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The 10 Most Read Articles on SLR Lounge

By Hanssie on September 17th 2015

On October 9, 2008, SLR Lounge published one of its first articles, HOW TO AVOID APERTURE DIFFRACTION. 6,715 articles and almost seven years later, we’ve thought it would be fun to revisit some of the most read articles of all time in the history of this site. Our vision of helping people become better photographers and showcasing work of some of the greatest photographers in the industry today can be seen in even back in our first articles.

Enjoy this jaunt through memory lane and take a look at some of our most popular articles according to our Google Analytics.

1. TRADITIONAL 40’S PINUP PHOTOS WITH MODELS WEARING HIGH-SPEED MILK

The work of Jaroslav Wierczorkiewicz of Aurum Light has been featured numerous times since this first article. His technique with splashing milk to create a wardrobe on his models still is one of my favorites and one of the most unique photographers we’ve featured. It’s no wonder this article has been the most read article on SLR Lounge.

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2. HOW TO POSE SO YOU DON’T LOOK FAT IN PHOTOS

Tanya’s compilation article on posing addressed an issue that many people face. As photographers, we know that knowing the correct and most flattering angles for our subjects can make or break an image. Not knowing how to pose someone can add the illusion of weight to a person and that, in almost all situations, is not something your client wants. Citing an article titled 4 Big Reasons You Look Fat in Photographs, by Alea at The Haute Girl, Tanya compiles some of the best videos giving posing tips to help your client look their best.

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3. RAW VS JPEG (JPG) – THE ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE

Probably one of the biggest debates in photography, this article is designed to teach you the differences between RAW and JPEG (JPG) from a pragmatic real world point of view. There are lots of image examples to show you the concrete differences between the two, minus all the “technical mumbo jumbo.”

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4. WHAT IS AN IPS MONITOR? A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY

If you are a creative professional or are interested in the digital arts, then most likely you have heard the term IPS in reference to computer and laptop monitors. In this article, we help demystify the term IPS (In-Plane Switching), and more importantly, we want to help everyone better understand display technologies from a real-world practical standpoint.

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5. HOW TO APPLY TEXTURES TO IMAGES USING PHOTOSHOP

This article walks you through step-by-step on how to texture your photographs using Adobe Photoshop, and we also give you the tools and knowledge to know how to play around and create your own unique style of texturing.

Then once you understand how to texture your photographs, head over here to grab 5 free high-resolution Photoshop textures.

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6. 6 MUST-HAVE LENSES FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

This much-discussed article is a subjective list of 6 must have lenses for any given wedding. It should be noted that the authors of this article have a bias for shooting wide open (low apertures) in most situations. Also, we list Canon lenses, as the authors of the article shoot with Canon 5D Mark III‘s, but each lens listed should have an equivalent for every other brand name DSLR producer.

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7. PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRACT TEMPLATE

Technically, this isn’t an article but is one of our photography resources. We’ve provided you with a sample photography contract to get you started. It’s written primarily as a wedding photographer contract, but can be used as an event photography contract as well. It’s modified from the contract we use in our photography studio, Lin and Jirsa, Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles, so there are going to be things that don’t apply to your studio. There are also going to be things that you’ll have to add to make it fit your business model.

We also recommend The Law Tog for specific contracts for various types of photography.

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8. FULL FRAME VS CROP FRAME SENSORS | EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

When it comes to sensor sizes, the two terms most used to classify them are “full frame” and “crop sensor.”  So which sensor type is the best fit for your photography? This article shows you the differences and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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9. AMAZING ‘BEFORE’ AND ‘AFTER’ PHOTOS: MAKE-UP ARTIST TRANSFORMS A FACE WITHOUT THE USE OF PHOTOSHOP

This article shows some amazing transformations using only makeup, lighting and angles without the use of Photoshop. A makeup artist in Russia transforms a face with nothing more than the tools in his make-up kit. Vadim Andreev’s work is so flawless, you’ll be shocked that some of these images were not retouched on the computer.

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10. HOW TO CREATE A LOGO WATERMARK IN PHOTOSHOP – PART 1 OF 3

Watermarking your images is one of the best things you can do to improve the brand recognition of your photography product. Watermarking not only prevents your images from being used without copyright approval, but it also allows your brand to be seen anytime someone views your images. This three-part series will show you how to create a watermark, turn that watermark into an action, and automate it in Lightroom.

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What has been your favorite SLR Lounge article? Comment below.

 

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  1. Pye

    Hanssie and Tanya with #1 and #2!!!! The girls rocking this house =)

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  2. Lauchlan Toal

    Fascinating insights, and a great collection of articles. Thanks for compiling this!

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  3. Daniel Thullen

    You always do great work Hanssie. In my year and a half of being a member of SLR lounge I’ve read 1,168 articles! Many of them yours! Do we get a prize for having read all 10? LOL

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    • Hanssie

      Thank you, Daniel!

      That’s awesome! Thank you for reading our articles – especially mine :) You get a prize in my book. Maybe a sash and tiara? haha

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