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Archive for September, 2015

Ruins and Relics—How to Turn Decay Into Beauty

Ruins and Relics—How to Turn Decay Into Beauty

We humans love shiny things — but there’s no doubt that the opposite has some appeal to. There is something infinitely compelling about objects that have seen better days. Things that have fallen into disrepair, things that are rusty, things that are shells of their former selves—it’s natural to wonder at the history of such objects, and maybe even to feel a sense of loss for those things that were once useful and are now abandoned. So how can you capture those feelings in a photograph? Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Fall Colors

How to Photograph Fall Colors

Ask just about anyone what the best part of autumn is, and I’ll bet you’ll get this reply: it’s the color.

Autumn rivals spring as the most brilliant time of the year, when color is everywhere and inspiration can be found in something as simple as a fallen leaf. With so much beautiful fall foliage all around you, it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of “these photos will just take themselves,” but don’t. There are some great ways to bring out the best in those beautiful fall colors, and here are a few tips on how to do that.
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How to Shoot Into The Sun (On Purpose)

How to Shoot Into The Sun (On Purpose)

If you get lens flare in your photo, then that’s a ruined photo. Good photos never have anomalies in them – motion blur, high contrast, lens flare – these are all errors. Lens manufacturers actually go out of their way to build equipment that doesn’t cause lens flare. So it follows that lens flare is bad, right?
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Yes, You Can Shoot Good Photos in Terrible Light

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Yes, You Can Shoot Good Photos in Terrible Light

You probably have photographer friends who “tsk, tsk” you for heading out to take photos in the middle of the day. If not, you’ve probably at least read that you shouldn’t take photos during the middle of the day – you may have even gotten that idea from something you read on my site. And it is pretty decent advice for beginners, but it is not by any stretch of the imagination an unbreakable fact of photography. You can actually get good photos in bad light, contrary to popular belief. But how?
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How to Get the Best Out of Your Camera Phone

How to Get the Best Out of Your Camera Phone

Today, the vast majority of photographs taken by people all over the world are shot with smart phones. No, really. In fact if you check out Flickr’s Camera Finder page you’ll discover a shocking truth — there isn’t a single DSLR or even a point and shoot that ranks in the top five among cameras used by members of the Flickr community. In fact four of the top five are versions of Apple’s iPhone, and the lone outlier is the Galaxy S5, also a camera phone. Is this is because the camera is falling out of favor?
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How to Photograph Railroad Tracks

How to Photograph Railroad Tracks

Train tracks have fascinated us for as long as there have been trains. There’s something about that long, straight, retreat to the horizon that appeals to us. Trains represent travel and escape. We love them because we can imagine ourselves boarding one, off on an adventure to a far away place. So what’s the best way to capture railroad tracks in a photo?
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How to Photograph Trees

How to Photograph Trees

Just about everyone loves trees. For many photographers, though, trees are sort of an incidental part of their photos. Landscape photographers include them in those big, sweeping landscapes, but they are supporting characters, not main players. If you’ve never really considered shooting trees for their own sake, it’s time to rethink the way you see them.
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