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5 Reasons Your Pictures Are Blurry

5 Reasons Your Pictures Are Blurry

We’ve all been disappointed and frustrated by blurry photos. But what exactly causes the blur? And how can you keep it from happening? Tony and Chelsea Northrup have taken the most common mistakes that cause blurry photos and squeezed them into a very helpful video: 1. Camera shake Motion blur occurs when your shutter speed […]

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Christmas Light Photography Tips

Christmas Light Photography Tips

For more glow in your christmas light photos: Topaz Glow Launch Sale At this time of year, many of the world’s cultures and religions celebrate holidays that involve lights. While the use of lights and candles is often explained in terms of the rites of the particular culture, most scholars agree that the lights came […]

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Using an Egg to Understand Portrait Photography Lighting

Using an Egg to Understand Portrait Photography Lighting

So, how exactly does an egg teach you about lighting? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. As Joe Edelman outlines in the following video, by standing an egg upright and moving a light in a 360-degree rotation around it and over the the top from front to back, you will be able to see exactly what […]

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Starting Out With Studio Flash Systems

Starting Out With Studio Flash Systems

Most aspiring photographers start out with natural lights and then move up to speedlights, mostly due to portability, price, and the fact that they can double as studio flashes. But there is a point in time when you’ll consider upgrading to a studio flash, and there are a several reasons to do so: Most photographers […]

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Snapselect: Resolving Your Photo Library Mess

Snapselect: Resolving Your Photo Library Mess

It happens to all of us. You come back from a great day of shooting only to dread the hours of sorting through photos to uncover your best shots. Whether it’s a soccer tournament, a day at the zoo, a birthday party, or a vacation, there’s no denying that you’re going to shoot a LOT. […]

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What Makes A Great Photograph Great?

What Makes A Great Photograph Great?

What makes a great photo great? It’s not all about the lighting, the equipment, the technicalities we as photographers tend to get so wrapped up in. A truly great photograph is so much more than that. It will posses the ability to stop a person in their tracks for a second look. Such as in […]

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4 Basic Ideas for Photographing Birds

4 Basic Ideas for Photographing Birds

Like many photographers, I enjoy taking pictures of birds. Occasionally, I’m asked about my methods and thoughts for catching my images. Here is what has worked for me—a sort of photo philosophy, if you will, of some basics of bird photography. Photograph the Ordinary First of all, appreciate backyard birds and other local fauna. In […]

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Food Photography: Recipe for a Great Image

Food Photography: Recipe for a Great Image

Of all the types of photography that I am involved with, I seem to get more questions about food photography than just about everything else combined. I appreciate that not everyone who drives a car wants to know how the engine works so—with that principle in mind—I have prepared this checklist that should yield a […]

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Photographer Uses Wet Plate Process to Create True Self Portraits

Photographer Uses Wet Plate Process to Create True Self Portraits

Recently I wrote an article about tintype photography. Today I’m writing about its brother process: wet plate. The photographer who makes this happen? Ian Ruhter: I’m excited to see people bringing “ancient” techniques back to life. Photography often isn’t all about the final product and the model. More often than not the process of creating […]

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Rollerblading Photographer Takes Motorcycle Photo Shoot to a Dangerous Level

Rollerblading Photographer Takes Motorcycle Photo Shoot to a Dangerous Level

Commercial and editorial photographer Matthew Jones has been shooting motorcycles and bikers for years, but for the photo session featured in the following video, he elevates his work to a whole new level. Instead of riding alongside the motorcycle in a vehicle or on the back of another bike, Jones straps on a pair of freshly oiled rollerblades: […]

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