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Archive for March, 2016

Three Beginner Photography Questions

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Three Beginner Photography Questions

When you first decide to step outside of the auto-mode comfort zone, you’re going to immediately have some questions about how to use your camera’s advanced features. And for most beginners, the questions are going to be pretty much the same.

You’ve seen other photos that look amazing, and yet somehow you can’t get similarly amazing photos of similar subjects with the equipment you have. And while it can be tempting to blame your camera, I’d like to reassure you that you only need to find the answers to a few of these basic questions in order to improve your photos almost immediately—no new equipment purchases necessary. Here’s my list of some of the most common beginner questions that I hear (with answers, of course!)
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Three Fun Photography Projects to Get You Thinking Creatively

Three Fun Photography Projects to Get You Thinking Creatively

Every artist needs a source of inspiration, whether it’s a “muse” (your kids, your spouse), a list of your favorite photographers on Flickr or a place, such as a beautiful natural spot or your own neighborhood. But sometimes even the most tried and true sources of inspiration can fail to give you the kind of motivation you need, and that’s when you need to find other ideas. Personally, I like to adopt a project—not necessarily just a particular theme but a whole project idea, something that will require time and effort. I find that after I’ve spent a few hours, days or even weeks absorbed in a specific project, my creativity gets a big boost overall. Do you have any photo projects you’ve been longing to try out? Now is the time—and if not, here are some of my favorite ideas. Continue Reading »

Six Photography Tips That Can Help Any Beginner Feel Like a Pro

Six Photography Tips That Can Help Any Beginner Feel Like a Pro

If you’re new to your camera, or to photography in general, it can be really easy to get discouraged. After all, most modern cameras have a seemingly infinite number of
different buttons and menu options (confession: there are probably one or two menu options my own camera has that I still don’t know how to use), and that manual is approaching the size of War & Peace. If you spent some time bumbling around your menu system and then just put everything in auto mode in order to end the pain, I can’t say I blame you. But I’d also like to reassure you that being a beginner does not mean that you have to let your inexperience dampen your creativity. Even as a beginner, you can take some awesome, pro-quality images just by following a few basic tips. Here’s how.
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How to Get Tack-Sharp Eyes, Every Time

How to Get Tack-Sharp Eyes, Every Time

Have you heard of the expression “the eyes are the window to the soul?” The reason that expression has persisted for as long as it has is because if there is some truth in it. When you look somebody in the eyes you can tell a lot about them—what they’re feeling, sometimes even with they’re thinking. Without sharp eyes in a photograph, you lose some aspect of your subject’s personality. So the question then becomes this: how do you get tack sharp eyes every time?
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How to Photograph Black Animals

How to Photograph Black Animals

We love our pets—they bring us happiness, laughter and unconditional love, no matter what their size, shape or color. But here’s the thing: if your favorite furry friend is all black, you may find that you consistently don’t love the photos you take of her. Instead of that charming, whiskered face, you’ve got loads of photos that feature a black blob with eyes. So what’s the secret to getting great photos of black animals? Keep reading to find out.
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Seven Embarrassing Ways to Get The Shot

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Seven Embarrassing Ways to Get The Shot

I am going to let you in on a secret. In this article, I am going to tell you the single most important thing that you need to do before you can really call yourself a photographer, the one thing that you must master in order to achieve greatness. It’s not aperture, it’s not the rule of thirds, and it has nothing to do with what kind of camera equipment you own. Are you ready? Here it is:

You must let go of your pride.
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How to Photograph Winter Fun

How to Photograph Winter Fun

There is nothing quite so wonderful as the look on a child’s face the moment it starts to snow. But if you are a veteran of many play days in the snow, you know that getting great snow photos is not as easy as it seems like it ought to be. If you frequently find yourself scratching your head at those weirdly gray photos of what is supposed to be a white winter wonderland, keep reading.
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How to Photograph Night Life

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How to Photograph Night Life

Photographing strangers while out in public is one of the biggest challenges that any photographer has to face, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a professional. It can be really scary to walk up to someone you don’t know and ask for a photo—and it can be even scarier to get that photo without that person’s permission.

Now, photographing people (or anything, really) at night is a different kind of challenge. Put those two things together and that you got a pretty big hurdle to overcome. Today, we’re going to talk about how to get over that hurdle.
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