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Archive for August, 2012

The Best Photo Hosting Sites on the Internet

The Best Photo Hosting Sites on the Internet

Just like your photo albums used to be, your DSLR is likely full of images that you can’t wait to share. The question is, where’s the best place to upload and share online? Luckily for you, the options are many. It’s a matter of determining your personal goals and matching them to the best photo hosting site for you.
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Close Up! Macro Photography and the Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Close Up! Macro Photography and the Pitfalls to Watch Out For

You’ve seen them. The pictures of bees inside colorful flowers that make you feel like you’re privy to a world that only exists to creatures smaller than the tiniest of field mice. Or the raindrop rolling off a leaf that’s changing colors in fall’s peak foliage. One thing’s for certain, macro photography tends to offer some of the most beautiful images. So, how can you join the ranks of macro photographers extraordinaire? Today, we’ll give you some tips to try and pitfalls to avoid.
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5 Simple Composition Tricks for a Fantastic Photo

5 Simple Composition Tricks for a Fantastic Photo

What’s the difference between a snapshot and a photograph? If you’re like most people, your hard drive is full of pictures that mostly qualify as snapshots. These are photos taken randomly at family outings, vacations or other activities. They do a good job of chronicling an event, but they may not be the sort of thing you want to have enlarged and framed. So how do you transform your pictures from snapshots into frame-worthy photographs? Here are five simple things you can do to turn a mediocre photo into a great one.
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Why Use Aperture Priority?

Why Use Aperture Priority?

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to understand that manual mode ultimately gives you the most control over your images. But let’s face it, not everyone has the great luxury of being able to pay attention to a camera’s settings. The light changes, subjects move, scenes vary—or maybe you’d rather just enjoy a day out with your kids than have to worry about fiddling too much with your camera. That’s why the manufacturers of DSLR cameras and even many modern point-and-shoots have kindly included a few basic ways to have some control over your photographs without really having to pay too much attention to the details. But how do you decide which mode to choose, and is any one better than the others?
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Better Cat Photography

Better Cat Photography

Cats are notoriously disagreeable creatures. From asking for attention to sitting still for a photo, they do everything on their own terms. Capturing a good cat photo is always going to be somewhat of a challenge, but here are a few tips to help you get the best possible feline images.
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Creating Movement By Adding Motion Blur

Creating Movement By Adding Motion Blur

Most of the time, we want a crisp, sharp photo. An image where we can clearly see our main subject. That works well when our subject is still, but what about when photographing a moving target? If everything is sharp in the image, we’ll lose something important – the illusion of movement. Adding ‘motion blur’ to our image will convey our subject’s action on the image, and is easy to do. Here’s how.
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It’s my birthday today. Will you do me a favor?

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It’s my birthday today. Will you do me a favor?

It’s my birthday today! I know it’s weird to ask for my own gift, but I’m going to do it any way.

Will you share one specific thing my photography tips (or my book, Digital Photo Secrets) has helped you achieve this year? This can be anything photography related… You took an award winning picture; started a photography business; fixed a photo that wasn’t quite right; or taken more photos you are proud of than ever.

Or maybe your achievement had nothing to do with photography at all. It could be anything really. Maybe your new-found confidence landed you a new job you absolutely love. Who knows…
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Have Your Photography Questions Answered

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Have Your Photography Questions Answered

Today, I’m announcing a brand new feature to my Digital Photo Secrets website – Question and Answers.

Do you have a question about photography that’s really bugging you? Have it answered on Q&A!

Q&A is a place where you can ask your most pressing questions about photography and have them answered. I’ll be spending time each day to answer a lot of questions, but the system also allows anyone to answer questions, so you may get answers from multiple people, not just me.

And it doesn’t matter how trivial or simple your question is. By asking it, you’re also helping others who have the same question but might be too afraid to ask.

It’s simple to use, and free.
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