THE ONLY WAY TO ACTUALLY GET SHARPER IMAGES NOW IS WITH LIGHTINGModern lenses and sensors have become incredibly good. Not a single manufacturer is making a terrible camera or a terrible lens. They’re all highly capable of resolving lots of details but the only way that they can be taken even further these days is by using artificial lighting like a flash. Yes, this has always been true, but even more so now than ever. Why? Because if two photos are shot of the same exact subject (we’re not talking about charts; charts are for people who sit there in labs all day and photographers don’t do that) and scene, it would be very tough for anyone to tell the difference between the two. Further, if you add artificial lighting in the same exact way, it will become even tougher to do.So what does that mean?The only way to actually take the absolutely fullest advantage of those expensive lenses that you’re buying is to use artificial lighting. Granted, we’re not talking about landscape photographers–you folks need to go to large and medium format to get better results. But when it comes to the resolution of monitors and screens, cameras are generally out-resolving them by far.But instead, the concert photographer wanting to some day become a music photographer and shoot band portraits will need to learn how to manipulate lighting to make it do what they want.Aspiring wedding photographers that want sharper photos need to learn the ins and outs of TTL, bouncing a flash for maximum success and coverage, and learning how to mix ambient and flash light together.Portrait photographers will need to work with their subjects on putting together a beautiful set of images and making them pop from the image by using lighting.Lighting, more so than any other technique, will differentiate you as a photographer from many of the others out there. Even if you’re not as strong at marketing yourself, you’ll have a chance at creating images that can speak for themselves.Lighting, combined with your own unique creative vision and ideas, will take you ever further than working without it and waiting for specifics to happen naturally during the day or night.



There are times when a photographer needs some smoke. Want to make a candle look like it’s just gone out? Smoke. How about a steaming cup of coffee? Smoke. Make the cigarette or cigar look realistic? Smoke. Add some magic to a fantasy portrait? Yep. Smoke! Here’s a quick tutorial on making photographs of smoke’s feathery goodness.


Incense sure does smell good. That’s not how it gets me happy. It  amazing. A single stick of incense is good for several hundred fun, wispy images.

Burning incense is a great source of smoke.

Lighting for smoke

Sidelight is great for photographing smoke. I use a Dynalite studio head with a 40º grid on the reflector. Placed to the side of the camera at 800 watt seconds, it provides enough light to shoot at f/16. F/16 gives a large depth of field so the smoke is sharp even as it moves away from the point of focus. Make sure than none of the light hits the background. A totally black background is critical for “the trick” to work.

The 40º grid keeps light from striking the lens avoiding flare.

After shooting the smoke, move over to Lightroom’s Develop module. Hold down the Option (WIN: Alt) key then click and hold the Blacks slider. Move it to the left until the background is completely black.

The trick

Choose the smoke images you want to lay into an existing photograph. Move them into the photograph in Photoshop. Change the blending mode from Normal to Screen. The black background magically disappears leaving only the smoke behind.

Smoke patterns enhance fantasy portraits.




When photographing food, the direction of your light is very important. Certain angles of light will help shape the scene and can also be the difference between a successful image, and one that is just “meh”. Three different types of light: back light, front light, and side light.

Back Light

Placing the light behind your subject is a common setup, and one I have used quite a bit. It is good to highlight and rim the food, and works well for images with leafy herb garnishes (such as mint or basil) as the light can shine through and light up through the leaf. Plus, it allows you to really flood the background with a lot of light, brightening up your photograph.

Side Light

Just like with back light, side light is another great choice, and is one of my favorite setups. It is especially great for foods with clear or flat liquid surfaces, as it tends to prevent distracting reflections on the liquid itself. It also adds a very nice shadow to the side of the subject, which can either be tamed with reflectors or left as-is for a more dramatic shot.

Front Light

One direction of light you may want to avoid is front light. Granted, in the right conditions (such as a space that is very well-lit in all directions) this may work okay, but in the example I have here it is not ideal. Photographs my food in a corner of an office, and the only significant light source comes from just one window. With this setup, the light only shines in the foreground and falls off in the back, leaving the image flat and filled with a dark background.


Each Fashion Photo Explains About Certain People’s Norms… What are types of fashion styles? Fashion styles are commonly misunderstood idea, which is less complicated than it often seems. In reality, understanding different types of fashion styles can actually simplify your shopping and apparel. All apparels are grouped according to similarities in pattern, fabric, style line and color. These types of fashion styles can create looks that convey common themes. Fashion style generally refers to the groups of personality traits, which also match specific fashion theme. Fashion style is like a character sketch that describes a personality out of a fashion theme. For example, you have arty fashion type, you may be drawn to arty themes in apparel consciously.



