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Archive for November, 2015

Challenge: Photograph With Only a 50mm Lens

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Challenge: Photograph With Only a 50mm Lens

When you bought your first DSLR, it likely came with what we call a “kit lens.” This is usually a mid-range zoom that will let you shoot both reasonably wide-angle photos and some longer shots. With your kit lens, you have a lot of versatility in focal length and can probably get some pretty good wide-angle images of larger buildings and groups of people, and some decent zoomed-in shots of your kids running around on the beach or playing sports.

I also think it’s a pretty safe bet that over the weeks and months, you’ve come to depend on this versatility. After all, it lets you shoot all different sorts of events and activities without the need to change lenses. So it’s time, I’m afraid, to let go of that dependence and learn how to get the most out of a single, much more powerful lens—the 50mm prime.

But wait, I can hear you saying, how can a lens with a single focal length possibly be more powerful than my super-versatile kit lens? Read on to find out.
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Five Things Fiction Writers Can Teach You About Photography

Five Things Fiction Writers Can Teach You About Photography

Most of us can recall some sort of instruction in story writing, whether it was in grade school, high school or college. Never mind that you didn’t really have an interest in writing fiction, for some reason academics seemed to demand it. So do you remember anything you learned while you were penning those required mysteries, romances and sci-fi stories? Believe it or not, you may find some of those lessons useful in your photography. Read on to find out what they are. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Body Art

How to Photograph Body Art

Have you ever tried to take pictures of paintings in a museum? The chances are pretty good that you found it a little challenging. Now imagine trying to take photographs of art on a living, breathing human being—that’s going to be even more challenging. So exactly how does one go about photographing body art? Read on to find out.
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Out of Ideas? Try These Five Things to Photograph

Out of Ideas? Try These Five Things to Photograph

Sometimes there really doesn’t seem to be anything to take pictures of.

Your house is boring. Your backyard is boring. Your kids are playing video games so, you know, right now they’re pretty boring too. You’re tired of the same old, same old, and you need some inspiration.

Fortunately, despite how you may feel at this particular moment, there really is no such thing as boring when it comes to photography. If you look hard enough, you can always find some new way to feel inspired or some new trick to try. One of the first things I suggest is to just page through my list of tips and tricks – there’s almost certainly something here you’ve never tried before. But if that seems like a daunting task, have a quick read through these ideas instead.
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An Unnatural Element

An Unnatural Element

Have you ever sort of felt like you’re done with landscape photography? Even the most die-hard enthusiasts can start to feel a little uninspired after photographing their millionth snowcapped mountain, their million and first waterfall or their million and twentieth scenic overlook. Now I’m not saying that landscape photographs aren’t worth taking, because that would be a statement of great stupidity. But I’ll bet if you could ask him, even Ansel Adams would tell you that he occasionally got a little bored. Don’t worry, though, boredom is easily conquered. Read on to find out how.
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Fun Feet Photography

Fun Feet Photography

Did you know that portraits don’t necessarily have to include faces? In fact, most dictionaries define “portrait” as “a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph or other likeness of an individual, especially of the face”. Which loosely translated means that a portrait usually, but not necessarily, includes a person’s face.

That opens up a world of portrait possibilities, doesn’t it? You could shoot hands, you could shoot fingers, you could shoot eyes and ears, you could shoot curves – but today we’re going to focus on the feet.
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Shooting Portraits with Window Light

Shooting Portraits with Window Light

All indoor photographs are low light photographs. But not all indoor photographs are break-out-the-super-fast-lens-and-tripod low light photographs. In fact, during the brighter parts of the day, you may actually be able to get better photographs indoors then you can outdoors. That’s because the type of natural light you get in the middle part of the day is direct and comes from directly overhead. When you take photos in these conditions you get subjects with black shadows over their eyes and under their noses and burned out highlights or super-black shadows in other areas of the photo. When you move indoors, however, the natural light that comes in through the window is indirect and easy to control. Think of it as your own personal photography studio that you didn’t half to invest any money in. How do you get the best out of this beautiful, free light source? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »

How to Protect Your Camera From the Things That Want to To Kill It

How to Protect Your Camera From the Things That Want to To Kill It

Owning the camera is a little bit like being a parent. Once you make that very special purchase, the world suddenly seems like a more dangerous place. Your camera represents a big investment to you (both financially and emotionally) and that means you probably see all sorts of potential danger around you whenever you are out with your equipment. That’s OK, because the more you know, the better you’ll be at protecting your investment. But do you really know all the things that pose a risk to your equipment? Chances are you’re tuned into the obvious stuff, but more subtle dangers lurk everywhere. If you love your camera, you need to know what they are.
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Photo Lingo (or, how to speak photography)

Photo Lingo (or, how to speak photography)

If you’re a raw beginner, you may sometimes find yourself a little in the dark when it comes to the lingo. Pretty much any hobby that you take up is going to be full of slang, expressions, and technical terminology that you’re not going to know unless someone explains it to you. Photography is no exception. If you often find yourself scratching your head at words and phrases like “bokeh”, “chromatic aberration” and “chimping”, this is definitely one guide you’ll want to spend some time studying. Compiled here is a list of some of the most common photography expressions, slang words and other terms that you probably won’t find in any other hobby.
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