Studio vs. Outdoor Photography: Which Will Best Suit Your Photography?

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While some photographers may prefer one over the other, both studio photography and outdoor photography have their advantages. Which you choose will in large part depend on what the needs of you and your subject are. When you are shooting family photos or portrait photography, there are certainly many reasons to choose the studio over the great outdoors, but it is worth considering the pros and cons of both before making a final decision.

What to Do When a Photo Shoot Goes Wrong

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So, the truth is that at some point, when doing location photography, something can and probably will go wrong at a photo shoot. While it’s not the intention here to dwell on the negative, awareness  and preparation can go a long way in handling any inevitable miscues and mishaps. Photo editing after the fact is a great cure to have in your back pocket for some issues, but other issues are best addressed with “an ounce of prevention.”

Lighting Series: High Key, Low Key and Mid Key

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There are three different key levels of studio lighting: low, medium and high – each offering a different look and feel to a photograph. Low key lighting brings out the darker tones in a photo, while medium key highlights the medium tones. Photographs that are dominated by bright tones are created with high key lighting.

How to Avoid Unexpected Problems During a Photo Shoot

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Picture the perfect setup for a photography shoot — your equipment all ready to go, the weather conditions shaping up nicely and a great piece of scenery or an interesting subject to look forward to. Sadly, this perfect setup is quite rare in the world of photography, where something always seems to go wrong. As a photographer, you need to be prepared to handle whatever unexpected surprises are thrown your way. If you’re struggling to get past all the curve balls thrown your way during any given photo shoot, you may want to carefully examine your preparation process to see if you are unintentionally leaving out essential details.

Lighting Series: Short and Broad Lighting

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In portrait photography, short and broad lighting techniques are two unique ways to place lighting on a subject’s face. With short lighting, shadows cover a majority of the subject’s face, while in broad lighting the face is more illuminated. Each technique can be achieved through light placement and the subject’s position on the photo backdrop and in the frame.