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Which Format Is Best? When You Should Shoot Photos in JPEG and When You Should Use Camera RAW

Which Format Is Best?  When You Should Shoot Photos in JPEG and When You Should Use Camera RAW | behind the picture | Scoop.it
All DSLRs, and even many point-and-shoots nowadays, can shoot in RAW format, meaning you can save your images as a completely unprocessed file that offers the potential for a higher-quality photo.
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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Men

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Men | behind the picture | Scoop.it

Thank goodness I found this!! Today I'm doing a shoot with two different guys, and I have no idea where to start.  I mean, with a girl all you have to say is "be pretty!" and you have like 3,000 different poses.  For a guy, what's a good pose?  Here's 21 great basic poses to get you going!

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Tech Tips : Getting the Above Angle - Jasmine Star Photography Blog

Tech Tips : Getting the Above Angle - Jasmine Star Photography Blog | behind the picture | Scoop.it

From the Photography Blog of Jasmine Star, an international wedding photographer based in Orange County, California.  Jasmine shares tips on how to get more versatile shots by adding unique angles and how anything and everything can be used to gain a little height on your subjects.

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The First 15 Things You Need to Do with a New DSLR

The First 15 Things You Need to Do with a New DSLR | behind the picture | Scoop.it

So you just got your first SLR camera.   What do you do with it?!

In my opinion the most important things mentioned in this article are getting the right kind of memory card so you get the best potential quality your camera has to offer.  Using manual settings is also extremely important, if you aren't willing to learn how to use them, you might as well keeping using your point and shoot.  Next, learn how to use those focus points!!

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7 Photoshop Tips for Better Portraits

7 Photoshop Tips for Better Portraits | behind the picture | Scoop.it

Simple solutions for some common problems.  Shadows on your face?  Teeth look a little yellow?  Not a good day for your skin?  There's a fix for these kinds of things.

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Bonnie Poplawski's comment, April 13, 2012 11:48 PM
Oh man, I knew about some of these helpful tips, but a lot of it was new to me. Thanks for the post!
Eric Johnson's comment, April 15, 2012 3:03 AM
Number one thing people look at when meeting someone new - the eyes. Number two thing? Teeth. Figuring out how to whiten these in real life instantaneously would be quite the feat, but I'll settle for this. Thanks for posting!
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Walmart Requires a Written Release for Photos that Look “Too Professional”

Walmart Requires a Written Release for Photos that Look “Too Professional” | behind the picture | Scoop.it

This actually just happened to me... I went to Walmart to print a few pictures and the guy working at the print center told me they looked professional and that I would need a copyright to get them.  I explained that I took the pictures and he hesitantly gave them to me.

 

I really appreciate them trying to protect photographers, but at the same time anyone can make up a fake letter of consent to get photos printed.  I'm not sure if it's a good thing or just an inconvenience.

 

Thoughts?

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Bonnie Poplawski's comment, April 13, 2012 11:48 PM
Wait, so if your photos look "too professional" you get accused of not actually taking the photos? ... What?
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Before & After Editing

Before & After Editing | behind the picture | Scoop.it

A before/after comparison of a portrait photo.  An excellent example of how editing can enhance a properly exposed and composed photo.  While editing can be used to "fix" exposure mistakes, it is best when the photo was taken correctly so the editing will be minimal like in this example.

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17 Famous Black and White Photos Colorized

17 Famous Black and White Photos Colorized | behind the picture | Scoop.it

A set of 17 famous black and white photographs of historical events and figures brought into the world of color.  This set includes Lincoln, Einstein, Darwin, and many other important members of our history and culture.  The added color gives them life, inviting the public to revisit these everpopular photos.

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Jessica Kennedy's comment, April 16, 2012 10:49 AM
I love these. They really make the photos seem more real. It's amazing how people can do this! Thanks for this!
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50mm versus 50mm versus 35mm

A great review of two popular portrait lenses.  

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Erin Smith's comment, April 5, 2012 3:41 PM
What are some of the highlights that might interest me to go watch the whole thing?
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10 Years Of Wedding Photography Tips And Ideas | Photography Gems

10 Years Of Wedding Photography Tips And Ideas | Photography Gems | behind the picture | Scoop.it

10 in depth tips, guiding you what to do throughout each step of a wedding.

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Erika Peabody's comment, April 5, 2012 12:01 PM
I love this. Since I am getting married this July, I'm definitely on the other side of things. However, now I can suggest things to my photographer and can also see what she is trying to do even if it feels silly.
Eric Johnson's comment, April 7, 2012 3:54 PM
Melissa, did you by any chance post this article because you'll be a photographer at an upcoming wedding? :)
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What to Wear » Confessions of a Prop Junkie

What to Wear » Confessions of a Prop Junkie | behind the picture | Scoop.it

A simple post on what to wear to photo sessions.  Definitely a great piece to reccomend to clients!

