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Light Graffiti

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Light Graffiti

One of my favorite things to do when I’m stuck in a creative rut is this: I make graffiti.

Now just in case you think I’m advocating buying some spray paint and vandalizing a few walls for fun and creative inspiration, that’s not the kind of graffiti I’m talking about. I’m talking about the kind of graffiti that doesn’t have to be painted over or otherwise removed by an unhappy shopkeeper. I’m talking about the kind of graffiti you can create with light. It’s easy and fun, and here’s how to do it.
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How to Photograph the Stars (without the star trails)

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How to Photograph the Stars (without the star trails)

Star trails are pretty cool, there’s no doubt about it. A well-executed star trail image gives the viewer a sense of infinity, of the universe on its eternal march through time. But sometimes you don’t necessarily want star trails in your photos. They’re cool, but they’re not what you see with your own eyes when you look up at the sky. Instead, you want to capture the beauty of the night sky as it really is. But here’s the problem: it’s dark, the stars move, and they move quickly. How can you capture them without a long exposure? Continue Reading »

Tips For Photographing Lightning During The Day

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Tips For Photographing Lightning During The Day

Not every lightning storm happens at night. But if you’ve ever tried to photograph lightning, chances are you waited until a storm came by after sunset. It’s easier to photograph lightning after the sun goes down, because you can simply point your camera at the storm, open up your shutter, and leave it open until you’ve captured a strike or two. During the day, you don’t really have that luxury.

Except that you do, with the right equipment and the right know-how. Here’s how.
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Choosing a Tripod

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Choosing a Tripod

A lot of photographers just don’t like tripods. If that’s you, I can certainly sympathize. Tripods are a pain. And once you’ve got your camera and tripod firmly planted in one spot, you don’t have a lot of incentive to undo everything and then move to another spot. But despite all their drawbacks, you really do need a tripod.

Without a tripod, you’ll miss out on creative motion blur images. You’ll also have no wonderful, unique low-light photographs, no landscapes with killer clarity and depth of field, no light painting. Without a tripod, you’re limiting yourself far, far more than you are when you use it in any one location.

But not all tripods are the same. So let’s find out what features are available that might actually be of use (or not) to you, personally.
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How To Take Pictures Indoors Without a Flash

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How To Take Pictures Indoors Without a Flash

When you were a kid, your mom probably took a lot of pictures. When she wasn’t taking pictures outdoors, she was using a flash. Remember that? “Oh wait dear, don’t move, the flash has to warm up.”

If you look back at those photo albums full of all those pictures that your mom took when you were a kid, you may notice a common theme. Those photos probably don’t look very good. In them, your kid-self probably has a washed-out face and/or red eyes, and there are most likely some really big, ugly black shadows directly behind you. These are all hallmarks of direct flash.

Now that you’ve grown up and have a camera of your own, let’s see how to take photos that don’t look like the ones in your mom’s photo album.
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Intermediate Night Photography

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Intermediate Night Photography

If you have dabbled in night photography, you are probably familiar with the unique lighting scenarios and magical images you can capture once the lights are out. You may think of night as a black time, but streetlights, signs, and car headlights add colored light to photos that you do not encounter during the light of day. You can challenge yourself and create beautiful images capturing fluorescent, tungsten, yellow/orange streetlights, or even multi colored neon light sources. There are also natural sources of light in the moon and stars just begging to be photographed. If you have already gone to the dark side and delved into the exciting world of night photography, read on to discover some new tricks to try. Jaw dropping photos await!
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Your Next Tripod: The 8 Most Important Features

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Your Next Tripod: The 8 Most Important Features

Tripods are used for a menagerie of photographic purposes. Projects like self-portraits, extended exposure work, and low-light situations are just a few genres that require a tripod because it adds the necessary stability that just can’t be matched by hand holding your camera. Because of their importance, it’s vital to know what to look for before making an investment in a tripod that can’t meet your needs. Here are some things to think about before you take the plunge.
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8 Accessories Every Photographer Needs

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8 Accessories Every Photographer Needs

Technically, to be a photographer, you just need a camera but there are a few gadgets that will make your photography life exponentially easier and many of them cost less than a few dollars. Here is my list of the eight accessories every photographer needs:
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8 Ways to Steady Your Camera Without A Tripod

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8 Ways to Steady Your Camera Without A Tripod

“You should have shot that with a tripod.”

