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Getting The Most out of Macro Mode

Filed in Macro, Tips by on October 29, 2017 0 Comments
Getting The Most out of Macro Mode

There was once a time when you needed a DSLR and a pretty expensive macro lens in order to capture excellent macro photos. Sure, you could add screw-on close-up filters and extension tubes to a regular lens and use that to get pretty close to your subject, but that still required that you own a DSLR. If all you had was a point-and-shoot or other camera without interchangeable lenses, you were pretty much out of luck.

The digital age has brought lots of innovations in camera technology, and one of those innovations is that you are no longer required to own an expensive SLR camera in order to take amazing close-up photos of small objects. Today, most point-and-shoot cameras have a macro mode, which allows you to get anywhere from 10 cm to up to 2 cm away from your subject. That means you can focus in on incredibly small objects and get richly detailed photographs of those objects without having to spend a fortune on equipment.
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How to photograph bats

Filed in Animals, Tips by on October 13, 2017 0 Comments
How to photograph bats

If you have ever tried to photograph birds, you probably thought to yourself, “These have got to be the most difficult animals to take pictures of.” And you’re not completely wrong. Birds are challenging subjects – they are flighty (literally), they are small, and they are fast. You need a lot of patience and a pretty long lens to get a good picture of them. But they are not, in fact, the most difficult animals to take pictures of. That honor belongs to another flying creature – the bat.
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How to Photograph Life

Filed in How Do I?, Tips by on October 13, 2017 0 Comments
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 photograph local environmental stories

Filed in Tips by on September 21, 2017 0 Comments
How to photograph local environmental stories

There’s really no way to sugarcoat it: human activities have an impact on the environment, sometimes a negative impact. Whether it’s just a new housing development, the deforestation of a wooded area, or of closing of a local park, there’s almost certainly something happening in your city or town that’s going to have a negative impact on the environment.

Now, different people see these issues differently, and we’re not here to discuss the merits of being pro-environment or pro-business. There are multiple sides to every environmental issue, and regardless of which side you happen to be on, you can still document these environmental issues with your camera.
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How to photograph reptiles

Filed in Animals, Nature, Tips by on September 21, 2017 0 Comments
How to photograph reptiles

Animal photography always presents challenges, depending on the animal and the situation. Wild animals, of course, are elusive, which means you often need a telephoto lens and a certain amount of patience to photograph them. Pets are easier, but making a playful dog sit still long enough for a photo or a curious cat resist the temptation to put her nose in the lens are challenges you might encounter even with the most photogenic of pets. No what about reptiles? They are neither friendly nor playful, and yet they can make for some incredibly interesting and engaging subjects. Read on for some tips on how to photograph them.
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How to enhance fall colors in post-processing

Filed in General Post, Tips by on September 21, 2017 0 Comments
How to enhance fall colors in post-processing

If you ask me, autumn is one of the best times of the year for photography. You just don’t get such a beautiful range of vibrant colors at any other time of the year. Spring comes close, but even in the spring those vibrant colors just aren’t as omnipresent as they are in the autumn, when every deciduous tree and the ground beneath it is overflowing with brilliant yellows, oranges and reds.
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Photographing the school days

Filed in Children, Tips by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
Photographing the school days

Parents love milestones. If you are a parent, the chances are pretty good that somewhere in your photo album you have photos of all the milestones — first bath, first steps, first solid food, etc. And you probably also have a few “first day of school” images. But what about the day to day routine of primary school, learning, and school related activities like field trips and plays? Sometimes these activities become so routine and ordinary that we forget to capture them. And there’s nothing like looking back at your grown child’s album of memories and realizing that one of the most important chapters in his life went seriously under recorded.
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All about telephoto lenses

Filed in Lens, Tips by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
All about telephoto lenses

When I was a new photographer, my dream lens was a 500 mm telephoto, like you always see sports photographers using on the sidelines of professional football games. To me, being able to get super close to fast action was the Holy Grail of photography. But back then I didn’t quite understand the subtle nuances of telephoto lenses that all photographers really need to know in order to get the most out of the lenses they have, and make the right decisions about the lenses they need. The truth is that telephoto lenses need not be overly long or overly expensive to be effective. It really depends on what kind of photography you are into, and the sorts of pictures that you plan to take.
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How to photograph a meteor

Filed in Stars, Tips by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
How to photograph a meteor

If you’ve ever spent any time photographing the night sky, you are aware of the challenges. Despite what we see with our bare eyes, the stars are not stationary. They move across the night sky all night long, and because they only come out in darkness, that makes them tricky to photograph. Even trickier to photograph are those objects that we can see move with our own eyes — I’m talking, of course, about meteors, or falling stars.
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How to shoot monochromatic color photographs

How to shoot monochromatic color photographs

When you think of monochromatic photographs, you probably instantly think “black and white.” Black and white is the most obvious type of monochromatic image—the first photographs ever produced were monochromatic black and white photos, and black and white continues to be popular today, because removing the color from an image is a powerful way to encourage the viewer to think about detail and contrast rather than the specific hues within a scene. But black and white is not the only way to shoot a monochromatic image. The word “monochromatic” can also refer to color images, specifically, images that that use only one color in various shades, tints, and tones.
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All about wide angle lenses

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All about wide angle lenses

If your primary camera is a point-and-shoot, you probably have a general idea of the what the phrase “focal length” means, but you may not really have a practical understanding of it. If you have a DSLR, your experience is going to be a little broader, but depending on how long you’ve been using your DSLR you may still not know exactly when to use that short or long focal length lens and under what circumstances. So regardless of which type of camera user you are, here’s a quick overview about focal length and, specifically, when and why you might want to forgo that longer lens in favor of a wide angle.
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City Swap

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

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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Photographing other cultures

Photographing other cultures

We live in a global society. There is no longer a single culture in the community where we live — influences from other cultures are everywhere, from China Towns to mosques to Native American community centers to cultural festivals. If you are lucky enough to be well-traveled, you have encountered many cultures outside of your own. But how effectively were you able to capture them with your camera? Capturing people of other cultures and the symbols of those cultures is challenging and requires great sensitivity. Keep reading for some tips.
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Photograph your camping trip

Photograph your camping trip

Everyone loves camping. Well maybe not everyone – some of us love our showers more than we love the great outdoors. But the fact remains, camping is one of the most popular family pastimes. If you are a part of a camping family, and if you have ever had the experience of looking at all of your camping photographs and wondering why they all look the same, keep reading for some tips and tricks on how to capture unique camping photos every time you go on the road with your tent (and your camera).
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