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Archive for May, 2013

Video Course Update – Sneak Peek

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Video Course Update – Sneak Peek

As I’m sure you know by now, I’m releasing a brand new video course on 11th June here at Digital Photo Secrets. From my knowledge gained from teaching photography for over 7 years, I’ve been able to design the course with your photographic needs in mind.

In today’s update, I’ve released a sneak peek of the fireworks video in the ‘situations’ section of the course. This section contains primers on common situations you will face when photographing, like fireworks, of children, light trails or weddings.
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How to be a Second Photographer at a Wedding

How to be a Second Photographer at a Wedding

If you’re breaking into the wedding photography industry, one of the best ways to gain experience and to make connections is as a second photographer. This means finding an established photographer who is willing to hire you as their backup, second photographer. Keep in mind that there are diehard wedding photographers whose motto is, “I do it all alone.” That’s okay, plenty of others are willing and wanting to work with one or more assistants because they see the value in doing so.

While being a second shooter isn’t as glamorous as the main shooter, it actually allows you to learn a great deal under someone else’s wing, or in this case, lens. When you’re starting out, there are a bunch of things you simply can’t know yet about the industry until you’re in the thick of it. I want to be sure you get a good foot in the door by being armed with knowledge of what the main photographer will want from you, so read up on these tips on what to expect – and do – when second shooting.
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How to Photograph Hummingbirds

How to Photograph Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. Besides being colorful and often iridescent, hummingbirds are also unique compared to other birds. Depending on the species, a hummingbird’s wings move between 12 and 80 times per second (imagine trying to do that with your arms). They can fly forwards and backwards and can reach speeds up to 34 miles per hour. The smallest living species of bird is the bee hummingbird, which measures just 2 to 2 1/2 inches long and weighs less than 1/10th of an ounce.

So is it any wonder that photographers are drawn to these birds? Fortunately, with the right equipment and a little bit of knowledge about these tiny subjects, almost anyone can photograph a hummingbird.
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23 Outstanding Hummingbird photos

23 Outstanding Hummingbird photos

A good hummingbird photo doesn’t necessarily have to feature sharp wings, but that’s what many photographers strive for. To freeze your bird’s wings, you will need a set-up of at least three external flashes, each one reduced to about 1/16th power (this shortens the duration of the flash, which will in turn freeze the action). Of course, you can still get a really dynamic shot of a hummingbird without a set of flashes – the blurry wings create a sense of speed and motion that is perhaps a truer representation of how these tiny birds look in person.
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Understanding Camera Lenses

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Understanding Camera Lenses

Intermediate “One of the many revelations that photographers have is discovering the difference between letting your camera decide how to do something, and telling your camera what to do.” – James Brandon

I love that quote by James Brandon because it speaks to all that I do to inform photographers on how to use their camera to its fullest. Naturally, part of your camera is the lens you use with it. This post is dedicated to helping you determine which lenses are best for you so that you can control the outcome of your images.
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Digital Photo Secrets Video Course Update

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Digital Photo Secrets Video Course Update

I’ve got some big news to share with you today regarding the new Digital Photo Secrets Video Course due to be released very soon. I’ve just completed a deal with Neil Creek (famous photographer and photography teacher) to bring his expertise to the course. I’m very excited and honored!

I’ve also finalised the release date for the new course – my first in 5 years. All the details are in the video below. Click through the link to watch!
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Photographing the Sea

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Photographing the Sea

One of the most dramatic subjects for your lens is the sea. It’s calm, powerful, seemingly endless, and ever changing depending on the lighting. With all those characteristics, you want to ensure that your trip to the sea with your camera pays off, so I put together a few tips of ideas you may not have thought of… so, pack your sunblock and beach towel.
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Advanced Steps to Sharper Pictures

Advanced Steps to Sharper Pictures

One of the basic goals of a photographer is to have a sharp image, unless you’re going for a stylistic blur. If you placed two photographers in the same spot with the same lighting, and even the same camera, I can guarantee you that it doesn’t mean they will both get the same sharpness to their photos. To help ensure sharper images, try these tips.
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Finally revealed… Digital Photo Secrets Video Course

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Finally revealed… Digital Photo Secrets Video Course

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing some cryptic clues about my first new course in 5 years. Until now, I’ve just called it ‘the plan’. Well, the plan is finally revealed! It finally has a name, and I’m proud to announce it will be available very shortly! I know this will help you propel your own photography to completely new levels!

I’ve created a short 4 minute video with lots more details. Click through the link to watch!
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Tips for Summer Photos

Tips for Summer Photos

Summer is fast approaching – in the northern hemisphere, anyway, and if that’s the half of the world where you reside you might benefit from some summer photography tips. (If not, then photographing winter landscapes might be more your thing.)

To photographers, summer is first and foremost a time of sun. Sun of course means bright, which of course means difficult lighting. You can get some great photos even in the middlish hours of the day, but you will need to keep a few things in mind. Here’s a short list to get you started.
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Twenty Two Outstanding Summer Photos

Twenty Two Outstanding Summer Photos

Summertime brings lots of great photo opportunities, but you’re not the only one who can get burned by the sun – your photos can, too. Strong light can be a problem for summer shots, so be aware of the sun’s position and the harsh shadows that might ruin your shot. You may need to compensate with extras like reflectors, polarizing filters and fill-flash. Remember also that summer is a theme, and make sure your images reflect not only that summertime activity but also give your viewer a feel for the season itself.
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Twenty Four Outstanding Horse Photos

Twenty Four Outstanding Horse Photos

Horses are challenging subjects. Like cats, they can be disagreeable, and they can also be unpredictable. When photographing a standing horse pay attention to your subject’s ears and try to capture the photo when the ears are pricked forwards; when the horse is in motion, ear position matters less. Do remember to shoot from interesting angles, zoom in on the details and try to capture the relationship between horse and rider.
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Photographing Horses

Photographing Horses

Taking pictures of animals is both fun and challenging, so it’s no wonder that Flickr, Facebook and every other photo sharing website out there are full of images of everything from family pets to wild animals to the residents of the local zoo.

If you’ve ever spent any time photographing animals, you know that different species require different tricks. Cats, for example, need to be stalked. Cats are like teenagers – if they know that camera is around, they’ll avoid it. Dogs, on the other hand, tend to be more accommodating than cats. Spend a few minutes throwing a stick for an active dog, and you’ll probably come away from the experience with a few good photos.

Now what about horses? Ah, they’re even trickier. Our canine and feline friends are carnivores, but horses are prey animals, so their behavior is very different from the behavior of our household pets. Photographing horses requires some altogether different tricks.
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In the throes of creation…

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In the throes of creation…

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Understanding Light

Understanding Light

Do you know what the difference is between a good photographer and a great one?

It’s light. Or rather, the way the photographer uses light. A good photographer knows how to compose an image, how to angle her camera so the viewer gets a completely unique perspective of an object, how to capture an event in an interesting and unusual way – even how to capture an emotion. A great photographer does all of this in the right light.

Light is pervasive, and because of this you may not always be consciously aware of it – unless it’s either blinding you or fading from view. Most of the rest of the time, light just is, so we don’t pay much attention to it. For this reason you may spend a lot of time just snapping photos without really thinking about the quality of the light.

But it’s worthwhile paying attention because you’ll get some stunning results…
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