How To Take Your Own Family Portraits

There are times when it’s really handy to take a group self-portrait, and with a few simple tips, it’s easy to do too!

Over the years we’ve done quite a few self-portrait sessions, when we travel or for things like holiday cards. We even photographed our own wedding! (But that’s a story for another post…) Through it all we’ve learned how to get great results, and make the whole process easier and more fun.

So in this post I’ll share how we went about taking some family self-portraits during a recent vacation to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai, and some tips you can use to take your own family photos!

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7 Things I Do When I Get Back From A Photography Trip

Do you have a routine for getting back on your feet after an exciting photography adventure?

We recently returned from a trip to Kauai, Hawaii and here’s what I’ve been up to the past couple days.

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Review: Slide Neckstrap & Clutch Handstrap

We clearly have a backlog of neat photography gear we’ve been meaning to test out! And today’s products from Peak Design are super nifty. In fact, they’re trying to solve many of the problems that plague neck straps and hand straps. Problems that have bugged us for years, to the point where we pretty much gave up on straps all together. Have they succeeded? Let’s find out…

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Film Woes – A Shot From The Archives

Recently I mentioned that one of my goals for 2015 is organizing our archive of images.

I was browsing through some film shots, and found this photo of a woman with a hat. I loved the texture and contrast!

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Hackintoshes, SoftRAID and RAID 5

One of my first goals for the new year was to reorganize our computer setup. Here are a few of the things I’ve been working on to get us ready for another year of photography.

For a couple years now we’ve used Hackintoshes (custom built computers that can run the Mac operating system) as our photography workstation computers. We made the switch to Hackintoshes because at the time Apple hadn’t updated their Mac Pro line in over two years, and with a Hackintosh you can build something with similar power for a fraction of the price that Apple charges.

Fast forward to today and Apple has just recently launched their iMac Retina, and they now have a newly designed Mac Pro (which is already a year old).

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12 Answers To Your Burning Questions About Shooting Raw

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.

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New Tutorial: Black & White Processing with Lightroom® + A GIVEAWAY!

Hey friends!

Exciting news! We’ve just launched a brand new video tutorial that’s going to show you how to create stunning black and white photos with Lightroom®, in no time flat!

You already know how big of a difference editing can make to the look of your images.

But when it comes to editing black and whites, you need to take a different approach from when you edit in color. See, when you convert to your images to black and white, you change the dynamics of the shot.

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