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Archive for August, 2010

How Do They Do That? Unusual Angles

How Do They Do That? Unusual Angles

Angles are everything in photography. They’re also the reason photography is so fun. What other hobby gives you the chance to see things from some of the most bizarre angles out there? Photography helps us step outside of the human perspective, and when we do this, the creative possibilities are innumerable. Here are a few ways you can adjust your perspective and take your photography to beautiful and unknown places.
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Camera Metering Modes

Camera Metering Modes

I’ve mentioned metering in many of these tutorials, but I have never taken the time to discuss it at length. Metering tells the camera how much light there is in the scene, and from that it works out how long to keep the shutter open to correctly expose the image. Most of the time, the camera’s default metering (called matrix metering) works very well. However, there are some scenes (usually when there are very bright or very dark parts of your photo, like the candle photo to the right) where the camera doesn’t do a good job. That’s when you should choose one of the other metering modes.
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How To Take Pictures Of A Lightning Storm

How To Take Pictures Of A Lightning Storm

One of the questions that most people ask me in Ask David is how to capture lightning strikes. It seems impossible, doesn’t it? If lightning strikes so fast, how do photographers get it onto their cameras? I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s a lot easier than you think. You only need a bit of knowledge, and you’ll be good to go.
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A Guide To HDR Photography – Capturing HDR Sequences

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A Guide To HDR Photography – Capturing HDR Sequences

Do you want to make your pictures more vibrant? As photographers, we are always looking for colorful times of day, colorful subjects, and colorful lighting. This isn’t easy. It usually means spending hours and hours just walking around scouting out locations. It means taking the time to learn manual camera settings to get the exposure just right.
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How To Photograph Buildings

How To Photograph Buildings

Humans are different from every other species on the planet. We don’t just carve out niches and build habitats for ourselves. Our homes, offices, and churches are actual works of art. That is the wonderful thing about photographing buildings. Because your work is already done for you, all you have to do is put a frame on it. With these handy tips, you will learn how to take architectural photographs that stand above the rest.
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How To Photograph Insects

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How To Photograph Insects

So you’re ready to take your photography into the field and snap some shots of insects. While it might seem like a day in the park (quite literally), there are a lot of variables that go into getting a great picture of an insect. If you have struggled for years with poorly lit, underexposed, and blurry insect photos, then this tutorial is for you.
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How Do They Do That? Award Winning Shots That Appear In Time Magazine

How Do They Do That? Award Winning Shots That Appear In Time Magazine

They’re the most stunning examples of photography you’ll ever see. When you flip through the pages of Time Magazine and National Geographic, you are confronted with the best of the best. How do these photographers do it? Are they simply lucky, do they have the right social connections, or is it much more than that? In this edition of “How Do They Do That?” we look into what it takes to become an award winning photographer whose images grace the pages of Time.
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How To Add Detail To Your Photographs

How To Add Detail To Your Photographs

Sharpness, clarity, even a certain kind of grittiness, seem to be the distinguishing mark of professional photography. Detail isn’t just the result of owning a good camera (although it does help), it comes from a fundamental understanding of the way your camera works. When you learn how to bring out the most important details in your subjects, you will have come a long way towards producing images that can withstand the test of time.
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Getting The Most Out Of Your Camera This Summer

Getting The Most Out Of Your Camera This Summer

Summer is one of the best times to sharpen your skills as a photographer. Not only is there more light for longer, you don’t feel uncomfortably cold or restrained while operating your camera. You can go out for as long as you want, day or night, and take great photos when the opportunity is the best. Summer also presents a few challenges to the photographer. With an overabundance of light, it can sometimes be difficult to capture your subject the way you see it. Try out the following tips to get the most out of your camera this summer.
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Do I Have To Copyright My Photos?

Do I Have To Copyright My Photos?

Nobody wants to create great work and have it stolen. You deserve to be paid well for the photos you make, and the law thinks so too. That’s why your photos are automatically copyrighted the second you press the shutter release button on your camera. They have been ever since the Berne convention was adopted in 1988 (at least in the United States).
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