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David Peterson

David Peterson is the creator of Digital Photo Secrets, and the Photography Dash and loves teaching photography to fellow photographers all around the world. You can follow him on Twitter at @dphotosecrets or on Google+.

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How to Photograph Puppies

Filed in Animals, Tips by on January 18, 2018 0 Comments
How to Photograph Puppies

Okay, so it’s true that I’ve already written a tutorial or two about photographing dogs. So you maybe asking yourself, “how is photographing puppies any different than photographing dogs?” Well, if you’re asking that question, you’ve obviously never had a puppy. Puppies and dogs sometimes almost seem to be different species. There’s the older dog who would really rather warm himself by the fire than go chasing after a stick, and then there is the puppy, who’d rather chase that stick than do just about anything. One animal is quiet, well-trained, and easier to capture with your camera, the other one is always on the move, doesn’t know the meaning of the word “sit,” and thinks the lens of your expensive DSLR might actually be an extension of the stick he was just chasing a few minutes ago.
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How to Photograph your Flower or Vegetable Garden

Filed in Flowers, Tips by on January 18, 2018 0 Comments
How to Photograph your Flower or Vegetable Garden

Not everyone has a brown thumb like mine. We’re talking terrifyingly brown, like toxic rays of plant-killing energy emanating from my thumbs at all times brown. If you’re one of those fortunate people who is not like me and has a way with flowers and vegetables as well as a way with a camera, you have a constant source of photographic inspiration in your own backyard. Keep reading to find out how to take fabulous photos of your garden.
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Photographing Flocks of Birds

Filed in Animals, Tips by on January 18, 2018 0 Comments
Photographing Flocks of Birds

As photographers, we’re often told to avoid chaos. “Keep it simple” is one of the many rules that we try to follow, which is why you may find it difficult to photograph flocks of birds. What could be more chaotic than a bunch of shrieking geese or a flock of pigeons? But the good news is that it is possible to capture some sense of order in those crazy flocks, you just need to have a plan. Keep reading for some ideas.
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Linear Versus Circular Polarizers

Filed in Lens, Tips by on January 12, 2018 8 Comments
Linear Versus Circular Polarizers

What’s the difference between a polarizing filter and a neutral density filter? The answer is that they’re both like sunglasses for your lens, but they are just as different from each other as a standard pair of sunglasses is from a pair that is polarized. A neutral density filter simply cuts back on the amount of light that reaches your camera’s sensor, which allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds in brighter conditions. A polarizing filter, on the other hand, only cuts back on a certain kind of light –
and to further complicate the matter, there are two different kinds of polarizing filters: a linear polarizing filter and a circular polarizing filter. Do you know the difference? Read on to find out the answer.
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The GoPro: it’s not just for extreme sports

Filed in Action, Tips by on January 12, 2018 0 Comments
The GoPro: it’s not just for extreme sports

If you don’t already own a GoPro, you’ve at least seen them. The most common place to find a GoPro is attached to helmets or bicycle handlebars – they’re extremely popular amongst people who are active or are into extreme sports. But GoPro’s are great for other purposes as well – you don’t need to jump off of a cliff or out of an airplane to get good use out of one. So what else can you do with a GoPro? Keep reading to find out.
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How To Get Your Work Out There

Filed in Photographer, Tips by on January 12, 2018 0 Comments
How To Get Your Work Out There

A long time ago, before the Internet… yes, it is true, the pre-Internet days were not just the stuff of myth and legend, they actually existed. Anyway, long ago, before the Internet, a photographer – even a good photographer – had a difficult time getting noticed. Today it’s a lot easier. Keep reading for some tips on how to get your work out there in the public.
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Which File Format File Format Is Best – JPG or RAW?

Filed in Storage, Tips by on January 10, 2018 0 Comments
Which File Format File Format Is Best – JPG or RAW?

Most modern digital cameras give you a choice of file formats when saving your image. It’s very helpful to know the benefits (and disadvantages) of each file format so you can make the best decision on the file format to save your images in.
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Photographing Sight – Five Senses

Filed in Five Senses, Tips by on January 5, 2018 9 Comments
Photographing Sight – Five Senses

I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about how we can bring a sense of three dimensions to that two-dimensional medium that we work within. A photograph, no matter how good it is, is only a two dimensional piece of art. We view it on a flat piece of paper or on a two dimensional computer monitor, and we only view it with our eyes. That is one of the biggest challenges that photographers have to overcome. If the photos you shoot can only be interpreted two-dimensional pictures on a flat surface, then those photos are not going to do a very good job of inspiring emotion. And inspiring emotion is ultimately what we seek to accomplish as photographers.
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Create Dreamy Images

Filed in Artistic by on January 5, 2018 2 Comments
Create Dreamy Images

The thing about photographs is that they’re realistic. Except when they aren’t. Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered why it doesn’t quite look real? And more importantly, have you wondered how the photographer even created something that looks that way?