Bohemian style is characterized with artistic interests like arty style. However, the difference is that Bohemian style focuses on some exotic patterns and textures. The free-spirited Bohemian draws inspirations from the gypsy look with their intricate patterns, peasant blouses, multiple chains, head scarves, and also hippy ponchos and tie dye jeans. Bohemian is well known for features that are considered non-traditional in appearance.



Arty, as the name suggests, pertains to a creative thinker. The clothes an arty girl wears shows her artistic themes. Arty style avoids the conventional and chooses something unique. People with arty style also prefer handcrafted items and actually create their own clothing and even accessories at times.



One of the popular types of fashion styles is the chic style. “Chic” is often synonymous with “trendy” or “fashionable”. People who favor this style prefer classic and stylish designs that are striking and smart. For example, the garments are always well tailored and the accessories are well chosen. Chic style means having clothes that have strong colors but not garish.



Classic style may express comfort, but actually it focuses more on quality and popular styles such as white button-down blouses, ballet flats, a wide-legged trouser and leather boots. Classic apparel has a superb fabric and impeccable tailoring. It focuses on clean uncluttered lines and formal balance, which expresses a sense of stability. If you have this type of fashion, you are showing simple elegance in your wardrobe.



Exotic style focuses on something very uncommon, striking yet excitingly different. A traveler who comes from another exotic land may show exotic style. Exotic style is often mysterious and intriguing. The clothing style centers on long flowing lines that has rich smoky colors, embroidery, mysterious ornate patterns, jungle prints, mosaics and iridescent textures and shiny jewelry, etc.



“Flamboyant” is associated with “dramatic”. However, between flamboyant and dramatic, flamboyant is more energetic and outgoing. The main characteristic of flamboyant is being flashy. The clothing of this fashion style are often asymmetrical, exaggerated flouncing, fringe, multi-colored, and splashy. At most times, flamboyant fashion style can have outlandish prints or intense bright colors.



Glamorous style shows a dazzling look accompanied with refined drama. But it also has a subtle allure, which can be between dramatic style and sexy style. Similar to flamboyant style, the clothes often get everyone’s attention. Most of apparels are deep to bright, however, not really intense. A glamorous style is never complete without diamonds, silk and satin.



Romantics are often called as hopeless or even incurable, but in reality, she is not looking for romance but is hoping for romance. A romantic is idealistic and often unrealistic. The apparel often includes flowers, hearts, ruffles, flouncing, soft fabrics which have gentle curve lines and accessorizes with lockets and cameos.



The main goal of sexy dresses is to turn men’s heads, which often annoy other woman around. Sexy style is often flirtatious and shows the maximum exposure of the body. Sexy style is not complete without baring lot of skin, wearing tight fitting tops and even the bottoms that leave little to the imagination. It is often accompanied with stiletto heels, tight skirts or shorts.



People with sophisticated style are not easily satisfied. Similar to classic, these people want high quality. Aside from high quality, distinction and culture polish which is beyond the elegance are needed. People who appreciate sophisticated style are often socialites or want to be one. In fact, these people dream themselves as connoisseurs who value haute culture and luxury.



Western fashion style features the cowboy themes of the American Southwest and West. The western fashion is great for those who work or live on a ranch, participate in a rodeo or those who wish they live that kind of life. The people with this style typically have active, sunny and straight-talking characteristics. Western wear can be very informal, such as blue jeans, t-shirt, denim jacket, fringe jacket, cowboy hat, leather belt, and cowboy boots, etc.



Traditional fashion style shows the wholesome and sensible “girl next door”. These people’ characteristics are practical, polite and always dress appropriately. Their styles are classic since most of the apparels are time-honored favorites. A girl with this style often wear a plaid flannel shirt or pea coat. She also prefers the classic black dress as long as it suits the occasion.



Preppy style is very popular among college students. This style is often girly but not too much frilly. The clothes are great to mix and match. In most of the time, the style may appear luxurious but actually people with this style do not drop ton of cash to have the look. The apparel often includes opaque tights, A-line skirts, girly blouses and headbands, etc.



Punk style had started after the World War II but it became popular in the 1970’s. It had gone through different modifications and style twists but the main goal of punk style is to be anti-materialistic and edgy. Glam punk has bright colors, leather, spandex and leopard print while pop punk may have skinny jeans, band tees, skater styles and wrist bands.



Tomboy style is for a girl who wants to wear something simple and who doesn’t like to wear pink. Tomboy style focuses on graphic tees and distressed shirts from the boy section of department stores. This apparel is a bit baggy but it is not a bad thing. Likewise, popular stores offer unisex clothes that can be worn by guys and gals.



