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What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?

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What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?

If you spend enough time on sites like Flickr, you’ve probably noticed a lot of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos. But, if they leave your mind buzzing about what HDR really is, then let me shed some light on the subject.
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Street Photography: How-to Photograph Strangers

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Street Photography: How-to Photograph Strangers

The grandfather of street photography was Henri Cartier-Bresson. His image here of the young boy carrying bottles of wine under his arms, and looking quite proud in doing so, is one of his most popular. It’s street photography at its finest because it’s spontaneous, fun, and it tells a story. Cartier-Bresson’s photographs of children were some of his best. Perhaps that’s because kids are spontaneous by nature, too.
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Using Hard Light in Portrait Photography

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Using Hard Light in Portrait Photography

Most modern portraits are shot in soft light. Soft lighting is more forgiving, more flattering and easier for beginners to master. So does that mean there’s no place for hard light in portrait photography? Just look at any collection of Hollywood portraits from the 1930s and you’ll have your answer. Golden age movie-stars often preferred to be shot in hard light, because hard light is dramatic and seductive. Drama and seduction, as we still understand today, help sell movie tickets. But shooting in hard light can be tricky. Here’s how to create hard light portraits that will give your subjects a glamorous, dramatic quality.
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Amazing Photography Tricks: How To Get A People-Free Picture At A Tourist Trap

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Amazing Photography Tricks: How To Get A People-Free Picture At A Tourist Trap

How many times have you run into the following situation? You’ve flown across the world to visit some beautiful location, but once you get there, it’s packed full of tourists. You try to wait for the perfect opportunity to take a person-free photo, but it just doesn’t happen. Isn’t that always the way it is with beautiful places? Everyone wants to see them, so they’re always packed. Well, with this amazing photography trick, you can get a people free picture in some of the most crowded tourist traps you’ll ever visit. Here’s how.
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3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

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3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

How many times have you taken a picture, only to reconcile it to the trash bin because it just didn’t turn out the way you like? I know it’s happened to me countless times. Images can fail for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on them. I still hold onto some of my worst photography because it only serves as a reminder of how much I’ve grown, but I can also use those photos to make something new. Here are a few ideas.
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The Hyperfocal Distance and Why You Don’t Need To Worry About It

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The Hyperfocal Distance and Why You Don’t Need To Worry About It

As someone who has seen many of photography’s trends come and go, I’m still surprised with how many beginning photographers are worried about little things that ultimately amount to nothing. One of those little ideas is the hyperfocal distance. It’s put forward as some sort of golden mean, a perfect place to focus to get optimal results. But while the hyperfocal distance might help some photographers with a few photos, it’s barely relevant to most folks who still need to learn the basics. Here’s why.
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Intentionally Moving The Camera

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Intentionally Moving The Camera

From day one, we’re taught to avoid motion blur in our photography. That’s because most motion blurs are unintentional. They are the result of you shaking the camera ever so slightly as you press the shutter button. What results usually doesn’t look all that interesting because there is no underlying theme. With that said, there are ways to intentionally move the camera as you shoot. Some of them create some rather spectacular effects.
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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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Photoshop: How To Correctly Sharpen an Image

Photoshop: How To Correctly Sharpen an Image

There are countless ways to sharpen an image, but which one is correct? How much sharpening do you need to do? It’s time to clear up the confusion surrounding sharpening once and for all. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements, we’re going to sharpen photos the right way. Once you learn this little trick, you’ll want to sharpen every picture you take. Here’s what you need to know.
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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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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 Take Professional Grade Photos of Famous Places

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How To Take Professional Grade Photos of Famous Places

Everybody wants to bring back impressive photos when they go on vacation, and famous places will always have a special place in our hearts. It takes a little more time and preparation to get a good picture of a famous place, but when you do, it makes the trip worthwhile. Here are a few tips to help you take professional grade photos of famous places.
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