Bring Out the Detail

Bring Out the Detail

Often photographers are challenged to bring out the detail in the clothing or hair of their subjects, especially of light or dark fabrics, or blonde or black hair. The solution is simple, but first you must understand the physics 90-percent rule of light and...
Professional Photographers Capture the Perfect Moment

Professional Photographers Capture the Perfect Moment

Professional photographers capture the perfect moment in time because they know how to funnel their passion into the camera and they exercise great communication skills to build rapport with their subjects. This marriage of the minds brings out that perfect smile —...
Your First-Time Photoshoot With A Model

Your First-Time Photoshoot With A Model

All models and photographers will have a “first-time shoot” before they can start their professional working relationship with each other, it’s unavoidable, whether either party is experienced or not. While some photographers and models instantly synergize on set,...
The Photo That Bounced Me

The Photo That Bounced Me

Over the decades I’ve had photo industry manufacturers and vendors offer me sponsorships and product support in exchange for my endorsement at my workshops, articles, seminars, books, and any world stage to include social media and the Internet. When I’m approached...
15 Sports Photography Tips

15 Sports Photography Tips

One of the world’s greatest hockey players, Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” and that famous quote applies to sports photography too. Here’s are 15 sports photography tips you can use from my years of experience photographing...
Kick-Start Your Photography with Themes

Kick-Start Your Photography with Themes

Every photographer hits a creative rut where no matter how much our heart and passion drives us to shoot, we draw a blank. Well you can kick-start your photography with themes to get out of that rut. Themes are concepts photographers should carry in their brain to...
Monte Zucker’s Great Lighting Advice

Monte Zucker’s Great Lighting Advice

Sometimes I reflect back in time and today I thought about something that happened years ago at a major photography event in Florida. Clay Blackmore, a Canon Explorer of Light, and I were to conduct back-to-back lighting seminars in the same studio that day, so we...
Fear in Photography

Fear in Photography

Photography is a creative art, and like all arts, there’s one emotion that can bring our artistic abilities to a screeching halt — fear. A basic human emotion, fear normally arises from the perception of danger, but fear in photography isn’t as much about danger as it...
10 Steps to Become a Professional Photographer

10 Steps to Become a Professional Photographer

There are many ways to improve your photography, but if you want to turn pro, as a minimum you should start with the 10 steps to become a professional photographer listed below. Why not become a pro if you’re not already? If you have a smartphone, you’re already...
Define a Professional Photographer

Define a Professional Photographer

When I conduct a workshop or seminar, I’ll often ask the attendees to define a professional photographer. The most common answer is, “Someone who’s primary income comes from photography.” After I hear that, I’ll disagree and remind the group that the key word in my...
10 Things Models Should Know About Photographers

10 Things Models Should Know About Photographers

Once at a hairstylist’s salon I saw a sign that read: “I’m a beautician, not a magician.” Ever since that, I’ve wanted to create a similar saying for photographers, but so far, I haven’t been able to devise one that is filled with the same rhyme and eloquence....
Fill-Flash Photography Techniques

Fill-Flash Photography Techniques

Sometimes a photo might need a little more oomph due to strong back-light or perhaps you simply want to brighten deep shadow areas on your subject and you can do this with fill-flash. While there are many fill-flash photography techniques, the two most common...
Photography Process Tips to Make Your Photos Better

Photography Process Tips to Make Your Photos Better

Often people tell me photographers have it easy, just click and they’re done. I remind them it’s about the fundamentals, concepts, and principals of photography plus the processes that it takes to create great photos. So here are some photography process tips to make...
Photographic Culture Today

Photographic Culture Today

Back in the days of film, professional photographers would prioritize their time to include darkroom days, shooting sessions, and administrative time. Call it a part of the photographic culture and to survive in any creative profession, you have to allocate time to...
Quick Reaction Timing Technique

Quick Reaction Timing Technique

Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Gretzky created his own style of play with passion and hard work and he knew how to find the shot and take it without hesitation, similar to great...
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