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A Photographer’s Studio – Kevin Kubota

There's nothing quite like reaching that point in your business where you can create a space which gives you the opportunity to expand creatively, financially and create new opportunities.   Kevin Kubota, voted a Top Ten Wedding Photographer also has four other businesses he runs from his custom-built studio in Bend, Oregon.  His group of companies include Kubota Image Tools, Asukabook, Studio Elle and Kubota Photo-Design, Inc.  He is a well known speaker and creator of instructional videos that cover Photoshop, Lightroom and Kubota Image Tools and...

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A Photographer’s Studio – Chase Jarvis

There's no question having a studio space to call your own is a great thing to have.  While a lot of photographers work from their home or even a garage studio there comes a time after your business has grown that some dedicated, versatile creative space is what you need to get to the next level.  One of the best examples around of a versatile studio is the one Chase Jarvis created for himself after 10 years of commercial shooting which became the springboard for...

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A Photographer’s Studio – Jody Dole

I'm a big fan of having spaces you can dedicate to your passions and one of my passions is photography.  Having a space of some sort that you can dedicate to what you love to do just enhances the love of doing it.  For me, a space to work on my photographs,develop background music and work on my photography web sites is what makes me happy.  Having a space that you can create work in or even run your business from is kind of like...

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A Photographer’s Studio – Modern Shed

We're in the process of considering how to create a photography studio to help give us more room in our house and give us a better defined space for our post production work.   We're exploring the construction options of one of the larger Modern-Shed structures to provide that studio space.  The sheds are prefab structures which were designed by husband and wife architects Ryan Grey Smith and Ahna Holder and are light-filled and open structures with modern exterior finishes.  One of the really nice features...

Nikon D800E

To get the “E” or not The new Nikon D800/E is the first digital SLR that broaches the medium format threshold at a much saner price.   One of the big questions of late concerning this new camera is whether to go with the D800 or the D800E version.  The difference being the “E” version does not have an anti-aliasing filter.  From what I have been able to tell from the comparison tests I’ve seen is that the “E” version will produce slightly sharper images under specific conditions.  In particular, if you shoot...

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Work on your percentages

No matter how long you've been shooting photographs you'll get the feeling that you just can't take a good shot at different times.  The same feeling runs through the amateur to the Pro alike.  Not every image is going to be a "keeper" and it's important to understand that.  Even the top pros will tell you they shoot 1000 images in a day and may have 8-10 that have market value!  The trick is to work up the number of keepers you get from the...

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When the Rain Comes

Rain Gear and Why You Need It: Weather can give a landscape photograph the texture and light that makes it striking.  Some of the world's most striking images have been taken during weather that would keep most people indoors. Think of Ansel Adam's "Clearing Storm" in Yosemite as a highly visible example of this fact.  That one image alone has sold thousands of copies and earned millions of dollars - all because he ventured out during weather that others chose to stay out of.  That's why...


Abandon the Couch

  While both Christine and I have won a number of awards for our photography, we started out with a percentage of keepers that was so low that we wondered why keep at it?  Well, we kept at it because we really loved creating images, even if they weren't that good from either a technical or artistic standpoint at the outset.  But, we kept looking for ways to build upon our knowledge and kept picking up our cameras and taking pictures till our percentage of keepers...

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Getting Deconstructive

How do you know what makes a good photograph?  If you are a photographer, you need to understand what goes into making a photograph appealing.  But how do you do that you ask?  Isn't a photograph good when you can look at it and you like it?  Well, yes but getting to know why you like it is what will help you make your own photographs more appealing.  The art of deconstructing a photograph is how you learn to create a great photograph.  The act...

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Best Photographic Tool Ever

Sometimes those of us who get into photography believe that if they just have the best camera or piece of gear, that will allow them to just point it at a scene and create a "Whoa, NICE!" moment from the images' viewers.   Where do great photographs come from though?  Do you know?  When you see an image what is your first instinct?  Is it to evaluate the technical aspects of it or is it to experience the image's emotional impact?   When bringing a group of photographers...