The decision to go for a glossy look or a matte look is not one to be taken lightly. The choice you make will greatly change the appearance of your photos. The question is, which one do you choose? And how do you produce the desired effect?

This article will look at both options so you can decide which is best.

Glossy Photos vs. Matte Photos

Producing a glossy or matte look for a print will depend on the type of paper you use. Glossy paper has more of the final coating which gives it an extra layer of shine…


Photography is typically about getting the right amount of light into a photo. No matter what look you’re going for, you want your subjects to be properly illuminated.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see how difficult it can be if you are purposely going for a dark photography look. How do you put the right amount of light on your subjects while maintaining a dark background? Here are some ways to achieve the aesthetic you are going for.

Use a Single Light Source

In dark photography, if you use too much light, you’ll spoil the dark effect. …


Editorial photography can be best be described as photography used to tell a story. It may be published in a magazine as part of a journalistic piece, or it may be standalone.

Unfortunately, editorial budgets aren’t very big, so you won’t stand to make a lot of money if you go this route working for a magazine. However, the work could get your name out there and it may be enjoyable.

If the field sounds interesting to you, read on to find out how you can break into it.

How to Start on Your Editorial Photography Journey

If you are…


Mixed media involves taking different pieces of art and mixing them together in one piece. Examples include a painting with 3D elements or a collage that combines various materials like newspapers, fabrics, foils and more.

You can add photography to a mixed media piece, or you can take a picture that includes mixed media. To achieve the latter, you will have to create the mixed media image and then capture it. The wonderful thing is, when using photography, you can incorporate humans which is difficult to achieve in other other types of mixed media art.

Mixed media photography is not…


Every photographer loves to shoot in natural light. But that’s not always an option, especially if you’re shooting indoors. That’s why it’s a good idea to get the right lights for your studio.

Once you start light shopping, you may be overwhelmed by your options. This article will provide a clear understanding of what’s out there so you can decide which lighting is best for you.

Strobe Lights

Often used in club settings, strobe lights flash on and off to provide a someone dizzying effect. It may be surprising to find that they are the type of light most often…


If you are a photographer, it’s likely you will hear the terms micro, macro and closeup being thrown around a lot. They all refer to getting in close for a tight shot, but what’s the difference between each? This article will set the record straight.

What is Close Up Photography?

Quite simply, close up photography refers to any shot that must be taken close up. All it requires is a zoom lens. Alternately, you can just get in close to the subject or crop the picture in editing to make it appear closer. Any lens can be used.

However, it should be noted that most…


Digital art is more than a trend, it’s a way of life. It is defined as a work of art that uses technology to be created.

If we compare digital art with edited photography, we find a lot of similarities. Photographs can be manipulated to the point where they seem like digital art. But are they digital art? Where can we draw the line? Let’s find out.

Artists That Count on Digital Art

There are many photographers who are known for converting their photos into digital art. Take Viktoria Solidarnyh for example. She takes portrait photos and adds elements that leave nothing but the subject’s face…


Photography is a great hobby. To get the most out of it, it’s a good idea to find friends who share your interest. They will make the perfect companions for photography trip travels. They will also provide feedback and advice that can help you get your career to the next level. You can collaborate with them on projects, and you may even be able to swap gear.

The question is, how do you find photography friends? Here are some ways to get social with enthusiasts like yourself.

Take a Class

There are advantages and disadvantages to taking a photography class, but one definite…


As a fine art photographer, you will find yourself frequenting galleries often. These are high end events that come with their own rules of etiquette. If you don’t follow them, you may find yourself getting thrown out which can be devastating for your reputation.

Fortunately, that won’t happen to you as long as you obey the commandments of art gallery etiquette. Here are some to consider.

Be Quiet

Art galleries are considered meditative spaces for many people. While it’s okay to do some talking, you won’t want to get rowdy or loud. That would be considered rude.

Don’t Stand Too Close to the Paintings

Many pieces of artwork are…


When you shoot, you can use a prime lens or a zoom lens. A prime lens will cover only one focal length (50mm) while a zoom lens zooms in and out to capture a range of 24–70mm.

The variety a zoom lens offers may make it seem like the best choice in most photography situations. But there are plenty of reasons for using a prime lens. Here are some to consider.

The Bring in More Light

Prime lenses have a wider maximum aperture, so they let more light into the camera when the shutter is open. …

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Whether you are a photographer who is trying to take off as an artist, or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your home, we are here to help.

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