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Common Post-Processing Mistakes Made by Beginners

Common Post-Processing Mistakes Made by Beginners

Working in Lightroom and Photoshop (or your post-processing programs of choice) takes the confluence of a wide range of knowledge and technique along with a good creative eye, and it can be a bit tricky to bring them together all at once, even for seasoned photographers. This excellent video discusses three common mistakes beginners make when they are learning about post-processing their photos and how to fix them.

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Why Lighting Modifiers Matter

Why Lighting Modifiers Matter

If you are someone who has worked only with natural light, one of the most foreign parts of artificial lighting might be the vast array of modifiers available. How much of a difference do they really make? This great video demonstrates why your choice of modifier matters and the difference they can make in your work.

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How to Shoot Portraits With a Clean, White Background

How to Shoot Portraits With a Clean, White Background

By far, one of the most common types of portraits you will be asked to shoot are those with a clean, white background. It is a simple, elegant, and versatile look that will never go out of style. If you struggle with artificial lighting, this excellent video tutorial will show you how you can easily shoot high-quality portraits with clean, white backgrounds.

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MasterClass is Giving College Students a 1-Year Pass Worth $180 for Just $1

Heads up! If you’re a college student, MasterClass is offering to give you a full year of access to its high-quality courses (including in photography) for just $1. The subscription is ordinarily valued at $180 and this deal is only being offered today (Thursday, September 17th).

MasterClass features online courses on a wide range of subjects by over 85 teachers who are at the top of their fields. For photography, there are currently masterclasses taught by portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz and adventure photographer Jimmy Chin.

Annie Leibovitz was the first woman to be named chief photographer at Rolling Stone and the last person to take a portrait of John Lennon. In her first online photography class, Annie shows us that what makes a picture stunning isn’t the gear or technology—it’s the story. Annie teaches you her philosophy: how to develop concepts, work with subjects, shoot with natural light, and bring images to life in post-production. See the world through her eyes.

Leibovitz’s masterclass has 15 video lessons over 3 hours and 4 minutes of instruction.

Jimmy Chin has built his career taking photos at the top of the world, earning him the cover of National Geographic and multiple awards. Now he’s taking you on location to teach you techniques for capturing breathtaking shots. In his photography class, learn different creative approaches for commercial shoots, editorial spreads, and passion projects. Gather the gear—and the perspective—to bring your photography to new heights.

Chin’s masterclass has 20 video lessons over 4 hours and 10 minutes of instruction.

Examples of other subject matters taught at MasterClass include writing, music, art, fashion, sports, and cooking. Classes can be streamed on any device.

If you’d like to sign up for your full year of MasterClass for just $1, head on over to the special offer page — you’ll need to provide a valid .edu email address or some other form of proof of college registration.

This deal ends at 11:59PM PT tonight, and note that the 1-year subscription will auto-renew at the full membership price after it’s up, so be sure to set a reminder to cancel before then if you’re not interested in a full price subscription.

(via Masterclass via Engadget)

6 Lighting Facts Every Photographer Should Understand

6 Lighting Facts Every Photographer Should Understand

Artificial lighting can be a bit tough for a lot of photographers to master, but once you understand the fundamental behavior of light and some of its basic properties, you will be well on your way to creating better images. If you are new to artificial lighting, this fantastic video details six fundamental lighting facts every photographer should know.

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Common Financial Mistakes That Hurt Creatives

Common Financial Mistakes That Hurt Creatives

You can have all the technical proficiency and creative vision in the world, but if you are not good with your finances, you will have a lot of trouble building a successful photography or videography business. This excellent video discusses some common financial mistakes that creatives make and how to remedy them.

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