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    11 places to find inspiration that aren’t the internet

    In some ways, the last year has changed the way we understand the creative process. According to the 2020 Ideas Report from WeTransfer, over 45.3% of respondents said they had more creative ideas due to changes in their working environment. The main sources of inspiration were family and...
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    A beginners guide to photography | The essential guide

    What is photography? Let’s start with a big question—what exactly is photography? While artists, scholars, and academics might debate the philosophy of the captured image, the scientific terms are a little more straightforward. Photography is the art or practice of creating images by...
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    Capturing home life in an age of uncertainty

    According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, almost nine out of ten people in the United States report that their lives have changed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It’s changed our lives in large ways (working from home, avoiding crowds), but it’s also changed our daily...
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    Juxtaposition in photography | 26 Examples to inspire your photography

    The word “juxtaposition” has long dominated exhibition catalogs and artist statements, used by everyone from architects to painters, but some of today’s biggest mainstream photography trends also revolve around the theme of juxtaposition. From forced perspectives of people “holding up” the sun...
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    Licensing Contributor William Trostel on shooting commercial photography

    William is a 500px Licensing Contributor based in Pennsylvania, USA. His style ranges from capturing candid lifestyle moments to documenting real life in urban America to beauty and fashion. Working with a number of commercial brands throughout his career, William is able to apply his diverse...
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    How to capture wellness, self-care, and mindfulness at home

    At the start of this year, Getty Images named “wellness” as one of the defining forces shaping visual culture. The wellness movement spans our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health, and it also speaks to fostering healthy relationships with others. It’s about taking time for...
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    20+ Stunning images with complementary colors

    In 1961s, Fred Herzog photographed a woman on the street, with just her green skirt and red stockings visible in the frame. In 1972, Helen Levitt photographed kids in New York City, dressed in various shades of yellow and purple. In the 1980s, Martin Parr photographed an ice cream shop in an...
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    How to know when your photo requires a property release

    Within the last year alone, there have been several high-profile cases involving the use of intellectual property in commercial photography. From influencers posing in front of street art to promote branded products, without the artist’s permission, to a court battle between a luxury car brand...
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    Everything a beginner needs to know about astrophotography [Guide & tips]

    Want to master astrophotography? Want to learn the art of capturing an awesome meteor shower, or the next supermoon, or the Milky Way galaxy across the night sky? This monster guide with just about everything you’ll want to know about the wonderful world of astrophotography should help! We’ve...
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    Essential tips for achieving natural color and tone in Photoshop

    From bold neons to vintage polaroid-inspired hues, the last few years have brought with them tons of creative approaches to post-processing and color correction. On 500px and around the web, you can find something for everyone; on one end of the spectrum, you have faded, nostalgic tones and, on...
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    How to use Luminar to speed up your photography workflow

    This post is sponsored by Luminar, AI-based, award-winning photo editing software. We’ve also partnered to bring you a Quest! We want to see your best edits. Enter here. Luminar is a very handy tool to improve your photo editing workflow and help you speed up photo edits that would normally...
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    Where’s the best place to buy a camera?

    If you thought brick-and-mortar camera stores were a thing of the past, think again; from Chelsea, NYC, to Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, to Shinjuku, Tokyo, traditional camera shops are thriving. Many have been around for decades and are steeped in history; others cater to newer, up-and-coming...
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    Candid family portraits (and tips for shooting at home)

    This tutorial is part of the “No Place Like Home” Campaign. We’ve partnered with some of our Licensing Contributors to create these “conscious living” tutorials and Quests to encourage you to pick up your camera, maybe learn a new skill, and continue to do what you love despite these difficult...
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    Dogs photography tips | How to photograph your dog

    This tutorial is part of the “No Place Like Home” Campaign. We’ve partnered with some of our Licensing contributors to create these “conscious living” tutorials and Quests to encourage you to pick up your camera, maybe learn a new skill, and continue to do what you love despite these difficult...
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    What is ISO (and how to use it) in photography

    In recent weeks, we’ve covered two of the three basic elements of creating a proper exposure in-camera—aperture and shutter speed—so let’s take a closer look at the third and final corner of the “exposure triangle,” known as ISO. While your aperture and shutter speed settings will determine how...
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