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Optical Image Stabilization Explained in Under 4 Minutes

Optical Image Stabilization Explained in Under 4 Minutes

If buying a new camera or lens gives you nightmares of random photography terminology, you are not alone. The cloud of jargon can be confusing indeed. One term that you’re likely to hear more often than others is optical image stabilization. A simple explanation is that it helps to get a sharper image, especially when your […]

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Night Photography: Try It

Night Photography: Try It

Why do so many casual and amateur photographers shy away from taking pictures once the sun goes down? Haven’t they seen the great pictures taken at night by other photographers? Maybe they think those type pictures can only be made by professional photographers with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Well that line of thinking […]

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How to Blend Exposures in Photoshop

How to Blend Exposures in Photoshop

When presented with an ethereal sunset or sunrise we tend to get lost in the myriad of camera settings and options. By the time we figure out what settings to use, the opportunity to capture the moment may have already passed. But if you’re clever enough to capture several exposures using the Auto Exposure Bracketing feature, […]

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Angry Man Portrait Lighting Tutorial

Angry Man Portrait Lighting Tutorial

This image by Karl Taylor, actually a composite of two images, uses a complex four light arrangement. It involves one beauty dish, two large softboxes, a background light and a tri-reflector. Although the word complex was used to describe it, the setup is actually very easy to replicate. The diagrams below are a rough breakdown […]

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How to Take Great Photos at Night

How to Take Great Photos at Night

Have you ever tried to take a photo at night, outside, and it came out terribly? Perhaps you were on vacation and saw a postcard of cars whizzing by the Eiffel Tower, streams of light from the headlights in the foreground and the beautiful monument in the background. But when you tried to replicate the […]

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How to Develop Black and White Film with Beer

How to Develop Black and White Film with Beer

What’s the best way for a photographer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? By visiting the darkroom with a pint of Guinness in hand, of course! Believe it or not, it is possible to use warm beer to develop black and white film. As a part of his One Year with Film Only project, Vincent Moschetti describes in […]

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The Rise of Photography on the NY Times Front Page

The Rise of Photography on the NY Times Front Page

At first, it was pages after pages of boring black print over white newsprint. As the advent of image printing came about, the boring chronology was suddenly punctuated by images, albeit in monochrome. Then after a long gestation, suddenly color images bloomed. The front page of one of the oldest running dailies in the world burst […]

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Night Photography Tips

Night Photography Tips

If your digital camera has manual mode and manual focus, you can learn to take successful night photographs on your first try. Try various control combinations and check your results on your camera’s LCD screen. Try starting with these settings then alter your shutter speed as needed: ISO: Try starting with a low ISO speed […]

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DIY 50mm f/1.2 Lens for Photographers on a Budget

DIY 50mm f/1.2 Lens for Photographers on a Budget

One of the most difficult parts of delving into photography is the inevitable costs involved. Cameras, lenses, and lights are all necessities of the trade. Nevertheless, purchasing gear can be a strain on an artist’s wallet. Seeking out creative, affordable options, Mathieu Stern used just two inexpensive products to create a makeshift fixed 50mm lens of his own: […]

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How to Find Interesting Photos in “Boring” Locations

How to Find Interesting Photos in “Boring” Locations

Most photographers would consider the New Forest in southern England an absolute joy to shoot. It’s colorful, expansive, peaceful and exotic, filled with birds, deer and livestock. But for Mike Browne, it’s boring old home—a place he’s lived nearby for dozens of years, and shot more times than he cares to count. And yet, that’s exactly why he […]

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