Depending on the genre or the crowd, rocker style may vary from ultra-glam to grunge. Thrift stores are the ultimate source of the rock styles. Clothes are cheap and looks like they were worn in for several months. Rockers do not wear baggy clothes and they opt for smaller size. Rocker style is not complete without ripped denim, vintage tees and leather jacket.



Gothic fashion is a clothing style influenced by Goth subculture. This style is characterized with dark and morbid style of dress. Common Gothic style includes black lips, black hair as well as black clothes. Males and females who follow Goth style wear dark fingernails and dark eyeliner. Some elements in Goth style are often borrowed from punk style, Victorians and Elizabethans.


How To Choose Your Face Shape

Pictures help people to see their own reflection in different ways…when you get a new hairdo most people always want to take a picture of it not considering if the hairdo matches their face.Look at a photo of yourself that has the hair off your face and find the best match from the following descriptions and pictures.



Oval face shape

  • Curvilinear shape.
  • Length is equal to one and a half times width.
  • The forehead and jaw are the same width.



  • Round face shapeCircular shaped.
  • Length is approximately equal to width.



  • Square face shapeStrong and broad forehead.
  • Angular jaw.



  • Heart face shapeWide at the forehead and cheekbones.
  • Narrow at the jawline.



  • Triangular face shapeForehead and cheekbones are narrow.
  • Jawline is wide.



  • Diamond face shapeForehead and jawline are narrow.
  • Cheekbones are wide and high.



  • Oblong face shapeFace is longer than it is wide.
  • Long, straight cheek line.





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“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated in quotations”. – Benjamin Disraeli

photography quotes - ansel-adams.jpg1. “ You don’t take a photograph, you make it. – Ansel Adams

Full awareness of what makes a good photo is essential in taking great photographs.

Why would anyone be interested in this photo and what elements can be included or excluded to make it truly great?

photography quotes henri-cartier-bresson.jpg2. “ Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Do you know how many photos you have taken up until now? You will have to take thousands of pictures to reach a point where you can begin to evaluate them objectively. Looking upon your photos as if you were looking at them through someone else’s eyes is a good way to give yourself constructive criticism. Comparing your first photos with your most recent, do you see improvement? Do you remember how you loved some of your first photos – do you still love them or are they now not so good anymore?

3. “ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy

You often don’t or can’t see beauty in the world until someone shows it to you. Take a look around you just now – even without moving from the computer. Can you see something in a new way, a different way of presenting something common? Just take a look again…

photography quotes erwitt.jpg4. “ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. – Elliott Erwitt

When the world is your canvas, so to speak, you need your tools with you to capture everything around you. Make a habit of always carrying a camera with you—you will never suffer the regret of wishing you had.

photography quotes imogen.jpg5. “ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. – Imogen Cunningham

Never be fully satisfied with what you’ve done.

Never stop photographing. It is very likely that your best photograph has not yet been captured.

allard.jpg6. “ You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. – William Albert Allard

We are always looking for reasons for not taking good pictures. Cartier-Bresson used film camera, same lens, no flash, same shutter speed – he didn’t need the newest digital equipment to take great photos.

We all have access to some subjects that no one else has access to – look at your friends’ hobbies, the workplaces of friends and family, and any place you have access to to find a vision that comes uniquely from your access. Many people would dream of having the same access you have, and you might not have considered how valuable your access is.

200px-garry_winogrand.jpg7. “ If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up. – Garry Winogrand

How often have you seen a photo that is missing something, thinking, “This is a good photo but I’d make it different somehow.”? Sometimes small things make a big difference. Don’t be afraid to shake things up.

8. “ I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good. – Anonymous

Sometimes it is interesting to hear the story behind the photo and you see the photo in a new light. But in most cases a photo shouldn’t need a story to back it up. It has to speak for itself.

ansel-adams.jpg9. “ Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. – Ansel Adams

Even one of the masters in photography, Ansel Adams, didn’t expect to get more than 12 great photographs each year.

How can anyone expect more?

Take a look at your last year in photos – do you really see 12 photos that stand out from the rest?

timothy-allen.jpg10. “It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get. – Timothy Allen – On editing photos

Editing photos can often be the most difficult but also the most satisfying part. Sometimes taking a quick look at all the photos and then going away for a while before taking a closer look lends a fresh eye to your viewing. You may see things you did not notice previously. Stepping away from the mass of photos can make certain images stand out in your mind’s eye, leaving a memorable impression that can characterize a good photo.

What photography quotes do you think everyone should know?