Self Portrait Challenge

Grab your camera and any lens you want. You're about to make a self portrait! Put your camera on a tripod or any flat surface. If you have lights, set them up however you feel would create fun light for your self-portrait. If you do not have lights, then use a lamp, or just set yourself up near a window or go outside. Put your camera on self timer, or ask a family member to push the shutter button. To focus, use a cable release, your camera's app, phase detection with focus peaking, then turn on a peaking highlight color. Otherwise, ask your family member to focus on you as well. Strike your best poses and create some self-portraits. Have fun with it!

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Color Wheel Challenge

The color wheel challenge is where you must use an object or have a subject with a specific color. Then using the color wheel, photograph the subject or object against a complementary color. For example, purple against yellow, or blue against orange, or red against green.

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Whacky Light Challenge

For this at-home challenge you can use any lens you want, it doesn't matter. Then find any object or use a family member as your subject. That doesn't matter either. Then find something in your home that has some whacky light to it. I used an essential oil diffuser which has a rotating RGB light inside. Light your object or subject with the whacky light and capture some photos.

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Savage MultiFlex Light Stand Overview and Review

The Savage MultiFlex Light Stand is the most versatile light stand I have ever seen. Not only can it be used as a normal light stand, but it can shape itself into situations no other stand can do. You can put it practically flush to a corner, slide it under furniture or use it on uneven terrain. You will always know that the Savage MultiFlex Light Stand is level thanks to the built-in bubble level. The hardware is solid, sturdy, and quite heavy. Of course, it's always recommended to and weights to your light stand when being used on terrain that's not perfectly flat or when outside.

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Odd Angle Challenge

While you're stuck at home and unable to go to many places, try a new photo challenge to work on your photography skills. In this video, I challenge you to use an odd angle and capture something unique with your camera and super-wide lens. Ideally, you need something wider than 20mm (full-frame sensor) in order to do this challenge.

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Apple Macro Challenge

I challenge you to challenge yourself by photographing an apple. Grab a macro lens if you have one, but if you do not then grab whatever lens you have. Position the apple however you want and photograph it. Make some edits and then share it with the world.

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The Handheld Challenge

Grab your longest lens and put it on your camera. If your camera or lens has image stabilizer or vibration reduction, then turn it on. Photograph an object from a long distance, at the longest focal length your lens offers. Keep the ISO low so you rely on your steadiness and the stabilizer. Then bump the ISO up and photograph the same object with better shutter speed. This challenge will help you learn about your limitations with long lengths and shutter speeds as well as the benefits of good exposure.

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A Chromebook for photography?

All joking aside, I now use a Chromebook. I never thought I'd say it, but it's true. My old MacBook Pro is no longer with us in this world. So I had to replace it with a new machine. In this video, I share my new setup for in the office and when on the road.

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An update on Lightroom Workflow

While Lightroom has changed over the years, my workflow has not. Maybe yours has, maybe it hasn't. Maybe you're looking to improve your Lightroom workflow. Today I am sharing an update on Lightroom workflows.

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