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 7, 2012 3:55 PM
Awesome. Props make the world go round!
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Retouching a Studio Portrait | Photo Retouching

Retouching a Studio Portrait | Photo Retouching | behind the picture | Scoop.it

This Photoshop tutorial is for more experienced photographers.  It includes must-have retouching for portrait photos.

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Where To Print

Where To Print | behind the picture | Scoop.it

A great comparison of the difference in printing quality.  She shows a picture done from Costco, Walmart, and MPix.  It's not a surprise the professional one is the best.

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 23, 2012 3:45 PM
Wow! The differences really are noticeable! Thanks for letting us know!
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Dear Over Opinionated Photographer

Dear Over Opinionated Photographer | behind the picture | Scoop.it
Dear Over Opinionated Photographer,

I'd like to tell you a story.

It's about a bucket and a dipper. Have you heard it before?

The story goes that everyone - yep even you - has a bucket and a dipper.
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Vienna Glenn Photography: engagement} ali and brian

Vienna Glenn Photography: engagement} ali and brian | behind the picture | Scoop.it

So the other day I posted some pretty terrible engagement pictures, but these are far from bad.  The composition is perfect, with beautiful exposure and depth of field among other things.  The editing is flawless, so subtle that the untrained eye may not even notice.  Also, I love her use of black and white, she uses it when appropriate without overusing it.

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Awkward Engagement Photos

Awkward Engagement Photos | behind the picture | Scoop.it

Courtesy of the Huffington Post.  I figure it's the weekend, so I might as well keep the light hearted mood going before this dreaded last week of class.  Back to the pictures... Besides the awful poses and awkward people, even the composition is terrible!  Bad exposure and in dire need of editing.  Yikes!

 

Do you think any of these couples are still together??

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craniumburrito's comment, April 16, 2012 4:55 AM
ahahahahah i don't think editing would bring any of these photos up from embarrassing. however i do particularly like number ten, "the oversmile." i'm bookmarking this reference for my engagement photos for sure.
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Introduction to copyright and licensing for photographers

As a follow-up to my last post, I decided to search for some information on photography copyrights.  This is really great!  I never thought about it before, but whether or not you have registered for a copyright, if you take a picture it's yours so you basically already have one.  It's nice to know you have a right to protect your work without having to register for it somewhere.

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A Portrait That Will Make You Smile

A Portrait That Will Make You Smile | behind the picture | Scoop.it

"Moooooooommm! Stop! You are embarrassing me in front of my friends!!"

 

I could resist posting this... The caption is too perfect and it's just too cute.  How can you not love portrait photography? 

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Why You Will Probably Want to Get a Prime Lens

Why You Will Probably Want to Get a Prime Lens | behind the picture | Scoop.it

A more simplified version of the previous prime lens article.  This one goes over the advantages and disadvantages as well as suggesting a 50mm lens.

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Introducing the Wonderful World of 50mm Prime Lenses

Introducing the Wonderful World of 50mm Prime Lenses | behind the picture | Scoop.it

Prime lenses are perfect for portrait photography, but what makes them so beneficial?  They're inexpensive, lightweight, and more...

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100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time | Webdesigner Depot

100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time | Webdesigner Depot | behind the picture | Scoop.it
Today we bring you a great collection of portraits of the most iconic people throughout history.
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Eric Johnson's comment, April 7, 2012 3:54 PM
This article is beautiful and powerful. Thank you for sharing!
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Watermarking Your Images

Watermarking Your Images | behind the picture | Scoop.it

To watermark or not to watermark your images?  This post stresses the importance of protecting your work.

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 2, 2012 1:36 AM
As a college student pressed to create several different presentations with very little time, I personally know the frustrations that come with looking for usable photos and finding nothing but watermarks. At the same time, i realize that these pictures I'm so desperate to lift for free are the only way many photographers pay their bills. Looking it this issue from THAT point of view kind of makes me see the sense in watermarks.
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Vienna Glenn Photography: chicago engagement} dani and mike

Vienna Glenn Photography: chicago engagement} dani and mike | behind the picture | Scoop.it

An absolutely beautiful example of an engagement photo session!

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Erin Smith's comment, April 5, 2012 3:43 PM
Lovely photos. What do you think is especially great about it? Help set me up to see some of what you saw by saying a little more.