Using Channels to Create Masks!
One of the most powerful uses of Adobe Photoshop is the ability to composite multiple images into one. This is something that you aren't able to do in Lightroom and it allows photographers to have complete control over their images to a creative or practi...
Studio Photoshoot and Editing Tutorial
There are many reasons to love photographing in the studio. One of these reasons is having complete control of the lighting. Last week, RMSP instructors Sarah Chaput de Saintonge and Quinn Ryan demonstrated two different ways of utilizing studio lighting....
Using the Vanishing Point Filter in Photoshop
Many features exist in Adobe Photoshop that most photographers never know exist, Vanishing Point is one of those tools. Many of us have had those moments when we are doing a little retouching on a brick wall and soon realize that if we sample some brick w...
The Basics of Flash Photography
It seems many people (even well-trained photographers) have a fear of flash photography.With the proper training, flashes offer photographers the ability to control their lighting in almost all situations and they provide almost as much versatility as stu...
Top 10 Things to Bring on Your Next Photo Adventure
There's always something exciting about planning your next photo adventure. Whether it's that weekend getaway to your favorite location or a once in a lifetime trip on the other side of the world, having all of the gear we need is the key to happy photogr...
How to Clean Your Camera Sensor
We’ve all had sensor dust. It’s something that we must deal with on a yearly (weekly?) basis. Luckily, it’s very easy to clean our sensors ourselves, saving us the cost of mailing our cameras away for the service to be performed. In the video below, we ex...
Basics of Astrophotography
Night photography is something that most photographers are somewhat interested in. I think it’s because there is something so amazing about photographing things that we can’t normally see with our eyes. By using a long exposure, we are able to bring out d...
Using Color Range Masks in Adobe Lightroom
Many of us have been using Lightroom for years and have slowly seen Adobe take moreand more features from Photoshop and move them into Lightroom. With the latest LightroomClassic CC update, Adobe introduced two new ways to refine local selections: coloran...
How to Upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC
I get many questions from students regarding the process of upgrading versions of Lightroom. While initially daunting, the process is super simple.Before we start, it should be said that this video particularly relates to the process of upgrading to Light...
Expert Advice: DDreps
DDreps is a full-service creative agency that serves the needs of high-end real estate agents looking to sell homes, and other properties, and gives emerging photographers the chance to fill out their schedules. Managed by Donna’s husband, Brian Podnos, D...
Expert Advice: The Creative Call
Just as often as I consult with photographers when they need pricing and negotiation support, I work closely with agencies to oversee projects from initial photographer recommendations through production and retouching. This experience on both sides of pr...
Expert Advice: One-on-One Portfolio Reviews
One-on-one portfolio reviews should be an essential part of any photographer’s marketing plan. It’s an excellent opportunity to get your work literally under the noses of decision makers at ad agencies, publications, and brands. We’ve found that creatives...
Making Flash Look Natural Indoors
Natural light can only take you so far. A fancy camera with great ISO capabilities can only take you so far. Lightroom tweaks can’t rescue an image from a poor lighting situation and preserve the integrity and quality of the image. There is no way around ...
What to Wear While Photographing a Wedding
Picture this - you have 25lbs of gear strapped to your back, it’s about 90 degrees with 90 percent humidity, and you’re wearing your best dress clothes. Dress. Clothes. You know, pants that were NOT MADE TO SWEAT IN, shoes that are comfortable for SITTING...
Creating Consistency on Instagram
Oh Instagram! Do you have a love / hate relationship with it like I do? I mean, it'smostly love, but trying to keep up with their ever-changing algorithm and best practicesis more than a little exhausting and confusing. Can I get an amen?!This past year I...
Let's Get Close Up Part 2: Stability
In Part 1 of Let’s Get Close Up, I introduced the extension tube as an easy and inexpensive way to focus closer on your subject with any lens you own. The post discussed how to achieve a 1:1 ratio or life size magnification (that’s close up!) using the ap...
Let's Get Close Up Part 1: Equipment
In this post I’ll discuss an easy and cost effective way to get closer to your subject using one of the most versatile pieces of close up equipment called extension tubes.Eliot Porter was very well known for his intimate portraits of nature, but Eliot’s q...
Expert Advice: Prospect List Services
When I first launched my photography business, of all the challengesI faced, the idea of finding clients was the thing that most intimidated me. Whattypes of companies hire photographers? Which people do I approach at those companies?How do I get their co...
Expert Advice: Website Do's and Don'ts
Here at Wonderful Machine we tend to spend a lot of time looking at photographers’ portfolio websites. The web is constantly changing and what was standard a few years ago is now ancient history. As such, we’ve gone ahead and revamped our old Website Dos ...
Expert Advice: Hiring Crew for Photo Shoots
Here at Wonderful Machine, we pride ourselves on being experts on all things photography and production. When working on a big shoot, one of the first steps towards a successful outcome (right after you’ve been awarded the project) is sourcing and booking...