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Archive for December, 2011

Five 52 Week Project Ideas

Five 52 Week Project Ideas

One of the best ways to become a better photographer is to commit yourself to exploring a certain theme for awhile. And what better time to do that than at the start of a new year! Some people go so far as to start a 365 day project where they take a photo every single day. It’s too bad that’s not entirely workable for most people who have jobs, kids and other activities they’re engaged in. A 52 week project is a lot more reasonable. I encourage you to make the next year your ’52 week project’. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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7 New Years Resolutions For Your Digital Photography

7 New Years Resolutions For Your Digital Photography

I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year. There are a lot of things I’ve wanted to do this year, but I never got around to them. Now I’ve got a whole list of resolutions for next year. It’s not some guilt trip, just a reminder that we can all strive to do a little more and make ourselves better at what we love. Here are some new year’s resolutions to help you improve your photography.
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When are you taking your best photos?

When are you taking your best photos?

It’s funny. For years and years we’ve thrown around terms like “mental energy,” and for the most part, none of us really questions what we’re getting at. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately in my own photography, and it’s looking like some of the new research on creativity is confirming what I originally thought. There is such a thing as mental energy, and if you can learn how to harness it, you’ll get the most out of the time you spend taking pictures. Here’s what I mean.
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How To Make Beautiful Custom Bokeh Shapes

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How To Make Beautiful Custom Bokeh Shapes

Christmas time is upon us, and I know a lot of you are looking for some fun ways to make your holiday photos more interesting. Well, what better time to introduce you to bokehs than right now? Chances are you’ve got a lot of Christmas lights around the house, and they’re just dying to make a star appearance in your holiday images. Here’s a little tutorial on making custom bokeh shapes using your digital SLR and the Christmas lights in your house.
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Your Camera Has No Vision (But You Do)

Your Camera Has No Vision (But You Do)

What would HAL do if he could take a picture? He’d probably look me straight in the face and say, “I’m sorry Dave, but I can’t let you do that.” In all seriousness, your camera is a lot like HAL. It’s got all this technical gobbledygook and sophisticated light metering algorithms built into it, but it still can’t do what you do. Camera are tools for making pictures. They don’t work unless you bring the vision.
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How To Teach Photography To Your Children

How To Teach Photography To Your Children

When I was a kid, I gravitated toward the camera. Of course, those were different days. Back then, a kid couldn’t take that many photos for fear of wasting mom and dad’s money on film. Now it’s a totally different era. I feel like I can really teach my own children how to take pictures. Here’s what I’ve learned.
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Photoshop Elements: How to watermark an entire folder of photos

Photoshop Elements: How to watermark an entire folder of photos

If you’re keen on advertising your photography a little better on the web, you might want to start watermarking your photos. A watermark is a little logo or badge of text you place in the bottom right corner of a photo, telling your viewers who you are. It’s also a common deterrent to people who might take and use your images without giving you credit. When your images have a watermark, it makes life that much more difficult for them. Most photo thieves will just move onto the next image.
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4 Crazy Things Photographers Do

4 Crazy Things Photographers Do

I’d like to start by saying I don’t want to pass judgment on anyone. By drawing attention to these issues, I’m not saying any one person is “bad” or doomed to be a horrible photographer for the rest of his or her life. In fact, I used to do many of these things myself. They drive me nuts because it’s so easy to change them for the better. All it takes is a little more dedication and a willingness to think outside of your comfort zone. Are you guilty of one of these 4 things?
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Using Macro Mode Effectively: A Point And Shoot Tutorial

Using Macro Mode Effectively: A Point And Shoot Tutorial

Digital SLRs may have the upper hand when it comes to shooting macro, but that doesn’t mean us point-and-shoot owners have to give up. You’d be surprised with what you can do using your point-and-shoot camera’s macro shooting mode. As long as you employ the right techniques, you can create some truly stunning macro photography. Here’s how.
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I Challenge You To Try These 5 Things In Photography

I Challenge You To Try These 5 Things In Photography

Do you remember when you were a kid and totally afraid to jump in the water and swim? We’ve all been there. In life, some things just freak us out, and it’s no different in photography. I know it sounds strange, but we all need to be pushed sometimes. We need someone to force us to do something in a new and different way. So today I’m going to act as that person. I want you to try these 5 things.
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5 Myths About Backgrounds

5 Myths About Backgrounds

Backgrounds are an important part of any image. They set the context, and can make a dull image interesting. Most of us are constantly in search of a background with character, feeling it will add something extra to shot. And it does, but sometimes it does so at the expense of what’s truly important. Here are 5 myths about backgrounds and photography.
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How To Take Photos Underwater

How To Take Photos Underwater

Have you ever wanted to make more out of your next vacation? I know. We’ve all been out diving, and maybe some of us have tried taking pictures, but how well did they turn out? If your subjects were a little too blue, and the glow from the flash was a little too bright, you might want to consider trying out these underwater photography tips. They’ll dramatically improve your diving photos next trip!
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Differences between P&S and the various SLR model cameras

Differences between P&S and the various SLR model cameras

There are more than a dozen ways to upgrade your camera setup. If you’ve just started, and you own a point-and-shoot model, you might want to step it up to an entry level SLR. Some of you with entry SLRs might wonder what a pro model can do for you. That’s why I’ve decided to put all of this information in one place so you know exactly what you’re getting when you upgrade. Maybe it’s a good idea right now. Maybe it’s not. After reading this guide, you’ll know for sure.
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Photographing Bright Lights

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Photographing Bright Lights

Bright lights at night are breathtaking. They bring a certain magic to urban life that’s unlike anything else. The only issue with bright lights is that they’re a lot like the sun. They can bring unwanted contrast into a scene, often forcing you to rethink the way you expose the entire image. If you’ve ever struggled with producing beautiful images of holiday lights and urban landscapes, try out these tips.
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Some Fun Photographic Filters and When To Use Them

Some Fun Photographic Filters and When To Use Them

When the light outside is less than perfect, the right photographic filter can help you get the colors you want. There are filters for just about any shooting situation you can imagine, from sunsets to mid-afternoon, and everything in between. If you’re just getting started, and you want to learn more about the photographic filters most professionals use, you’ve come to the right place.
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