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Archive for October, 2013

Improve your Photos with the Photography Dash – Starts November 12th

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Improve your Photos with the Photography Dash – Starts November 12th

Have you been wanting to improve your photography for a while, but never seem to find the time? It’s a common problem for all of us. Life seems to get in the way.

What I’ve consistently found is that if you consciously practice a skill every day for two weeks, you’ll not only become great at that skill very quickly, and the skills will stay with you. You’re also much more likely to include it as part of your daily routine long after the two weeks.

My aim is to help as many people as possible take much better photos – including YOU! So I’m starting what I’m calling a “Photography Dash“. It’s a way to accelerate your photography skills by practicing something new every single day in a supportive environment.
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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

Yes, RAW. I know you’ve heard of it, even if you’re not using it. It’s that sort-of intimidating format you hear so many other photographers swear by. If you’re filtering out most of the white noise you hear about shooting in RAW, what you’re probably getting is this: RAW is better. But why? And is it for you?
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Tips for Great Candlelight Photography

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Tips for Great Candlelight Photography

Want to create a romantic or dramatic mood in your next photo? Try candlelight as a lighting choice. Candle lit photos are absolutely beautiful when taken correctly. As this is a low light situation, there are some tricks to make sure your photos are correctly exposed. Read on for some tricks for taking great photos by candlelight.
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Different Perspectives To Spice Up Your Photos

Different Perspectives To Spice Up Your Photos

Perspective refers to the relationship of imaged objects in a photograph. Sounds exciting, right? Believe it or not it actually is! You probably do not give it much thought but every time you take a picture your camera is taking a three dimensional scene and creating a two dimensional image of it. Perspective is what gives a sense of depth and spatial relationships between the objects in your photograph. Just by putting a little thought and creativity into perspective you can dramatically improve the composition of your photos. Read on to discover what you can do as a photographer to try new perspectives in your composition and freshen up your photos.
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Take Oustanding Wildlife Photographs

Take Oustanding Wildlife Photographs

Almost everyone who owns a camera and has at least a passing interest in the great outdoors hopes to get that once-in-a-lifetime shot of a coyote, a deer, or some other elusive wild animal. And if you’re like most hobby photographers, then you’ve probably managed to miss more shots than you’ve actually captured.

That’s because it’s hard to photograph wildlife. Not only do most wild animals not want to be photographed, they don’t want to have anything to do with you. At all. That makes them particularly difficult subjects, which is why wildlife photography can be so rewarding. So how can you take your wildlife photography from the level of That-Spec-in-the-Distance-is-a-Deer to National-Geographic-has-Nothing-on-Me?
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24 Outstanding Shots of Wildlife

24 Outstanding Shots of Wildlife

Wild animals are probably the most challenging living subjects to photograph. They are elusive, uncooperative and not very fond of humans–which means that capturing photos of them is an exercise in patience and skill. Finding wildlife is just the first step; if you want truly amazing images of those deer, foxes and coyotes you need to devote long periods of time and lots of frames to the endeavor. These are just a few examples of what kind of images you can get with enough patience and knowledge.
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Soft Light in Portrait Photography

Soft Light in Portrait Photography

There are lots of things to think about when taking a portrait. You have your camera settings to worry about, the composition of the photo, and last but certainly not least the lighting. The lighting and how you position your subject with respect to the light dramatically changes the look and quality of your pictures. In some cases you may, for artistic reasons, choose hard light that casts dramatic shadows. However, if you are taking more of a standard portrait and want a beautiful result, soft light is key. Read on for tips and tricks to using soft light both outdoors and in.
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Taking Awesome Group Photos

Taking Awesome Group Photos

We can’t avoid taking pictures of groups. They are part of every company picnic, Sunday night family dinner, and school picture day. They are also the first pictures pulled out when everyone in hunched over the photo album, reminiscing about all the fond memories associated with family gatherings and nights out with friends. While they are a common part of our lives as people and artists, they can sometimes be stressful to pull off and difficult to do well. Here are seven tips to help you achieve the best possible results.
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Help! My Prints look awful

Help! My Prints look awful

Don’t box up that camera and send it back to the manufacturer just yet. There are lots of reasons why your camera may be producing images that look great on your computer and bad on paper. The good news is that most of these issues are easily correctable once you understand your camera’s settings and have a good idea about what you’re going to be doing with your photos. The key is in your camera’s resolution and your monitor’s calibration.
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Special Effects with a Lensbaby

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Special Effects with a Lensbaby

We as photographers are always looking for new ways to inspire ourselves and others with our creativity. Particularly because we can take and share our photos instantly. A Lensbaby can give you that extra creativity. But what is it, and how does it help?
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The art of Freelensing

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The art of Freelensing

As photographers and in turn artists, we are constantly searching for new ways to invigorate our art and revitalize our passion for it. Sometimes this need to create something new and different causes us to try out unconventional and potentially ill-advised methods. Freelensing is one of these sometimes applauded, sometimes frowned upon practices which provides visually interesting photographs that are hard to recreate in any other fashion. But it also has its risks….
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How To: Toss your Camera

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How To: Toss your Camera

OK, first of all, don’t try this. There. Now I’ll tell you how to try the thing you’re not going to try. It’s camera tossing, and it can create some really cool, abstract images. And also destroy your camera. So don’t do it, seriously. Unless you want to. But please keep in mind that I told you not to.

Yes, camera tossing is something that should be done at your own risk, because it’s exactly what it sounds like. You’re going to take your camera and throw it into the air, and then hopefully catch it again. This can (and probably will, if you do it enough times) cause great damage to your camera, but the results might be worth it.
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24 Outstanding Camera Toss Images

24 Outstanding Camera Toss Images

Camera toss photography is kind of like abstract painting. Most camera toss images are an expression of color, light and texture without any identifiable object to provide context to the image. Camera toss creates some really beautiful images, but photographer beware. This branch of photography is fraught with peril – if you’re going to toss your camera, eventually you’ll drop it. Get a few photos like these in the meantime, though, and it might actually be worth it.
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Motion Blur Photography

Motion Blur Photography

Every photographer knows the anguish of a photo that’s been messed up by motion blur. It happens to all of us – you’re trying to shoot a soccer game at dusk, and as it gets darker your aperture gets wider and your shutter speed gets slower. Finally, you capture that trick shot your son has been practicing all season and, dang. Motion blur. Your soccer star’s feet don’t show clearly, and the background is a mess. The ball looks kind of cool, though.

Ah ha! That’s the part you have to hang on to. The ball looks kind of cool. And motion blur photographs can be really cool, if you shoot them correctly, with purpose, and if you shoot a lot of them.
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21 Outstanding Motion Blur Photos

21 Outstanding Motion Blur Photos

Motion blur is a simple technique that requires a lot of luck. Fortunately you don’t need any special equipment – just a tripod and a camera that can be set to shutter priority. You can shoot for motion blur at any time of the day, though unless you have a set of neutral density filters the darker hours will probably yield the best results. Whatever the situation, the key to getting a really cool motion blur photo is to experiment and shoot a lot of frames.
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