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City Swap

Filed in Photographer, Tips by on September 3, 2017 0 Comments
City Swap

You know your own town so well, you could probably walk blindfolded down the street and know exactly how to get to your favorite café. All of the photo-worthy spots are not only ingrained in your memory, but well-documented in your photo album as well. In fact, you’ve probably got photos of the same spots taken at different times of the day and in different seasons, too. As far as photography in your local area goes, you are the expert.

Now, I’d like to challenge you to step outside of that very comfortable comfort zone and consider exploring new territory. Your town is a fabulous place to take photos, but it’s familiar, which means that you may not always be thinking creatively about how to take pictures of those well-known places. For this photo challenge, we’re going to do a little bit of traveling — I’d like you to think about some of the towns that are within driving distance of your local area. Pick the one that you are least familiar with and plan to spend the day there.
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Numbers Project

Filed in Photographer, Tips by on August 31, 2017 0 Comments
Numbers Project

Are you running out of ideas? Don’t worry, every photographer goes through a period of time where he’s in a rut—he’s bored with all the usual subjects, he’s shot every landscape in his area at every time of the day and in every season, and he’s just not feeling very inspired. If you’re experiencing a little bit of photographer’s block yourself, now is the time to embark on a new project. Assigning yourself a photo project is one of the best ways to force yourself into creative mode and bust out of that photographer’s block mode for good. Keep reading for some ideas.
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Making a Statement: How to use your camera to protest and express your opinion

Making a Statement: How to use your camera to protest and express your opinion

Everyone’s got an opinion. Some of us are more passionate about certain subjects than others, some of us complain about the state of the nation and its politics in the privacy of our own home, while others say it out loud and proud. If you’re the sort who has a lot of complaints and observations about the world at large but would rather mumble those complaints and observations under your breath rather than start a confrontation, why not make a quiet but profound statement with your camera? Read on to find out how. Continue Reading »

Six Ways to Beat Photographer’s Block

Six Ways to Beat Photographer’s Block

Have you ever stared blankly at your camera, just waiting for a flash of inspiration? Have you ever racked your brain for some new idea about what to go photograph, but just couldn’t come up with anything? Maybe you found the whole experience so disheartening that you put your camera back in its bag and switched on your favorite TV show instead.

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Three Things You Can Do Today to Become a Better Photographer Tomorrow

Three Things You Can Do Today to Become a Better Photographer Tomorrow

I call it “beginner’s rut” – that mode that so many new photographers get into when they’ve become pretty comfortable with their new camera, they’ve set it up to be just about as automatic as it gets, and they are more or less happy with their results. But when you are in a beginner’s rut, there’s always that little nagging voice telling you that you could do better. And the good news is, there are some very simple ways you can do that today, without the need to buy new equipment or take a six week course at the local community college.
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What To Do When Your Camera is Stolen

What To Do When Your Camera is Stolen

I am not ashamed to say that this is something I have literal nightmares about. I’ve left my camera in my car, or in a hotel room, or horror-of-horrors, I left it hanging on the back of my chair at a restaurant. Some unscrupulous person found it there and decided to claim it for his own, or worse, he broke into my car or home and took my most beloved possession. I generally wake up from these dreams in a cold sweat, and sometimes I even go check on my camera to make sure that my dream wasn’t based on any kind of reality.

We don’t want to think about it and we like to believe that it won’t happen to us, but the fact is that camera theft is big business. Cameras are big-ticket items, which makes them desirable to thieves, which means that we have to take steps to protect them. Here’s how.
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Five Things Fiction Writers Can Teach You About Photography

Five Things Fiction Writers Can Teach You About Photography

Most of us can recall some sort of instruction in story writing, whether it was in grade school, high school or college. Never mind that you didn’t really have an interest in writing fiction, for some reason academics seemed to demand it. So do you remember anything you learned while you were penning those required mysteries, romances and sci-fi stories? Believe it or not, you may find some of those lessons useful in your photography. Read on to find out what they are. Continue Reading »

Photo Lingo (or, how to speak photography)

