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The Amateur Photographer's Intro to Portrait Lighting and Lenses

Many people want to get started in home portraiture, but don't know where to begin. Besides studying composition, lenses, and posing, one must acquire a working knowledge of the basics of lighting. The first thing to realize is that not every photo can be shot using only natural light. For those of you that are scared of using external lighting, here is a quick introductory guide to help remove some of those fears.

Photo by isayx3

A Brief Introduction to ISO

You've probably heard of the term ISO before. But do you know what it means? If someone told you that you need to raise your ISO settings to compensate for the diminished light, would you know what they're talking about? If you don't know, here is a quick guide, straight from the EDU Advantage Team.





Tools of the Trade: B&H EDU Dept Goes to NYFA

When I was a communications student back in college, the first thing I said when my professor put professional gear in front of me was, "Oooooooo, toys!" That is how many students at the New York Film Academy reacted recently when the B&H EDU Advantage Team visited to show the future filmmakers some tools of the trade.


Enhancing the Illusion of Depth

Photographs have no depth. They're two-dimensional facsimiles of a three-dimensional world.

But photographers, like magicians, deal in illusion. If we understand what creates the illusion of depth in a photograph and how to enhance that illusion, we can make our images more believable.

How to Use a Single Flash Unit for Portraits

One camera, one lens, and one flash—if you've got these you can create compelling portraits. Some important things you must be familiar with in order to achieve ideal illumination of your subject: bouncing your flash, flash modifiers, F-stops, shutter speeds and ISOs.


Printing with Lightroom – Part 4, by Seth Resnick of D65

This is part 4 in a series on printing from LIghtroom by Seth Resnick of D65. Lightroom printing is really a dream and much easier than printing from Photoshop. Today is the last in the series and  covers The Print Job Panel, Draft Mode Printing,Print Resolution, Print Sharpening, 16-bit Output, Color Management, Managed By Printer, Rendering Intents and The Print Button.

Printing with Lightroom – Part I, by Seth Resnick of D65

Lightroom really makes printing a breeze, with many features for all your printing needs. You can place multiple-size images on a single page, and have multiple pages of multiple-picture layouts. You can even use draft-mode printing, which renders from the Previews. This is even more amazing, because you can select a group of images, print them as a PDF, and accomplish the task in seconds. 




Introducing the B&H HDSLR Hub

If you loved the B&H HDSLR guide, then you'll appreciate the new B&H HDSLR Hub. The new platform will feature news, interviews, tips and loads more. Beyond this, cinematographer Shane Hurlbut will give a six-part educational series where he teaches you how to get the most out of your HDSLR. More in the Press Release, after the jump.


Clash of the HDR Titans: Photomatix Pro versus Nik's HDR Efex Pro

High-dynamic range imaging (HDR) is the fastest growing and perhaps the trendiest new technique in photography. By combining several images with different exposures the photographer can capture scenes which are beyond the dynamic range of their camera. The trick is that HDR scenes not only can't be captured in a single image, they also can't be fully displayed or printed in their native form. That means additional processing is required to turn the photo into one which can be used.

Minor Retouching in Photoshop Elements

You don't need extremely high-end editing software to make minor retouches and edits to your photos. In fact, you can still achieve wonderfully pleasing results with something like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Here's a quick run-through that is simple and thorough.


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