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Archive for March, 2011

Captivating Color

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Captivating Color

Color is insanely important when taking digital photographs. I’d go as far as to say that photos taken ignoring color and color balance will never reach their full potential. Once you know how to manage color in your photos, however, your photos will become simply stunning.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce the newest ebook from Digital Photography School called Captivating Color. It’s an essential read and at under $20, it’s one of the must-have photography purchases this year.
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The Golden Hour: A Magical Time For Every Photographer

The Golden Hour: A Magical Time For Every Photographer

There is a magical hour, a time when the light from the sun shines on the Earth from the side. During this hour, light is warm, soft, and perfect for taking pictures. If the light hits the clouds in the sky at just the right angle, they give off a purplish color that accents a scene in ways nothing else can. To start taking better pictures now, you need to get the most out of the Golden Hour. Here are a few ideas.
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When To Disable Autofocus

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When To Disable Autofocus

There’s no doubt that the invention of autofocus has pushed photography forward. Most modern autofocusing systems are extremely sophisticated and accurate. They can focus on the area of interest much faster than you can with the naked eye, and in most cases, they do a better job. Having said that, they are nowhere near perfect for all situations. Here are a few reasons why you might want to use manual focus instead.
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Ebay Photography: Large Items

Ebay Photography: Large Items

So you’ve got a nice big guitar sitting in your closet collecting dust. You gave it up a long time ago, and you know that unless you do something soon, it’s just going to sit there for a few more years. If you want to sell that guitar on Ebay, you’ll need to brush up your Ebay photography skills. In this short article, I’ll teach you how to take pictures of large items so you can sell them on Ebay.
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How to avoid blooming

How to avoid blooming

Your mother told you never to look at the sun, or you’ll go blind. Whenever some cameras take a picture of a very bright object (like the sun), the light can get so intense that it doesn’t just affect one part of the image. The light streaks out from the light source and creates a supernova like effect that can consume a significant frame. It’s called “blooming,” and in this article, I’ll show you how to stop it.
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Ask David: What’s the Best Way to take Concert Pictures at Night?

Ask David: What’s the Best Way to take Concert Pictures at Night?

This week, one of our readers, Mary Banker, would like to know if there’s a good way to take pictures of an outdoor concert at night. Now I’ve gotta admit that’s a real stumper. I don’t like to say it, but in a situation like that, a lot of different factors are working against you. Not only are you dealing with low light, you’re got musicians moving around the stage, and on top of all that, most venues don’t allow flash photography. Is there a way around all of this? Let’s find out.
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Never Pay Rock Bottom Prices For Photo Printing

Never Pay Rock Bottom Prices For Photo Printing

The process of printing photos can be complex, which is often why most people don’t even bother to do it themselves. Why purchase an expensive printer, ink cartridges, and paper when your local supermarket can do the same thing for much less? Some of these places advertise amazingly low photo printing prices. Is it possible to get your images printed for so low, or are they just stringing you along?
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What to do when there’s too much light?

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What to do when there’s too much light?

Light. It’s everywhere. It’s what we use to create images on the camera. If there were no such thing as light, photography simply wouldn’t be possible. But there are times when there is so much available light that it can destroy the color in your photos. If you don’t take steps to limit the amount of light coming into the camera, you won’t be able to create the images that work. Here are a few things you can do to keep excessive light in check.
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Will Lowering Your Resolution Result In Less Noise?

Will Lowering Your Resolution Result In Less Noise?

As manufacturers cram more and more megapixels onto the same size sensors, vibrations, heat, and other natural forces have a larger effect on the image. The result? Some high resolution image sensors actually take noisier pictures than their lower resolution counterparts.

To solve this problem, some camera owners are intentionally lowering their camera’s resolution to reduce the noise in their images. The underlying thought is that the same image sensor, set to a lower resolution, will be less affected by heat and small vibrations. But does this really do anything, or is it another camera gear myth? Let’s dig a little deeper and find out.
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The Best Black and White Photographic Subjects

The Best Black and White Photographic Subjects

When you’re beginning black and white photography, it’s often difficult to figure out what to photograph in the first place. You’ve seen some amazing black and white photos, but you don’t know why they’re so amazing. How can black and white enhance a subject? Are certain subjects more tailored to black and white photography than others?

In a word, yes. Black and white photography is almost a completely different artform. With the colors no longer there to take your viewer’s attention away from the tiny details, you can focus more on the form and texture in your image. Consider photographing the following subjects the next time you make the switch to black and white.
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10 Quick And Easy Tips To Improve Your Photography

10 Quick And Easy Tips To Improve Your Photography

Is your photography in need of a little extra oomph? Here are ten quick tips help you get better photos right away. You don’t need any extra equipment, and you’ll notice the results as soon as you apply the techniques. Give these a try, and you won’t be disappointed.
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Ebay Product Photography: Small Indoor Items

Ebay Product Photography: Small Indoor Items

We all have stuff lying around. It’s the little things we keep in our houses, the knicknacks, the paddywhacks, and the digital appliances we don’t use anymore. Why not sell them on Ebay, make a little money, and clear up some space? You can get a better return on small indoor items when you take crisp and clean pictures using a photo studio. In this article, I’ll show you how.
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Make Your Photos More Colorful with Complementary Colors

Make Your Photos More Colorful with Complementary Colors

What makes an image colorful? Is it the mere presence of bright colors, or is it something more than that? Color isn’t always about having bright reds and striking blues. It results from creating color contrast in your photos and using complementary colors whenever you can. In this article, I’ll show you how.
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Photo Challenge: Complimentary Colors

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Complimentary Colors is this week’s Photo Challenge. I think using Complimentary Colors is one of the best ways to add impact to your photos. See what I mean in my article on Complimentary Colors.

Go out and look for a great example of complimentary colors and upload your resulting photo to the Complimentary Photos gallery.
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Want to improve your portraits? It’s all in the eyes

Want to improve your portraits? It’s all in the eyes

Portraits are some of my favorite pictures to take. You rarely ever get a chance to bring out someone’s unique personality in some of the other more “staged” shots. And nothing screams personality more than the eyes. If you want to take portraits that truly stand out, you need to give the eyes as much emphasis as possible. In this article, I’ll show you how.
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