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Rim Lighting

Photography TipsHave you ever tried to use rim lighting? It's a great thing to know if you haven't learned yet, and here's a short refresher if you already know. When there's a light on the far side of someone, the light leaks through right around their head illuminating their hair or hat. Sometimes the line can be so crisp that it looks as though they're being cut out. Rim light is beautiful, and it adds a ton of visual interest to a photo. The real win here is taking an extra second to try and look around your environment for some kind of rim lighting. Don't settle for the light you're given, find better light. And also plan to show up during golden hour, instead of trying to do photoshop later and add in something fake. More about rim lighting from New York Institute Of Photography: https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/cameras-and-gear/what-is-rim-lighting

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Separate Your Work From Others


“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” — Andy Warhol

  • Think through all the ways you can differentiate.
    • The content (dreamscapes/young kids/couples/street),
    • The editing,
    • The display (printed out and putting it somewhere vs your blog/insta),
    • Your personality (the way you see the world will be reflected in your shots),
    • Your gear (the 16mm almost-fish-eye vs the 200mm zoom shot. tilt-shift lens etc),
    • Your location (if you go places no one else goes, you will separate yourself a lot quicker),
    • Being less technical and more artistic (does it need to be super sharp if the content of the image knocks you down with emotion?),
    • Honesty in editing (will you post-process the crap out of it, or will you keep it closer to reality?),
    • Follow your heart vs. following common advice (if you follow the mainstream advice, your work will look mainstream)
  • There will always be someone who looks at your image and has issue with it. If you allow others to tell you what you should do with your art, it will end up lifeless and boring.
  • My wife and I don’t have the same eye, we don’t edit the same way. So with our business, we had to come together to decide on the style we were going with.
  • If you want shots that don’t look like anybody else’s, be strong enough to stick with your own opinion. How many paintings do you think Picasso would have released just the way they are if he cared to ask a group of people what he could do to make his work “better”?