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  • How to Clean a Lens
    May 21, 2014

    How to Clean a Lens

    Written by Daven Mathies Our customers come in all the time asking us to show them how to properly clean a lens.  That’s when we bunch up the bottom part of our shirtsleeve and… Just kidding! Getting that schmutz off...

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  • March 11, 2014

    Choosing an Umbrella

    They say you're not a true Portlander if you own an umbrella, but I'm pretty sure they weren't talking to photographers when they decided that. Umbrellas are some of the easiest to use and least expensive light modifiers available, a perfect option for photographers just getting into off-camera flash. They are portable, take just seconds to set up, and are very effective at diffusing light from a variety of sources—a speedlight, strobe head, or even a constant light. I have found, however, that people often get confused by the myriad options available. So here's a brief overview of the different types of lighting umbrellas.
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  • January 27, 2014

    Tech Tips for Photographic Storytelling

    Photography is all about storytelling. Just finding a story can be its own challenge, but choosing how to tell it is even more difficult. How you frame a shot not only determines how viewers will be drawn into your image, it also controls how they connect to the story. Photographic stories need not be complex, nor need they be complete—viewer interpretation is part of the magic. Knowing how to use the tools and techniques at your disposal will help you shape your story.
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  • September 2, 2013

    Fall Photography Tips

    It's fall, and that means opportunities for great photography abound. Read on for our tips on how to make the most of this colorful season. 

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  • March 6, 2013

    Color Space: Fact and Fiction

    Many photographers choose a color space arbitrarily or on a single piece of advice such as “Adobe RGB is better.”  However, this shotgun approach to thinking about color space can lead to some problems when going to print or posting...

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  • February 21, 2013

    Why the Photo Lab Cropped Your Image

    It’s happened to everyone, even professionals.  That perfect portrait of your niece comes back from the photo lab – but the head is cropped right above the eyebrows. This is not the effect that was intended!  What went wrong?  The...

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