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Archive for February, 2013

How To Take Memorable Photos

How To Take Memorable Photos

Quick, think back on all the photos you’ve seen in your life. What, you can’t remember them all? You can’t even remember most of them? So which ones do you remember? Chances are, there are a few that immediately come to mind. How about Raising the flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal? Or Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry, or Lunch Atop a Skyscraper by Charles C. Ebbets? And now that you can name a handful of unforgettable images, can you put your finger on what it is that makes them so unforgettable?

Not all photos are memorable. In fact, most photos aren’t memorable. Just cruise through Flickr or some other photo sharing service and then quiz yourself 15 minutes later about what you saw. How many photos do you think you’ll be able to describe from memory? One or two? Any at all?

As a photographer, you want your photos to be memorable. It’s probably the main reason why you take photos in the first place – either because you want to preserve your own memories, or because you want to create art that someone else will remember. So creating images that will remain in your viewer’s mind long after he looks the other way is quite possibly the most important photography challenge you face. Let’s see how…
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What Specs Really Matter in a DSLR?

What Specs Really Matter in a DSLR?

You’ve saved your pennies, make that dollars and a lot of them, and now you’re ready for a new DSLR. Whether it’s your first one or if you’re upgrading, there’s one question that remains the same: What specs matter? From megapixel ratings to ISO to sensor size to full HD video capability, there’s a lot to consider. The good news is that nowadays almost, if not all, of the DSLRs out there have most of the basics, it’s just a matter of to what extent. Sort of like when all phones were available with caller-ID and call-waiting. Those kinds of features that they bragged about even though it was the norm by a certain time period. The same holds true with DSLRs. Megapixels in the double digits are standard. Things like that. So, let’s break the specs down and see what’s important to your photography needs and what’s a given already.
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How to Photograph Smoke

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How to Photograph Smoke

If you spend a lot of time on Flickr or just browsing through photography books in search of artsy, eye-popping images, chances are you’ve seen some really cool pictures of smoke – pictures that you aren’t quite sure how to duplicate. While it has its place in scenic photography, I don’t mean the smoke from a campfire or the stuff that comes out of a chimney. The photos I’m referring to are studio shots of smoke. You know the sort of thing I mean: those ethereal images of wispy, swirling smoke shot against a black backdrop–the ones that look like they were created by a computer or an artist rather than a photographer.
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Taking Photos of Rain

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Taking Photos of Rain

It beats on our rooftops. It makes us turn on our windshield wipers. It creates puddles on the sidewalk and wreaks havoc with landslides. Rain can be dramatic or it can be subtle, and as a photographer, it makes for unique photographic opportunities that most people don’t think about until they see it in an image.

Often, too many people are afraid of getting their gear wet…or even themselves. But, with the right precautions and coverage, the results are worth the undertaking. Other than staying dry, there are several things to consider… let’s explore them.
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