Category Archives: e-Learning

Tech Tip: Using Curves to make a Photo fit your Style

Photoshop curves is a powerful tool for photo editing and can be used to create greater contrast, change the color balance, bring more light into a photo, or darken it to change the mood of an image. Master it and you can come up with settings that mimic vintage film or other photography styles. Check out this detailed guide from the online learning community for photographers, Cambridge in Colour to get the most out of curves!



Wednesday Tech Tip: Photographing Pets

Cutcaster is always looking for great animal photos. Cute pets in funny, anthropomorphic poses are always popular, but they can be hard to capture. As any photographer knows, children and animals are the most challenging subjects.  Animal photographer Carli Davidson talks about her experiences and shares tips for better pet photography in this video:

Wednesday Tech Tip: Add handwriting and hand drawn illustrations to your photos


woman wearing gold earrings and braceletUse handwriting and hand drawings to add interest and change the focus of a photo. There are a variety of pen tablets and tablet apps you can use to capture illustrations and writing. Check out this blog post from for tips on how to add handwriting/drawing using Photoshop Elements, plus drawing techniques and inspiration.

Look through your portfolio- are there photographs that could have another purpose or fit another theme with an illustration or line of handwritten text?


Wednesday Tech Tip: Better Sports Photography

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We’re a couple months away from March Madness, then baseball and the season for summer sports will be upon us. It’s a great time to capture and submit images for those spring and summer sports. has a great podcast with professional sports photographer Dave Black with lighting tips, composition tips and more.

Wednesday Tech Tip: Shooting Strangers

The world is full of interesting faces, but shooting strangers can be intimidating. Sometimes the best way to get over a fear is to make a game or an exercise of it, creating a reason to approach someone on the street and take their picture. In that spirit, we encourage you to emulate photographer Ata Adnan and give yourself the assignment to photograph a certain number of strangers. Ata shot 100, but even a smaller goal will help get you out there, capturing fascinating people.

If you’re still not sure about how to approach your subjects, check out’s helpful post on How to Approach Strangers. Hopefully you’ll take a few that you’ll want to submit to Cutcaster, so don’t forget to have your ‘strangers’ sign our model release!

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Wednesday Tech Tip: Tips for better portraits

Whether shooting high fashion or senior pictures, these 7 Deadly Sins of Portrait Photography are on the mark. Some are technical tips, some are advice about the relationship/interaction with your subject, but all add up to the difference between great and bad portrait photography. We at Cutcaster would love more interesting and well shot portraits, portraits that seem to tell a story- like this one:

Beautiful girl


Wednesday Tech Tip: Using Long Exposure for Holiday Photos

Check out this highly entertaining video from DigitalRev on long exposure shots. Lots of tips, plus hints on what you can do with long exposures during the holidays.

Here’s a few examples of long exposure photographs we have on Cutcaster. Check it out and challenge yourself to submit some amazing long exposure images.

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Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

Wednesday Tech Tip- Keep Learning

??????????????????“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.”- Conrad Hall 

There is always something new to learn, especially in the world of modern photography, but we don’t always have time in our busy schedules to go to a school or studio and take a class. However, because of the advancements in e-learning, often we can learn at our own pace, wherever we are!

Some of the best photography e-learning sites are:

Udemy - studio lighting, wedding photography, DIY lighting setups, both free and reasonably priced classes.

Skillshare - wide variety of classes, general and specific from headshots to photoshop and fashion photography to “urban explorer” photography.

Lynda - Lists classes by skill level and features  both commercial and creative photography classes, plus end user classes that can help you to know how people use photography in their work and designs.

If you have something unique to teach, these sites are also looking for content!

 Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

Wednesday Tech Tip: Photographing Animals

Animals can be regal, loyal, silly or just plain adorable, and with a little creativity and composition you can use them to convey and explore emotions and concepts. Check out this blog post from featuring both familiar and exotic animals telling a story in a single image. Then check out some of the images featured below for Cutcaster animals with personality- images we love:

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Roaring lion






Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

Wednesday Tech Tip: Challenge Yourself

When we’re learning photography our exercises and assignments help us to learn and expand our skills and our vision. Even as a pro, exercises and assignments can help to break through creative blocks and inspire new images. Digital Camera World has a set of ” 9 Creative Photo Ideas to Try for November” over on their blog. Get out there and shoot some (or all) of these creative suggestions and then submit your best to us!


Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!