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Tag: Indoor Photography

9 Tips for Lifestyle Photography

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9 Tips for Lifestyle Photography

Often times, the photographs we feel the most connected to are simple. They freeze time, a moment as it is, instead of the contrived editorial work of fashion shoots and perfume ads. Babies sitting on a shiny hardwood floor, kids in an intense game of flag football, this season’s first snowfall. These photos are so easy to connect with because they are honest portrayals of life. This is called lifestyle photography. Lifestyle photography is a genre of photography which serves the purpose of documenting life honestly and artistically by capturing authentic, usually candid moments as they happen. What that actually translates to in regards to actual photographs depends on you the photographer and your artistic vision.
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Take Great Fish Photos

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Take Great Fish Photos

Underwater photography is cool. Who doesn’t love seeing all those colorful tropical fish swimming through the beautiful blue water, surrounded by coral formations and lovely green underwater plant life? The photographer, that’s who.

Yes, I know, I’m totally wrong–for some people. Some photographers thrive in their scuba gear, with their obscenely expensive underwater camera housings and all those sharks. But it’s not for everyone. And if it’s not for you, I have great news. You can still get amazing shots of fish without having to go underwater.
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Outstanding Aquarium Photos

Outstanding Aquarium Photos

You don’t have to get wet to capture great shots of fish and other underwater creatures. All you need is a ticket, a good DSLR and a rubber lens hood. Great fish photos can be captured at any popular aquarium, provided you know the rules and you have a good eye for your subject. Here are a few examples of outstanding aquarium shots to help get you inspired.
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Dealing with Difficult Lighting Situations

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Dealing with Difficult Lighting Situations

In the Photographer’s Perfect Paradise, the golden hour would last all day long. The light would forever be soft, your subjects would never squint and raccoon eyes would simply be markings on the face of a common North American procyonid.

But alas, we do not live in a Perfect Paradise. After all, we have to get up at dark-o-clock to take advantage of that elusive morning golden hour, and neither it nor the one in the afternoon lasts as long as we need them to. And the rest of the time, the light varies from occasionally splendid to just OK, to absolutely terrible. Can you hear those tiny violins? We photographers have it tough. Painters, they have it made. They can just paint the right light. We have to wait for it to come along. Or do we?
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How To Take Memorable Christmas Day Photos

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How To Take Memorable Christmas Day Photos

I know I’m always saying to avoid chaos in your photos, and let’s face it, what could be more chaotic than Christmas morning? But fear not, you can get great Christmas day images that are unencumbered by mountains of empty toy packaging, Grandma’s oh-so-cheesy collection of porcelain elves that seems to be in every single background and the strange, hovering presence of that extra guy your sister decided to bring along this year (who the heck is that guy anyway?) So how do you separate the beauty and charm of Christmas from the chaos of the festivities? Here are a few tips.
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Five Surprising Locations for Photography

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Five Surprising Locations for Photography

You can take a great photo anywhere. No, really. Field, junk yard, basement or parking lot–every place has a photo hidden in it somewhere. Your job as a photographer is to look at each new location as you would see it through your viewfinder. When you’re in that basement, find the beautiful, broken down chair sitting in a dusty sunbeam. Zoom in on a length of twisted wire in that overgrown field or record the coming and going of feet in that parking lot.

Stuck for ideas? Here are a five surprising locations for your photo sessions. View these places with an eye for the unusual and try shooting from different angles, isolating backgrounds and zooming in on the interesting features that most people overlook.
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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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Shoot In The Dark Without Using A Flash And Without Image Blur

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Shoot In The Dark Without Using A Flash And Without Image Blur

“How do I shoot a pic in a dark area with minimal light without using a flash/flashlight and without camera shake?” is one of my most commonly asked questions. In this article, I’ll show you a few ways you can do it.
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How Lighting Affects The Mood Of Your Photos

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How Lighting Affects The Mood Of Your Photos

Good photography, just like any art, should tug at our heartstrings. Images should make us feel one way or another, and if they don’t, we tend to ignore them. What you photograph is important. We’ve shown how subject selection can seriously impact the mood of your photos. But there’s something else that goes beyond this. As you’re about to learn, lighting is just as important. I’ll show you why.
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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

Flash is a very powerful tool in photography, but it only works as well as the person behind the camera. Great pictures are destroyed with flash as easily as they are created. Most of time, I advise you to avoid flash altogether. This time, I’m going to show you an alternative that might just allow you to have your cake and eat it too. We’re going to learn how to change your camera’s flash output and why it’s important.
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What Lens Should I Use On A Regular Basis?

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What Lens Should I Use On A Regular Basis?

If you only had one lens to use, what would it be? That’s the question we’ll attempt to answer. Lenses come in all shapes and sizes, but some of them are better at capturing the majority of what’s out there. As you’re about to find out, there is no answer that applies to everyone. There are only a few general rules.
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Ask David: Why Do I still Get Red Eye in Night Shots?

Ask David: Why Do I still Get Red Eye in Night Shots?

This question comes from reader Rick Bergesio. He’s tried the red eye flash setting on his camera, and it hasn’t done much to reduce red eye in his night shots. If the system isn’t working as advertised, then what’s going on? Why do his photos still have problems with red eye?
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What Specs Are Good When Purchasing A Camera Phone?

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What Specs Are Good When Purchasing A Camera Phone?

The best camera is the one you have with you. Digital SLRs and medium sized point-and-shoot cameras are great, but they are always limited by their size. The camera phone is different. Because it’s your phone, you’ll always have it with you, and that means you won’t miss a single photographic opportunity.
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How To Get The Perfect White Balance Every Time

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How To Get The Perfect White Balance Every Time

When it comes to getting accurate colors, nothing is better than nailing your white balance settings right on the head. If the white balance is even slightly off,it can produce a highly noticeable bluish or reddish tinge. Sometimes the tinge is desirable. It can enhance the appeal of clouds or night time photography. But if you’re going for accuracy, you’ll want the perfect white balance settings for the situation you’re shooting in. Pay attention because l’m about to show you how to strike the right balance (literally speaking) by using your camera’s manual white balance settings.
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Knowing your limits as a photographer

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Knowing your limits as a photographer

As a general rule, you’re used to me being the ever-optimistic “go for it” guy who tells you that you don’t need to best camera setup to take great photos. And, for the most part, this is totally true. There are a lot of cases where you don’t need the fanciest setup, just a knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, in order to get your shot. Wielding a scratched up point-and-shoot someone was about to toss in trash, you can still get a decent image.
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