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Shoot Fabulous Photos Even on a Cloudy Day

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Shoot Fabulous Photos Even on a Cloudy Day

Depending on who you ask, cloudy days are either an awesome time to take photos, or they are a terrible time to take photos. So which one is it? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »

How to photograph the weather

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How to photograph the weather

When you read this article’s title, you probably thought it was just going to be another tutorial about photographing the rain, or the fog, or rainbows or snowstorms. But in this case, I am going to be talking about photographing the weather as an entity – because the weather isn’t just about the temperature or what falls from the sky, it’s also about how those things impact us and the world around us.
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Representing Invisible Subjects: Electricity

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Representing Invisible Subjects: Electricity

Personally, I think invisible subjects have some of the best creative potential. Clearly, photographing something invisible is a challenge. Wait, how can you photograph something invisible at all? Read on to find out.
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Photographing death tastefully

Photographing death tastefully

Death is not a subject that most of us like to talk about. It’s inevitable, but we like to pretend like it isn’t. So it’s not really something that we like to represent with our photography, either. After all, how can photographing death possibly be done tastefully? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »

Photographing Thanks

Photographing Thanks

It’s true that Thanksgiving is primarily an American holiday, but there’s no reason why you need to live in America to photograph the things you are thankful for. The sentiment of Thanksgiving is a universal one – we all have things in our lives that we’re grateful for, whether we celebrate them with a formal occasion or not. So what better month than November to express thanks through photography? Keep reading for some great ideas.
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How to Photograph Fruit

How to Photograph Fruit

If you’ve ever taken a basic drawing class, either in high school or in college, there’s a good chance that one of the first things your instructor asked you to sketch was a bowl of fruit. Now, looking at some classic still life paintings, you would think that the only thing the old masters had to do with their time was to sit around and contemplate bowls of fruit, but there was really a lot more to it than that. Because of its shape, a piece of fruit is a wonderful study in light and shadow. And depending on the skin or peel of that piece of fruit, it can also be a wonderful study in texture. So how can you use this abundant and classically photogenic subject to create beautiful images? Keep reading to find out. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Winter Fun

How to Photograph Winter Fun

There is nothing quite so wonderful as the look on a child’s face the moment it starts to snow. But if you are a veteran of many play days in the snow, you know that getting great snow photos is not as easy as it seems like it ought to be. If you frequently find yourself scratching your head at those weirdly gray photos of what is supposed to be a white winter wonderland, keep reading.
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How to Photograph Traffic

How to Photograph Traffic

Ah, yes the joys of traffic. If you have ever lived in a big city or have just passed through one you know the feeling – that sinking feeling of knowing you’re nowhere near your destination, and are not likely to get there any time soon. If only there was a way to make traffic more interesting. Well guess what? There is. How about making it a photography subject? Keep reading to find out more.
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How to Shoot Through Glass

How to Shoot Through Glass

There are lots of things that we photographers have to work around. One of those things is bad light. Another one is reflections. Have you ever tried to shoot a subject that is behind a piece of glass? If you have, you know what I’m talking about. Reflections, glare, even dirty fingerprints can all get in the way of creating a gorgeous picture, even if you’re 100 percent sure that a gorgeous picture lies just beyond that piece of glass.
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How to Photograph Shiny Objects

How to Photograph Shiny Objects

In so many ways, indoor, tabletop photography is ideal for beginners. There are a ton of advantages to shooting photos inside your own home, using controlled light and objects that can’t move on their own or protest. Taking photos indoors in your own tabletop studio is a great way to teach yourself about light without the encumbrances of time or the pressures associated with photographing living subjects. Read on for my tips.
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How to Photograph Windows and Doors

How to Photograph Windows and Doors

You already know that light is the most important element in every single photograph you take. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to find great light, and your photos practically take themselves. At other times you are stuck with some really challenging light, and you’ve got to employ some strategies to make the best out of the situation.

Perhaps no lighting situation presents quite the same sort of challenge as windows and doors do. The light that comes through an opening in a building—whether it is covered by a piece of glass or not—is extremely bright compared to the ambient light in a room. If you don’t think through a shot that includes a window or door, you may end up with a bright, white, burned-out rectangle where that window or door is supposed to be. So is photographing windows and doors just an impossible task? Read on to find out.
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Shoot Still-Life Images Like a Dutch Master

Shoot Still-Life Images Like a Dutch Master

Artists have been creating still life images since the Renaissance, and they never really seem to go out of style. In the 1600s, Dutch and Flemish artists kind of went a little nuts with still life paintings, creating timeless images of flowers, tables clad with drooping table cloths and pitchers of cold water, and musical instruments awaiting their musicians. There’s something really inviting about a great still-life image—it’s almost like a little window into the life of someone from another time and place. And did you know that you can take photos that look almost exactly like some of those old paintings?
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How to Photograph Bridges

How to Photograph Bridges

From cat walks to the Golden Gate, bridges make great photographic subjects. So great, in fact, that many beginners make the mistake of believing that those bridges are just going to photograph themselves. And while it is true that bridges are often spectacular and beautiful, taking great pictures of them is not actually a simple matter. Read on to see my tips and tricks for great bridge photography.
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How to Photograph Body Art

How to Photograph Body Art

Have you ever tried to take pictures of paintings in a museum? The chances are pretty good that you found it a little challenging. Now imagine trying to take photographs of art on a living, breathing human being—that’s going to be even more challenging. So exactly how does one go about photographing body art? Read on to find out.
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Fun Feet Photography

Fun Feet Photography

Did you know that portraits don’t necessarily have to include faces? In fact, most dictionaries define “portrait” as “a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph or other likeness of an individual, especially of the face”. Which loosely translated means that a portrait usually, but not necessarily, includes a person’s face.

That opens up a world of portrait possibilities, doesn’t it? You could shoot hands, you could shoot fingers, you could shoot eyes and ears, you could shoot curves – but today we’re going to focus on the feet.
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