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Jena Ardell is a retro photographer and freelance writer based in Los Angeles.

Jena's photography has been exhibited worldwide and has been published in Rolling Stone; multiple issues of Elle Girl Korea; Flow Magazine, and can be found as the cover art to a handful of novels.

She earned second place in the online feature category at the L.A. Press Club's National Entertainment Journalism Awards 2011 for her contribution to L.A. Weekly's Coachella coverage.

Jena was one of the 160 featured photographers in The Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) 2010.

She is a regular contributing writer and concert photographer for L.A. Weekly.

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8 Useful Photo Accessories for Baby Photography

Capture the epic larger-than-life baby moments in vibrant, sharp photographs, with the help of these essential camera accessories. Updated for Holidays 2013

ArticleBuying Guides Gear Guides & Reviews - by Jena Ardell, October 9, 2013

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If you are a new parent or are looking for a great photographic gift for friends or family with a new arrival, here are some gift ideas that won’t break the bank but will help you make better baby pictures.

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TAGS: buying guide,  family,  baby,  buying tips 

Action Photography Settings And Shooting Techniques For Dynamic Motion Blur

The Secret to Shooting Action Using Slow Shutter Speed

ArticleAction Sports Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, June 26, 2012

In sports and action photography, sometimes freezing the action isn't the best way to capture it. Here's how slowing down your shutter speed may be the best way to show the the action.

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TAGS: canon,  camera,  motion,  action,  photography tips,  photography tip,  panning,  natural light,  action photography,  blur,  moving subject,  action sports 

Interview: Tom Carey's Secrets to Successful Surf Photography

Catch a wave! A pro surf photographer talks about how he became a "good photographer in bad waves."

ArticleAction Sports Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, June 6, 2012

Surfing Magazine's Senior Photographer, Tom Carey, discusses gear, egos, getting roughed up by big waves, and what it's like to work in one of the worst environments for photo gear.

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TAGS: canon,  digital,  DSLR,  professional,  strobe,  D-SLR,  photography tips,  photography tip,  Digital photography,  underwater,  strobist,  strobism,  underwater housing,  interview,  Sunpak,  tom carey,  surf,  surfing 

Creative Senior Portraits That Will Sell, Sell, Sell!

How-to tips from senior portrait photographer John Mueller

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, May 10, 2012

Photographer John Mueller shares advice for professional portrait photographers—and those who want to break into the field—on how he creates stunning, cutting-edge senior portraits in this exclusive interview.

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TAGS: creative,  light stands,  lighting,  portrait,  photographer,  location,  outdoor lighting,  photography tips,  outdoor photography,  lighting technique,  photography tip,  creativity,  photo tips,  photo business,  senior portraits,  Point of View,  outdoor,  portrait photography,  nikon d700 

Delicious Food Photography Tips From The Pros!

Three professional food photographers spill their trade secrets and techniques

ArticleProfessional Imaging Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, April 18, 2012

Food photography is a growing field. We spoke with Winnie Poon Ma, Lou Manna and Stephen Hamilton, three professional food photographers who shared some tricks on how they create mouth-watering images. Don't read this on an empty stomach!

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TAGS: digital,  DSLR,  profiles,  professional,  studio,  photographer,  studio lighting,  still-life,  D-SLR,  photography tips,  photography tip,  Digital photography,  food,  profiling,  inspiration,  interview,  food photography 

Interview: Still Photographer Hopper Stone

To celebrate the Academy Awards, we look at the life of a production still shooter

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, February 26, 2012

Who shoots production stills from the movies we see? How Hopper Stone went from a career as a photojournalist to a movie still photographer.


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TAGS: professional,  pro,  career,  photographer,  inspiration,  commercial photography,  television,  interview,  still photography 

Super Bowl Photographers Damian Strohmeyer and Peter Read Miller

We interview two top SI sports shooters

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, February 1, 2012

We caught up with Sports Illustrated photographers Damian Strohmeyer and Peter Read Miller to find out what it's like to cover the Super Bowl—and about the friendly competition to get the coveted cover shot.

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TAGS: photojournalism,  photographer,  sports,  sports photography,  photographs,  outdoors,  outdoor photography,  Sports Illustrated,  interview,  super bowl 

Concert Photography: Tips from the Pit

Rock your photography!

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, August 26, 2011

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The most important aspect of a concert, besides the music, is photos of the band. Attendees seek photographs to relive the show, while those who couldn't go look forward to seeing what they missed. A great concert photographer captures the show from the pit, stage and backstage...if they’re lucky.

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TAGS: concert photography,  concert,  music,  MTV VMA Awards 

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