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Archive for June, 2011

Back Up Your Photos Today – Special Offer

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Back Up Your Photos Today – Special Offer

Backing up your precious digital photos is one thing you must do. Let me say that again. Backing up your precious digital photos is one thing you must do. Although digital cameras have made it much easier to take hundreds of images of our loved ones, or on our favorite holidays. they have also made it much easier for your whole collection to be wiped forever. Read on and I’ll tell you how you can avoid that terrible fate.
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Digital Camera Modes – Scene Modes

Digital Camera Modes – Scene Modes

Your digital camera comes equipped with an arsenal of automatic and semi-automatic modes designed to make your life as a photographer easier. Aside from the fully automatic mode, aperture priority mode, and shutter priority mode, your camera gives you a variety of scene-specific modes. Each mode has a specific purpose. You can easily switch between modes for portraits, landscapes, macro photography, sunset photography, and more. In this article, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at what your camera does when you work with one of its many automatic scene modes.
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How To Photograph Small Insects

How To Photograph Small Insects

Insects are a subject with boundless possibilities, and you can find them everywhere you look. With summer upon us (and spring really close for those in the southern hemisphere), now is the time to get out there and take some amazing insect images. You don’t need the most expensive camera setup to take these interesting photos right from your back yard. I’ll show you how.
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Slow Sync Flash: 1st Curtain Or 2nd Curtain?

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Slow Sync Flash: 1st Curtain Or 2nd Curtain?

Have you tried out slow sync flash yet? Well you should. It’s a really fun digital photography trick that never fails to produce some interesting results. I like to think of it like extended exposure with a few extras. You can create a neat effect that combines the motion blur from the night lights with the frozen motion you get from using a flash.
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How do you find the GPS coordinates of your photos?

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How do you find the GPS coordinates of your photos?

Isn’t technology great? More and more cameras have GPS built right into them. The moment you take a photo, your camera records exactly where you took it. But while most of the photography is out there taking advantage of this feature, some of us are left scratching our heads wondering where we can find these magical GPS coordinates. In this article, you’ll learn what you can do to access GPS coordinates and use them to improve your photo sharing experience.
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Ask David: Wedding Photography, Selective Color, Cheaper Photoshop purchases, and Photography Myths

Ask David: Wedding Photography, Selective Color, Cheaper Photoshop purchases, and Photography Myths

In my regular Ask David column, I answer common questions from my readers. By answering them here, I hope to help everyone else who might have this problem, and not just the person who asked the question.

Today, we cover wedding photography, selective color, cheaper Photoshop purchases, and quash a few common photography myths.
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Do you have to zoom in while taking a portrait or landscape photo?

Do you have to zoom in while taking a portrait or landscape photo?

I get this question a lot. And you know what, it makes a lot of sense. I think people are pressured into purchasing a higher priced digital SLR (that most of them don’t need) because they’re under the impression that you need to have a really expensive zoom lens to take a nice looking portrait or landscape. Nothing could be further from the truth, and in this article, you’ll learn why.
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How to protect your photos from theft on Facebook and Twitter

How to protect your photos from theft on Facebook and Twitter

Whenever sharing is involved, there is a always a chance that someone will break the ties that bind and violate your trust. If you’re worried about your photos getting stolen from your Facebook or Twitter accounts, worry no more. Here is one sure-fire technique that will stop any and all digital photography theft.
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Take Better Candid Images

Take Better Candid Images

Some of the best pictures aren’t posed. They’re taken when people least expect it. Sadly, there’s a problem when you lug around your nice big digital SLR (or wait until your point and shoot is ready to take a photo). People know you’re going to take their picture, and they get ready as soon as you get your camera to eye level. By the time you take the picture, it’s too late.
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Photoshop Tutorial: What Are Layers?

Photoshop Tutorial: What Are Layers?

Whenever we talk about post-processing our photos in Photoshop (or any similar kind of software), we inevitably introduce the concept of layers. If it weren’t for layers, Photoshop wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is, and photographers would have a much more difficult time making changes after a picture has been taken. They are the most important thing to understand when it comes to working with Photoshop. So, what is a layer?
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What is tilt-shift photography?

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What is tilt-shift photography?

You may have heard about it before. Perhaps you’ve seen a tilt-shift lens or an old-fashioned camera with a bellows. Cameras and lenses like these can be used to shift the most focused part of your image, resulting in some interesting effects. One of them is the “fake miniature” image below. So, if you haven’t heard about tilt-shift photography yet, then consider this your introduction. I’ll show you everything you need to know.
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Ask David: Aperture Changes, Focus Lock, Stealing Photos and Curtain Flashes

Ask David: Aperture Changes, Focus Lock, Stealing Photos and Curtain Flashes

In my regular Ask David column, I answer common questions from my readers. By answering them here, I hope to help everyone else who might have this problem, and not just the person who asked the question.

Today, we cover aperture changes, the focus lock button, stealing photos, and curtain flashes.
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How To Get The Perfect White Balance Every Time

How To Get The Perfect White Balance Every Time

When it comes to getting accurate colors, nothing is better than nailing your white balance settings right on the head. If the white balance is even slightly off,it can produce a highly noticeable bluish or reddish tinge. Sometimes the tinge is desirable. It can enhance the appeal of clouds or night time photography. But if you’re going for accuracy, you’ll want the perfect white balance settings for the situation you’re shooting in. Pay attention because l’m about to show you how to strike the right balance (literally speaking) by using your camera’s manual white balance settings.
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Does Your Camera Offer These Scene Modes? The New Ones You Can’t Afford To Miss!

Does Your Camera Offer These Scene Modes? The New Ones You Can’t Afford To Miss!

Camera technology just keeps improving year after year. It’s amazing where it’s gotten. Not too long ago, you had to tell your camera everything, and now there are more automatic scene modes than ever to make snapping pictures a breeze. You’ve seriously got to check out some of these new point-and-shoot models. They might not give you the same versatility as a DSLR, but when it fits in your pocket, who cares? Does your camera feature these unique scene modes?
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Ask David: What print size should I use for photography exhibitions?

Ask David: What print size should I use for photography exhibitions?

This question comes from reader Sherry Quiban. She wants to start doing photography exhibitions, and she’d like to know what size images she should print for the occasion. While it’s certainly a question with a lot of different answers, there are a few accepted guidelines for exhibition prints. Here’s what I tend to do.
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