Posts by Nicholas Donner

Nicholas Donner
I am a Washington, DC based photographer and artist. After studying graphic design in California (when I wasn't surfing or mountain biking) and starting a successful freelance business, I turned my attention to photography. Over the last 5 years I've built up a portfolio that includes portraits of star athletes and musicians, several magazine covers, destination and US weddings, landscapes, and architectural photos. I still love learning new things about light and composition and trying out new technology and software. And I love sharing my knowledge with people who are also interested in photography.

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Photography Friday: Portrait Retouching Techniques

Retouched Portrait of a Smiling Woman

I’m going to give you a quick tutorial on retouching portraits in Photoshop. There are many different ways to retouch and you can spend hours on a single photo to get it perfect. This post is meant to show you how to clean up an already good image in just a few minutes without altering the way your subject really looks. Here are 5 quick steps that will give your images a little extra touch.

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Wedding Photography Wednesday: A Streamlined Editing Workflow

Photos of bride and groom

Adobe Lightroom is a great tool for wedding photography. It has made the editing process so much faster and allows me to give clients more images to choose from. Developing a workflow is essential to limiting how much time you spent in front of the computer and the quality of images you can output in that time. Everyone has a different workflow for editing a large batch of photos -- this is what mine looks like.

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Wedding Photography Wednesday: Determining Pricing

Pricing for Wedding PhotographySustaining yourself as a wedding photographer means that you also have to run a business. The biggest step you can take from being a hobbyist to a professional is making an evaluation of what you’re worth, looking at your costs, what it will take to grow your business, and what it will take to remain competitive as a wedding photographer. Determining your pricing is the result of thoughtfully processing your costs and your value. Find out how here! Read more »

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Photography Friday: iPhone Photography Tips

Boat Tied to a Dock in LakeMy iPhone is a powerful tool in my arsenal of cameras, mostly because it's always with me! Knowing its capabilities and best uses allows me to get some shots that I’ll actually keep. At 8 megapixels, we are talking about files that could be printed fairly large, opening up some new uses for a camera phone. Here are some tips to get the most out of your iPhone. Read more »

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Wedding Photography Wednesday: Second Shooters

Bride Getting ReadyWorking with another person while photographing a wedding can be a huge help and can add a lot of value to a wedding photography package. Second shooting is also a great experience for the person building a portfolio or who doesn’t want the responsibility of running a wedding photography business. Read more »

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Photography Friday: Photography on a Budget

Three Cameras with Dollar Signs AbovePhotography is the kind of hobby that you can never spend enough money on. Once you are hooked, you’ll find yourself constantly thinking about the next piece of equipment you NEED to have. But where do you start? And how do you build a collection of gear without breaking the bank? In this post, I’ll talk about getting serious about photography -- on a budget. Read more »

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Photography Friday: 5 Tips for Photographing a Rock Concert

Rockers Alexis & the Samurai On StageTaking photos at a rock concert is awesome. Typically, the photographer gets a special press badge, up-close access to the artist, and sometimes even a backstage pass. Oftentimes, interesting lighting is already set up and the performers are creating interesting and entertaining moments throughout the show. With a little practice and some decent equipment, you can get some amazing shots. Read more »

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Wedding Photography Wednesday: Working With Any Weather

Working with Weather for Wedding PhotosDepending on the climate you live in there are many different weather possibilities to be prepared for when shooting an outdoor wedding or even if you want to get great outdoor portraits after an indoor wedding. You could have bright sun, clouds, fog, rain, snow, extreme heat and/or humidity, extreme cold, or wind. The creative photographer finds ways around these situations or finds ways to use them as an advantage. Here are some ideas for success! Read more »

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Wedding Photography Wednesday: The Best Contract for Your Business

Photography ContractCreating a contract for wedding photography is very important, both for the client and the photographer. Having something in writing that both parties sign will limit your liability in the event something goes wrong, gives your client assurance they working with a professional, and will set expectations on both sides. Writing up a good contract in advance is an essential part of running a wedding photography business, no matter how big or small. Here are some tips for doing so! Read more »