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Archive for September, 2011

The Importance Of Talking With Your Subject

The Importance Of Talking With Your Subject

I’m not one to avoid asking sometimes inappropriate questions. When I was getting my hair cut one day, I thought, why not? I asked the stylist what makes her give someone a bad haircut. I figured people aren’t perfect. Stylists probably mess up on occasion just like everyone else, and I’ve been the recipient of a few of those bad haircuts. I figured if I could get an answer to the question, I might be able to get better haircuts from then on. Her answer kind of surprised me.
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Where Is Your Camera In Relation To Your Subject’s Eyes?

Where Is Your Camera In Relation To Your Subject’s Eyes?

Where your subject looks in a photo says a lot. If your subject is staring directly at the camera, most people take the picture a lot less seriously. Whoever you’re photographing clearly knows they’re being photographed, so it’s like running into an acquaintance on your walk to work. You both say hi to each other, but you don’t exactly share a moment together.

To communicate sincerity in an image, you need to pay attention to your camera’s location in relation to your subject’s eyes. Is the camera pointed slightly away? Are you looking down on your subject? Is your subject looking up at you? Each of these seemingly slight variations of camera position can have a big impact on the overall message you’re sending to your viewer.
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What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

If you’ve been around since the beginning of digital photography, you no doubt understand how much progress we’ve made. Today’s models make the first digital cameras look incredibly weak, and the reason is resolution. For a lot less than you would have paid back then, you can get a digital camera with ten times the resolution. Does that mean your images will be ten times better? To answer that question, we need to get a better understanding of what resolution is and what it isn’t.
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Quick Tips For Traveling With Photography Gear

Quick Tips For Traveling With Photography Gear

Once you start getting more into digital photography, you realize quite quickly that it isn’t for people who are averse to carrying things. If you get a nicer digital SLR camera, you’ve got to bring the camera, the lens, a few filters, and most likely a tripod. With the following tips, you can keep your camera safe and get the most out of your digital photography while traveling the world.
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Photoshop Elements: How To Create Andy Warhol Style Images

Photoshop Elements: How To Create Andy Warhol Style Images

Here’s a fun effect to play with. If you’re old enough to know who Andy Warhol is, this image should strike a chord. We’re going to use a few simple tools in Photoshop Elements to transform an ordinary digital photo of a banana into something with a little more panache. Let’s get started!
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Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

Have you ever wanted your pictures just a little bit brighter or darker than what your camera gives you? Sure, you can always go into Photoshop Elements and adjust it after the fact, but shouldn’t the camera allow you to do it as you’re taking the photo? Why can’t you just pick an exact shutter speed, aperture, or ISO speed and use that to control the brightness? Allow me to explain.
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Night Photography Primer Part 3: Capturing Cityscapes

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Night Photography Primer Part 3: Capturing Cityscapes

We spent the last portion of this series out in the country taking pictures under starlight. Now we’re going to head back into the city to figure out what the buzz really is all about. There’s no shortage of night time light and interesting figures in the city. From the neon to the bright and expansive bridges and sky scrapers, there is plenty for enthusiast and non-enthusiast photographers alike. Even if you don’t live in the city, and you only spend a few days a year there – This one is for you.
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The Key To Great Photography Is A Good Lens, Right?

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The Key To Great Photography Is A Good Lens, Right?

opinion The Key To Great Photography Is A Good Lens, Right? You wouldn’t be the first one to think that. Quite a few inexperienced (and sadly, experienced) photographers seem to believe this, and it’s completely false. In the grand scheme of things, the lens you’re using is one of the least important aspects of photography. After all, it’s just the piece of glass the light travels through to get to the sensor. Yes, it has to be up to a certain standard of quality, but it’s bogus to say it can make or break a photographer.
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Click! How To Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids

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Click! How To Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids

Everyone loves photos of kids! It’s great to capture their many expressions as they learn about the world (or just when they’re being goofy). As kids are usually very photogenic, it doesn’t take much effort to take great shots that create a record to look back on as they grow up. However, kids also have a mind of their own and are prone to tantrums whenever the camera comes out. Most parents give up and end up with very few photos of their kids. Or if they persist, the shots look posed and don’t reflect the children’s growing personality.

Darren Rowse from Digital Photography School realised this and has created a brand new ebook along with professional child photographer Rachel Devine that shows everyone how easy it can be to take gorgeous and meaningful photos of kids. And gives some essential tips to turn around the tantrums and make photographing a fun activity for all.
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Intentionally Moving The Camera

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Intentionally Moving The Camera

From day one, we’re taught to avoid motion blur in our photography. That’s because most motion blurs are unintentional. They are the result of you shaking the camera ever so slightly as you press the shutter button. What results usually doesn’t look all that interesting because there is no underlying theme. With that said, there are ways to intentionally move the camera as you shoot. Some of them create some rather spectacular effects.
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Night Photography Primer Part 2: Moon and Star Light

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Night Photography Primer Part 2: Moon and Star Light

If you’ve ever been out for a walk on a moonlit night, you know how powerful the light can be. Sometimes moonlight is so bright you can actually see far off into the distance. Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible to take a moonlit or starlit picture that appears as though it was taken during the day. You just need to keep your camera’s shutter open a lot longer. In this next section of our mini series on night photography, we’re going to learn how to capture moonlit and starlit scenes.
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How To Send Photos Back Home When On Holiday

How To Send Photos Back Home When On Holiday

We don’t go on vacation to spend more time with computers. We go to get away from them. Naturally, there’s a problem when you want to share the pictures you’ve taken on vacation with your family. With no computer in sight, how do you email them to your loved ones? Is there an easy way around this, or are we supposed to wait until we get back to share them?
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How To Convey Meaning In Your Photos

How To Convey Meaning In Your Photos

What message do you want to get across with your photography? Are you using it to create something beautiful, or do you want to make a statement? For me, it’s usually a little bit of both. I’ve seen tons and tons images of places or things that are supposed to be meaningful, but they just lack that punch. You can have a great subject, great ‘skill’, perfect lighting, and so on. It doesn’t matter. Your images can still fall flat on your viewers eyes.
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Getting Started With Off-Camera Flash

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Getting Started With Off-Camera Flash

Those of you who read my tips know that I don’t have a very high regard for flash. I think it usually gets in the way of taking a good photo, and it tends to suck all of the natural beauty from your images. If you want a sure-fire way to turn a potentially good image into something so-so, just turn on your flash, get up close your subject, and take the shot.
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Ask David: White Balance, RAW images, Slow shutter speeds and Lenses

Ask David: White Balance, RAW images, Slow shutter speeds and Lenses

In my 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 White Balance, RAW images, slow shutter speeds and a few questions on lenses.
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