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Tag: action photography

Photographing Horses

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Photographing Horses

Maybe you are heading out for a week in the countryside, or a friend has asked you to take some photos at their family barn. Chances are there will be horses to photograph. Just point and shoot, right? It turns out that although extremely beautiful and captivating, horses can be pretty difficult to capture in a photograph. They are large animals, prone to distortion from close-ups, and they don’t always co-operate. You thought toddlers gave you a run for your money, try getting a horse to “pose” for you! With a few tips in mind, you can safely capture the essence of equine beauty and strength in your photos.
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Panning: Capture Motion Blur and Keep your Subject in Focus

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Panning: Capture Motion Blur and Keep your Subject in Focus

If you enjoy sports and other fast-moving things, then you’ve probably spent some time marveling at the amazing photos some photographers manage to capture of fast-moving subjects. You know the ones I mean: a sharp subject against a streaky, blurred background. A photo that says “speed.”

You may even have tried to capture a similar image. And unless you tried again … and again … and again … you probably came away from the experience frustrated and disappointed.

That’s because this technique, which has the deceptively simple name “panning,” is extremely difficult to master. And even photographers who have mastered it still get it wrong some of the time–maybe even most of the time, depending on how challenging the subject is. But I’ll show you the tricks to give yourself a better-than-even chance!
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Back Button Focusing For Tack Sharp Focus

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Back Button Focusing For Tack Sharp Focus

We are all on the quest for those tack sharp photographs. We spend thousands of dollars on new high end glass and upgrade our camera bodies annually seeking out those extra megapixels. What if I told you there is something you could be doing right now that would increase the clarity of your photos for free? No, I’m not joking. I’m talking about back-button focusing.
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Continuous Focus Mode

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Continuous Focus Mode

Getting the action shot can be difficult. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that it is typically harder to take a great photo of a moving subject than a stationary one. It’s the bottom of the 9th and you snap a picture just as your son steals home for the win. You may think your shot is a winner only to find your son is actually a blur, and you didn’t really capture the moment like you hoped. You can switch solely to landscape shots or take up tortoise photography, or you can learn how to photograph a moving target more effectively. There is a simple change you can make to your auto focus settings to do just that.
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Photographing Air Shows

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Photographing Air Shows

It’s air show season in the US, and that means hot weather, high-decibel noise and a whole bunch of hazy photos of tiny little specs in the sky.

Air show photography is tough! Unless you’re in an airplane looking down at the performers, it can be difficult to get a great shot at an air show. But don’t worry, you don’t have to leave that camera at home. There are plenty of things you can do to get the most out of your air show visit.
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How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

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How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

I’m just going to say this outright. Taking indoor photos of sporting events is hard. I’m not saying it’s impossibly hard, but it is most certainly a challenge to any photographer. If you can come away from a shoot with a photo that’s both properly lit and sharp, you’ve probably outdone everyone else at the event. Here are a few things you can do to get rid of that pesky motion blur.
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Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

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Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

How you frame your subject can make or break a photo. If you put your subject in a place that commands the viewers attention, you’ll immediately have an outstanding photo. This subtle technique is known to many as “composition,” and believe it or not, it has a few simple rules that will give you some stunning results. Try out these 5 unbelievably easy rules for framing your subject, and you’ll see what I mean.
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Why Don’t You Tell Us Which Settings To Use?

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Why Don’t You Tell Us Which Settings To Use?

Hey guys. I just want to start by thanking you so much for your feedback on all of my articles. I’m excited that they’re helping you out as much you say they are. Over the last few years, I’ve gotten a bunch of fairly common questions. More than one of you has wondered why I don’t give out specific camera settings in my articles. By that I mean telling you exactly which aperture, shutter speed, or ISO speed setting to use to get a certain photo. Hopefully I can clear things up by explaining why I can’t do that. Rather than just being a nay-sayer, I’ll also tell you how YOU can find the appropriate camera settings to use for your photos.
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Five 52 Week Project Ideas

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Five 52 Week Project Ideas

One of the best ways to become a better photographer is to commit yourself to exploring a certain theme for awhile. And what better time to do that than at the start of a new year! Some people go so far as to start a 365 day project where they take a photo every single day. It’s too bad that’s not entirely workable for most people who have jobs, kids and other activities they’re engaged in. A 52 week project is a lot more reasonable. I encourage you to make the next year your ’52 week project’. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

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Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

Have you ever wanted your pictures just a little bit brighter or darker than what your camera gives you? Sure, you can always go into Photoshop Elements and adjust it after the fact, but shouldn’t the camera allow you to do it as you’re taking the photo? Why can’t you just pick an exact shutter speed, aperture, or ISO speed and use that to control the brightness? Allow me to explain.
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Intentionally Moving The Camera

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Intentionally Moving The Camera

From day one, we’re taught to avoid motion blur in our photography. That’s because most motion blurs are unintentional. They are the result of you shaking the camera ever so slightly as you press the shutter button. What results usually doesn’t look all that interesting because there is no underlying theme. With that said, there are ways to intentionally move the camera as you shoot. Some of them create some rather spectacular effects.
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How To Take Photos That All Your Friends Want To See

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How To Take Photos That All Your Friends Want To See

I have a reputation as a photographer. It seems that whenever I take a photo and share it with my friends, it instantly becomes their Facebook profile photo. I don’t mean to brag, it’s just what happens. All of this got me thinking. What is it about a photo that makes it the talk of the town, and can we somehow reverse engineer that? How can we create photos that everyone will want to see?
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Ask David: Bridge Camera or Digital SLR?

Ask David: Bridge Camera or Digital SLR?

This week’s Ask David question comes from Ernie Everest. He’s an avid photographer looking to upgrade his point-and-shoot setup to something with a little more power. He wonders why people purchase digital SLRs when there are a lot of cheaper and lighter solutions.
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Digital Camera Modes – Scene Modes

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Digital Camera Modes – Scene Modes

Your digital camera comes equipped with an arsenal of automatic and semi-automatic modes designed to make your life as a photographer easier. Aside from the fully automatic mode, aperture priority mode, and shutter priority mode, your camera gives you a variety of scene-specific modes. Each mode has a specific purpose. You can easily switch between modes for portraits, landscapes, macro photography, sunset photography, and more. In this article, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at what your camera does when you work with one of its many automatic scene modes.
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How To: Photograph Your Dog

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How To: Photograph Your Dog

Your dog is an important part of your family. She’s the first to greet you when you get home, and she’s always excited to see your face. Why wouldn’t you give your dog the royal treatment with a professional photo shoot? It’s not that difficult. You just need to know a few things about lighting and your dog’s temperament. The rest is a piece of cake. I’ll show you how.
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