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Archive for January, 2011

Nuts and Shots – New Photography Book with a Chance to Win a FREE DSLR

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Nuts and Shots – New Photography Book with a Chance to Win a FREE DSLR

Nuts and Shots is the brand new photography book from the amazing people at Digital Photography School. It’s an incredible read! And for only US$14.99 for the first two weeks, it’s also a steal.


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When It’s Okay To Break The Rules Of Photography

When It’s Okay To Break The Rules Of Photography

We’ve spent so much time talking about what you should and shouldn’t do in photography that we often forget that there is a time and a place to break the rules. You’ve heard about the rule of thirds before, but did you know that it’s okay to break it every once in awhile? Or what about the assumption that your subject always has to be in focus? Did you know you can create some pretty surreal effects by leaving your subject unfocused?

In this article, we’ll discuss some very useful rules in photography, why they’re important, and when it’s okay to break them. Sometimes you can get a better photo or a more interesting interpretation of a scene when you consciously decide to forego a few conventions. Give the following bits of advice a try and see what happens.
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Photo Challenge: Using P Mode

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Photo Challenge: Using P Mode

Scared about using any of your camera’s more advanced mode setings? This week’s photo challenge is all for you. I want you to use the “P Mode” of your camera to take some shots. I wrote some tips in my Camera Settings: P Mode article this week. It contains some great information on how to start.

There’s no specific subject for this week. It’s all about getting out there and trying something new. Give it a go!
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How To Take Breathtaking Images Of The Coastline

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How To Take Breathtaking Images Of The Coastline

The coastline is full of photographic opportunities. There is an entire world where the ocean meets the sand. You can zoom in and photograph starfish and other finds, or you can bring your wideangle lens and create dramatic landscapes. The next time you head to the coast, try out these digital photography tips.
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Your Camera’s Settings: P mode

Your Camera’s Settings: P mode

Do you own a digital SLR and wonder what its “P” mode does? If you’ve been using automatic settings your entire life, and you aren’t quite ready to learn everything you need to know about manual photography, this mode will come in handy. Your camera’s “P” mode has a lot to teach you. In this article, we’ll show you why.
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Tips for selecting a camera to purchase

Tips for selecting a camera to purchase

Time for a new camera? You have a lot of different models to choose from. Some of them will fill your need quite nicely while others will only give you a bunch of features you don’t need. There’s no sense in wasting your money on a camera you won’t use for 99% of the pictures you take. Have a look at this quick buyers guide before you head to the store and make your decision.
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Photo Challenge: Centering Your Subjects

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Photo Challenge: Centering Your Subjects

Each week, Digital Photo Secrets will post a new Photo Challenge. Your task is to take a photo (or more) using the theme for the week as a base. You can be as creative as you like! When you’re done, post the picture you took to the photo gallery for the week.

This week, the challenge is all about placing your subjects in the center of frame, rather than using the usual Rule of Thirds to place your subject on the left or right of shot.
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Digital Photography Troubleshooting

Digital Photography Troubleshooting

How often have you noticed that there’s just one problem with your photo, and if it were gone, you’d have a keeper? The following common problems happen to every photographer, and most of them require a simple and quick fix. I’ve written a few tutorials on almost all of these problems, but it’s much more convenient when everything is organized in an easily accessible list. Have a quick look through these common photography fixes. Your solution might be right under your nose!
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Make Your Party Photographs Stand Out

Make Your Party Photographs Stand Out

Parties and get togethers are a great excuse to take pictures of your friends. Everyone is together and having a good time (plus they’re rarely sober so their fun side comes out). But even though everyone’s having so much fun, most party pictures look the same. In an effort to make your next event more memorable, I’ve put together a few tips for getting better pictures at parties.
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Christmas Photography Competition Winner and Runners Up

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Christmas Photography Competition Winner and Runners Up

Thanks all for another great response to my Christmas images competition. The winner gets a $50 Amazon gift voucher.
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How To Consistently Take Good Photos Indoors

How To Consistently Take Good Photos Indoors

The great indoors can be the most challenging place to take pictures. There usually isn’t enough light, meaning you’ll either end up with dark or blurry images if you aren’t careful. But you don’t need to purchase a bunch of expensive flashes and other gear to get more consistent photos indoors. Just try some of the following tips.
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Photography Basics: Centering Your Subject

Photography Basics: Centering Your Subject

You have heard it from countless photography pros. They’ll tell you time and again that you shouldn’t place your subject in the center (and they’re not alone – I . But is this always true? Is there ever a good time to place your subject right in the middle of the frame? Actually, there is, and you’re about to see it.
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