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Alex Cooke
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The Importance of Experimenting in Photography

We all have our favorite photography subjects, ways of shooting, preferred post-processing styles, and more. But if we want to grow as photographers, it is important that we not spend all our time just doing what we like without ever pushing outside of our comfort zones. This great video follows one photographer as he discusses how experimentation has helped him.

Why One Photographer Purchased the Canon EOS R

While Canon's RF glass has generally received quite high praise, the cameras in the R system have seen more mixed reviews given their feature sets. Nonetheless, after spending quite some time with the EOS R, one photographer has decided it is worth owning. This great video takes a comprehensive look at his reasons why he purchased the camera.

How to Use Rim Lighting for Portraits

Using rim lighting can be a great way to create a portrait with a very different look than the more standard shot. If you have not tried it before, this great video will show you how you can use rim lighting (even in a small space) for portraits and walk you through some problem-solving associated with the technique.

Are You Your Own Worst Critic?

Spend any appreciable amount of time on the internet getting feedback on your work and you will likely have some harsh or unpleasant interactions. And yet, the harshest critic you encounter might actually be yourself. Is that the case for you? Check out this excellent video that discusses that issue.

Do You Need to Shoot Raw or Will JPEG Suffice?

Modern sensors are quite remarkable, and pretty much any newer camera can produce good-looking JPEGs so long as you properly expose. With that in mind, you might wonder if you really need to shoot raw files all the time, or if you can go with the ease and convenience of JPEG. This great video will answer that question for you.

Father Punishes Daughter by Taking Over Her Instagram, Ends up Adding 10,000 Followers With Hilarious Results

When a teen was caught by her parents letting boys into a sleepover, they gave her a choice of punishment for the crime: she could either give up her phone for a month or give up the phone for two weeks, but also give them control of all her social media. Apparently, an extra two weeks was just too long, because dad had a blast on her Instagram, and the results are hilarious.

Why You Should Study Your Bad Photos

When you are culling your photos and come across a bad image, you probably just delete it and move on. But perhaps you should linger on it for just a bit, as you can learn just as much (if not more) from bad images than you can from good images. This excellent video discusses why that is.

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (November 2019): Juhamatti Vahdersalo

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2019, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.