Ah, those hated words. They’re meant to be helpful, they really are. But it’s advice that doesn’t always mean anything, because sometimes you just can’t shoot with a tripod. So what do you do? Here are 8 ways to steady your camera if you don’t have a tripod handy.
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Panning: Capture Motion Blur and Keep your Subject in Focus

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Panning: Capture Motion Blur and Keep your Subject in Focus

If you enjoy sports and other fast-moving things, then you’ve probably spent some time marveling at the amazing photos some photographers manage to capture of fast-moving subjects. You know the ones I mean: a sharp subject against a streaky, blurred background. A photo that says “speed.”

You may even have tried to capture a similar image. And unless you tried again … and again … and again … you probably came away from the experience frustrated and disappointed.

That’s because this technique, which has the deceptively simple name “panning,” is extremely difficult to master. And even photographers who have mastered it still get it wrong some of the time–maybe even most of the time, depending on how challenging the subject is. But I’ll show you the tricks to give yourself a better-than-even chance!
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Taking Your First Night Photos

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Taking Your First Night Photos

We all lead busy lives. The world is likely dark when you get up and has already settled back into darkness by the time you get home. Not exactly great for getting your camera out and taking some shots. Have you ever considered getting out at night to take photos? Night photography can be intimidating but don’t be afraid of the dark! Read on to learn how to take your first night photographs. Night, night baby!
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How To Shoot Photos in the Dark

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How To Shoot Photos in the Dark

Light! It’s the single most important element in any photograph. Without light, you’ve got no image. Without the right light, you’ve got a bad image. In photography, light is everything.

And with that in mind, I’m going to tell you how to shoot photos in the dark.

But wait, didn’t you just say that light is everything? Yes, I did. And the reason that you can still take great photos in the dark is because – with the possible exception of a very deep cave or a crevasse at the bottom of the ocean – there’s really no such thing as “dark” here on Earth.
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Motion Blur Photography

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Motion Blur Photography

Every photographer knows the anguish of a photo that’s been messed up by motion blur. It happens to all of us – you’re trying to shoot a soccer game at dusk, and as it gets darker your aperture gets wider and your shutter speed gets slower. Finally, you capture that trick shot your son has been practicing all season and, dang. Motion blur. Your soccer star’s feet don’t show clearly, and the background is a mess. The ball looks kind of cool, though.

Ah ha! That’s the part you have to hang on to. The ball looks kind of cool. And motion blur photographs can be really cool, if you shoot them correctly, with purpose, and if you shoot a lot of them.
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Tips For Long Exposure Photography

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Tips For Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography is something most hobbyists have tried at some point or another. Slow shutter speeds are necessary, after all, for capturing flash-free images after dark. But long exposures aren’t just for low light. Those surreal-looking photos of streaky skies and misty waters are long exposures, too. Let’s see how to take them!
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How To Photograph a Rainbow

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How To Photograph a Rainbow

So you’re driving home from work one day, and your DSLR is sitting in the passenger seat next to you. It just stopped raining and the light is amazing – so amazing that you’re tempted to pull over and take a photograph. Then you see it: a real reason to stop and take a photo. A rainbow has appeared in a nearby field, just between a red barn and a couple of cows. You stop your car and lift the camera, but for some reason the rainbow looks faint – almost non-existent – in your viewfinder. You snap the photo anyway, but the rainbow looks faint on the image, too. You look up – the rainbow still looks as brilliant as it did before, but for some reason it’s avoiding your camera. What did you do wrong?
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