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Archive for August, 2015

How to Shoot Surreal Photos Without Post-Processing

How to Shoot Surreal Photos Without Post-Processing

The cool thing about photography is that people have certain expectations about it. Why is that cool? Because when people have certain expectations, you can really make a big impact when you do things that shatter those expectations. Keep reading to find out how.
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How to Photograph Butterflies

How to Photograph Butterflies

Do you remember chasing butterflies when you were a kid? If you remember those days, you are already aware of the challenges involved in cornering a butterfly. Like most wild creatures, butterflies really don’t appreciate humans. They definitely don’t appreciate small humans with nets, and I’m sorry to say that they also don’t appreciate larger humans with cameras. So today I’m going to give you some tips for how you can capture great, up-close photos of butterflies despite their complete and utter aversion to your presence.
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Defeating Dust

Defeating Dust

OK, so I know that dust is not sentient, but sometimes it really does feel like it’s out to get me. It shows up all over my house, totally uninvited, regardless of whether or not I keep my windows closed. It makes me sneeze and it seems to have a magnetic attraction to my car, especially in those first moments after I’ve washed it. And no matter how careful I am, it always seems to work its way into my camera. Can anything stop the great dust menace? Continue Reading »

How To Avoid Sensory Overload in Your Photographs

How To Avoid Sensory Overload in Your Photographs

The dog is barking. The phone is ringing. Something in the oven is burning. There’s some really fast-action, colorful stuff happening on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants on your big-screen TV, and your kids have the volume turned up all the way.

This is called sensory overload, and if you have kids you’re probably intimately familiar with it. But did you know that sensory overload can also plague your photographs?
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Tips For Photographing Lightning During The Day

Tips For Photographing Lightning During The Day

Not every lightning storm happens at night. But if you’ve ever tried to photograph lightning, chances are you waited until a storm came by after sunset. It’s easier to photograph lightning after the sun goes down, because you can simply point your camera at the storm, open up your shutter, and leave it open until you’ve captured a strike or two. During the day, you don’t really have that luxury.

Except that you do, with the right equipment and the right know-how. Here’s how.
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Ask David: Why are my landscapes so boring?

Ask David: Why are my landscapes so boring?

Just about everyone has had the experience of shooting a landscape photograph that didn’t quite turn out the way you’d hoped. For some reason, that beautiful, big, sweeping landscape just doesn’t look the same in the photo as it did in real life. It looks flat and dull, a poor facsimile of that gorgeous scene you really wanted to capture on camera. So what are you doing wrong? Here’s a short list of common pitfalls to help you debug your landscapes.
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