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Archive for March, 2012

Understanding Focus

Understanding Focus

What is focus? In photography, it’s practically married to sharpness. An image that is completely sharp is said to be in-focus. An image that’s completely blurry is said to be unfocused. The same metaphor applies to your mind. When you concentrate, your mind is sharp. You are focused. When you’re confused, you lack focus. As you are about to learn, you can use focus to direct your viewer’s attention to the most important parts of a scene. Here’s how.
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3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

How many times have you taken a picture, only to reconcile it to the trash bin because it just didn’t turn out the way you like? I know it’s happened to me countless times. Images can fail for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on them. I still hold onto some of my worst photography because it only serves as a reminder of how much I’ve grown, but I can also use those photos to make something new. Here are a few ideas.
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New Photography Products For 2012

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New Photography Products For 2012

I recently wrote an article on the future of photography, and although that future isn’t quite here yet, this year’s CES show had some promising gadgets to keep you excited for what’s to come. What I really love about our industry is that we care about all camera consumers, from the beginner all the way to the most experienced photographers. Allow me to take you through a tour of what you can expect this year.
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3 Ways to Deal With Messy Shooting Situations

3 Ways to Deal With Messy Shooting Situations

Photography is an art, and art is supposed to be clean and meaningful. But what happens when you’ve scheduled a shoot where your subject lives or works, only to find a huge mess once you get there? It happens to me more often than you might think, and I don’t want to be impolite and simply start cleaning (even though it would yield better photos). That’s why I’ve come up with three techniques you can use to cheat your way through the mess.
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Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

How many times have you taken a picture near sunset or twilight, only to get back a much darker image than the one you originally envisioned? It’s so common that I thought I’d a share a photo from a fellow reader with the same problem. Jimmie Lee wonders why his Fujifilm camera keeps giving him dark sunsets. The photo below in particular lacked the colors that were present when Jimmy took the photo. Let’s have a look at some of things that cause underexposure, and how Adobe Photoshop Elements can help us get the photo we see in our mind’s eye.
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Why Is Wedding Photography So Hard?

Why Is Wedding Photography So Hard?

There’s a reason why so many families are willing to pay for a professional wedding photographer. Wedding photography can pose some serious challenges, even to seasoned photographers. You might think you’ve gotten a nice series of images, but when you see them on your laptop back at home, it can get a little disappointing. Why is wedding photography so hard?
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Making A Great Photo – Simplicity

Making A Great Photo – Simplicity

Oftentimes, there’s only one thing I need to communicate with people who are just getting started in photography. It’s so amazingly simple that it couldn’t be anything but simplicity itself. The difference between an okay photograph and a great one usually comes down to this. Great photos are simple. If you want to take your photography to the next level, you should be asking yourself “what can I get rid of?” not “what can I add?”
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Are you an Unethical Photographer? 3 Things to Avoid

Are you an Unethical Photographer? 3 Things to Avoid

How can an art form like photography be unethical? After all, we are merely capturing what is already out there. If people are acting a certain way, isn’t it their own fault for making their display so public? Not really. Photography is just like any creative endeavor. It has the power to uplift others, and it also has the power to destroy them. It can change communities halfway across the planet, or it can serve our own egos. Have you done any of these unethical things?
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Is The New iPad 3 A Boon To Photography?

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Is The New iPad 3 A Boon To Photography?

Apple released the new iPad this week, and photography was right up there with all the new features. I purchased the iPad 3 this week and it was delivered on Friday. And I must say, I’m impressed. The camera on the unit isn’t bad at all, and the screen is a thing of beauty. So will this new gadget be a boon for photographers and photography? Read on for my thoughts….
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5 Photography Clichés

5 Photography Clichés

Let me start by saying something I think we can all agree with. Clichés are victims of their own success. Something only becomes a cliché because it looks good and people like it. The only problem is that the theme gets overdone, and it loses its originality. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You should always go out and take whatever looks good, regardless of its originality. I am merely pointing out these clichés so none of us gets a big head. So many things have been done in photography that I often struggle to create anything “original” anymore. I think a lot of professional photographers would agree.
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Different Seasons Have A Huge Effect On An Image

Different Seasons Have A Huge Effect On An Image

Well, the seasons have changed again. At times like this, I like to reflect on change. So much can change over the course of a single year, and we simply pass it by on our commute to work. A landscape or a subject that appears uninteresting one time of the year could be gorgeous in one to two months time. You don’t really know until you get out there and experience it yourself. In this article, I urge you to think about the seasons in a totally new way.
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Why Don’t You Tell Us Which Settings To Use?

Why Don’t You Tell Us Which Settings To Use?

Hey guys. I just want to start by thanking you so much for your feedback on all of my articles. I’m excited that they’re helping you out as much you say they are. Over the last few years, I’ve gotten a bunch of fairly common questions. More than one of you has wondered why I don’t give out specific camera settings in my articles. By that I mean telling you exactly which aperture, shutter speed, or ISO speed setting to use to get a certain photo. Hopefully I can clear things up by explaining why I can’t do that. Rather than just being a nay-sayer, I’ll also tell you how YOU can find the appropriate camera settings to use for your photos.
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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

A lot of us like to shoot in two different modes. If I’m shooting fast pace sports like tennis or racing, I like to use JPEG mode because it allows me to take a longer burst of photos before my camera has to start sending the images to my memory card. When I want a little more control over the final result, I shoot in RAW instead. I recently received a question from one of my readers. If it okay to keep RAW files and JPEG files on the same memory card? The short answer is YES. Now here’s why.
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3 Lens Kits For 3 Types Of Photographer

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3 Lens Kits For 3 Types Of Photographer

The big selling point with digital SLRs is the ability to swap out the lens. Whether you are new to owning a digital SLR, or you’re simply considering a purchase, a lot of photographers want to know how many lenses they’ll actually need to buy. It’s an important thing to consider. After all, the true cost of digital SLR ownership isn’t in the camera body alone. It’s in all of the other gear that comes along with it. I want to show you some common kits a lot of photographers end up getting.
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5 Photography Criticisms Your Friends Are Too Nice To Give

5 Photography Criticisms Your Friends Are Too Nice To Give

I think I have a pretty good grasp of what people think of me. You can always tell from their engagement level. If someone is really getting into your work, they’ll offer a dozen reasons why they like what you’re showing them. If they’re not really into it, and believe me this has happened more times than I’m happy to mention, they’ll usually follow along and feign interest. You’ll hear the classic muted expressions, the half-hearted attempts to placate your ego. Here is what they wish they could have said, if only they weren’t so nice.
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