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Lighting Tips for Perfect Portraits

Snapping a portrait is much more complex than pinning up a laser backdrop and requesting your subject say “cheese”.

The key to a polished look is lighting!

Read our lighting tips for making your pals look their best in any light (you might just want to add some shine to help them look their best).
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7 Secrets of Black and White Photography

We’ve all heard it … “to master black and white photography you must learning to see in black and white” – but just how do you do that?

It can sometimes seem like actually learning to see in black and white is a skill for only the chosen few. But trust us, it’s for you too!

Here are seven (not-so-secret-anymore) secrets that will help you train your brain and expand your eye for the art of black and white photography.

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Camera Showdown: Phone v. DSLR

We’re going to answer the age old* question “What’s a better camera – a phone or a DSLR?” once and for all.**

*The actual age of the question is something like 15 year. The first camera phone was released in 2002.

**Not “for all” so much – it’s pretty subjective.

Look at our pretty chart and decide for yourself.
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Meet Your New DSLR

Ooooh, fancy new DSLR you got there!

(Or maybe you’re thinking of getting one, this guide is for you too).

There are a lot of knobs and buttons on that thing, and some day you’ll get to know them all.

But, for now, day one, we’re here to tell you our top tips for getting off of auto-mode (that’s what your phone was for!) and getting to know your new best friend.
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How to Photograph a Rainbow

Wanna learn alchemy?

Then listen up because there’s photography gold at the end of this rainbow.

More specifically, we’re gonna show you three ways to create a rainbow and then photograph it.

Pick up a tip or two and you’ll be gold baby, solid gold.
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How To Make a 360° Timelapse

Have you ever watched a sunset and thought, I wish mother nature would hurry it up, I can’t look away, but I’ve got things to do.

Have you ever tried to take in a beautiful vista and thought, this would be even BETTER if I could spin my head 360°, like an owl?

Same here.

So we’ve put together a few quick notes on how to reach your spherical time lapse dreams. Learn how to take in a scene at super speed … with a twist.

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Making the Switch from Phoneographer to PRO-tographer

Your Instagram feed is looking incredible these days. You’ve mastered VSCO and your point of view is strong.

But now what? Ready to go from Insta to pro? We’ve got a few pointers to help you make the change.

We chatted with Jackie Barr, a New York based photographer who has gradually made the switch from Instagram-only to professional freelancer.

She shared a few tips with us for getting feedback, finding a starter camera and more.

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Improve Your Photos with the Very Best Photo Editing Apps

We snap photos so fine, we don’t need editing apps … but every now and then a photo needs a touch of sharpening, or a cooling filter, or a clip art robot, just to spruce it up.

Who are we kidding? We’re obsessed with editing apps. And so are you – we asked!

Read along to see our favorite editing apps, and the favorites of all of our followers.

You’ll be a pro editor in no time, whether you snap perfect pics or not.

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How to Capture a Ghost (in a Photo) in 3-ish Ways

As Halloween Approaches, you’re probably noticing more ghosts around.

They can be quite camera-shy and tricky to photograph, so we’re here to show you how.

Shhhh, now lean in close for this part.

*whispers* We haven’t actually managed to photograph a real ghost, but we’re pretty good at faking it using just our phone. Read along to learn just how we do it.

But only if you don’t scare too easily. *ghost sounds* OoooOooOOoOooo!
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Macro Maven: An Interview with Ithalu Dominguez

Whenever we scroll up on an Instagram from @itha_mar, we *marvel* at her amazing knack for snapping super close-up macros, of Mother Nature’s handy work.

She’s no professional with a fancy bunch of gear, and specially trained bugs that stay extra still.

Ithalu shoots mostly with her phone. A phone! Just like that one you’ve got right there.

So, we caught up with her to find out all her secrets (in hopes of mastering bug-ography ourselves).

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