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Light Graffiti

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Light Graffiti

One of my favorite things to do when I’m stuck in a creative rut is this: I make graffiti.

Now just in case you think I’m advocating buying some spray paint and vandalizing a few walls for fun and creative inspiration, that’s not the kind of graffiti I’m talking about. I’m talking about the kind of graffiti that doesn’t have to be painted over or otherwise removed by an unhappy shopkeeper. I’m talking about the kind of graffiti you can create with light. It’s easy and fun, and here’s how to do it.
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Zoom Blur Effect In Camera

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Zoom Blur Effect In Camera

Tired of the same old shots? Want to add a cool effect without any post processing? Zoom blur may be just the ticket. With just your DSLR and a kit lens, you can take some creative photos that break the traditional mold. Use this fun technique to produce unique results and enhance your portfolio. Zoom on!
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What is Light Painting?

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What is Light Painting?

Have you ever seen one of those wedding pictures where the happy newlyweds used sparklers to spell out their date? This is called light painting. Light painting is the use of a slow shutter speed and a light source to create or enhance a photograph. This process allows you to use light in a similar manner as you would a paint brush. Using your camera and a light source, you can create a completely new photograph or add emphasis to an established scene. Here’s all the light painting information you need to illuminate yourself.
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Break the Focus Rule

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Break the Focus Rule

Ah, the focus rule. That’s the one that you learned first. You probably learned it the first time you picked up a camera, even if it was just a point and shoot that didn’t actually give you the ability to control the focus. You remember, your mom looked at your pictures and said, “Oh, that’s so cute, shame it isn’t in focus”.

It really is the first thing we learn as photographers: focus, shoot.

But like every other so-called “rule” of photography, it isn’t completely unbreakable. Sometimes an out-of-focus photograph can be better than an in-focus shot of the same subject. But when?
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What is Lomography?

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What is Lomography?

If you own a DSLR camera, you’re probably at least a little bit of a techie. You love that high ISO capability, the aperture-priority setting and those beautiful, high-resolution images that can be blown up to poster size without any discernible loss of quality. You probably can’t remember how to load a roll of film (if you ever knew how to at all) and you think a dark room is what happens when the power goes out.
If that’s you, it might be time to get back to your roots. Because while there aren’t very many people who would say that all that high-tech is a bad thing, sometimes a little low-tech can be good for you.

Now you can dig out that old film camera or you can try something even more low-tech: lomography. Wow, that sounds kind of high-tech. So what IS lomography?
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Camera Shake: Not Just For Deleting Anymore

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Camera Shake: Not Just For Deleting Anymore

Modern photographers love to push the envelope of all those old-school philosophies. Lens flare? Love it. Severe overexposure? Kind of cool. Camera shake? Awesome.

Wait, camera shake? Isn’t that the reason why you bought that oh-so expensive but light, sturdy and portable tripod? So you could avoid camera shake?

Let me backtrack just a second. Camera shake is still mostly bad, most of the time. You don’t want camera shake messing up your long-exposure landscape image or that fabulous photo of the spinning fairground ride. You don’t want it to mess up the clarity of any image that you intended to be, well, clear. But there are certain instances where camera shake can be used for creative effect. Most of the time (but not all the time) this is an intentional decision on the part of you, the photographer. So when is camera shake actually a good thing?
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Abstract Photography For Beginners

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Abstract Photography For Beginners

Photography as an art is usually based on your viewer looking at all the parts of a photograph and forming meaning based on their world experiences. Abstract photography removes the parameters of context. So it frees you to create the meaning you wish to convey… so your viewer will be able to look at something in a completely new light. Abstract photography is the art of stripping away and stripping down. It helps to have a keen eye for detail and the ability to see an object (often a common everyday item) as its individual parts rather than the whole. Abstract photography is a challenge but there are some basic tips to get you started off in the right direction.
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The art of Freelensing

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The art of Freelensing

As photographers and in turn artists, we are constantly searching for new ways to invigorate our art and revitalize our passion for it. Sometimes this need to create something new and different causes us to try out unconventional and potentially ill-advised methods. Freelensing is one of these sometimes applauded, sometimes frowned upon practices which provides visually interesting photographs that are hard to recreate in any other fashion. But it also has its risks….
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How To: Toss your Camera

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How To: Toss your Camera

OK, first of all, don’t try this. There. Now I’ll tell you how to try the thing you’re not going to try. It’s camera tossing, and it can create some really cool, abstract images. And also destroy your camera. So don’t do it, seriously. Unless you want to. But please keep in mind that I told you not to.

Yes, camera tossing is something that should be done at your own risk, because it’s exactly what it sounds like. You’re going to take your camera and throw it into the air, and then hopefully catch it again. This can (and probably will, if you do it enough times) cause great damage to your camera, but the results might be worth it.
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The Magic Cloth Technique

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The Magic Cloth Technique

Advanced If you shoot landscapes – especially scenes containing water, such as waterfalls, oceans and lakes, you probably already know something about using a neutral density (ND) filter. The neutral density filter is the go-to tool for any photographer who wants to take a long exposure during daylight hours. All those stunning images of misty oceans and rivers that you’ve admired were probably taken with ND filters. But if you don’t have a set of ND filters there is another trick you can employ to capture similar images – and it’s less expensive and more flexible than a set of ND filters, too.
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How to Photograph Smoke

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How to Photograph Smoke

If you spend a lot of time on Flickr or just browsing through photography books in search of artsy, eye-popping images, chances are you’ve seen some really cool pictures of smoke – pictures that you aren’t quite sure how to duplicate. While it has its place in scenic photography, I don’t mean the smoke from a campfire or the stuff that comes out of a chimney. The photos I’m referring to are studio shots of smoke. You know the sort of thing I mean: those ethereal images of wispy, swirling smoke shot against a black backdrop–the ones that look like they were created by a computer or an artist rather than a photographer.
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Amazing Photography Tricks: How To Get A People-Free Picture At A Tourist Trap

Amazing Photography Tricks: How To Get A People-Free Picture At A Tourist Trap

How many times have you run into the following situation? You’ve flown across the world to visit some beautiful location, but once you get there, it’s packed full of tourists. You try to wait for the perfect opportunity to take a persson-free photo, but it just doesn’t happen. Isn’t that always the way it is with beautiful places? Everyone wants to see them, so they’re always packed. Well, with this amazing photography trick, you can get a people free picture in some of the most crowded tourist traps you’ll ever visit. Here’s how.
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Intentionally Moving The Camera

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Intentionally Moving The Camera

From day one, we’re taught to avoid motion blur in our photography. That’s because most motion blurs are unintentional. They are the result of you shaking the camera ever so slightly as you press the shutter button. What results usually doesn’t look all that interesting because there is no underlying theme. With that said, there are ways to intentionally move the camera as you shoot. Some of them create some rather spectacular effects.
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What is tilt-shift photography?

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What is tilt-shift photography?

You may have heard about it before. Perhaps you’ve seen a tilt-shift lens or an old-fashioned camera with a bellows. Cameras and lenses like these can be used to shift the most focused part of your image, resulting in some interesting effects. One of them is the “fake miniature” image below. So, if you haven’t heard about tilt-shift photography yet, then consider this your introduction. I’ll show you everything you need to know.
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How To Photograph Light Trails

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How To Photograph Light Trails

Light trails make the city come alive at night. Many people think it takes a lot of work to get an image of light trails, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. With a tripod and a camera that allows you to play around in manual mode, you’ll be ready to capture some of the most colorful and vivacious images you’ve ever seen. Try out these tips for photographing light trails.
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