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Making the Shot, Issue 4: 100 Tips for Photographers
100 Tips for Photographers is a project that has been six years in the making. It's a compilation of tips and tricks I've learned, applied and refined over nearly two decades of being a photographer:
Technical tips that help me nail the shot
Inter-relational tips that help me connect with and encourage my subjects
Creative tips to guide the flow and feel of candid moments, planned portraits and unexpected compositions
Plus links, gifts and downloads for your enjoyment and photography
It's more than 100,000 words - the size of two novels - taking the kind of technical writing I shared in The Photographer's Workshop and pairing it with the kind of personal writing I shared on my blog.
By purchasing this lesson, you'll get a 244 page PDF with more than 300 images and 11+ hours of accompanying audio for $55.
Here's what students are saying about 100 Tips for Photographers:
“I’m absolutely loving ‘100 tips for photographers!’ It’s an amazing mix of great photography advice, ideas and inspiration. Karen generously includes so much extra information and each of the 100 tips is on its own so valuable. Every time I read a tip, I’m inspired by Karen’s photos, I feel excited to try out her recommendations and ideas and I love hearing her caring voice and all love and wisdom that is also included. I’ve taken Karen’s “The Photographer’s Workshop’ and it taught me a lot about how to use my camera. The ‘100 tips for photographers” is like a beautiful icing on that cake. You’re already familiar with your camera - in fact, most tips can be used for any camera, including smart phone cameras. You get practical ideas on how to improve your photography, how to get subjects to cooperate and how to make a shot special - all that Karen has discovered during her many years of experience. I’m really looking forward to the class in September. I feel so inspired just by reading the PDF (which, by the way, is so far from a boring photography fact book… this one you just want to browse over and over in a cozy corner of your couch). It will be so great to discuss these tips with other students in the class and see the photos everyone shoot. I highly recommend joining!”
"This is a fabulous guide, both to photography and to life. It’s the kind of thing your read, digest, think through, try some new tips, then realize you are thinking through again and again… and not just the tips about photography. You think you are soaking up photography tips when really you are learning things about life, the kinds of things that no one ever talks about and we have to stumble through life to find ourselves. That may be the greatest tip of all here."
“I had a chance to read through Karen Russell's latest issue of Making the Shot: 100 Tips for Photographers, and I can't tell you how excited I am to participate in her class in September. This document contains the most complete list of practical tips and examples that I have seen for getting the type of beautiful story-telling candid shots that we have seen on Karen's blog. There are tips on how to evaluate your locale to find the best vantage point, how to interact with your subjects to get the most flattering shot, how to manage the shooting time with your subjects and so much more. For me, the best parts of this issue of Making the Shot are the pictures. Each tip contains at least one photograph with an explanation of how Karen captured the moment. AND Karen is including all of her original RAW and edited files for these photos with the class!”
Making the Shot, Issue 3: An In-Depth Discussion on Focus
Making the Shot, Issue 3: An In-Depth Discussion on Focus is an advanced photography course devoted solely to the topic of FOCUS.
This issue defines the difference between tack-sharp, adequately-sharp, and soft focus and discusses in great detail how cameras and lenses, lighting and contrast, autofocus settings and a proper focusing technique each play a critical and combined role in creating the sharpest images possible, straight out of the camera. This issue includes three step-by-step testing guides, ten comprehensive case studies, an entire section that tackles the topic of why and how you should be Back Button Focusing, and every ounce of knowledge I have (and then some) about focusing.
This is a downloadable course that includes a 138-page PDF and over six hours of audio.
Making the Shot, Issue 2: Low Light Shooting
Issue Two of Making the Shot is a 60 page lesson completely devoted to shooting in low-light situations without a flash. So much of our 'everyday' lives happen after the sun goes down so knowing how to shoot in those low-light situations is a must for any photographer that wants to successfully document those memories. In this issue, I break down ten key elements that are critical to low-light shooting and share many of my own SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera) images along with my edited images and details on how I created them. This issue discusses the role of lighting, white balance, exposure, digital noise, natural reflectors and a myriad of other topics, all geared towards successful low-light shooting without a flash.
Making the Shot, Issue 1: Inside a Portrait Shoot
Making the Shot, Issue 1: Inside a Portrait Shoot is a 46-page lesson covering all the details of a senior portrait session I photographed. (Note that even though I am covering a senior portrait session, the information in the lesson pertains to any kind of shooting scenario.) This issue includes both my original and edited images along with detailed shooting information for each image. The lesson discusses the lighting, composition and location selection for each image, touches briefly on some of my editing techniques and delves into the how, why and what I did to make the shots along with lots of extra tips and tricks for shooting successful portraiture.