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This Blog has MOVED!

And split into two, actually!

Previously, joshliba.wordpress.com was a blog for both the work and portfolio of Josh Liba Photography, and sometimes featured non-wedding related posts like how-to, processing tips, camera tips and techniques.

Both of these have been expanded and now inhabit two easy to find blogs:

Joshliba.com: The main Josh Liba domain is now a complete website portfolio and blog in one website.  If you’re looking specifically for the blog posts (which will now only be limited to Weddings, Engagements and Portrait Photography showcasing), you can jump directly to joshliba.com/blog

Josh Liba Answers:  What about all the handy how-to posts and the photography tips and techniques?  Well, I field a lot of questions every week from photographers that haven’t been able to find a direct and easy-to-understand answer to their photography questions.

I can relate – Sometimes finding the answer to a specific photography question requires searching through hundreds of search result pages, and countless forum posts with varying opinions and techniques.

I created Josh Liba Answers because I love answering questions and helping people get the answers that they want and understand.  I also work with whatever level the photographer is at, and their photography budget!  So many times I see photography questions answered with condescending disrespect, bias, and un-helpful gear recommendations.

Check out the new Josh Liba Answers blog too!

There will be ONE more half-post on this wordpress.com site, coming up this week, detailing how I got married and moved my life to Colombia.  It will just be the first part of the story!   If you want to read the full account, you’ll need to be on the new blog at joshliba.com/blog !

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Thanks for supporting this site and continuing to follow my work and me.  I really am grateful for everyone’s views and comments and hope to see you at the new blogs!

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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro: Real Wedding Review (Ring shots!)

This blog has been moved to joshliba.com/blog, and you are currently viewing an archived post.  To visit the new blog, click here!

In looking at some of the search terms that bring people to this blog, I noticed a few searches for “Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro lens and wedding rings” and also the question, “Is the Tamron 90mm good enough for weddings?”  I’m pretty sure I googled those exact same phrases when doing research on this popular lens.

“Is it good enough?”  Short answer: Yes. It’s good enough.  It’s actually one of the best.

Optically, the Tamron performs as well, if not better in some respects, than name-brand Nikon ‘Micro’ lenses triple it’s price.

Also, as a wedding photographer, this lens only comes out of my bag once during the day, so I don’t feel like dropping over a thousand dollars for a lens that gets used for maybe ten shots.   Read more

Tips: If You Can’t Go Big… Go Small! Be H.A.P.P.Y.

A big part of being an artistic photographer is how you see the world.

Sometimes, this means making the ordinary into something interesting.

If you happen upon a majestic purple waterfall cascading down a mountain covered in tropical parrots, then your pictures will basically make themselves.

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Technique: Shooting Against Strong Backlight (with Flash!)

The sun is high in the sky and blowing out your background! How do I shoot a subject against a strong backlight with flash?

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Shortcuts: Taking pictures of blizzards

This blog has been moved to joshliba.com/blog, and you are currently viewing an archived post.  To visit the new blog, click here!

Here’s a pic of the blizzard currently raging outside my window today:

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Real Family – Fake Studio!

For a good variety of solid color 'backdrops,' all you really need is a nice wall and Adobe Lightroom. How do we do it? It's simpler than you might think! A new background is one adjustment brush away.

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1 Second DIY Softbox: A White Door.

Bouncing the flash into a white door to my right (3 ft away) and shielding any direct flash with my hand emulated a sort of strip softbox look.

Remember that once you bounce your flash, the source of light is no longer the flash gun, but whatever you bounce it off of. In this case, a long and large white door.

Larger source = Softer light

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New Impromptu Portraits & Stories

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Here are three new additions to the Portrait section of my portfolio on joshliba.com, all of which had no formal appointment or special circumstance.  Just people.   Read more

The Steve & Window Light

You don't need a lot of fancy lighting equipment to make a great portrait. You just need a window.

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Breaking Rules

Old school consumer photography 'rules' are meant to be broken

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