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Take Oustanding Wildlife Photographs

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Take Oustanding Wildlife Photographs

Almost everyone who owns a camera and has at least a passing interest in the great outdoors hopes to get that once-in-a-lifetime shot of a coyote, a deer, or some other elusive wild animal. And if you’re like most hobby photographers, then you’ve probably managed to miss more shots than you’ve actually captured.

That’s because it’s hard to photograph wildlife. Not only do most wild animals not want to be photographed, they don’t want to have anything to do with you. At all. That makes them particularly difficult subjects, which is why wildlife photography can be so rewarding. So how can you take your wildlife photography from the level of That-Spec-in-the-Distance-is-a-Deer to National-Geographic-has-Nothing-on-Me?
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24 Outstanding Shots of Wildlife

24 Outstanding Shots of Wildlife

Wild animals are probably the most challenging living subjects to photograph. They are elusive, uncooperative and not very fond of humans–which means that capturing photos of them is an exercise in patience and skill. Finding wildlife is just the first step; if you want truly amazing images of those deer, foxes and coyotes you need to devote long periods of time and lots of frames to the endeavor. These are just a few examples of what kind of images you can get with enough patience and knowledge.
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10 Tips for Better Flower Photography

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10 Tips for Better Flower Photography

As people, we are awed by nature. Despite everything we arguably do to hinder it, somehow it perseveres on, evidenced by the dandelion stubbornly reaching through a crack in the sidewalk or a tree being born from the ashes of a terrible forest fire. With that awe comes the desire to capture the beauty around us and keep it with us. And as photographers, we do this by taking photographs. Here are ten tips to help you improve your flower photography so you too can take nature’s wonders with you.
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Three Best Lenses for your DSLR

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Three Best Lenses for your DSLR

The best lenses for your DSLR depend on a lot of factors. Variables such as the camera brand, camera model, types of photography you do most, and your personal preferences are all components to picking the best lenses for your specific needs. Here I’ve outlined some recommendations that take those variants into consideration. Read on, but please try not to get gear envy!
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How to Photograph Hummingbirds

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How to Photograph Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. Besides being colorful and often iridescent, hummingbirds are also unique compared to other birds. Depending on the species, a hummingbird’s wings move between 12 and 80 times per second (imagine trying to do that with your arms). They can fly forwards and backwards and can reach speeds up to 34 miles per hour. The smallest living species of bird is the bee hummingbird, which measures just 2 to 2 1/2 inches long and weighs less than 1/10th of an ounce.

So is it any wonder that photographers are drawn to these birds? Fortunately, with the right equipment and a little bit of knowledge about these tiny subjects, almost anyone can photograph a hummingbird.
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Tips for Underwater Photography

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Tips for Underwater Photography

Underwater photography used to be out of reach for the hobbyist. Equipment was expensive and specialized and the process was impractical – film cameras could only shoot 36 photos at a time, which meant that a diver would have to constantly resurface to change rolls. Back in those days, looking at underwater photos in the pages of National Geographic was about as close as the average Joe could get to being an underwater photographer.

Today, improvements in camera technology and the advent of digital cameras have meant that underwater photography is something almost anyone can try. And as far as the expense goes, you can choose to spend a lot of money or you can choose to be conservative – big bucks are no longer a requirement.
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Photographing Birds In Flight

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Photographing Birds In Flight

You remember those holidays with Mom and Dad, right? When they brought their little point and shoot along to the beach and took some snaps of the seagulls flying by (just before they got sand in the camera)? Like many tourists, they were probably excited to see those shots in print – and then disappointed to discover that the birds that seemed so close and photographic at the moment the shutter was released are nothing more than blurry specs on an overexposed sky. Sigh.

