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James Schuck

James Schuck is a writer and photographer working in Southern California. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has photographed everything from Architecture to Auto Parts to Cookies to Portraits and Weddings.

Searching for a Photography Mentor

Searching for a Photography Mentor

 Not many of us have the capacity to be completely objective when it comes to our work and our businesses. Going it alone has pitfalls, and that is where the value of a mentor can become the most valuable relationship a photographer can cultivate in his life, especially early on in a career.

5 Keys to Good Landscape Photography

5 Keys to Good Landscape Photography

I like landscapes. Always have. Everywhere I go in life there is a camera tucked away in my car, and I drive people crazy when I have to stop, get out of the car and make a picture. Here are a few ideas to think about if you happen to be like me and you just can’t help yourself.

High-Key Backlighting: How to Do It Successfully

High-Key Backlighting: How to Do It Successfully

Of all the ways to establish background, the kind of receding, almost disappearing background, one that is filled with tone without any detail, a high-key background offers the most in the way of creating extra-dimensional lighting without going to a great deal of trouble and excessive setup and testing.

How to Make a Portrait Subject Comfortable

How to Make a Portrait Subject Comfortable

How to make your efforts stand the test of time is the real trick when approaching your portrait subjects. The real question is how to consistently get to that high level of achievement: what goes into making the one image your clients will cherish?

The Green Screen Alternative: Black, Gray and White

The Green Screen Alternative: Black, Gray and White

Do you absolutely need to use a green screenAbsolutely not! If you don’t have a chromakey setup, no green screen, or blue one for that matter, there are ways of working with what you already have. Black, gray, and even white seamless backdrops are a popular alternative to green screens for digital still photography.

Networking and Marketing Power

Networking and Marketing Power

In order to keep your business growing and vibrant, you need to constantly beat the bushes for more and diverse clients to not only keep the lights on, but to prevent you from getting stale in your work.

What to Do When Business Slows Down

What to Do When Business Slows Down

There is no worse feeling in the world than being in business and have the phone stop ringing. It happens. It almost has to happen. The real question is not how to avoid it, because you can’t, but how to make best use of the downtime personally, professionally, and more importantly, creatively.

Understanding White Balance

Understanding White Balance

The reason to adjust white balance is to get the colors in photographs as accurate as possible. You don’t notice the difference in color temperature you because your eyes adjust automatically for it. A digital camera doesn’t have the eye’s ability to make these adjustments automatically and needs the skilled photographer to tell it how to treat different light.

Using Histograms for Better Photos

Using Histograms for Better Photos

Everywhere you go, people are no longer looking through a viewfinder, they’re looking at a screen to make a picture, or if they do have a viewfinder, they’re tilting the camera forward to look at the results of the last exposure. The histogram? What’s that? And why bother looking at it?

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