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Archive for January, 2012

Tired of the same old photos of your kids? Use props!

Tired of the same old photos of your kids? Use props!

It seems like there are only so many photos you can get of your kids, and if you’re like most parents, you always want more. I know this when babysitting my nephews or bringing them to the local park. You get the classic pictures of them playing on the swing set, and then what? Well here’s a quick and easy thing you can do to make your photos of your children more interesting. Use props.
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Is Flash Photography Dead?

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Is Flash Photography Dead?

Flashes, the age old staple of the modern photographer. They’ve been around as long as photographers have needed some kind of portable light source. But all of that might change very soon. The newest L.E.D. lights are not only inexpensive, they draw much less power than their fluorescent and incandescent counterparts. Plus, when compared to flash (which you can only see for a fraction of a second), they provide the kind of real-time feedback photographers love. Is it the end of flash photography as we know it?
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How to photograph the Aurora Borealis

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How to photograph the Aurora Borealis

This year is looking to be a rather magnetically active year for this little planet. All kinds of solar storms are headed are way, but don’t you worry. They won’t do any damage to civilization or life as we know it. They will, however, make for some rather amazing photo ops. When a really big solar storm comes in, it moves the aurora borealis ‘northern lights’ further south (or north if you’re from down under) than usual. So if you’re anywhere near it, get out your camera. Here’s how you can capture some of the action!
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An Interview With Amy Renfrey

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An Interview With Amy Renfrey

Recently I sat down with pro photographer Amy Renfrey of the Focus ezine. She’s just returned from a vacation and shared some of the photos she took with me. And I tell you what, she took some really stunning shots! What’s even better is I was able to ask her a whole lot of questions about HOW she took her shots. I recorded it all. So you can gain the benefits of her wisdom too.
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Cold Weather Photography

Cold Weather Photography

Is you camera collecting dust on the shelf because it’s too cold out to shoot? Winter presents numerous hazards to any would-be photographer. For one, you risk freezing your fingers just to get the shot, and before you know it, your batteries are dead. If you haven’t taken that many great images this winter, I don’t blame you. But with the techniques you’re about to learn, you’ll want to grab your camera and get out there every time it snows. I’ll show you why.
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Photographing Winter Landscapes

Photographing Winter Landscapes

This time of year you’re probably looking out the window and wondering when the sun is finally going to come out. It’s the dead of winter, the holidays are gone, and guess what? You’ve gotta return to your job. The first week in January is consistently voted the most depressing in the northern hemisphere, but you should have no reason to feel blue. Now is the time to create the most gorgeous landscape photos you’ve ever made. Here’s how.
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Environmental Portraits. What are they? How are they different?

Environmental Portraits. What are they? How are they different?

If you’ve ever gotten your portrait taken professionally, you know what it’s typically like. You go into the studio, the photographer sets up a few props, and you pose accordingly. While these kinds of shoots always create a nice clean cut look, our lives are anything but. That’s why I think it’s crucial for every photographer to learn the fine art of taking environmental portraits. It’s a much more authentic way to capture your subjects.
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Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

Your camera does a lot more to your images than you think. Just as you take a picture, your camera adjusts the white balance and the sharpness for you. How much it does this depends on the settings you give it. With that, many readers have wondered if they should even bother setting the sharpness level on their cameras. Is it worth it, or does it just end up giving you a lot less freedom later on?
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Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

Have you ever been walking down the street and seen the sun coming just over the horizon of a building or a landmark in a really interesting way? Ever wish you were smart enough to bring your camera with you on that day so you wouldn’t miss it. I know the frustration. Over the years, I’ve learned that a moment like that happens maybe once or twice a year (if you’re lucky!). Here’s a little something I do to make sure I never miss it again.
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