Despite the rapid advance of camera technology, the same problem might plague you even today. But don’t sweat it – owning a camera doesn’t automatically make you a National Geographic photographer. Those stunning shots of bald eagles catching an updraft and pelicans cruising above a sandy shore are hard to master, and are often accomplished with expensive equipment and a whole lot of wasted frames. So does that mean it’s impossible for a hobbyist to capture a beautiful shot of a bird in flight? Not if you keep these tips in mind.
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How To Take Memorable Photos

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How To Take Memorable Photos

Quick, think back on all the photos you’ve seen in your life. What, you can’t remember them all? You can’t even remember most of them? So which ones do you remember? Chances are, there are a few that immediately come to mind. How about Raising the flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal? Or Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry, or Lunch Atop a Skyscraper by Charles C. Ebbets? And now that you can name a handful of unforgettable images, can you put your finger on what it is that makes them so unforgettable?

Not all photos are memorable. In fact, most photos aren’t memorable. Just cruise through Flickr or some other photo sharing service and then quiz yourself 15 minutes later about what you saw. How many photos do you think you’ll be able to describe from memory? One or two? Any at all?

As a photographer, you want your photos to be memorable. It’s probably the main reason why you take photos in the first place – either because you want to preserve your own memories, or because you want to create art that someone else will remember. So creating images that will remain in your viewer’s mind long after he looks the other way is quite possibly the most important photography challenge you face. Let’s see how…
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Animal and Wildlife Photography

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Animal and Wildlife Photography

We all have them. Those photos from the family camping trip or from a hike in the woods–you know, when you spotted a deer or a wild turkey and you snapped a photo with your point-and-shoot. And now when you show that photo to your friends and family, you have to tell them what they’re looking at because said deer or wild turkey is a mere spec in the center of the frame.

Wildlife photography is difficult, because wild animals are, believe it or not, even less willing to be photographed than an active toddler or a moody teenager. So what can you do to turn that little spec in the frame into a photo that any National Geographic photographer would be proud of?
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Are you an Unethical Photographer? 3 Things to Avoid

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Are you an Unethical Photographer? 3 Things to Avoid

How can an art form like photography be unethical? After all, we are merely capturing what is already out there. If people are acting a certain way, isn’t it their own fault for making their display so public? Not really. Photography is just like any creative endeavor. It has the power to uplift others, and it also has the power to destroy them. It can change communities halfway across the planet, or it can serve our own egos. Have you done any of these unethical things?
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The Photographer’s Trinity: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

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The Photographer’s Trinity: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

The Photography Trinity are three aspects of photography that go hand in hand: the aperture, the shutter speed, and ISO. Whenever you make a change to one, you have to make a change to the others in order to balance everything out. In this tip, we’ll have a look at how all of this comes together to create the perfect image.
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How To Photograph Small Insects

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How To Photograph Small Insects

Insects are a subject with boundless possibilities, and you can find them everywhere you look. With summer upon us (and spring really close for those in the southern hemisphere), now is the time to get out there and take some amazing insect images. You don’t need the most expensive camera setup to take these interesting photos right from your back yard. I’ll show you how.
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How to use trap focus to get better sports and wildlife shots

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How to use trap focus to get better sports and wildlife shots

Before I start this tip, I should mention that trap focus mode is only available on digital SLR camera models. It is an advanced feature that will take a little technical expertise to master, but once you figure it out, it will improve your accuracy when you’re taking pictures of moving subjects. Trap focus mode is currently available on most digital SLRs, even if it isn’t advertised as such. Let’s have a look.
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How To Photograph An African Safari

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How To Photograph An African Safari

It’s a dream for most photographers to do an African Safari. With so much wildlife right at your doorstep, it’s downright humbling. Even if you aren’t heading off to Africa anytime soon, the tips is this article are still useful for capturing wildlife pictures while you’re moving around in the wilderness. The key is to develop quick photographic reflexes so you can get the shot before it’s gone. I’ll show you how.
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Getting The Most Out Of Your Camera This Summer

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Camera This Summer

Summer is one of the best times to sharpen your skills as a photographer. Not only is there more light for longer, you don’t feel uncomfortably cold or restrained while operating your camera. You can go out for as long as you want, day or night, and take great photos when the opportunity is the best. Summer also presents a few challenges to the photographer. With an overabundance of light, it can sometimes be difficult to capture your subject the way you see it. Try out the following tips to get the most out of your camera this summer.
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