It might surprise you to hear that you can capture photos with a dreamy, almost surreal quality with just an ordinary camera – no post-processing required. Keep reading to find out how.
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Making New Photos Look Old

Filed in General Post by on January 5, 2018 0 Comments
Making New Photos Look Old

Sometimes you get tired of taking photos that are perfect recreation of reality. It’s OK, we all do. Funky, funny and quirky—there’s definitely an appeal to creating images that are a little bit different. That’s why Instagram is so popular. People love those Instagram filters that can make an image look vintage, techno, or just plain weird, an some of the most popular are the ones that make an image look old or vintage. But successfully altering a photo so that it looks old is often not as simple as just clicking on that Instragram filter – there’s a fine art to creating modern photos that truly do look like they came from another era. I’ll show you how.
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Conquering Four Common Kid Photography Challenges

Filed in Children by on December 31, 2017 0 Comments
Conquering Four Common Kid Photography Challenges

I don’t pretend to know how to solve your discipline problems or how to get your kids to eat their Brussels sprouts, but I can give you a little assistance with some of your most common kid photography issues. Children are not known for being the easiest subjects to photograph, although there is certainly a sliding scale of simple to difficult, depending on the individual child. Some kids ham it up for the camera, which may or may not be a good thing, and others run as soon as they see you and your camera coming.

The thing about taking photographs of kids is that kids grow up fast, so what you don’t want to do is avoid taking photographs in challenging situations, because you don’t get a chance to go back and do it again once those kids are grown up. So let’s take a look at some of the most common challenges you’re likely to face when photographing those wonderful little people in your life, and how you can cope with them and overcome them.
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What is Aspect Ratio? Does it Matter?

Filed in Settings by on December 31, 2017 2 Comments
What is Aspect Ratio? Does it Matter?

Long, long ago, in the before time, there was the 35mm camera. The 35mm camera produced images with an aspect ratio of 4 x 6 or 6 x 4. And so it was, and so it continued to be, until some numbskull invented the digital camera and decided that the standard aspect ratio was going to change. So what is aspect ratio and why do you need to worry about it? Read on to find out.
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How To Photograph Books

Filed in Miscellaneous by on December 31, 2017 0 Comments
How To Photograph Books

Hey, do you remember those things people use to buy? You know, they had a lot of paper in them, and they were held together by a cardboard cover, and there were a bunch of words? Books! Yeah, that’s what they were called, they were called books. You might want to take some photos of them before they disappear from our world forever. Read on to find out how.
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2017 Photographer’s Gift Guide

Filed in Holiday, Tips by on December 16, 2017 1 Comment
2017 Photographer’s Gift Guide

Hey, guess what? It’s the holidays again. That’s right, it’s time to gather around the fire, sing songs, drink hot cocoa and stress about what you’re going to buy for everyone. Wait, who am I kidding, no one gathers around the fire and sings songs anymore, because we’re all too busy stressing out about what we’re going to buy for everyone.

It doesn’t have to be that way! At least not if your friends and family are all photographers like you. And if they’re not, well, I’m sorry. You can still use this list as your own personal wish list, which will at least stop your mom from texting you every five minutes wanting to know what she should buy you for Christmas. Anyway, here’s my annual gift list, from the inexpensive to the sort-of expensive. Happy holidays!
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More Family Christmas Photo Ideas

Filed in Holiday by on December 16, 2017 0 Comments
More Family Christmas Photo Ideas

I had so much fun coming up with ideas for family Christmas portraits that I decided to do a follow-up article just in case you wanted ideas for the next, you know, 10 years or so. Christmas portraits are a tradition for many families, but some families kind of find themselves a little stuck, taking the same basic photo year after year. And while it is true that kids grow and every photo does look a little bit different as the years pass, why not treat your family and friends to something really unique this year? Instead of just lining up the kids in front of the Christmas tree in their Christmas finery, do something surprising. Keep reading for some ideas.
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