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Archive for July, 2010

Photography Basics: Shutter Speed

Photography Basics: Shutter Speed

Nothing could be more fundamental to photography than shutter speed. It determines so much of every picture we take. We can use it to freeze fast motion or to make rushing water blend together and create a beautiful backdrop for a waterfall. Shutter speed controls how bright or dark our photos appear, allowing us to capture the neon lights at night and the glowing sun moving just past the horizon. It is all of these things and more. That’s why understanding shutter speed is absolutely essential for anyone learning photography.
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When To Shoot In Portrait Or Landscape Mode

When To Shoot In Portrait Or Landscape Mode

Photography is about choices. Whenever you go out for a shoot, you have to decide which lenses you want to bring with you, which angle is best, and what aperture gives the right depth of field for your subject. Another important choice is the one you make between portrait and landscape modes. It is a choice that has to do with the composition of the image, and as such, it is a choice that makes all the difference.
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Photo Critique: How To Make Your Baby Portraits Come Alive

Photo Critique: How To Make Your Baby Portraits Come Alive

Yvonne Day sent in this wonderful little portrait, and there are so many things I love about it. From the expressive smile to the soft pastels and bright background, this photo is everything a parent could want from a baby portrait. Yvonne even got the catchlights and the focus on the eyes just right! I wouldn’t change a thing about this photo.
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How Do They Do That? Great Wedding Photos

How Do They Do That? Great Wedding Photos

You’ve seen them. They’re the once-in-a-lifetime photos that bring out the best in the bride and groom on their special day. Somehow, the pros know how to get extremely elegant portraits in some of the most challenging lighting situations. No matter how dark it is inside the chapel, the pros make it work. How do they do it? It’s all in the flashes they carry and the aperture on their lenses.
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The Idiot’s Guide To Camera Settings

The Idiot’s Guide To Camera Settings

Okay. Maybe that’s a bit harsh. Nobody is calling anyone anything, but if you are very new to photography, this article is for you. Your camera can seem like a confusing mess of knobs and settings when you get it for the first time. Don’t worry. You will only be using a few of these settings in any of your shoots. I’ll show you which ones matter the most and how you can use them to get great shots right out of the box.
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Don’t move! 5 Tripod Essentials

Don’t move! 5 Tripod Essentials

There is no camera companion more important than a tripod. When you get one, it opens up a whole world of possibilities. Suddenly, you can take long exposures at night and setup the perfect macro photo op. You can ready yourself for a self-portrait and reduce your friend’s job as a photographer to that of a button pusher (which is awesome because your friend almost never knows anything about photography anyway). Tripods remove a lot of the guess work from photography. They are your best friend. If you follow my five tripod tips, I guarantee it will stay that way.
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Digital Workflow: How To Efficiently Process Your Photos

Digital Workflow: How To Efficiently Process Your Photos

Do you find yourself losing great shots on more than one occasion? It might be time to bring some organization to your photography. An efficient workflow is the secret to keeping track of your photos and making sure they are at their best quality when you present them to the rest of the world. Even if you are happy with your current way of organizing your photos, it’s worth your time to learn these handy little workflow secrets.
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Photo Critique: How To Get Lush Green Landscape Photos

Photo Critique: How To Get Lush Green Landscape Photos

We’ve been talking a lot about what makes a landscape photo truly come alive lately. For those who haven’t been tuning in, there are several important elements that, when put together, give the viewer a true sense of scale and purpose. Whenever you can find something the viewer can relate to, you will undoubtedly create a compelling landscape photo. That’s what this next photo critique is all about.
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How To Take Pictures of Children

How To Take Pictures of Children

Kids are very fun to photograph. The photos you take of your children will last for years, and you’ll always remember them fondly. In fact, it could be argued that if weren’t for our desire to photograph our children, photography wouldn’t be where it is today. What better way to get into this hobby than to create memories with the pictures we take? And what better way to sell your spouse on the idea of an expensive camera than the prospect of taking pictures of their kids together?
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How To Take Wildlife Photos

How To Take Wildlife Photos

Becoming a great wildlife photographer is a lifetime pursuit. You will spend hours upon hours scouting locations, traveling to them, and waiting for the best opportunity to take a single shot. Wildlife photography is an art that requires much more patience that any other kind of photography. You could end up spending an entire day in the hot sun without getting a single shot. However, the results for your persistence can be superb. If this is the reality you are willing to accept, then it’s time to delve a littler deeper into one of my favorite photographic disciplines.
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Photography Basics: Aperture

Photography Basics: Aperture

Picking an aperture is perhaps the most important decision you can make whenever you take a photo. Everything hinges on it. With different aperture values, you can create sharp stunning landscapes, or you can get up close and photograph faces. In many ways, the aperture determines the creative direction your images will take. That is why knowing what apertures are, and how they have an effect on your photography, should be priority number one.
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How To Create Flattering And Vivacious Portraits

How To Create Flattering And Vivacious Portraits

Truly great portrait photography isn’t anything like what you remember from high school. It isn’t about capturing someone in front of a fake background and hoping it turns out. From my experience, the portrait photographers who really know what they are doing take the time to learn everything there is to know about their subjects. They go to extraordinary lengths to photograph their subjects in places that suit their personality, and it shows. The following article is written with the intent to let you into their world, to see what they see and incorporate it into your portraits.
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5 Tips For Shooting On Bright Sunny Days

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5 Tips For Shooting On Bright Sunny Days

On a bright day, the sun is both your best friend and worst enemy. It can provide a lot of light if you’re facing the right side, but it can also make many of your photos look unevenly lit or sometimes completely dark. Believe it or not, there are several things to consider when taking pictures in perfect weather. If you get them right, the sun will always be your friend. You’ll never have to worry about what you’ll do with a perfectly sunny day.
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Taking Photos of Fireworks

Taking Photos of Fireworks

Fireworks are fantastic to see in photos but are really hard to shoot well. There are a number of techniques that can allow you to take some spectacular shots of fireworks.
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A Fantastic Response From My Moment In Time Experiment!

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A Fantastic Response From My Moment In Time Experiment!

Wow, what a response!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Moment In Time experiment. If you don’t remember, it was where I asked my subscribers to take a photo around them at 10:30am, Saturday 19th June. In the end, there were over 600 gorgeous photos uploaded and they really show the diversity of our world.
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