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Welcome to Photography Concentrate, an educational website for folks who love photography! You'll find articles, freebies, tutorials and a ton of fun times here. Enjoy!

Tutorials

Super concentrated tutorials help you learn quickly, in the comfort of your own home, and at your own pace!

Before/After: Black & White

Before/After: Black & White

Learn how to get creative and dramatic black and white images with Lightroom as you watch me edit 10 photos from start to finish in this video tutorial

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Extremely Essential Camera Skills

Extremely Essential Camera Skills

A multi-media tutorial designed to help you get control over your camera, and get creative and confident with your photography.

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Incredibly Important Composition Skills

Incredibly Important Composition Skills

Discover the secret weapon of great photographers - composition! This practical eBook makes it easy to master this fundamental topic and create stand-out photos.

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Super Photo Editing Skills

Super Photo Editing Skills

Bring out the best in your photos with this step by step video guide to using Adobe Lightroom. Become an editing guru in just a few hours, or do it at your own pace.

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Simple Wedding Photography

Simple Wedding Photography

A complete guide to photographing every step of a wedding, beautifully. PLUS learn how to build a successful business and make more money, with less effort!

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Really Easy Retouching

Really Easy Retouching

Get fast natural retouching skills with this video guide to Adobe Photoshop. Watch as I show you how to easily correct the most common retouching problems.

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Awesome Album Design Skills

Awesome Album Design Skills

Albums equal serious profits. Get the skills you need to design beautiful albums with Adobe InDesign quickly, easily and profitably. In just one day!

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Before / After

Before / After

Gain powerful editing skills super fast as you watch me edit 11 unique photos in Lightroom. Learn how the essential tools work and when to use them.

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The Creativity Field Guide

The Creativity Field Guide

Boost your creativity with this illustrated guide, packed with 100+ ideas, activities and sources of inspiration. Your next great idea is just a few pages away!

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Backup or Die

Backup or Die

You will lose your photos some day - make sure they're not gone for good. Create your perfect backup system the simple way - and save money with this fairytale eBook

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How We Did It: Lobster Island

How We Did It: Lobster Island

Go behind the scenes of our documentary project. PLUS learn how to create a rewarding documentary project of your own.

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Guides

Pages on big topics, designed to help you dig deep, and learn fast.

Freebies

Assorted free resources for our readers! Yum.

The Shy Photographer’s Guide to ConfidenceThe Camera Buying Guide7 Simple Ways To Market Your Wedding Photography BusinessI Heart Photography Poster PackLightning KeysFree Toy Camera Lightroom PresetsSuper Preset Sample Pack

Wanna know what kind of free stuff? Well here are a few of the titles...

  • The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence
  • The Camera Buying Guide
  • Lightning Keys - Shortcut System for Lightroom
  • The Workflow Chart
  • I Heart Photography Poster Pack
  • Awesome Album Template Pack (for InDesign)
  • Super Preset Sample Pack (for Lightroom)
  • And more!!!
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Photography Articles

Some of the latest and greatest posts from the blog.

3 Secret Ways To Make Lightroom Smart Previews Even More Useful

Lightroom Smart Previews There’s an important new feature in Lightroom 5 that you might not be taking full advantage of: Smart Previews. We’ve been using Smart Previews over the past year and there’s a big tip that I want to share with you.

About Smart Previews

First, a little bit about Smart Previews: You can create Smart Previews of your photos in Lightroom 5. Once you have the Smart Previews, you will be able to view photos in your library, even if they are not currently connected to your computer. You can even edit photos that aren’t currently connected! It’s like magic! Once you re-connect a hard drive or storage system that contains the photos, the adjustments you made to the Smart Previews will then be applied to the original image. Smart Previews work by creating a low resolution compressed DNG file from your original raw or JPEG photos in your Lightroom library. This all happens behind the scenes, and you may not even notice that you’re working with Smart Previews in Lightroom (except that the hard drive containing the original files isn’t connected). (For reference Adobe states that 14GB of original photos will take up about 400MB of space in Smart Previews). Continue Reading →

51 Ways to Get People To Smile for a Photo

smiling23-title You could just ask them to smile. "Say cheese!" Photographers do it all the time. And (assuming they aren’t toddlers or teenagers) your subjects will probably comply. But there’s a big difference between the fake smile they’ll plaster on their face for you, and a real, genuine, spontaneous smile – one that came about because they actually were happy, not because they were told to pretend. I have a feeling that you're the type of photographer who wants to go for that real smile. You're awesome like that. Now getting people to that place where they’re naturally smiling is an art, and one that takes a lot of energy, practice, and persistence. After photographing hundreds (if not billions) of people, and making a general fool of myself, I’ve compiled 51 ways that I’ve personally used to successfully achieve the genuine smile. And today I give them to you, in hopes of more happy photos in world! Hooray! Continue Reading →