Photo Lingo (or, how to speak photography)

If you’re a raw beginner, you may sometimes find yourself a little in the dark when it comes to the lingo. Pretty much any hobby that you take up is going to be full of slang, expressions, and technical terminology that you’re not going to know unless someone explains it to you. Photography is no exception. If you often find yourself scratching your head at words and phrases like “bokeh”, “chromatic aberration” and “chimping”, this is definitely one guide you’ll want to spend some time studying. Compiled here is a list of some of the most common photography expressions, slang words and other terms that you probably won’t find in any other hobby.
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Twelve Mistakes Rookies Make

Twelve Mistakes Rookies Make

No one is born knowing how to use a camera. Every single photographer you know from amateur to professional at one time picked up a DSLR (or an SLR) camera, turned it over awkwardly, looked at all those buttons and thought to himself, “How the heck do I use this thing?”

Rookie mistakes in any field are usually pretty predictable. That’s because they’re honest mistakes, and it’s pretty easy to see how the unschooled and unpracticed might end up making them. Even if you’ve come a long way since the first time you held a DSLR, it’s worth reviewing this list so you’ll know which mistakes you’ve moved past, and which ones you may still be making (don’t worry, your secret is safe with me).
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Why You Should “Get It Right In Camera”

Why You Should “Get It Right In Camera”

I know, you spent a bundle on the latest piece of post-processing software. Your most over-used photography phrase is, “I’ll just fix it in post”.

It’s not surprising, really, and you’re not the only one. After all, post-processing has given us some really wonderful tools. We can make images sharper. We can clean up noise. We can fix underexposure and overexposure. We can adjust white balance. In a sense, we’ve kind of made things too easy on ourselves. Because that phrase “I’ll just fix it in post” is on a lot of photographers’ tongues, not just yours.
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Five Ways to Overcome Creative Block

Five Ways to Overcome Creative Block

Have you ever planned a photography day, just for yourself? Let’s say you woke up one morning and grabbed your camera and headed out there into the big world, ready to fill up that memory card with wonderful photos of wonderful things. And then you found yourself just standing there, camera in hand, bored.

Sometimes it seems like you’ve already shot it all. Sometimes it seems like there’s just nothing interesting left, nothing camera worthy. And at those times you may find yourself bored with what was once a hobby you were passionate about.

Don’t worry. It’s called “creative block,” and it happens to everyone—photographers, artists, writers, sculptors—if it’s a creative pursuit, then creative block is always a looming danger. Just because it’s happening to you doesn’t mean that you’ve lost your passion.
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Photography workshops – how to prepare for and get the most out of them

Photography workshops – how to prepare for and get the most out of them

There will come a point in your life as a photographer where you find yourself fantasizing about attending a workshop. You feel like you’ve hit a talent plateau and now you’re stuck. No amount of reading or shooting will make you feel like you are moving forward. This is probably the time for a workshop. Continue Reading »

8 Accessories Every Photographer Needs

8 Accessories Every Photographer Needs

Technically, to be a photographer, you just need a camera but there are a few gadgets that will make your photography life exponentially easier and many of them cost less than a few dollars. Here is my list of the eight accessories every photographer needs:
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What Type of Photographer Are You?

What Type of Photographer Are You?

People, places, things… every photographer has their subject of choice. You may love being outside or cringe at the very thought of nature. You may know studio lighting in and out, or you wouldn’t know a soft box if it hit you in the head. Photographers are as diverse as the things they photograph. We all have our likes and dislikes, our niche so to speak. It is time for a little self analysis. (If you have no sense of humor, stop now.)

What type of photographer are you? I will throw out a disclaimer that the list below is not all inclusive. Judging from my Facebook news feed there should probably be a category dedicated to selfies taken in workout clothes, but that one didn’t make the cut this year. Read on with tongue in cheek to find your type!
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Two Small Changes Can Make A WOW Image

Two Small Changes Can Make A WOW Image

A lot of the technique of photography is not choosing WHAT you photograph, but HOW you photograph it.

Here’s an example from the March Photography Dash that dramatically shows this.
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