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Archive for September, 2010

How To Tell A Story With Your Photography

How To Tell A Story With Your Photography

Photography isn’t just art. It’s also a peek into our lives. The kind of photography that makes it into National Geographic, Time Magazine, and other respectable journals always tells a story. That’s why it’s so captivating. We naturally fill in the small details, even if they weren’t there in the beginning. So, to get your photos to tell a story, you need to open the door to interpretation. This short tutorial will show you how.
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Sand And Salt – The Two Toxic Destroyers Of Camera Equipment

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Sand And Salt – The Two Toxic Destroyers Of Camera Equipment

The world is full of hidden hazards. You’ve spent a lot of money on your camera setup, and it would be a huge shame if it were to go to waste because of a simple mistake. Salt and sand might not seem that dangerous at first, but they have claimed more $5,000 cameras than you can imagine. In most cases, a few small preventative measures can save you gobs of money.
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Spring has sprung, so dust off your camera and get outside!

Spring has sprung, so dust off your camera and get outside!

[Here’s an article for my readers in the Southern Hemisphere who are now well into Spring]

I love the spring. There is no better time to capture life at its prime. When the sun starts shining, and flowers start blooming, dust off your camera and get ready. You’ll no doubt capture some colorful images that truly impress. To get the most out of the spring, you need to know where all of the best spring photo opportunities can be found. Try out some of these tips to get as much as you can out of the unique season that is the spring.
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Going Camping This Summer? How To Get The Most Out Of Your Camera

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Going Camping This Summer? How To Get The Most Out Of Your Camera

The summer is almost over. Pretty soon, we’ll all be getting ready for the winter and the freezing cold months ahead. But I know some of you are still going to make the most of it and get out there for a few weekends in the fall while the weather is nice. If so, the following tips are for you. The fall is a great time to get out and explore. Go ahead and enjoy it before it’s too late.
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How To Take A Double Exposure With A Digital SLR

How To Take A Double Exposure With A Digital SLR

Double exposure photographs have been around since the beginning of film cameras. Back then, there was no Photoshop. You couldn’t just go in and change your images any way you want. So photographers did what they could with the tools they had. The double exposure was one tool in their belt.
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How To Setup A Home-Based Photography Studio

How To Setup A Home-Based Photography Studio

A home photo studio is useful in so many ways. I originally built mine to help with my online business selling products on eBay. Eventually, my setup expanded and now occupies my basement. I use it to take portraits and very specific kinds of photos like closeups of water droplets. If you want to get creative, a home photo studio is a must. Here’s how to setup yours.
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Secrets To Great Black And White Photography

Secrets To Great Black And White Photography

What are the best ways to take a black and white photo in today’s color digital world? That’s a question I often get asked. And it’s a great question because there is more than one way to convert a shot taken with a color camera into black and white. If you’re not sure of the tricks, your images might not end up looking as good as they could.
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How To Photograph A Drop Of Water

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How To Photograph A Drop Of Water

It seems simple enough. Taking a shot of a drop of water. You just want to take a picture of a water droplet. How hard could it be? Well, if you want a crystal clear image, you will need more equipment than just your camera. This isn’t something you can do without having a decent amount of equipment on hand. But don’t let that stop you from reading further. The results can be spectacular!
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GPS Coordinates And Photography

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GPS Coordinates And Photography

GPS coordinates are a handy way to organize your photos. With geotags, you and your friends can easily see where your photos were taken. You can also share your unique perspective when you upload your photos to different social media sites like Panoramio and Flickr. It’s a great way to generate interest in your photography and expose the world to your work.
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How To Fix The White Balance In Photoshop And Picasa

How To Fix The White Balance In Photoshop And Picasa

How many times have you come back from a shoot, only to find out that your photos have a slightly strange tinge to them? If your pictures are a little too blue or green, your camera probably made a mistake with the white balance somewhere along the way. It happens to the best of us, and there are a few very easy ways to correct it with most post-processing software. I’ll show you how.
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What Is Camera Dust and How To Get Rid Of It

What Is Camera Dust and How To Get Rid Of It

If you own a digital SLR, you’ve probably started to notice something on your photos that wasn’t there before. Have you ever gotten a photo full of little black specks or smudges and wondered how they got there? If you clean your lens religiously and wonder how this could happen to you, then you are about to be introduced to the world of image sensor dust. A lot more goes on inside your camera than you think.
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Photos Too Blue? Your White Balance Might Be To Blame

Photos Too Blue? Your White Balance Might Be To Blame

Have you ever taken a photo that has a blue or orange tinge to it? It wasn’t there when you took the photo, but it’s definitely there on your image. That’s what happens when your camera’s auto white balance setting doesn’t get things right. Why does it matter so much? Can I fix it later? And is it possible to set white balance yourself? The answer to all these questions are below.
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HDR Photography Part 2 – Stitching Your RAW Images Together

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HDR Photography Part 2 – Stitching Your RAW Images Together

In part 1 of this series – Capturing HDR Images, I showed you how to go out and get the five separate images that you will use for your HDR photo. Now I will show you how to put them together in Photoshop. In practice, this is a lot easier than you would think. That’s why I’m also going to show you how to convert a single RAW file into an HDR image so you can create HDR action shots.
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How Do They Do That? Getting Everything In Focus.

How Do They Do That? Getting Everything In Focus.

It’s one of the most important elements of being a great landscape photographer. When you know how to get everything in your image as sharp as possible, your photo will definitely stand out. There is a trick to making everything as sharp as possible, and it doesn’t always require you to have the best camera setup. By following some of these techniques, you’ll be well on your way to creating stunningly sharp photography in no time.
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