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Westcott Eyelighter // Before and After Studio Lighting Photos

Quickly Create Stunning Portrait Lighting. This arched reflector was inspired by the unique curvature of the human eye. Specifically designed for beauty and portrait photography, the Eyelighter 2 reflects light toward your subject, leaving a catchlight that follows the natural curve of the eye. Unlike triflectors, this catchlight is seamless, without unflattering gaps.

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Sal Cincotta breaks down photoshoots & final images
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The Breakdown | Episode 1

Go behind the scenes of Sal Cincotta’s photoshoots and final images. Learn about the lighting, posing, editing and most importantly, the challenges faced creating the image.

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2-Minute Critiques | Episode 19
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2-Minute Critiques | Episode 19

Want to learn photography? Want to learn how to be a better photographer? There is no better way to gain valuable photography education than to learn from the mistakes of others.

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Color vs. Black & White
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Color vs. Black & White

When I’m planning a shoot and I’ve decided it would make a good black & white image, I start thinking about the background colors and wardrobe that will affect the final product.

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The Versatility of a Gray Backdrop

Backdrops usually aren’t cheap. Good ones definitely aren’t. The costs can really go uphill if you’re adding several colors and styles to your arsenal. You’re gonna need something dark, and something bright! Maybe something with a floral pattern, and of course one with an old masters pattern.

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6 Editing Tips for Black & White Photography

We often use black & white photography as a method for focusing on the emotion in an image. In fact, there are only two reasons that we will convert an image to black & white. Both have to do with eliminating distractions.

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Impactful Portraiture in Black & White

Looking back over my career for the last 20 years, there is a distinct line of when my work went from predominantly black & white to taking an immediate turn to color. It happened when I captured that first medium format digital image in 2004 and I never looked back.

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5 Light Setups to Make Your Videos Look Better

Here are five commonly used video lighting scenarios that you should know if you’re making any sort of film. I’ll admit these are over-simplifications because there are many ways to do each of these setups.

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How to Relax a Nervous Boudoir Client
Boudoir Photography

How to Relax a Nervous Boudoir Client

You hear the notification from your email and… Yes! You have a new booking for your studio. You encourage your potential client into an actual paying client… Now, how do you take a client that’s nervous and relax them for their badass session?

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9 Important Steps to Starting a Photography Business

Photography is fun, so you’ve decided to take it to the next step. Starting a photography business can be a rewarding project—and if you’re serious about it, it can even become your livelihood! Like any big project, though, it takes some planning to succeed. Let’s talk about nine key steps you need to take in order to start your photography business from scratch.

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Creating Black & White Images with Rich Tones

Although you can simply take any color image and convert it to grayscale, I get the best results if I walk into a shoot knowing the final outcome will be black & white. I allow this to dictate my lighting and color choices, which translate into shades of gray and tonality. It’s crucial to understand what would work better in black & white or color, and this is something that can be mastered with practice.

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Shapes and Shadows

The bottom line is whether you’re photographing for black & white images or color, learn the difference between an f-stop and a bus stop, print and frame your work, and look at life in shades of gray, not hard and fast rules.

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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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