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KevinLJ

Kevin bought his first camera in the early 1980s and started working in the photography department of a daily newspaper a few years later. His whole career is focused on photography and he's covered a multitude of subjects. He loves to photograph people the most. During the past decade, Kevin has begun to teach and write more, sharing his passion for photography with anyone who's willing to learn.

Contrast in Photography – How to Make the Best Use of It

The contrast in photography comes in a few different forms. How you make use of it is well worth considering. Contrast, or lack of it, can make or break...

How to Unblur an Image – The Most Effective Way

How to unblur an image is a common problem for digital photographers. Opening and reviewing your images and finding that a bunch of them are blurry is a real...

What is Ambient Lighting and How to Make Best Use of It

What is Ambient Lighting in Photography? Ambient lighting is simply the light that is available. It can be natural or artificial light. This is the type of lighting that most...

Practical Tips to Help You Improve Your Natural Light Portraits

I love making natural light portraits. It’s a genre of photography that used to scare me, but that I have come to enjoy more than most others. Natural light portraits...

Planning a Photography Project

Working on a photography project is about the best way you can continue to grow and develop as a photographer. Having a particular topic or concept to focus on...

The Best Flash Diffusers and How To Use Them Effectively

Flash diffusers help you illuminate your subjects with a much more appealing light than using bare flash. A flash diffuser scatters and softens the light from your flash. This...

Why is it Important to Fill the Frame for a Fantastic Composition?

To fill the frame is important to good composition. This is because it keeps everything relevant to the image you are making. Beginning photographers are often frustrated when they...

How to Use Strong Lines in Photography Composition

Making use of strong lines in photography compositions creates strength, adds peace, guides a viewer’s eye, and much more. You have to be aware of the lines, either real...

How To Use Negative Space to Make Your Photos More Powerful

Carefully thought-out photography compositions often incorporate negative space in their design. Photographers who make use of negative space add power and meaning to subjects that may otherwise be bland. Negative...

Introduction to the Rule of Thirds

What is the Rule of Thirds in Photography? The rule of thirds is a composition technique. It divides the frame into a grid with two equally spaced horizontal lines and...

How Do You Know if You Have a Correct Exposure?

Setting a correct exposure is foundational to good photography. But what is a correct exposure?  A correct exposure is one that you are happy with. It means you have set...

How to Use the Zone System to Make Your Best Digital Photos

Are you a photographer who desires to better understand exposure and dynamic range? Learning to use the Zone System is a great foundation on which to build a stronger...

How to Edit Photos in Lightroom Classic: An Overview

For many beginner photographers who have started saving their photos are RAW files, learning how to edit photos in Lightroom is a problem. Where to start editing? What do...

How to Blend in Photoshop: Make Stunning Composite Images

Compositing images in Photoshop can be quite simple or pretty complex. You can choose the level of complexity depending on the final result you want to achieve. To create...

Understanding Digital Camera Modes

With your first entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera in hand, you may be wondering what all the letters and symbols on the mode dial mean. These are settings for...

365 Photo Challenge – How to be Inspired and Creative

Creative people often struggle to remain inspired and productive. The 365 Photography Challenge is an ideal photography project to keep you motivated. But how can you come up with...

How to Whiten Teeth in Lightroom

Everybody likes to have their teeth looking nice and white in photographs. Well, not people do. In some cultures, it’s considered attractive to have black teeth. In this article,...

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Product Photography Lighting

DIY product photography lighting is easier than you might think. You can put together a home studio with items from around the house. You can make good use of...

Personal Photography Projects: 13 of the Best Ideas

Personal photography projects are one of the best ways to help you improve your photography. Being focused on a particular topic you will develop more than if you photograph...

33 Street Photography Tips and Techniques for Success

Taking photos in a busy, public place can feel intimidating. Especially when photographing people. In this article, I'll share my best street photography tips that will help you improve your...

What Makes Good Black and White Portraits?

A good black and white portrait photo will attract our attention sometimes more than a color portrait will. What is it that makes a good black and white portrait?...

How to Make a Watermark in Photoshop

Do you worry about your photos being copied and used illegally by others when you post them online? Do you want to make sure everyone knows you’re responsible for...

