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Archive for June, 2014

Master Using Water In Your Photos During July

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Master Using Water In Your Photos During July

Water is a fantastic substance to include in your photos because it’s so versatile. You can freeze it in place and see it shimmer and almost glisten in the sunlight. Or create silky water flows in fountains or waterfalls. Just like in these two images:

Images by Dash Participants Jill Courtis and Vickie Deaton

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Why Do Cloudy Day Photos Seem Flat?

Why Do Cloudy Day Photos Seem Flat?

If you’re like most beginners in photography, taking photos on a cloudy day is almost often a challenge. It seems no matter how much you try and how often you hear well-meaning advice from professionals, the tips don’t seem to work. The photos you take almost always come out darn flat! What could be wrong?

First you’ll need to understand some fundamental aspects of lighting and their visual relationship to the subjects of the photos you take. Hopefully these will explain why cloudy day photos seem to be flat.
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Your Next Tripod: The 8 Most Important Features

Your Next Tripod: The 8 Most Important Features

Tripods are used for a menagerie of photographic purposes. Projects like self-portraits, extended exposure work, and low-light situations are just a few genres that require a tripod because it adds the necessary stability that just can’t be matched by hand holding your camera. Because of their importance, it’s vital to know what to look for before making an investment in a tripod that can’t meet your needs. Here are some things to think about before you take the plunge.
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Zoom Blur Effect In Camera

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Zoom Blur Effect In Camera

Tired of the same old shots? Want to add a cool effect without any post processing? Zoom blur may be just the ticket. With just your DSLR and a kit lens, you can take some creative photos that break the traditional mold. Use this fun technique to produce unique results and enhance your portfolio. Zoom on!
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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

Does your camera have a RAW file format selection in its Image Quality option? Chances are it has one, but most of the time this gets ignored in favor of the JPEGs. After all, we are more familiar with the JPEG options, right? So in this article we are going to dive in and learn about this image file format and see how it can benefit us in our photography.
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Taking Beautiful Tree Photographs

Taking Beautiful Tree Photographs

Trees are one of those subjects in nature that change with the seasons and time of day, providing endless opportunities for fresh compositions. Trees have layers of texture and color that make them ideal for photographs. You can go wide to capture the big picture or get up close to focus on the fine details. Trees don’t move so they must be easy to photograph, right? Well, not quite. It turns out trees often look flat and boring when photographed. If you want to really capture the essence and beauty of trees you need to also be aware of lighting and composition. Read on to see some beautiful tree photos and take note of what works in the images.
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8 Accessories Every Photographer Needs

8 Accessories Every Photographer Needs

Technically, to be a photographer, you just need a camera but there are a few gadgets that will make your photography life exponentially easier and many of them cost less than a few dollars. Here is my list of the eight accessories every photographer needs:
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How to Correctly Expose Your Photo For Any Scene

How to Correctly Expose Your Photo For Any Scene

Getting the correct exposure of an image is easy. Or is it? When you talk about ‘Exposure’, people will have differing opinions regarding the matter. Most often when the subject is brought up with new photographers, the opinions will always be subjective in nature. In a way, the subject of exposure really is subjective and it leaves a lot of room for the artistic interpretation of the photographer. But if we delve deeper into the topic, exposure is more than that. ‘Correct Exposure’ is capturing the image with all the relevant details found in both the shadows and the highlights.

How many times have we taken an image and all we see are all black shadows and not a hint of a detail hiding in them? Or perhaps washing out the details of a cloud and just producing a white sky? Sometimes an image may turn out alright and look good visually. But in most cases, if the image was exposed properly, showing tiny details in the shadows or revealing more information in the highlights, it turns out to be outstanding!
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How to Photograph People in Harsh Midday Light

How to Photograph People in Harsh Midday Light

Everyone loves the beautiful, diffused light of the golden hour right before the sunset, but our lives exist outside of that hour. Often, it’s impossible to avoid harsh midday light. The results are blown highlights, severe shadows, and washed out images. Luckily, it is possible to outsmart the sun and the havoc it wreaks on your photography. Here are some things you can do to improve your midday photography.
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Photographing Horses

Photographing Horses

Maybe you are heading out for a week in the countryside, or a friend has asked you to take some photos at their family barn. Chances are there will be horses to photograph. Just point and shoot, right? It turns out that although extremely beautiful and captivating, horses can be pretty difficult to capture in a photograph. They are large animals, prone to distortion from close-ups, and they don’t always co-operate. You thought toddlers gave you a run for your money, try getting a horse to “pose” for you! With a few tips in mind, you can safely capture the essence of equine beauty and strength in your photos.
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