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Vik Orenstein is a master portrait photographer who describes herself as a "mom with a camera". She says, "The mom part inspires the artistic part and the photographic part."
This longtime BetterPhoto instructor is also the author of a new book, The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business. Best yet, Vik loves to share her creative vision and her professional insights.
At BetterPhoto.com, I've seen many photographers improve the overall quality of their work, thanks to the regular use of this valuable accessory: the tripod.
When I started using a tripod consistently for stationary subjects, two awesome things happened: 1) using a tripod regularly soon became a habit; and better still, 2) my photography improved immediately.
Do your pictures tend to elicit more "ho-hums" than "a-has"? One reason may have to do with the quality of light. In short, fine light adds visual impact. When planning workshops and our own personal outings, I think about the light just as much as I do about the subject.
A polarizer might be the most versatile filter around, and it's value extends well beyond deepening a blue sky. In fact, a key polarizer function in the digital age is to minimize the glare on reflective surfaces so that the natural color is revealed. This filter should be in every outdoor photographer's camera bag or photo pack!