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Photographing the Elderly

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Photographing the Elderly

The elderly members of our communities are some of our greatest assets. They have seen the roar of change, the cruelty or war, the upset of recession, and the power in our humanity at work. Photographing them gives us a chance to capture the history they have witnessed and participated in but there are some distinctive challenges that are paired with reaping these benefits. Here are some tips to make photographing elderly people an overall smoother experience.
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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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How Making Mistakes Can Improve Your Photography

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How Making Mistakes Can Improve Your Photography

Your mom probably told you, “We all learn from our mistakes.” And then, you rolled your eyes and went back to whatever it was you were doing incorrectly.
Now I’m going to tell you the same thing. Please don’t be tempted to roll your eyes!

Mistakes are good for you! Really. Without making mistakes, we have no opportunity to learn from them and improve our photos. Mistakes are what make you a much better photographer. But only if you look for them and learn from them. Let’s see how.
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Why Does My Photo Have So Much Glare?

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Why Does My Photo Have So Much Glare?

Glare. It’s what happens when the sun reflects off of a surface and into your eyes. We wear sunglasses because they cut out the glare and allow us to drive safely during the day. Glare is a problem in photography too. A little bit of glare can accent a photo and make it look unique. Too much glare makes it hard to figure out what’s going on in a scene. If your photos have too much glare, here are a few things you can do about it.
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Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

How many times have you taken a picture near sunset or twilight, only to get back a much darker image than the one you originally envisioned? It’s so common that I thought I’d a share a photo from a fellow reader with the same problem. Jimmie Lee wonders why his Fujifilm camera keeps giving him dark sunsets. The photo below in particular lacked the colors that were present when Jimmy took the photo. Let’s have a look at some of things that cause underexposure, and how Adobe Photoshop Elements can help us get the photo we see in our mind’s eye.
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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

A lot of us like to shoot in two different modes. If I’m shooting fast pace sports like tennis or racing, I like to use JPEG mode because it allows me to take a longer burst of photos before my camera has to start sending the images to my memory card. When I want a little more control over the final result, I shoot in RAW instead. I recently received a question from one of my readers. If it okay to keep RAW files and JPEG files on the same memory card? The short answer is YES. Now here’s why.
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Getting Over Self Doubt

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Getting Over Self Doubt

If you’ll indulge me, I’m going to depart slightly from my normal subject of tips, and talk about your worth as a photographer (either pro, or just as a hobby). I hear from a lot of people asking “Am I creative?” “Am I talented enough to do this?” I’ve also had these thoughts. I’m sure you have too. It’s not uncommon for photographers (or everyone really) to feel self doubt. These thoughts, unfortunately, can stop us from doing all the fun stuff we want to do. Photography is not a particularly risky business, but there’s always an element of fear when you put your work out there for the world to see. How can you get over it? How can you learn to believe in yourself again? That’s what we’ll discuss today.
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4 Crazy Things Photographers Do

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4 Crazy Things Photographers Do

I’d like to start by saying I don’t want to pass judgment on anyone. By drawing attention to these issues, I’m not saying any one person is “bad” or doomed to be a horrible photographer for the rest of his or her life. In fact, I used to do many of these things myself. They drive me nuts because it’s so easy to change them for the better. All it takes is a little more dedication and a willingness to think outside of your comfort zone. Are you guilty of one of these 4 things?
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Can I damage my camera by pointing it at the sun?

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Can I damage my camera by pointing it at the sun?

Ever thought about pointing your camera up at the sun? Your immediate reaction is probably a lot like mine. NO WAY! Well not so fast. It depends on the kind of camera you’re using. If you’ve got a digital SLR, you’ll be totally fine. If you’re using a point-and-shoot model, you might get into trouble. Keep reading because you’re about to find out why.
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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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Photoshop Elements: Brighten Underexposed Photos With The Screen Blend Mode

Photoshop Elements: Brighten Underexposed Photos With The Screen Blend Mode

We recently did a tutorial on the multiply blend mode and how you can use it to correct an image that is too bright. If you followed the tutorial, you no doubt realized that Photoshop Elements has quite a few options for blending layers. One of them is the direct opposite of the multiply blend mode. With the screen blend mode, you can fix underexposed images. Let me show you how.
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Photoshop: Darken Overexposed Images With Multiply Blend Mode

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Photoshop: Darken Overexposed Images With Multiply Blend Mode

No matter how much we try to make our images just right, sometimes we mess up. That doesn’t mean we have to give up, however. With some simple editing in Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can bring color back into your overexposed images and possibly save them from ruin. Just follow these simple steps.
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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 To Take Sharper Pictures

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How To Take Sharper Pictures

A few weeks ago, we talked about why sharpening is important and what you can do to sharpen your images in post production with software like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, why not take it one step further? Why not learn how to take sharper images from the very start so you don’t have to worry about sharpening them later on? Let’s dive into it!
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How To Correct Leaning Buildings In Photoshop

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How To Correct Leaning Buildings In Photoshop

What is it with buildings and photography? Why do they almost always seem to come out a little funny, no matter what you try? Most consumer camera lenses do an awesome job of photographing things on the everyday scale, but they often fail miserably with oversized objects like buildings. I want to show you why that’s so and what you can do to fix it with Photoshop Elements.
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