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What Type of Photographer Are You?

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What Type of Photographer Are You?

People, places, things… every photographer has their subject of choice. You may love being outside or cringe at the very thought of nature. You may know studio lighting in and out, or you wouldn’t know a soft box if it hit you in the head. Photographers are as diverse as the things they photograph. We all have our likes and dislikes, our niche so to speak. It is time for a little self analysis. (If you have no sense of humor, stop now.)

What type of photographer are you? I will throw out a disclaimer that the list below is not all inclusive. Judging from my Facebook news feed there should probably be a category dedicated to selfies taken in workout clothes, but that one didn’t make the cut this year. Read on with tongue in cheek to find your type!
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Are you an Unethical Photographer? 3 Things to Avoid

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Are you an Unethical Photographer? 3 Things to Avoid

How can an art form like photography be unethical? After all, we are merely capturing what is already out there. If people are acting a certain way, isn’t it their own fault for making their display so public? Not really. Photography is just like any creative endeavor. It has the power to uplift others, and it also has the power to destroy them. It can change communities halfway across the planet, or it can serve our own egos. Have you done any of these unethical things?
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Study Other Great Photographers

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Study Other Great Photographers

There is a resource out there that you can tap into, and it will improve your photography in ways you could never imagine. It will inspire you. It will show you what’s possible with a little determination and a willingness to learn. What am I talking about? Other photographers, the great ones who have gone down in history for producing some of the most breathtaking images ever seen. Many of them were the first do what they’ve done. It’s worth taking a moment to see how they did it.
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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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How To Convey Meaning In Your Photos

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How To Convey Meaning In Your Photos

What message do you want to get across with your photography? Are you using it to create something beautiful, or do you want to make a statement? For me, it’s usually a little bit of both. I’ve seen tons and tons images of places or things that are supposed to be meaningful, but they just lack that punch. You can have a great subject, great ‘skill’, perfect lighting, and so on. It doesn’t matter. Your images can still fall flat on your viewers eyes.
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Five Simple Steps To An Awesome Photo

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Five Simple Steps To An Awesome Photo

Stop right now! Wherever your photography is right now, it doesn’t matter. You could have ten years of experience with your camera, or you could be a total beginner. I am about to show you five simple steps you can take to get a good photo right now. If you follow them every time you’re out in the field, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, give these 5 steps a try.
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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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Don’t Get Sucked In! 5 Photography Myths

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Don’t Get Sucked In! 5 Photography Myths

Photography is a mysterious art. Somehow, by pressing all the right buttons and using all the right settings, you can turn an ordinary scene into a work of art. Because photography is so strange, so out of the ordinary, certain photography myths have grown out of our desire to explain what’s going on behind the lens of the world’s great photographers. Have you fallen for these myths? Let’s take a look.
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Manual Mode: A Primer

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Manual Mode: A Primer

It’s funny. You’d think that with all the technology we’ve invented, there would no longer be a need for manual mode in photography. We’ve got cameras that can detect faces, cameras that can get rid of red eye, and cameras with a gazillion different shooting settings. How hard could it be to make a single automatic mode that always works no matter what situation you’re in?
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How To Take Unique Photos – Don’t Do What Everyone Else Is Doing!

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How To Take Unique Photos – Don’t Do What Everyone Else Is Doing!

I want you to try this right now. Go and get some pictures you’ve taken of a famous place while on vacation. Got them? Okay, now I want you to go to Panoramio and search for that place. Are your vacation photos an identical copy of what you see online? If not, that’s awesome! But if you’re tired of taking the same old pictures everyone else takes, I’ve got a few tips for you.
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Is Post-Processing Evil?

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Is Post-Processing Evil?

Artists can be a self-righteous bunch. There will always be the purists, those who don’t even own a digital camera, and then there are those who recognize the importance of Photoshop and other tools. When it comes to the ethics of photography, post-processing tends to get the bad end of the stick because it involves the direct manipulation of a photo after it’s been taken. There is always the opportunity to cover up bad photography with computer-generated effects, so some consider it to be evil. But is it?
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Practice, Experiment, Delete – Enjoy the freedom of going digital.

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Practice, Experiment, Delete – Enjoy the freedom of going digital.

The wonder of owning a digital camera, the thing that always struck me as so special about it, is the fact that you can take unlimited photos. Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed about it, and for the last 15 or so years, that dream has been a reality. With digital cameras, you get to experiment as much as you want. So why not do it? Go hog wild. Keep snapping. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Here’s why.
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