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Drew Allen

Drew Allen

Besides being the managing editor of this blog, I'm also a drummer, a husband, and a father, not necessarily in that order. I love good stories, and great design, and I probably quote the Office more than I should but less than I could.

4 Tips for Beautiful Black and White Photographs

There was a time when black and white photos were the only option, yet even now that we have color, black and white photography remains an irreplaceable art form. From an artistic viewpoint; color depicts reality. Black and white is an interpretation of reality. Black and whites display a new dimension with emphasis on shadows, texture, contrast, and lighting. They are timeless. They see the depth and tell the stories beneath the colorful surface. Use these tips to guide you …

8 Tips to Make Your Portrait Photos More Interesting

We were shooting portraits in the office the other day for the We are Fracture blog post, and the topic of how to actually take good portraits came up.  So we’d thought we would share a few tips that we’ve discovered through trial and error, as well as some that we dug up online. First, ask yourself a few questions: – Do you want your subject to be posed or look natural? – Do you want an indoor or outdoor setting? – …

6 Tips to Make Your Baby Photos Even Better!

 We typed “better baby photos” into Google and found 998,000,000 results appear on the screen in .28 seconds. Who has time to dig through all of that? Not you! We’ve collected the 6 best baby photography tips for amateur photographers and put them all right here. 1. Use natural and indirect light If you need added light in your shot, bounce light by tilting your flash toward the ceiling, the wall behind/to the side of you, or toward someone wearing …

How to Get the Best Lighting in Your Portraits

“Photography is 50% photographer, 40% light, and 10% equipment.” Let’s look at that 40%, shall we?To keep it simple, we’ll say there are two kinds of light: hard and soft. What’s the difference? It’s like comparing a sunny day to an overcast day. Soft light reduces shadows, texture, and contrast while hard light does just the opposite. Hard light has harder edges, a more abrupt transition between illumination and shadow, and heightened contrast. Soft Hard Clouds, overcast skies, and fog …