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By Felipe Sanchez from Petruzzo Photography

5 Reasons Not to Feel Weird on Your First Portrait Session

It’s common for photographers to feel weird during their first portrait session. Like learning a new dance and being unsure what it looks like, shooting your first portrait session is full of motions you’re not familiar with yet. Choosing, posing, composing, shooting, refining. The question “am I pulling this off” might be looming and producing anxiety. In the hopes of defusing some of that weirdness for you, and assuming your first portrait session isn’t with a professional modeling agency, here are some things you can probably count on during your first portrait session. So breathe easy.

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6 Ways to Get Perfect Backgrounds for Your Photos

There are numerous factors that go into making eye-catching portraits. But an important (and sometimes overlooked) characteristic of a good portrait is that it is free of distractions. Any number of things could act as a distraction and it is easy to take care of the most obvious problems like stray hairs or blemishes. But be sure that you don’t neglect the background. Don’t worry if you don’t have a studio and backdrops for your portrait sessions; there are plenty of other ways to include — or exclude — a background so that it enhances rather than distracts from your image.

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Creating Your Own Photo Website on SmugMug: A Beginner’s Guide

The market for photographer’s gallery sites is quite a crowded place. Among the top dogs are Zenfolio, Photoshelter and Smugmug. All of these sites offer very similar content for fairly similar prices. Having just signed up for a Smugmug site, today we will give you a brief overview of what they have to offer.

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What to Do With The Photographs You’ve Created: 3 Ideas to Get You Started

Whether you’ve been photographing for a few months or years, one thing is certain. Your images are unique. They are from your perspective, your view on the subject. Your work is personal. The journey as an artist continues to evolve. Over the course of time, friends, family and acquaintances enjoy seeing your work. Since we live in the digital, social media and web-based world, sharing your work starts here versus just sending via an email or printing for the family album. We’ve all been effectively conditioned to seek, learn and view electronically from our computers and mobile devices. The days of using cloth and leather bound albums are no longer the norm.

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30 Unmissable Photography Links of the Week

Another wonderful week in the world of photography has been and gone, and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all known corners of the internet for links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone. This weeks compendium features a wide variety of tutorials and photographs, covering many different aspect and genres of the craft. We hope you enjoy checking out these links as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.

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Hi Everyone, I am new here I through I would introduce myself. Photography is something I as a hobby and would like to improve my skills on. I mainly enjoyed taking doing portraits and sport (mainly campdrafting as it a sport we do as a family) photos. Thanks Til

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First Photo

Hi, I haven’t been photographing that long but my sister suggested that I get a Canon SX50 which I did. My husband & I did the Great Ocean Road last Xmas & I took a sunset photo. I’ve never taken such a beautiful sunset and after that I was totally hooked & I’m totally obsessive […]

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Liquor Pig

Liquor Pig.jpg by Stu on Light Stalking

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Pelican Cleared to Takeoff

DSC_2083-Edit.jpg by George Silvas on Light Stalking Processed and cropped in LR

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St Coleman Church/ Stackables app edit

St. Coleman Church by makane on Light Stalking

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Straw Hat

Straw Hat by Stu on Light Stalking

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retired2AZ is new

Hi, I just joined and am interested in friendly critiques. I have taken snapshots forever, but in the last couple of years have gotten serious about photography. I also use lightroom and photoshop. It is a steep learning curve, but I am making progress. I look forward to participating in the reviews.

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