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Tips for using Natural Light

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Tips for using Natural Light

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”
-George Eastman

Photography is all about light. Unless you have a studio setting with lighting, for most photographers that means natural light. Your ability to observe and utilize light and adjust your subject and settings accordingly can make or break your pictures. Learning to “read” the light and use that knowledge to take beautiful pictures is truly an art that can takes years to master, but there are some simple lighting tips that even beginners can follow to improve their photos.
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The Differences between Civil, Nautical, and Astronomical Twilight

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The Differences between Civil, Nautical, and Astronomical Twilight

Any photographer knows that the middle of the day casts the harshest and most unflattering light. It’s the light just before and after sunrise and sunset that we covet. But, if you go to a weather site and look up when sunrise and sunset are set to occur, you might be scratching your head since they list three different twilights. So, to make things easier on you, let’s set the record straight and delve into the differences between civil twilight, nautical twilight and astronomical twilight.
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Tips to Improve Your Travel Photography

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Tips to Improve Your Travel Photography

Planes, trains and automobiles. And don’t forget buses and mules. Whichever form of transportation you use for your next vacation destination, I’ve got some tips that will help you capture some memorable photographs that you’ll be proud of and will be excited to share.
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Does It Matter That Sunsets Are Cliche?

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Does It Matter That Sunsets Are Cliche?

Opinion: Man I’m tired of hearing this. It seems like every photography forum you join has this inherent bias against sunset photos. It’s always the same charge too. Sunsets are overdone. They’re “cliché.” So what is that supposed to mean? Now we can’t enjoy photographing this particular subject because a few people are tired of it? It doesn’t make any sense to me.
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Some In-Camera Adjustments For An Image That Goes POP!

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Some In-Camera Adjustments For An Image That Goes POP!

What makes an image beautiful? For many, it’s color. But your camera isn’t going to give you great colors out of the box. It’s a ‘dumb’ piece of equipment. Even with all of our sophisticated computer technology, your camera is still guessing which settings will reveal the best photo. Most of the time, it’s wrong, and that’s why you get a lot of grey and washed out images when you use automatic settings. Other camera settings are much more ideal for creating heightened color contrast. Let’s have a look at them.
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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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Direct and Indirect Light

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Direct and Indirect Light

There are two types of light in this world; direct light and indirect light. Each of them serves a unique purpose in photography, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Direct light is straight on, sometimes harsh and sometimes warm and colorful. For example, without direct light, the image to the right wouldn’t be nearly as colorful. Indirect light comes from all sides and completely illuminates your subject. Let’s take a moment and consider how each might be useful in your own photography.
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Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

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Use A Sunset Calendar This Year

Have you ever been walking down the street and seen the sun coming just over the horizon of a building or a landmark in a really interesting way? Ever wish you were smart enough to bring your camera with you on that day so you wouldn’t miss it. I know the frustration. Over the years, I’ve learned that a moment like that happens maybe once or twice a year (if you’re lucky!). Here’s a little something I do to make sure I never miss it again.
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Your Camera Has No Vision (But You Do)

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Your Camera Has No Vision (But You Do)

What would HAL do if he could take a picture? He’d probably look me straight in the face and say, “I’m sorry Dave, but I can’t let you do that.” In all seriousness, your camera is a lot like HAL. It’s got all this technical gobbledygook and sophisticated light metering algorithms built into it, but it still can’t do what you do. Camera are tools for making pictures. They don’t work unless you bring the vision.
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5 Myths About Backgrounds

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5 Myths About Backgrounds

Backgrounds are an important part of any image. They set the context, and can make a dull image interesting. Most of us are constantly in search of a background with character, feeling it will add something extra to shot. And it does, but sometimes it does so at the expense of what’s truly important. Here are 5 myths about backgrounds and photography.
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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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How To Enhance A Sunset Photo

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How To Enhance A Sunset Photo

I remember the first summer I got my digital SLR. Back then, I was just getting into everything you could do with, and I was positively fascinated with sunsets. I wanted to capture all of the colors, the reds, the purples, the in-betweens. The light at sunset is like nothing else. I remember religiously dropping everything I was doing and taking pictures at sunset for months straight.

As most of you know by now, the hard part about sunsets is that even though you’re surrounded by beauty on all sides, it’s very difficult to convey that beauty in your photos. You can’t just snap a photo and transport people to the scene you’re living in. There are no smells, no light breeze, no faint glow of the sun through the trees as you pass them by. They may exist as separate entities, but never as the one unified experience of a sunset.

So how do you bring that experience back? How do you recreate it in your photos? I happened to pick up a few tricks during those months on end photographing the sunset and all things surrounding it. None of them are very technical, but when you execute them correctly, it really make that sunset come to life. Try these out.
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Shutter Speeds You’ll Use Every Day

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Shutter Speeds You’ll Use Every Day

Still having trouble figuring out shutter speed? Some images simply require a certain shutter speed in order to be possible at all. Shutter speed doesn’t just control the amount of light that gets into your camera, it is also used to freeze motion, create silky smooth waterfalls, or blend light trails. If you’ve always wondered which shutter speeds to use with certain types of images, look no further. This tutorial is for you.
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How To: Sunset Photography

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How To: Sunset Photography

Very few things are as beautiful as the sunset. The pinks, the oranges, and the yellows burn an image in our minds that is unlike anything else. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a good sunset when it’s happening right in front of your eyes, but it’s much more difficult to capture it with your camera. If you’ve ever been dismayed with a so-so picture you’ve gotten back after seeing the best sunset of your life, this article is for you.
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The Golden Hour: A Magical Time For Every Photographer

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The Golden Hour: A Magical Time For Every Photographer

There is a magical hour, a time when the light from the sun shines on the Earth from the side. During this hour, light is warm, soft, and perfect for taking pictures. If the light hits the clouds in the sky at just the right angle, they give off a purplish color that accents a scene in ways nothing else can. To start taking better pictures now, you need to get the most out of the Golden Hour. Here are a few ideas.
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