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Archive for October, 2014

Ask David: When do I use different shutter speeds?

Ask David: When do I use different shutter speeds?

Your camera is an amazing creative tool. That’s not really intuitive to a lot of beginners, because cameras are so good at recording reality. But the fact is that you can use your camera to manipulate reality just as you can use it to recreate reality and the simplest creative tool your camera has is shutter speed. Shutter speed works in two directions–you can either slow it down or speed it up. Use a slow shutter speed to emphasize movement. Use a faster shutter speed to freeze movement. So how do you decide when to choose a slow shutter speed, and when to choose a faster one?
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A Primer on Lens Filters

A Primer on Lens Filters

During the old days of film, the lens filter was an important piece of equipment. It was often used to balance colors or to add special effects to an image but today’s digital technology lets us set white balance manually, or make changes after-the-fact in post-processing. Is there still any use for those filters? If so, how can we use them? How can they help improve our photos? Now’s your chance to find out.
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Shooting Modes Explained: What M, AV, TV, P, and B Really Mean

Shooting Modes Explained: What M, AV, TV, P, and B Really Mean

Good news, you’ve got a fancy new camera. Bad news, you have no idea how to use it or what any of the settings do or mean. Making the jump from a point and shoot to a DSLR requires you to embrace a massive learning curve. Below is some information to demystify the shooting modes and help you differentiate each mode from the others.
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15 Tips to Boost Your Zoo Photography

15 Tips to Boost Your Zoo Photography

For many of us, the zoo is the closest thing we are going to get to going on safari. If you know what you’re doing, you might even be able to take photos that look like you are on safari without the price tag of a vacation in a foreign country. Likewise, photographing in a zoo will allow you to get shots of animals from all over the world in a single day instead of needing to take several trips. Photographing animals in the zoo also produces some interesting challenges. Here are some pointers to help you get the most out of your day at the zoo.
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Tips for Scouting Locations… and Actually Using Them

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Tips for Scouting Locations… and Actually Using Them

Are you getting bored with your ‘go to’ locations? Let me guess, you’ve explored every nook and cranny, found all the hidden spots and stellar backgrounds. If you aren’t there yet there will come a day when you flip through your portfolio and realize you’ve over-utilized those favorite locations. If you’re there already, you are due for some location scouting and if you haven’t, well, a little forethought never hurt anyone. Here are some things I’ve found help me find and remember stunning locations.
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Create photos that win competitions!

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Create photos that win competitions!

I recently had a chat with Photography Secrets reader and Dash participant Janet Patkowa. Janet has seen her photos improve so much over the last few months of participating in the Photography Dash that not only did she gain the confidence to enter not one, but two photographic competitions… but the judges awarded her second place in BOTH!

I recorded this interview with Janet and asked her how she took the winning photos. Watch the interview here (and see the photos that won her second place):
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