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Drone Photography: A Beginner’s Journey

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Drone Photography: A Beginner’s Journey

Are drones the future of photography? Probably.

In recent years, these amazing flying contraptions have become tremendously popular among photographers, and it’s easy to see why. You only have to look at the stunning photos and videos – all of which would have been extremely difficult or virtually impossible with any regular, non-airborne camera – to be convinced of the endless possibilities that drone photography has to offer.

Being a travel photographer, I knew I had to jump on the drone bandwagon. I could definitely see myself enjoying drone photography, and I knew it would give me more artistic freedom and provide me with exciting new opportunities for capturing the unbelievable sights that I frequently came upon during my travels.

With that in mind, I began my drone photography journey.
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How to Choose a Subject for a Panorama

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How to Choose a Subject for a Panorama

Not every scene makes for a great landscape, and not every landscape makes for a great panorama. Panoramas, in fact, are pretty subjective. I’ve seen some really terrible landscape panoramas, and some really great panoramas that aren’t landscapes at all. So how do you know when to click over to that panorama setting on your brand new camera? Read on to find out.
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How to Photograph Wildflowers

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How to Photograph Wildflowers

Some things in life are permanent and predictable. The Golden Gate Bridge. The Sydney Opera House. The rising and setting of the sun. And that one weird guy who always pushes his bike around the neighborhood instead of riding it. If you want to photograph these things, you’re not going to have any trouble seeking them out and getting the shot. You can do so year-round, with almost no exceptions.

Other things in life are fleeting. A lightning storm, for example. A rainbow. Or wildflowers. Here are a few tips for photographing the latter. Continue Reading »

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 »

Three More Beginner Photography Questions

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Three More Beginner Photography Questions

When you’re new to your camera, you will most likely just stick with your auto modes. After all, the photos your camera takes are all pretty good. You never really get camera shake or motion blur, and your photographs are usually pretty well exposed. There comes a point in time, though, when pretty good isn’t good enough anymore, and that’s when you’re going to want to move out of auto mode and into the more advanced settings. But before that happens, you have to understand why certain problems happen, sometimes even in those auto modes, and what you do to correct them.

[This is a continuation of my “Beginner Photography Questions” series. See the first post here.]

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Three Beginner Photography Questions

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Three Beginner Photography Questions

When you first decide to step outside of the auto-mode comfort zone, you’re going to immediately have some questions about how to use your camera’s advanced features. And for most beginners, the questions are going to be pretty much the same.

You’ve seen other photos that look amazing, and yet somehow you can’t get similarly amazing photos of similar subjects with the equipment you have. And while it can be tempting to blame your camera, I’d like to reassure you that you only need to find the answers to a few of these basic questions in order to improve your photos almost immediately—no new equipment purchases necessary. Here’s my list of some of the most common beginner questions that I hear (with answers, of course!)
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Three Fun Photography Projects to Get You Thinking Creatively

Three Fun Photography Projects to Get You Thinking Creatively

Every artist needs a source of inspiration, whether it’s a “muse” (your kids, your spouse), a list of your favorite photographers on Flickr or a place, such as a beautiful natural spot or your own neighborhood. But sometimes even the most tried and true sources of inspiration can fail to give you the kind of motivation you need, and that’s when you need to find other ideas. Personally, I like to adopt a project—not necessarily just a particular theme but a whole project idea, something that will require time and effort. I find that after I’ve spent a few hours, days or even weeks absorbed in a specific project, my creativity gets a big boost overall. Do you have any photo projects you’ve been longing to try out? Now is the time—and if not, here are some of my favorite ideas. Continue Reading »

Six Photography Tips That Can Help Any Beginner Feel Like a Pro

Six Photography Tips That Can Help Any Beginner Feel Like a Pro

If you’re new to your camera, or to photography in general, it can be really easy to get discouraged. After all, most modern cameras have a seemingly infinite number of
different buttons and menu options (confession: there are probably one or two menu options my own camera has that I still don’t know how to use), and that manual is approaching the size of War & Peace. If you spent some time bumbling around your menu system and then just put everything in auto mode in order to end the pain, I can’t say I blame you. But I’d also like to reassure you that being a beginner does not mean that you have to let your inexperience dampen your creativity. Even as a beginner, you can take some awesome, pro-quality images just by following a few basic tips. Here’s how.
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How to Get Tack-Sharp Eyes, Every Time

How to Get Tack-Sharp Eyes, Every Time

Have you heard of the expression “the eyes are the window to the soul?” The reason that expression has persisted for as long as it has is because if there is some truth in it. When you look somebody in the eyes you can tell a lot about them—what they’re feeling, sometimes even with they’re thinking. Without sharp eyes in a photograph, you lose some aspect of your subject’s personality. So the question then becomes this: how do you get tack sharp eyes every time?
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How to Photograph Black Animals

How to Photograph Black Animals

We love our pets—they bring us happiness, laughter and unconditional love, no matter what their size, shape or color. But here’s the thing: if your favorite furry friend is all black, you may find that you consistently don’t love the photos you take of her. Instead of that charming, whiskered face, you’ve got loads of photos that feature a black blob with eyes. So what’s the secret to getting great photos of black animals? Keep reading to find out.
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Seven Embarrassing Ways to Get The Shot

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Seven Embarrassing Ways to Get The Shot

I am going to let you in on a secret. In this article, I am going to tell you the single most important thing that you need to do before you can really call yourself a photographer, the one thing that you must master in order to achieve greatness. It’s not aperture, it’s not the rule of thirds, and it has nothing to do with what kind of camera equipment you own. Are you ready? Here it is:

You must let go of your pride.
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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 Night Life

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How to Photograph Night Life

Photographing strangers while out in public is one of the biggest challenges that any photographer has to face, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a professional. It can be really scary to walk up to someone you don’t know and ask for a photo—and it can be even scarier to get that photo without that person’s permission.

Now, photographing people (or anything, really) at night is a different kind of challenge. Put those two things together and that you got a pretty big hurdle to overcome. Today, we’re going to talk about how to get over that hurdle.
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What is an Exposure?

What is an Exposure?

You’ve almost certainly heard someone refer to the act of taking a photograph as “making an exposure.” But what does the word “exposure” actually mean? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Still Water

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How to Photograph Still Water

What could be more simple than photographing perfectly still, perfectly tranquil water? It’s gorgeous, it doesn’t move, and it doesn’t get impatient. Still water should be right up there with well-behaved adults and two-dimensional works of art as amongst the easiest things to photograph.

Except of course that nothing is really as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to photography. So what makes photographing still water such a challenge? Keep reading to find out. Continue Reading »