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Archive for June, 2010

Digital Photo Secrets Worldwide Experiment – Win a Camera!

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Digital Photo Secrets Worldwide Experiment – Win a Camera!

Welcome to my first worldwide photography experiment!

With your help, I’m aiming to see the world in snapshots at a specific moment in time!

Help me out, and you’ll be in the running to win a 12megapixel Canon PowerShot SD780IS*!
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How to take a WOW photo: Bringing out the color

How to take a WOW photo: Bringing out the color

Recently, I wrote a piece on how to create a photo that is so spectacular, you can only say “WOW”. I couldn’t have anticipated how popular that article was going to become, so I have decided to expand on some of the ideas I covered back then. In many ways, the single goal of any photographer such as yourself is to create photos that make people say “WOW”. These are just a few more tools you can use to get to your goal. Ultimately, taking more photos and getting loads of experience under your belt is what will help you the most.
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How To Use EXIF Information To Take Better Photos

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How To Use EXIF Information To Take Better Photos

As a beginning photographer, it’s a good idea to learn about all of the different aperture, shutter speed, focal length, and ISO settings that contribute to a great picture. You want to know how all of these variables work together to create the final product you present to your audience. That’s why today’s digital camera models are so incredibly useful. They actually save all of this information every time you take a photo in a separate part of your image file known as the photo’s EXIF information.
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Get Realistic Landscape Photos Using Layering

Get Realistic Landscape Photos Using Layering

Have you ever gone out to a gorgeous landscape, perhaps a vast open field or an imposing mountain range, taken pictures you thought were going to be the best you’ve ever seen, and then found out later on that your photos look nothing like the landscape did when you were there? If this sounds like a familiar story, you aren’t alone. In fact, most of us make the same mistake over and over again when we get into landscape photography. I know I did.
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Creating Vivid Portraits With Catchlights

Creating Vivid Portraits With Catchlights

Until you’re told they’re important, you don’t even know they exist. Catchlights are the little white reflections in your eyes that will only appear in a photo if you are looking at a bright source of light. Ever since the Renaissance, portrait artists have been painting their subjects with catchlights as a way to create more drama. And it works! There’s something about that little extra bit of contrast a catchlight adds a to a portrait. It makes subjects come alive.
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How To Avoid Getting Your Work Stolen

How To Avoid Getting Your Work Stolen

You may have noticed, while browsing the web for photos, that some of the photos you see have a transparent signature in the bottom corner. Watermarks like these help professional photographers to keep their work away from the prying mouses and keyboards of the web. They help deter people who will take those photos and put them to use without giving any recognition or royalty to the photographer who took them.
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Photo Critique: No Rest For The Weary

Photo Critique: No Rest For The Weary

It’s time to critique your work, and this week I am happy to switch it up again and get back to wildlife photography. The following rare shot was sent in by Tony Thundal from Denmark. He managed to capture this telling moment with his Nikon D90 in aperture priority mode with an aperture of F5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/250s. The lens he used is a Nikkor 18-200 VR II, presumably shot somewhere in the telephoto range.
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