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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

Does your camera have a RAW file format selection in its Image Quality option? Chances are it has one, but most of the time this gets ignored in favor of the JPEGs. After all, we are more familiar with the JPEG options, right? So in this article we are going to dive in and learn about this image file format and see how it can benefit us in our photography.
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Creating Better Black and White Photos

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Creating Better Black and White Photos

Back in the caveman days, you know, when we took photos on film, a formal education in photography often began with black and white. Black and white photography was a good format for beginning students because the film was easy to process and darkroom techniques were straightforward. Today we bypass that whole film-to-darkroom thing, so a lot of us are passing over the opportunity to learn about shooting in black and white. After all, why would we want to shoot in drab shades of gray? We live in a color world.

If this is your thinking, it’s time to re-examine the way you think about photography – and the way you see the world around you. Black and white photos have something that color photos do not: simplicity. When you strip away all the color from a scene, you immediately have something that is simpler than its original.
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Overcoming the Between-Season Doldrums

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Overcoming the Between-Season Doldrums

If you live in an area that has two or four seasons, then you know what it’s like to feel the doldrums of between-season photography. Right now in many parts of the world, trees are bare, the color gone, and it’s too soon for the punch of snowscapes to compensate. If you’re outdoors, everything through the lens looks blah. The same goes for the winter to spring transition. Snow melts to muddy messes and the buds of spring don’t quite show themselves yet. These are the times when you need to think outside the box, ‘er lens.
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7 Ideas for Overcoming Photographer’s Block and Staying Inspired

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7 Ideas for Overcoming Photographer’s Block and Staying Inspired

If writers have writer’s block, artists can have artist’s block and photographers can have photographer’s block. The bigger question is how do we overcome these frustrating blocks? Worst case scenario, they can make us feel like we’ve lost our edge. Like we’ll never find anything interesting to photograph again. There’s no magic purple, green or yellow pill to clear the fuzziness and allow for a breakthrough of ideas to emerge. Staring at your camera for answers probably won’t help either. When you’re experiencing photographer’s block, it seems you need to either dig deeper or take a complete break in order to recharge. Below are seven ideas for overcoming photographer’s block.
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Why Aren’t Colors The Same As My Screen When I Print?

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Why Aren’t Colors The Same As My Screen When I Print?

You don’t have to be a fan of Office Space to hate printers. They’ve been my worst enemy for years. Printers always seem to be the most error prone device you can connect to your computer. If it’s not a PC LOAD LETTER error, it’s something else. And what’s worse is trying to print a shot with the same colors for my photos as I see on my screen. It’s hard to do properly without specialised equipment, but I’ll show you how to get it mostly right.
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What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

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What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

If you’ve been around since the beginning of digital photography, you no doubt understand how much progress we’ve made. Today’s models make the first digital cameras look incredibly weak, and the reason is resolution. For a lot less than you would have paid back then, you can get a digital camera with ten times the resolution. Does that mean your images will be ten times better? To answer that question, we need to get a better understanding of what resolution is and what it isn’t.
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How to prepare for a photography exhibition

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How to prepare for a photography exhibition

Ready to take your photography beyond your computer? A photography exhibition is a great place to start. Most photographers are more than a little scared of doing a photography exhibition, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t need to be a serious artsy type to show your work and get people interested in it. You just need a place, a time, and a theme. The rest is all details.
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How to protect your photos from theft on Facebook and Twitter

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How to protect your photos from theft on Facebook and Twitter

Whenever sharing is involved, there is a always a chance that someone will break the ties that bind and violate your trust. If you’re worried about your photos getting stolen from your Facebook or Twitter accounts, worry no more. Here is one sure-fire technique that will stop any and all digital photography theft.
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Ask David: What print size should I use for photography exhibitions?

Ask David: What print size should I use for photography exhibitions?

This question comes from reader Sherry Quiban. She wants to start doing photography exhibitions, and she’d like to know what size images she should print for the occasion. While it’s certainly a question with a lot of different answers, there are a few accepted guidelines for exhibition prints. Here’s what I tend to do.
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Never Pay Rock Bottom Prices For Photo Printing

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Never Pay Rock Bottom Prices For Photo Printing

The process of printing photos can be complex, which is often why most people don’t even bother to do it themselves. Why purchase an expensive printer, ink cartridges, and paper when your local supermarket can do the same thing for much less? Some of these places advertise amazingly low photo printing prices. Is it possible to get your images printed for so low, or are they just stringing you along?
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4 Ways To Share Your New Photos With Your Friends

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4 Ways To Share Your New Photos With Your Friends

There are more ways to share information today than there has been in the history of mankind. As a photographer, your options are practically limitless. You can hop on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Myspace, Photobucket, and plenty of others. They all allow you to upload your favorite photos and share them with your friends. So much of this is going on that it seems as though a new way to share pictures gets invented and released to the public every week. Considering this, I think it’s a much more fruitful endeavor to tell you about some of my favorites instead of going over all of your options.
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Do more Megapixels mean better photo quality?

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Do more Megapixels mean better photo quality?

They’re getting better every year. Camera makers and your local Best Buy salesman are always talking about the next model with more megapixels than the one that came before it. The new numbers make your current model seem obsolete. If you bought a camera with six megapixels a few years ago, you wish you could get a new one that gets twelve. But does it really mean anything? Does having more megapixels amount to better photo quality, or is it all just marketing hype?
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How to Crop Your Digital Photo for Printing

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How to Crop Your Digital Photo for Printing

If this isn’t a huge disappointment, please tell me what isn’t. You get a bunch of your point and shoot pictures printed, only to find out that the top and bottom of every photo has been completely cut off. As you stare at the faces and scenes chopped in half, you’re wondering what could have caused this and whether it is your fault as a photographer. Well worry no more. There is a perfectly reasonable explanation, and it has nothing to do with an error on your part.
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Backing up your digital photos

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Backing up your digital photos

Don’t take a chance with your precious images. Digital storage of data can and does fail so it is vitally important to backup your photos to ensure they will be around for years and years to come.

We should do backup regularly because our computers and hard drives are NOT a safe place to store our photos for a long period of time. Hard drives crash; You could accidentally delete the files with a few mouse clicks; or (in the worst case) your computer could be stolen or destroyed by fire.
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