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Archive for January, 2013

Focus on Photography Video Series

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Focus on Photography Video Series

Would you like to take breathtakingly gorgeous and incredibly stunning pictures every time you press the shutter button? You can! And you don’t need to spend thousands on photography courses or video equipment.

I’ve created a series of videos that shows you a few simple guidelines that will vastly improve your photography skill. Even if you have only just picked up a camera and know little or nothing about photography.
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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

One of life’s simple truths: you can’t walk past a waterfall without taking a photo of it. That would just be wrong!

But you don’t often get a chance to go back and do it over again, either, so you’d better make sure you get it right. Waterfalls are elusive creatures – and by that I mean that getting to them often requires a certain amount of effort, such as a long drive and/or a long hike. If you don’t get the right shot the first time you either have to hike in again or forget the whole endeavor. And waterfalls that aren’t secluded have the annoying extra problem of being surrounded by a lot of other people, most of whom are also trying to capture that perfect photo.

Here’s how to guarantee you’ll come home from that hike with plenty of beautiful waterfall pictures.
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How Android Phones Will Change Photography

How Android Phones Will Change Photography

Once upon a time, our cameras were big heavy things with interchangeable lenses that we lugged around in bags. OK, for some of us this is still true, but for much of the general population digital cameras are going the way of, well, film cameras.

There’s always been something of a divide between point-and-shoot cameras and “serious” cameras like SLRs. But today that divide is less about the capabilities of a professional camera over its weaker cousin the point-and-shoot and more about one thing and one thing alone: portability. It pains me to say it, but the point-and-shoot is catching up and it’s doing so in the guise of the smart phone.
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Which is best? Spot, Center Weight, or Matrix metering?

Which is best? Spot, Center Weight, or Matrix metering?

Metering is one of those subjects that makes hobby photographers put their hands over their ears and sing “la la la, I can’t hear you.” That’s because metering is a bit of a complicated subject. After all, who wants to talk about the way your camera estimates exposure? Shouldn’t that stuff happen behind the scenes, so the photographer can focus on important stuff, like composition?

It’s true that many point and shoot cameras – especially the inexpensive ones – have a fixed metering system that doesn’t give you any control over how the meter analyzes light and chooses an exposure. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not important to understand how to use the different metering modes, if your camera offers them. With just a little bit of effort you’ll discover just how useful switching between metering modes can actually be.
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How To Backup Your Photos

How To Backup Your Photos

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional photographer, a mom with four kids, a world traveler or just a guy who looks for unusual subjects in ordinary places – your photos are valuable. They are art pieces, one-of-a-kind snapshots of moments that will never happen again, and a unique reflection of the way you see the world.

Digital has done a lot of great things for photographers, but it has one very profound drawback. Digital photos are more vulnerable than film photos. Sure, film photos have to be protected, too, and negatives can be easy to lose. They can be destroyed by fire or lost in a move, but for the most part, a conscientious film photographer can file them, store them in binders, lock them up and keep them safe. For the digital photographer, though, one catastrophic hard drive failure can wipe out months – even years – of precious photos, and there’s often nothing that can be done to retrieve them. You already know that your photos should be given the same protection as the things in your life that have monetary value, but manually backing them up is time consuming and often gets filed away on the “to do later” list. I lost a hard drive with some valuable photos on it a few weeks ago. So I thought it was worth examining some of the common ways to make sure your photos are always safe.
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Macro Lenses

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Macro Lenses

You’d think it would be easy to find a bug or a small flower and zoom right in and photograph it. That is until you try it. Macro photography is trickier than most would think. If you want to gain those magnificent results that go with it, you need to know what you’re doing. Macro photos have a way of taking a finite world and magnifying it to a grand level that captures your attention. Quite different from landscape photography’s broad scope, it tends to amaze viewers in different ways. This photo of the frog, captured with a 100mm macro lens, is a great example of a macro photograph that makes you want to go hangout on a lily pad! For the best macro results, follow some of these guidelines.
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What Makes a Photographer?

What Makes a Photographer?

It’s a loaded question, I know that. But, I thought I’d take the time to explore the topic and to let you chime in with comments about what you think makes a photographer.
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7 Tips for Getting Razor-Sharp Photos Every Time

7 Tips for Getting Razor-Sharp Photos Every Time

Not every photograph is meant to be sharp. There are times you’ll intentionally blur an image, such as in sports photography when you’re capturing a racecar zooming around the track and want to show speed. Then again, there are times you want to stop the action and have a sharp image, like this pooch running on the beach! The majority of the time, you are going to want your pictures to be crystal clear and sharp and in some cases, it’s the camera that makes the difference while in others it’s the photographer and post-processing software. Let’s break this down into 7 helpful tips.
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How Contrast Affects Your Photos

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How Contrast Affects Your Photos

If you’ve spent much time working in black and white, you already know how important it is to understand contrast. Contrast is what keeps your black and white images from looking flat. Contrast adds dimension, and dimension can go a long way towards making a photo more engaging. It invites the viewer into the image.

But contrast isn’t just important in black and white, and not every photo needs to have a complete range of tones to be an effective image. Understanding contrast and how it can help the viewer interact with a photo is an important step in developing your photographic skills.
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6 Secrets to Maintaining Your DSLR Camera

6 Secrets to Maintaining Your DSLR Camera

Whether you’ve invested in a lower end DSLR or went all out for a top model, the need to keep your camera maintained is imperative to quality photos and the lifelong care of your camera. It’s a shame when people invest money in something and then don’t take good care of it. What I’ve found though, is that one of the main reasons for this is that most people simply don’t know how to, so they delay and delay until it’s almost too late. Doing the research and starting good habits from the day you purchase your camera will ensure your investment is long lasting. These 7 tips will clear the air for you.
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Visual Design: Enhancing Your Photography With Patterns

Visual Design: Enhancing Your Photography With Patterns

Nothing could be more appealing than repetition. You know, like when your coworker tells you the same joke 25 times or when your preschooler won’t stop making monkey noises. Yeah, I know. Neither one of those things is really all that appealing, but trust me when I say photography is different. Visual artists in general, in fact, recognize the value of pattern in creating a visually interesting composition. Remember pop-artist Andy Warhol’s repeating cans of soup? Love it or hate it, you still had to stop and look at it. (Or recreate it!) That’s the power of pattern.
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Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

Scenic photos are a part of almost every photographer’s repertoire. After all, almost no one with a camera can resist snapping a photo of crashing surf, sweeping fields of wildflowers or a towering, snow-covered mountain.

Landscape photos seem like they should be easy, yet the final images are often disappointing. How many times have you taken a photo of a stunningly beautiful place only to discover that the image you end up with is nothing short of underwhelming? Let’s fix that!
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Landing Your First Gallery Exhibit

Landing Your First Gallery Exhibit

When you pool through the folders of photographs on your computer, there are probably hundreds or even thousands of images. Depending on how serious of a photographer you are or want to become, you likely have a website driven by a WordPress blog or SmugMug website or a custom designed one. You’ve selected a handful of favorites from each photo shoot and uploaded them for your fans to view on social media sites like Facebook or Flickr. If this is the extent that you want your photography career to go, that’s absolutely fine. It’s a personal choice. Many photographers are content with this level of display, feedback, and commitment. However, you might be a photographer who walks through exhibits in galleries and dreams of one day seeing your own prints on a large white wall. If that description screams you, read on…
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