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I have added quite a few new FREE Stock Photos to Reyher Photo, including the images of various textures seen below. My hope is that graphic/web designers, creative professionals and others will find these images useful for a wide array of personal and commercial projects. I know it can be difficult to find quality copyright-free imagery to use, and wanted to provide a helpful resource. To download these or any of the other images for your next personal or commercial project, please visit the FREE Stock Photos section of this site. Continue reading ›

Learning the ins and outs of portrait photography is extremely useful, especially for those of you looking to create memorable images of your family and friends. Perhaps you would like to start a business specializing in portrait photography? In this post, you will learn a handful of effective tips to help you improve your portrait photography quickly. As with anything, practice makes perfect… so get out there and put these tips to good use.

Vietnam veteran portrait in black and white
Black and white portrait of a Vietnam Veteran smoking a cigarette in the sunlight. This image was originally shot RAW in full color, then converted to grayscale in Adobe Photoshop.
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After writing my most recent blog post with a list of 27 free stock photography sites, I decided to start offering some of my own images as free stock photos. I will occasionally be publishing posts letting you know of new high-resolution images added to the Free Stock Photo section of this site. These images are totally free for you to download and use in your next personal or commercial project.

Please note, the only free images on my website are the ones posted in the Free Stock Photos section, all others on this site are Copyright © Reyher Photo. All Rights Reserved. They cannot be used without my prior written consent. Continue reading ›

As a beginner in photography, there is a very good chance your first camera will be a consumer grade DSLR. If you happen to get a lower-end DSLR, it will probably be offered as a package complete with 1 or 2 kit zoom lenses. While it may seem tempting to get both a camera and inexpensive zoom lenses that cover a wide range of focal lengths as a package deal, it’s not necessarily the best choice. In this article, you will learn why buying a fast 50mm prime lens is a much better option than settling for a slow kit zoom lens.

Buy a 50mm prime lens, not a kit lens
Red X on the 18-55mm slow kit zoom lenses from Canon and Nikon; green check mark on the fast 50mm f/1.8 prime Canon and Nikon lenses.
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Modern digital cameras are complex pieces of equipment with a wide variety of settings you can use to control how images are captured. One of these many settings is called metering, which is used to measure the light reflected off of the subject/s you are shooting. Understanding your camera’s metering modes and when to use each of them is crucial when it comes to properly exposing your images. In this post, you will learn how metering works and why it is important to keep it in mind while shooting.

Metering modes on a DSLR
Modern DSLRs are equipped with the three metering modes seen in this image: Matrix (Nikon) or Evaluative (Canon) Metering; Center-Weighted Metering; and Spot Metering. Canon also has a fourth mode called Partial Metering, which is similar to Spot Metering, but it samples a larger area of the frame.

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There is a wealth of knowledge about every conceivable topic on the internet, including photography. In this post, you will find 10 awesome photography blogs filled with useful photography tips, resources and information for both beginners and more advanced users. From tutorials to gear reviews to helpful techniques and much more, these 10 blogs have all the information you will ever need about photography. The blogs listed below are in no particular order.

Digital Photography School

Digital Photography School screenshot
Digital Photography School is a website founded by Darren Rowse, an Australian blogger who – along with 75 other authors – aims to teach beginners all about photography. He previously owned and operated a digital camera review site, where he received many emails from readers asking for tips on how to use their digital cameras. Because of this, he decided to create Digital Photography School. It is not a formal school, but rather an online learning environment with tons of free information for the beginner to semi-experienced digital camera users. Continue reading ›

White balance is a setting on your camera which is used to control how colors are captured in different types of light. When you correctly set your white balance, you are taking into account the “color temperature” of the light in your scene. Color temperatures range from cool (blue tint) to warm (orange tint). Using the right white balance setting will eliminate unwanted color casts that can ruin your image and make it appear unnatural. In this post, you will learn about white balance, and why it’s important if you want to reproduce colors accurately in your images.

Camera white balance, a visual guide
As you can see from this visual guide I created, changing the white balance setting on your camera greatly affects the appearance of colors in your photographs. I took this photo of an exterior wall under a cloudy sky, so it makes sense that the Cloudy white balance setting most accurately displays the colors as they appeared in real life. These images were taken with a Nikon D610.
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As a photographer, you have to put your work out there – online, in physical spaces or both – in order to get noticed and help create a personal brand. Exposing your work leaves you prone to criticism, and quite possibly rejection. When a person or gallery rejects your work, it doesn’t feel good and may cause you to question the quality of your art. In some cases, this may be a valid concern, but in many cases it probably has more to do with not being a fit for a particular exhibit or project. The bottom line is that one person (or group of people) didn’t appreciate your work, or felt as though it didn’t fit their current physical or online exhibit. It is important that you do not take rejection personally, and that you continue creating art for yourself. As with many things in life, you must be persistent and keep pushing forward to create meaningful work 🙂

Suburban exploration photos that were rejected
10 “suburban exploration” images that I submitted to a popular photography blog, where they were rejected 🙂 Click on the image to see a larger version.

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