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Taking Great Photos at the County Fair

Taking Great Photos at the County Fair

Funnel cakes, ferris wheels and fun houses – what could be better than a county fair? With all those sights and lights, carnival photos should almost take themselves. Except that they usually don’t. So why is it so easy to capture blurry, chaotic and generally uninteresting shots at a carnival, and so hard to bring home photos that wow?

Carnival photography is tricky for a couple of reasons, and once you can pinpoint why your photos don’t have that wow-factor, you’ll be able to avoid those ever-present shooting conditions that create uninteresting photos even in that most interesting of settings.
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Take Better Candid Images

Take Better Candid Images

Some of the best pictures aren’t posed. They’re taken when people least expect it. Sadly, there’s a problem when you lug around your nice big digital SLR (or wait until your point and shoot is ready to take a photo). People know you’re going to take their picture, and they get ready as soon as you get your camera to eye level. By the time you take the picture, it’s too late.
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Opportunity Photos

Opportunity Photos

What is Opportunity Photography? It’s when you take images of a subject you didn’t expect to take images of when you picked up your camera.

One of my subscribers, Jeffrey Balliett, sent me some wonderful images of a fox that he saw in his back yard. Jeff was taking his camera to photograph a nesting hummingbird, but saw the fox first.
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