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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.

Blurring Your Background

Blurring Your Background

Clarifying backgrounds, freeing them of unnecessary clutter is something every photographer is taught and it only becomes clear when all the mistakes have been made and the idea becomes second nature to us.

What Backdrops are Best for Traveling?

What Backdrops are Best for Traveling?

When you’re traveling as a photographer, unless you have a truck that carries your entire studio with you, considerations have to be made with regard to space and size that will greatly influence the kind(s) of backdrop you carry with you. 

When Should You Use a Collapsible Backdrop?

When Should You Use a Collapsible Backdrop?

However you wind up using them, collapsible backdrops belong as one of the top ten essential tools you absolutely must have at your disposal at all times as a photographer, indoors or out, and they’re easy to use.

Using a Softbox for the Best in Portrait Lighting

Using a Softbox for the Best in Portrait Lighting

A softbox is an indispensable tool in a photographer’s bag of tricks. They are easy to set up, simple to use and easy to dismantle. They’ll give you years of exceptional use and most of all; your clients will love the results.

Vinyl vs. Seamless Paper

Vinyl vs. Seamless Paper

While seamless paper may be the “bread and butter” of studio backdrops, photographers are no longer limited to paper. The world has opened up in any number of ways: you can choose from paper, muslin, floor drops posing as backdrops, green screens and even vinyl.

How to Choose a Green Screen Backdrop

How to Choose a Green Screen Backdrop

The three most important considerations with green screen photography are the size of the object you’re photographing, the location of your shoot and the choice and size of the green screen backdrop. 

Life Lessons Photography Has Taught Me

Patience, I am told, is a virtue. Practicing it is another matter altogether. Stepping outside my comfort zone has always produced growth, both personally and artistically. Trusting to the higher powers in life proves beneficial: there is no such thing as bad weather.

On the Subject of Expenses

Knowing when to say no to a job or a client is contingent upon you knowing what your expenses are. If you don’t know how much you need to make to stay in business and prosper, you’ll never be able to say no to “bad” photo jobs and begin the process of finding and saying yes to the good ones. 

Surviving Summer: Tips for Photographing in Harsh Summer Light

Surviving Summer: Tips for Photographing in Harsh Summer Light

Summer is great for the beach, picnics, softball games and eating watermelon, but it can also be the worst time of year for making good pictures. A photographer must find creative ways to cope with the particular challenges of the longest and most beautiful days of the year.

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