12 Answers To Your Burning Questions About Shooting Raw

raw-photo-example-text Who ever thought that something called raw would be so scandalous? When we wrote the very simple article, 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW, we had no idea what was in store for us. Over the past couple years it's turned into a giant, and gets the most views and comments and debates of any post on our entire site! Crazy. And while it has helped a lot of folks learn all about shooting in the raw format, and get better quality images from their cameras, it has also opened up some questions. So today I'll be going over some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully filling in the gaps about shooting in the raw format. Continue Reading →

Whales in the Mist: How to Get Great Photos in Foggy Scenes

beforeafter Your boat bobs gently on the waves. It’s quiet, but tense, as the anticipation mounts. A massive grey whale is about to break the surface of the water only a couple hundred feet in front of you. Your camera is in your hands, ready to shoot. You’re totally prepared to get that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Except for one small problem... Fog. We’re not talking about a few light wisps either. No no. This is fog so thick that you can barely see the boat next to you. Fog that makes that whale tail nothing but a murky shape in the distance. Continue Reading →

Camping on Vancouver Island: A Road Trip in 60 Photos

vanisland-26 Sometimes we're so naive it's hilarious. "Hey, wouldn't it be fun to CAMP all across Vancouver Island for two weeks?" "Totally! But do you think it matters that we've only ever camped ONCE before (and nearly froze), and have NEVER been with our toddler?" "Probably not!" "Cool, let's do it!" Rob and I are the same way: If something sounds cool and exciting we'll dive in head first and figure out the details as we go. It's made for a lot of great adventures (and more than a few great challenges). Most of all, it makes for good stories. Continue Reading →

3 Secret Ways To Make Lightroom Smart Previews Even More Useful

Lightroom Smart Previews There’s an important new feature in Lightroom 5 that you might not be taking full advantage of: Smart Previews. We’ve been using Smart Previews over the past year and there’s a big tip that I want to share with you.

About Smart Previews

First, a little bit about Smart Previews: You can create Smart Previews of your photos in Lightroom 5. Once you have the Smart Previews, you will be able to view photos in your library, even if they are not currently connected to your computer. You can even edit photos that aren’t currently connected! It’s like magic! Once you re-connect a hard drive or storage system that contains the photos, the adjustments you made to the Smart Previews will then be applied to the original image. Smart Previews work by creating a low resolution compressed DNG file from your original raw or JPEG photos in your Lightroom library. This all happens behind the scenes, and you may not even notice that you’re working with Smart Previews in Lightroom (except that the hard drive containing the original files isn’t connected). (For reference Adobe states that 14GB of original photos will take up about 400MB of space in Smart Previews). Continue Reading →

51 Ways to Get People To Smile for a Photo

smiling23-title You could just ask them to smile. "Say cheese!" Photographers do it all the time. And (assuming they aren’t toddlers or teenagers) your subjects will probably comply. But there’s a big difference between the fake smile they’ll plaster on their face for you, and a real, genuine, spontaneous smile – one that came about because they actually were happy, not because they were told to pretend. I have a feeling that you're the type of photographer who wants to go for that real smile. You're awesome like that. Now getting people to that place where they’re naturally smiling is an art, and one that takes a lot of energy, practice, and persistence. After photographing hundreds (if not billions) of people, and making a general fool of myself, I’ve compiled 51 ways that I’ve personally used to successfully achieve the genuine smile. And today I give them to you, in hopes of more happy photos in world! Hooray! Continue Reading →

12 Answers To Your Burning Questions About Shooting Raw

raw-photo-example-text Who ever thought that something called raw would be so scandalous? When we wrote the very simple article, 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW, we had no idea what was in store for us. Over the past couple years it's turned into a giant, and gets the most views and comments and debates of any post on our entire site! Crazy. And while it has helped a lot of folks learn all about shooting in the raw format, and get better quality images from their cameras, it has also opened up some questions. So today I'll be going over some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully filling in the gaps about shooting in the raw format. Continue Reading →

Whales in the Mist: How to Get Great Photos in Foggy Scenes

beforeafter Your boat bobs gently on the waves. It’s quiet, but tense, as the anticipation mounts. A massive grey whale is about to break the surface of the water only a couple hundred feet in front of you. Your camera is in your hands, ready to shoot. You’re totally prepared to get that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Except for one small problem... Fog. We’re not talking about a few light wisps either. No no. This is fog so thick that you can barely see the boat next to you. Fog that makes that whale tail nothing but a murky shape in the distance. Continue Reading →

Camping on Vancouver Island: A Road Trip in 60 Photos

vanisland-26 Sometimes we're so naive it's hilarious. "Hey, wouldn't it be fun to CAMP all across Vancouver Island for two weeks?" "Totally! But do you think it matters that we've only ever camped ONCE before (and nearly froze), and have NEVER been with our toddler?" "Probably not!" "Cool, let's do it!" Rob and I are the same way: If something sounds cool and exciting we'll dive in head first and figure out the details as we go. It's made for a lot of great adventures (and more than a few great challenges). Most of all, it makes for good stories. Continue Reading →