Auto White Balance: Yay or Nay?

January 15th, 2018

So what exactly is white balance and why is it so important to digital photography?

The rudimentary answer is that light (the foundation of photography) has variable color temperatures at different times of the day. Your eyes are much better at processing color than a digital camera. Thus a white object will always appear white to you, despite the conditions. White balance is the process that the camera uses to remove color casts produced by these different color temperatures and helps your camera emulate whaty our eyes do naturally when dealing with white.

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23 Star Struck Images of Celestial Subjects

January 5th, 2018

We can be star struck in more than one way. Celebrity sightings of famous Hollywood stars is one way, the other is by the celestial stars themselves – literally!

Let’s look at a few images of celestial subjects and see how they can be captured in photographs:

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7 Reasons Why You Should Art Direct Your Travel Photography.

January 2nd, 2018

Purists will say that it’s cheating. While the ideal scenario is always for everything in your composition to be natural, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. It may be that you are in a far off place that not many people will visit, or it could be that you require a very specific type of photo to illustrate a story. Whatever the reason, sometimes it pays to think about what you are trying to communicate and then set the scene up to bring your vision to life. Here are seven reasons why you should art direct your travel photography.

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Manual Mode or Exposure Compensation – Which is Best?

December 4th, 2017

A Post By: Andrew S. Gibson

As you may know, cameras often get exposure wrong. The question is, what do you do when you realize that the exposure settings suggested by your camera are not right?

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Why You Should Make Dark Images.

October 30th, 2017

One of the most unexplored aspects in digital photography is the dark image.

With digital, we have built-in light metershistograms, incredible ISO capabilities, and processing programs, which make it much easier to expose our images brightly in all different lighting situations. This can have the effect of making photographers feel that they need to expose all of their images with a neutral histogram, where you can see the image perfectly well, with some information in the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows.

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A Simple Way to Conquer Your Fear of Street Photography.

October 29th, 2017

Frustrating, isn’t it? You are ready to go out, your camera is in your hands, it’s a nice day outside and once you actually go where people are….panic starts settling in. It’s that old fear of street photography.

It’s almost like, as soon as you start putting the camera to your eye, your heart starts beating faster and you start sweating. You can’t think about the picture anymore, it’s gone. You are pretty sure you can get a nice shot if only you could get close enough. But you chose to play it safe and settle for some wide angles where everyone is pretty far away.

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11 Stages That Every Photographer Goes Through.

October 10th, 2017

How the $*#$ do I use this thing!!?!

While I hope you take this article as tongue and cheek, and realize that a decent amount of this is talking to my early self – the reality is that there is a pretty consistent learning curve that many photographers go through.

While hopefully your learning curve will not be this extreme, I think that understanding it will help you to have as much fun as possible progressing through the photography learning process.

Here is my belief about the typical progression, or the 11 stages a photographer goes through:

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18 Tranquil Images of Blue to Cool Your Thoughts.

October 2nd, 2017

Different colors evoke different emotions and have a different feeling to them. Warm colors like red, orange and yellow feel alive and vibrant. Cool colors like purple, green and blue feel calming and relaxing.

Here is an image collection of various different photographers use of the color blue. View each and see how they make you feel. Do these blue images have a calming effect on you? I feel more relaxed just looking them.

I’ll start off with three of my images from the “blue” city of Chefchaouen in Morocco.

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Why Wireless Tethering Will Improve Your Photography.

September 20th, 2017

A Post By: Suzi Pratt

As a photographer, shooting tethered is one of the best ways to improve your photography skills. Tethering helps you zoom into the details of your shots on a big screen so you can make adjustments as you go. It also encourages collaboration by keeping your photo subject or client engaged if they’re on location with you. In this article, I’ll explain what tethered shooting is and why wireless tethering with an app like CamRanger is the best choice.

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How to Cull Your Images to Tell a Stronger Story in Your Blog or Social Media Posts.

September 13th, 2017

A Post By: Laura Sullivan

I have this photographer friend. This person is wildly talented, with impeccable images and an amazing eye. I love seeing what she is going to create next until she puts up a blog post. So let’s talk about how and why to cull your images.

These posts are usually a long, meandering wander through her shoots, with no thought to tell a story. Images that you swear are repeats – until you look closely and realize the model’s left pinky finger has maybe moved ever so slightly. Blurry shots that should have been culled in the first round. It boggles my dang mind to look at these posts because we as photographers should know better.

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