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Photographing Dogs

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Photographing Dogs

Dogs are considered man’s best friend for a reason. They ignore our greatest flaws, fawn over us, always show up regardless of the circumstances, and their favorite activity, outside of eating, is staring up at us with that love drunk gaze. The world would be a better place if we could just all be the person our dog thinks we are!

Despite the undeniable bond we share with our canine companions, they are often some of our most difficult photography subjects because they wiggle and don’t really understand the purpose of the camera. While they present their own wiggle-based set of challenges, getting the shot is possible. Here are some pointers to up the ante on your pooch photography.
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Photographing Grandparents with Their Grandchildren

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Photographing Grandparents with Their Grandchildren

Some of the sweetest, purest, and least complicated relationships that exist between people are seen in the bond grandparents share with their grandchildren. Capturing that relationship is a privilege but also presents specific challenges. Here are some tips and tricks to assure your multi-generational photo-shoot is a success and the photos you create become family heirlooms cherished for years to come.
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Humor in photography

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Humor in photography

They say that laughter increases your lifespan. If that’s true, you might want to try adding a little humor to your photographic repertoire.

It won’t be an easy task. Humor is actually one of the more challenging photographic subjects. There aren’t really any compositional rules or camera settings or filters you can use in your pursuit of that laugh-out-loud image. And photographic humor is different than cracking a joke or relating a funny story. It can be easy to overdo humor in a photograph – and overdone humor means that your viewer is more likely to roll her eyes than laugh out loud. Sometimes subtlety is the best course of action; sometimes in-your-face humor is the way to go. The choice will depend largely on the situation.
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Beach photography

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Beach photography

If seascapes are about nature, then beach photos are about people. I don’t have to tell you that your approach to each of these subjects is going to be very different. When shooting the water, rocks and the shoreline in general, you want to communicate a mood of tranquillity and beauty, or perhaps even one of ferocity, depending of course on the weather. But when you’re shooting the beach on a sunny day, you’ve got a very different mood to capture. Summer fun, family time, youth, sports and recreation – you’re going to need to tempo up a little and change your perspective. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of those beach photos.
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Tips for Summer Photos

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Tips for Summer Photos

Summer is fast approaching – in the northern hemisphere, anyway, and if that’s the half of the world where you reside you might benefit from some summer photography tips. (If not, then photographing winter landscapes might be more your thing.)

To photographers, summer is first and foremost a time of sun. Sun of course means bright, which of course means difficult lighting. You can get some great photos even in the middlish hours of the day, but you will need to keep a few things in mind. Here’s a short list to get you started.
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Taking Creative Couples Portraits

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Taking Creative Couples Portraits

If you use social media, the chances are pretty good that you’ve seen at least one of the many photo montages circulating the Internet entitled “bad wedding photos“, “awkward couples photos” or some variation thereof. If not, just Google it, because some of those images are pretty hilarious.

Of course, there aren’t too many photographers who are so unsuited for their art that they would actually take truly awful couples photos under the auspices of professional photography. But there’s a fine line between bad couples photos and good couples photos, and if you regularly shoot these types of images it’s worth knowing the difference.
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Tips for great Halloween photography

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Tips for great Halloween photography

What do ghosts, goblins, and little princesses have in common? They come out after dark. You know, when it’s hard to get good pictures of them.

Halloween presents a lot of problems for photographers, because by the time all the action starts to happen that magic hour we love so much has already come and gone. But if you’re like every other camera-lugging mom, dad or hobbyist in search of a great shot, you don’t want to pass up a great night like Halloween just because the light isn’t right. There are still plenty of things you can do to get some great Halloween shots, and here’s a list to get you started.
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How To Shoot Photos Through A Window

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How To Shoot Photos Through A Window

I usually advise most photographers to avoid taking pictures from outside through windows. The glare tends to distract the eye from what’s going on inside, and the dust on the window can lessen the image quality. Nevertheless, there are some cases where shooting through a window can help you get the shot. Sometimes you want a more candid image or perhaps a unique perspective on a familiar scene. In other cases, like shooting from inside an airplane, you have no other option but to shoot through a window. If you need to look through a piece of glass other than your lens, here’s what you have to do.
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Do I need to get permission from the people in my photos?

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Do I need to get permission from the people in my photos?

There is something fundamentally weird about being a street photographer. Your job, whether you like it or not, is to stick your nose in other peoples’ business. It goes without saying that you can create a much more candid looking image when people don’t know you’re photographing them. But is this legal? More importantly, is it ethical? Here’s how I approach street photography.
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Environmental Portraits. What are they? How are they different?

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Environmental Portraits. What are they? How are they different?

If you’ve ever gotten your portrait taken professionally, you know what it’s typically like. You go into the studio, the photographer sets up a few props, and you pose accordingly. While these kinds of shoots always create a nice clean cut look, our lives are anything but. That’s why I think it’s crucial for every photographer to learn the fine art of taking environmental portraits. It’s a much more authentic way to capture your subjects.
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The Importance Of Talking With Your Subject

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The Importance Of Talking With Your Subject

I’m not one to avoid asking sometimes inappropriate questions. When I was getting my hair cut one day, I thought, why not? I asked the stylist what makes her give someone a bad haircut. I figured people aren’t perfect. Stylists probably mess up on occasion just like everyone else, and I’ve been the recipient of a few of those bad haircuts. I figured if I could get an answer to the question, I might be able to get better haircuts from then on. Her answer kind of surprised me.
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Where Is Your Camera In Relation To Your Subject’s Eyes?

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Where Is Your Camera In Relation To Your Subject’s Eyes?

Where your subject looks in a photo says a lot. If your subject is staring directly at the camera, most people take the picture a lot less seriously. Whoever you’re photographing clearly knows they’re being photographed, so it’s like running into an acquaintance on your walk to work. You both say hi to each other, but you don’t exactly share a moment together.

To communicate sincerity in an image, you need to pay attention to your camera’s location in relation to your subject’s eyes. Is the camera pointed slightly away? Are you looking down on your subject? Is your subject looking up at you? Each of these seemingly slight variations of camera position can have a big impact on the overall message you’re sending to your viewer.
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Taking Pictures In Wet Weather

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Taking Pictures In Wet Weather

When the weather takes a turn for the worse, a lot of photographers put away their cameras. It’s always the same old sob story. It’s gray out. Nothing has any color. But nothing could be further from the truth. When it starts to rain, whatever does have color becomes extremely colorful. It’s the perfect time to get out and photograph the flowers in your garden or just about anything.
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When To Press The Shutter Button – Trust Your Impulse

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When To Press The Shutter Button – Trust Your Impulse

So much of good photography is timing. If you can press the shutter at the critical moment, right when your subject is at the peak of emotional expression, you’ll get the shot. But if you think too much about what you want, you’ll end up a second too early or too late. To get where you want to be as a photographer, you need to learn how to relax and trust your instincts. Try out some of these techniques the next time you’re taking pictures of friends and family.
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How To Capture The Emotion Of Street Photography Without Angering The Masses (Too Much)

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How To Capture The Emotion Of Street Photography Without Angering The Masses (Too Much)

The streets are packed full of emotion. From the embrace of two lovers to the excitement of the performers, there’s always something to capture. That said, most people are either too afraid to get great street photos, or they’re too weighed down by their equipment to capture the moment before it’s gone. With the following secrets, you won’t belong to either category. I’ll show you why.
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