How To Create a Panorama in Photoshop

Sometimes you come across a scene that a single image cannot capture enough of it. Time like this it’s great to make a panorama. Phone cameras make it pretty...

How to Avoid Making Bad Lighting Mistakes

Good lighting is essential to good photography. Bad lighting mistakes can ruin an otherwise fabulous photograph. This is frustrating for any photographer. Learning how to manage bad lighting is challenging....

How To Use the Gradient Tool in Photoshop

Diverse, creative edits that make your images pop are possible when you apply the Photoshop gradient tool. Make a dull sky sing, infuse mood and mystery into a portrait,...

How to Blur Background in Lightroom

When you search ‘how to blur background in Lightroom’ you may be a little disappointed at the results you find. Blurring backgrounds is such a fundamental photography technique it’s...

How to Use Props Effectively When Taking Portraits

Well used portrait props in photography can make your pictures come alive. Whether you’re taking photos of your partner, kids, friends, or anyone else, photography props can add depth...

How to Add Watermark in Lightroom

Whether you love them or hate them, watermarks on photos are used to display who owns the photo. Adding a watermark also gives a pretty clear indication that the...

How to Create a Wonderful Lightroom Slideshow

You can make wonderful professional looking slideshows in Adobe Lightroom. This is a great feature that many people are not even aware is a module included in the software...

4 Tips on How to Take Interesting Environmental Portraits

Taking an interesting environmental portrait requires you to include location-specific elements. It may also involve what your subject is doing. Environmental portraiture contains more information about the person than...

Street Portraits: How to Master Taking Photos of Strangers

Street portraits are all about connecting with the strangers you’re photographing. This differs from the general idea of street photography. That’s where the photographer makes no connection with what...

What You Need To Know About Upgrading Your Camera or Lens

Should I upgrade my camera or lens? This is a question that many photographers have not too long after they become enthusiastic about taking pictures. If you own a...

How to Take Stronger Portraits by Isolating Your Subject

Isolating your subject will make for a stronger photo than when they are surrounded by clutter. Distracting elements in the same composition as a person you’re photographing will only...

Why It’s Good to have Photographer Friends

Often photography is a solo experience. Being alone with my camera is one of the things I love most in life, but sometimes it’s great to have photographer friends. Enjoying...

Camera Metering Modes: What You Need to Know About

Every modern camera has an exposure meter and you have options for which metering mode to use. Knowing which light metering mode is best to use can be a...

How to Use Low Key Lighting for Stunning Black and White Photos

Low key lighting is great for infusing mood into black and white photos. This is a photography lighting technique using one light source, the key light. Using a low...

What is EXIF Data and How Can it Help You?

EXIF data is Exchangeable Image File Format. This is metadata associated with every digital photograph and stored with the image. It’s descriptive information about the photograph that will help...

All You Need To Know About Fill Flash

How do you use fill flash is a question many photographers struggle with. Flash adds another level of complexity to photography. Like anything, once you have some understanding of...

9 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Camera

I’m often asked for advice by people who are in the process of choosing a camera. Which is the best camera? Should I get one with interchangeable lenses? Is...

8 Reasons Why Your Photos Are Blurry

No photographer likes to see that their photos are blurred. Wondering 'why are my pictures blurry' is the cause of much frustration. The good thing is that there’s always...

10 Different Types of Cameras

From DSLRs, mirrorless cameras to the iPhone, it's easier than ever to find a digital camera and start taking great photos. We've compiled a list of the ten different...

Shooting in Manual Mode

Manual camera settings may be challenging to beginner photographers. In my opinion, shooting in manual mode with your camera is a great way to learn photography. If you already have...

Smartphones vs Cameras: How to Make the Transition

Photography is more popular than ever. Everyone is a photographer these days, at least those of us who use smartphones are. But there's always a conflict between what's best, a...

How to Use Dynamic Symmetry in Composition?

Composition is challenging for many beginner photographers. It is one key element in any great photo. Some photographers compose their images intuitively. Others take a more mathematical approach and...

10 Beginner Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them

As a new photographer, it's inevitable that you're going to make mistakes. Some of the most common beginner photographer mistakes are also the easiest to fix. When you first...
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