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Blending Modes
Photoshop

The Five Most Useful Blending Modes in Photoshop

In the realm of digital photo editing, there are many powerful tools and techniques that can be utilized to create awesome works of art. As these editors have developed over time, their mechanisms and interactions have evolved to offer more complex options to the artist.

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Wall Prints
Recently On Behind the Shutter

Show It To Sell It: How to Shoot to Sell Large Wall Prints

When a client books me for a senior portrait session, I automatically assume they are going to purchase wall prints, among other printed products that I offer. How do I know that? Because I make the end result of their session part of every conversation from the first inquiry.

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Website
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A Checklist of Must-Haves on Your Website

As a photographer, you know that it’s important to have a website. It helps you reach a wider audience, gets more people interested in the services you offer, and is a great place to show off your portfolio.

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Must-Have Gear
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Must-Have Gear for Senior Photography

If you have seen me speak on business topics, you have heard me say, “Try it. Test it. Use it or leave it behind.” The same thing holds true with gear. My first SLR was a Canon AE1 Program that my wife and I purchased over 40 years ago.

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Studio Lighting
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Five Tips To Take Your Studio Lighting To The Next Level

As photographers, it’s easy to get sucked into the mindset that it takes tons of fancy equipment to create stunning studio images. The truth is, killer images can be created on the smallest of budgets. It’s all about how you use your gear and understanding how to refine the light you create.

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Senior Photography
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Senior Photography in a Covid World

Covid-19 changed the world and there is no going back. The definition of “normal” is so far gone, I doubt it will ever return. So, what does that mean for us as photographers? Should we pack up shop? Quit? Work for free? Come on now.

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Raw Workflow
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Raw Workflow for Videographers

As far back as I can remember in my video production career, I had been jealous of the dynamic range and pure flexibility that photographers had working with RAW digital image files. They could seemingly point and shoot without regard to in-camera exposure and simply fix it in post as long as focus was correct.

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Recently On Behind the Shutter

How to Use Natural Light for Modern Senior Portraits

Senior portraits are what really kicked off my photography career and made me fall in love with photography. I’ve been in business for four years now and have been using only natural light with all my senior portrait shoots since the beginning!

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Senior Portrait Sessions
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Customize Your Senior Portrait Sessions and Make More Money

If there is one thing I have learned from photographing Senior Portrait Sessions it’s that high school classes are now just a tiny portion of their lives. Participating in diverse activities from art classes to ballet, to sports, to speech competitions, to theatrical productions, these 16- to 18-year-olds pack their schedules to the maximum.

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Posing Tips
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Posing Tips & Tricks for Seniors

In today’s high-tech, visual age, teens have their finger on the pulse of what’s cool and what’s not. They consume hours of visual content each day, even more so now that they attend school from their bedrooms and get shamed for spending time with friends due to the pandemic.

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Athlete Portraits
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Creating Dramatic Athlete Portraits

It’s rare that someone figures out what they are going to do for a living in middle school, but I did. Ever since I used to design Nike shoes in history class instead of paying attention to my teacher, I loved two things: art and sports.

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Signature Shot
Post Production

Shooting for a Signature Shot

Creating great images is so much more than just pointing your camera at a pretty scene and placing your subject in front of it. Any experienced photographer knows this in their bones. The danger for new photographers is to underestimate the details that go into creating a truly Signature Shot for your clients.

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What is behind the shutter?

Behind the Shutter is a free online photography training and educational resource created to help both professional and amateur photographers run successful photography businesses – covering lighting, posing, social media, marketing, post-production, pricing, sales and more.

Sal Cincotta created Behind the Shutter to give back to the world of photography. As an up and coming photographer, Sal was struggling to find answers to basic questions. Most of the magazines out there were filled with fluff. Sal needed and wanted to create something that would challenge photographers, something that would educate them.

Sal, an active wedding and portrait photographer in the St Louis metro area, wanted to bring a sense of real world understanding to the magazine and photography education. 

Our mission is to create and elevate the photography community by providing relevant and timely education. At Behind the Shutter, we believe that an educated photography community will raise the bar for all photographers around the world. 

Shutter Magazine

Photography training and education for the modern photographer

In today’s competitive landscape, quality online photography training and education is priceless to your growth. Unfortunately, most publications contain a ton of fluff. No real meat to their content. Not at Shutter Magazine. We are committed to the photography community and improving professional photography by providing current, insightful, and in-depth educational content.

Training topics include photography lighting techniques, photography off-camera flash tips, photography posing guides, photography business concepts and marketing strategies, Facebook for photographers, boudoir and glamour photography training, high-school senior photography concepts, IPS (In-Person Sales) strategies, family photography, lightroom tutorials, photoshop how-tos, and much, much more.

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