Technical

The Aspiring Photographer Part 4 | Storage Systems and Workflows for Your Photography

The Aspiring Photographer Part 4 | Storage Systems and Workflows for Your Photography

Hard drives, cloud storage, best practices for how to secure your digital files, my personal backup systems and the un-sexy world of digital archives. This part is definitely full of concepts that make creatives nervous, but it’s better to realize you’re unprepared beforehand than when you’re in the middle of a client project and you make a costly mistake…

The Aspiring Photographer Part 3 | Setting Up Your Photograph

The Aspiring Photographer Part 3 |  Setting Up Your Photograph

I saw an image a photographer shared once from a senior portrait session where she had her client stand in front of a graffiti wall, only to realize that there was a massive penis behind the client. Of course this was once she had already delivered her photos to the client and shared them online. Talk about awkward. Today we’re talking about setting up your photographs - the little details that can be forgotten in the moment but can be avoided with practice.

The Aspiring Photographer Part 2 | Natural Light Photography

The Aspiring Photographer Part 2 | Natural Light Photography

Lightning is possibly the most important part of a photograph - because without any lighting, ya ain’t got a photo! This part of The Aspiring Photographer series focuses on natural light photography, because most beginning photographers don’t have the time or resources to invest in studio or artificial lighting - plus, I think natural light looks the best and is the most fun to work with...

The Aspiring Photographer Part 1 | Camera Basics

The Aspiring Photographer Part 1 | Camera Basics

Every photographer starts somewhere, right? But if you’re just starting out with your camera or you consider yourself pretty secure and want to take your art to the next level, it can still be a little overwhelming to know where to start. I decided to create The Aspiring Photographer Series because I know what it’s like to start trying to figure out photography and feel like you’re getting lost in all of the endless tutorials you can find on YouTube.

What is Chromatic Aberration and How Do You Fix it?

What is Chromatic Aberration and How Do You Fix it?

If you've been a photographer for any length of time you've probably seen chromatic aberration before - and you may not even know what it is. It wasn't until I was in college at SAIC that I finally found a name for those ugly little neon green lines that showed up around the high contrast edges in my photographs. I'd been seeing them for years and didn't know what they were called...

How to Keep Your Photos Safe Online

How to Keep Your Photos Safe Online

This is a topic of discussion I've been seeing in the photography community since I entered it back in good ol' 2009. I've had my photos stolen for years, pretty much since the day I started putting things out on Flickr. If you want to see some examples of photos being stolen, take a look at the gallery above - people take them and use them as the background for their Youtube videos and get tons of views with no credit. Once someone stole a photograph of mine and...