How to "Drag the Shutter"

Combing ambient light with portraits can be tricky, especially if there is a large contrast between the subject and background light sources, such as a city lights and a flash.

However, this can be minimized by following a few simple steps.

Step 1: Manually set the exposure and white balance of your ambient light sources by dragging or slowing down the shutter

Step 2: Bring your subject into the scene and use TTL mode on your flash to obtain the proper flash output

Step 3: Add a colored gel to the flash to match the white balance of the background.

That’s it!

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How to create a Raw Panoramic file

Panorama stitching is a great way to achieve higher megapixels, get the look or a telephoto lens in a “wide angle” shot, or simple capture more of your surroundings. This tutorial will show you how to capture and create a RAW panoramic image using any DSLR with RAW capabilities.

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RAW VS JPEG

Perhaps you've been shooting your images in JPEG format for a while, but keep hearing that people shoot in RAW, and wonder, "well, I'm happy with the results, but should I be shooting in RAW for better quality?" Will it actually benefit me? "What's the difference anyway?"

This article will define and explore these questions and help you decide which format is best for you and particular situations. 

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How to shoot a sun star or sunburst

Including a sunburst (or sun star) to your photograph is a great way to make your images more dramatic and interesting. It can add that extra story telling element and create key points of visual interaction. The best thing about it is, that it's entirely done in camera!

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5.5 reasons why stock photography is bad for your business

Stock images lack an authentic message from you company. It's really an anti-transparency message. The true message a stock image gives is that your’e trying to hide something, or your company culture stinks. It’s difficult to connect to an image that doesn't represent a company, and even worse if it gives the wrong impression.

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