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Archive for August, 2013

What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?

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What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?

If you spend enough time on sites like Flickr, you’ve probably noticed a lot of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos. But, if they leave your mind buzzing about what HDR really is, then let me shed some light on the subject.
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10 Tips to Finding the Perfect Background

10 Tips to Finding the Perfect Background

Unless you’re a professional portrait photographer, you probably don’t have backdrops for shooting portraits. That’s okay, because there are a lot of ways to exclude or include backgrounds that best enhance your portraits. From blurring the background to finding an appropriate one and more, I’ve got Ten Tips that you can use the next time you’re photographing someone, whether it’s a more formal portrait or a candid shot. The first few speak to post-processing, while the rest are tricks you can use in the field.
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Popular Casual Poses When Photographing People

Popular Casual Poses When Photographing People

People make for one of the most popular subjects, if not the most popular subject, photographed. But, obviously they’re quite different to photograph than a mountain or a waterfall. There’s a reason why there’s an art to portrait photography… you can’t just put someone in front of the camera and expect to get great results. Thought and consideration must go into each session.

Besides lighting and angles, much of the thought involved with portraitures is in the way your subject poses. There are several different poses you can go with that will result in some flattering images. Note that the poses your subject should take on will depend on the type of photo you are capturing. Casual versus formal versus group versus professional are all going to have different connotations to the pose. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to focus on popular casual poses for different types of scenarios.
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Tips For Long Exposure Photography

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Tips For Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography is something most hobbyists have tried at some point or another. Slow shutter speeds are necessary, after all, for capturing flash-free images after dark. But long exposures aren’t just for low light. Those surreal-looking photos of streaky skies and misty waters are long exposures, too. Let’s see how to take them!
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25 Outstanding Long Exposure Photographs

25 Outstanding Long Exposure Photographs

Long exposures: they aren’t just for low light anymore. You can get some great daytime long exposure shots, too, as long as you have the right equipment and the skill necessary to visualize your photograph before you actually release the shutter. Following are some great examples of long exposure photos taken both during the day and at night. These and other long exposure photographs will give you a pretty good idea of what you can do with a little know-how and a tripod.
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What is Vignetting? How Can I Avoid It or Get Rid of It?

What is Vignetting? How Can I Avoid It or Get Rid of It?

Vignetting is one of those photography occurrences that people seem to love or hate. If you’re not even sure what it is, technically speaking, vignetting is a decrease in brightness of a photograph around its edges, usually most apparent in the corners, which are furthest from the center of your photograph. The brightness of the photograph is compromised in these darkened spots, and vignetting can have a negative effect on the accurate saturation.

When it comes to photography, vignetting is often undesirable; although to some degree, its popularity is on the rise due to Instagram and other camera app filter capabilities. However, when you’re using your DSLR, you should know when it’s going to happen and how to avoid it if you don’t want the effect. Let me get to the bottom of it for you.
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5 Tips for Improving Your Flower Photos

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5 Tips for Improving Your Flower Photos

It’s amazing how many photographers start out by photographing flowers. If you think about it, though, it makes sense. They’re beautiful, usually easy to access except in winter months (and even then, that depends on where you live), and unless it’s windy, they pose quite nicely for you. Add to all of that, each one can be unique and special lighting can enhance them in ways that aren’t apparent to the naked eye, only through the lens and specific settings and processing.

But flower shots can tend to look the same. So today, I’ll give you a few tricks and techniques to get you on your way to capturing some compelling flower images.
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How To Photograph a Rainbow

How To Photograph a Rainbow

So you’re driving home from work one day, and your DSLR is sitting in the passenger seat next to you. It just stopped raining and the light is amazing – so amazing that you’re tempted to pull over and take a photograph. Then you see it: a real reason to stop and take a photo. A rainbow has appeared in a nearby field, just between a red barn and a couple of cows. You stop your car and lift the camera, but for some reason the rainbow looks faint – almost non-existent – in your viewfinder. You snap the photo anyway, but the rainbow looks faint on the image, too. You look up – the rainbow still looks as brilliant as it did before, but for some reason it’s avoiding your camera. What did you do wrong?
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25 Outstanding Rainbow Images

25 Outstanding Rainbow Images

Rainbows are tricky to capture, because they come out of nowhere and don’t discriminate about their surroundings. This means you need to act fast when you see a rainbow, and you need to make the best out of whatever landscape the rainbow has appeared in. Pay attention to your foreground and background, and try to change the rainbow’s position by walking parallel to it. Most of all, keep shooting – the rainbow may get brighter or more intense as you’re standing there. And while you’re waiting for that once-in-a-lifetime rainbow shot, here are some outstanding rainbow photographs to inspire you.
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How to Win Photography Competitions

How to Win Photography Competitions

I know you have some pretty awesome shots in your portfolio. Maybe even so awesome that your friends have encouraged you to enter them in photography competitions. You might have even won or placed in those competitions – but if you’re like the vast majority of your fellow entrants, you came away disappointed.

The sad truth is, awesome photos don’t always win photography competitions. That’s because judges are human beings, and human beings can have vastly different opinions and different tastes. Photography is subjective, and just because you think your photo is awesome, and your friends think your photo is awesome, and all those perfect strangers on Flickr think your photo is awesome, doesn’t mean that Bob T. McJudgester is going to agree with you.

So is there a way to improve your chances? Let’s find out…
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What to Look for When Buying an External Flash

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What to Look for When Buying an External Flash

Until you use an external flash, it’s difficult to appreciate just how much of a difference they make. Since cameras come with a built-in flash, it’s easy to want to only that. I’m here to tell you, don’t settle for your built-in! Take a leap and pick up an external flash… you will thank me later. Built-in flashes create generic photographs; whereas external flashes do wonder for your images, especially people’s skin tone, but more on that in a bit. First, below are some tips on what to consider when buying an external flash.
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Living Landscapes – Photography eBook review

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Living Landscapes – Photography eBook review

Did you know that landscapes are the second most popular photography subject after portrait photos? It’s no wonder that I get a lot of requests for tips on landscape photography. So I was excited when I heard that the amazing people at Digital Photography School had released a new ebook concentrating on just this topic – landscape photography.

Living Landscapes is an incredible read! And for only US$29.99, it’s also a steal.
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Capturing Compelling Forest Photos

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Capturing Compelling Forest Photos

Line is one of those compositional elements that can really make a photograph. That’s why it’s one of the six classic design elements – line can create emotion and a sense of depth. It can be the difference between a good photo and a great one.

That’s why a well-composed shot of a forest is almost always going to be a great photo. There are lines everywhere in a forest, particularly vertical lines. Vertical lines convey as sense of power and strength. They can give your viewer a sense of spirituality, majesty, wonder and infinite height. If you’re looking for a subject that can convey emotion even without the presence of human beings, this is the one.
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