a catch-all term for adding either abstract images, detailed photos, or patterns of different surfaces, like metal, cracked paint, sand, etc. as an overlay on your image. This is a type of “compositing”, combining multiple images into one finished work. Adding textures to your images can change the mood, create special effects, strengthen the composition, or help better tell a story.  These five concepts will help you add textures more easily, realistically, and quickly in Adobe Photoshop

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Every animal has a distinct overall body geometry, but this shape will change dramatically as they move.  When you are composing your images, it’s important to understand this concept so you are fitting your frame and composition to them, allowing them to be alive in your shot.

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When we talk about photographing behaviors and events as they unfold, we think in terms of being “reactive”, or shooting on the fly. In a studio setting, we are “proactive”, we make decisions about pretty much every characteristic of the photo before it is taken. My goal with wildlife photography is to be more “proactive” and make as many choices before the action begins as possible, so I am not fumbling with settings when the good stuff goes down!

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The beauty and power of lightning has fascinated me since I was a kid. So it should probably not have been a surprise I would end up in Florida, the lightning capital of the United States. My home lies in an area that has received the distinction of being called “Lightning Alley”, with more strikes per square mile recorded annually in the corridor from Tampa to Titusville than anywhere else in the US, the second most world-wide!  

Despite having the possibility of lightning nearly any day of the year, it’s still a difficult thing to find and photograph successfully. It’s also an extremely dangerous thing to photograph, it’s by far the number one cause of weather related deaths in my neck of the woods. These tips and techniques will help keep you safe, while helping you get a crack at capturing those bolts out of the blue!

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On many social media sites, for various reasons, we are seeing a high degree of censorship and banning for anything consider “Mature”. Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, for those of us producing fine art nude or boudoir photography it’s becoming increasingly difficult to share our uncensored work over the internet. Here is a quick tip on how to create a frosted glass effect that nondestructively blurs only the parts of your image you choose, to satisfy the interweb censors and people parts police.

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About a year ago I started trying out other genres of photography as a way to jump out of my comfort zone, reshape my style, and give my creativity a kickstart again after some pretty tough personal challenges and dark times that nearly ended my career. For whatever reason, after a few shoots I found myself drawn to model photography. Beyond the initial shock of having to work indoors while not spending almost all my day in swamp water, the biggest surprise of all was how much I enjoyed the challenges of working with people, lighting, and in the studio setting. Specifically, the sub-genres of boudoir, fine art nude, and erotic photography, which are about as far away from my original bird photography roots as you can get!

This article is a collection of do’s and don’t for photographers interested in working with models in these styles of photography, from the lessons I’ve learned collaborating with both professional models and photographers.  Remember also, this is written by a photographer for other photographers, but it in no way diminishes the role of the model in also maintaining a professional relationship and standards. Rather, it acts as a guideline for the photographer in this realm. While many of the concepts apply to models as well, that is for another article (stay tuned!).  There’s immeasurable value in just listening and developing a rapport with the people you work with to make sure you are acting professionally in their eyes, and they in yours. I hope this article is a way to help you do just that!

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