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How to Photograph Life

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How to Photograph Life

A wise man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” OK it wasn’t exactly a wise man, it was Matthew Broderick in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But you can’t deny the truth in those words. I bet there are times when you stop and think to yourself, “The year is over and I totally missed it.” That’s a small tragedy, and it happens to all of us.
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How To Do It: Blurred Backgrounds

How To Do It: Blurred Backgrounds

You see it all the time in professional photographs; amazing portraits with the subject in front of a soft, blurred background. That beautiful baby or gorgeous model immediately draws your eye. How do they do that? Do you need years of training and top of the line equipment to make this happen? Definitely not! You do not need to be an expert or have an expensive lens to achieve this look. This is one of the easiest things you can try to add a new dimension to your photography. A little knowledge, your DSLR, and a kit lens are all that is required. I will describe simple adjustments you can make today to get that out-of-focus background and add artistic flair to your photos.
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How to Take a Great Selfie

How to Take a Great Selfie

If you’ve been living in a tent on the tundra or under a rock in your backyard, you may not have heard the term “selfie.” In your defense, the term itself isn’t really that old – it was coined in 2005 as a way to describe a special kind of self-portrait. A selfie isn’t usually a carefully composed image of the photographer in his studio, taken with a tripod mounted camera on the timer setting (though it can be). “Selfie” usually refers to an image that is much more informal that that, generally taken with a digital camera or smart phone held at arm’s length, snapped on the fly and usually destined for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or some other form of social media.

Now you know what a Selfie is, but have you even taken a good one?
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18 Composition Rules For Photos That Shine

18 Composition Rules For Photos That Shine

Rules. When you were a kid, you hated them. You probably still hate at least some of them. For all the good that rules do in our world, they have the ugly side-effect of stifling freedom and individual creativity. And what is photography but a way to express creativity and artistic freedom? There shouldn’t be any “rules”!

Actually, photography rules are kind of like pirate code. More what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules. They are there to provide guidance, but if you need to break them you should do so without regret. Let’s take a look at 18 of the more common composition rules (okay, guidelines) to improve your photography.
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How To Backup Your Photos

How To Backup Your Photos

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional photographer, a mom with four kids, a world traveler or just a guy who looks for unusual subjects in ordinary places – your photos are valuable. They are art pieces, one-of-a-kind snapshots of moments that will never happen again, and a unique reflection of the way you see the world.

Digital has done a lot of great things for photographers, but it has one very profound drawback. Digital photos are more vulnerable than film photos. Sure, film photos have to be protected, too, and negatives can be easy to lose. They can be destroyed by fire or lost in a move, but for the most part, a conscientious film photographer can file them, store them in binders, lock them up and keep them safe. For the digital photographer, though, one catastrophic hard drive failure can wipe out months – even years – of precious photos, and there’s often nothing that can be done to retrieve them. You already know that your photos should be given the same protection as the things in your life that have monetary value, but manually backing them up is time consuming and often gets filed away on the “to do later” list. I lost a hard drive with some valuable photos on it a few weeks ago. So I thought it was worth examining some of the common ways to make sure your photos are always safe.
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7 Tips for Getting Razor-Sharp Photos Every Time

7 Tips for Getting Razor-Sharp Photos Every Time

Not every photograph is meant to be sharp. There are times you’ll intentionally blur an image, such as in sports photography when you’re capturing a racecar zooming around the track and want to show speed. Then again, there are times you want to stop the action and have a sharp image, like this pooch running on the beach! The majority of the time, you are going to want your pictures to be crystal clear and sharp and in some cases, it’s the camera that makes the difference while in others it’s the photographer and post-processing software. Let’s break this down into 7 helpful tips.
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Fixing Red Eye

Fixing Red Eye

Have you ever had that annoying ‘red eye’ problem with your photos? You’re out at night and take some snaps of your friends, but when you look at the photos the next day, you see a huge red blob in your friends’ eyes. You wonder how that happened and what you can do to fix it.

This is a common problem with all cameras. Luckily, because it is so common there is already a quick way to fix it.
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How to protect your photos from theft on Facebook and Twitter

How to protect your photos from theft on Facebook and Twitter

Whenever sharing is involved, there is a always a chance that someone will break the ties that bind and violate your trust. If you’re worried about your photos getting stolen from your Facebook or Twitter accounts, worry no more. Here is one sure-fire technique that will stop any and all digital photography theft.
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Your Camera’s Settings: P mode

Your Camera’s Settings: P mode

Do you own a digital SLR and wonder what its “P” mode does? If you’ve been using automatic settings your entire life, and you aren’t quite ready to learn everything you need to know about manual photography, this mode will come in handy. Your camera’s “P” mode has a lot to teach you. In this article, we’ll show you why.
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How To Take Stunning Pictures Of The (Super) Moon

How To Take Stunning Pictures Of The (Super) Moon

The moon is beautiful to look at, but it sure can be challenging to photograph. Here is what you need to know to get the best possible pictures of the moon.
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The ABC’s of Storing Your Digital Photos

The ABC’s of Storing Your Digital Photos

If you are like me, you love taking as many digital photos as you can. You go out to shoot, fill up your SD card, and then pull a few more cards out of your pouch before continuing on. By now, you probably have at least a few gigabytes of digital photos on your hard drive. That is a lot to keep track of, and if you don’t manage them somehow, you’ll end up losing all of your favorites. So, in an effort to make your photo viewing and sharing more enjoyable and less frustrating, I am presenting my tried and true digital photo storage methods. They have served me for years, and I am certain they will serve you.
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How To Take Photos of Fast Moving Sports Without Blurring The Subject

How To Take Photos of Fast Moving Sports Without Blurring The Subject

You know what it’s like. You’ve lined up the perfect shot and pressed the shutter at the right moment only to find out later on that everything is blurred. This is one of the biggest frustrations for beginner, and even experienced, sports photographers. It is the moment when people begin to question the camera setup they just purchased, often wondering if those hundreds and thousands of dollars could have been better spent elsewhere.

There is no need for frustration. With an understanding of the environmental factors that come into play, you can anticipate the steps you need to take to capture the moment. Be patient, set your camera up for success, and watch as great action shots emerge.
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What Does The MM Mean On A Lens?

What Does The MM Mean On A Lens?

Most photographers have a pretty basic understanding about lenses. But if that mm number printed on your lens barrel is still a bit of a head-scratcher, it’s time for a crash course in focal length. Here’s everything you need to know.
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The Top 4 Causes of Blurry Photos, And How To Fix Them

The Top 4 Causes of Blurry Photos, And How To Fix Them

Nothing is more annoying than getting home from an event and realizing that most of your photos have turned out blurry. There are 4 major causes of blurry photos in digital cameras and unless you know what to look for, it’s hard to tell what is causing the problem. Read on to learn each of these causes, and how to fix it.
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