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Photography Zoom Effect: Racking the Lens Technique

Photography Zoom Effect: Racking the Lens Technique

A zoom effect, in photography terms, is an effect in an image that looks like the subject is moving either toward you or away from you with lines of motion. It’s also known as racking the lens. The information in this article pertains to creating this look in-camera and not the post production technique (in [...]

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The Most Effective Way to Reduce Noise in Your Photos Using Photoshop

The Most Effective Way to Reduce Noise in Your Photos Using Photoshop

Advancing technology has improved image quality, and while digital noise isn’t as much of a problem as it once was, it is still an issue that needs attention in some photographs. Watch as Bryan O’Neil Hughes walks us through the process he uses to reduce noise using Photoshop: Hughes starts his noise reduction workflow in the [...]

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How to Use a Diffuser for Soft Portrait Lighting

How to Use a Diffuser for Soft Portrait Lighting

When shooting outdoors, the sun often creates overly bright highlights and harsh shadows on the skin. A good portrait photographer knows just what to pull out of his camera bag to help him combat this commonly overlooked aspect of outdoor photo shoots. Join Joe McNally as he shares his setup and lighting theory with us [...]

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Exploring the Wonders of the World Through Timelapse, Microscopes, and High Speed Photography

Exploring the Wonders of the World Through Timelapse, Microscopes, and High Speed Photography

Technology is expanding at extraordinary rates, and with these advances our cameras become more and more capable of capturing images at dizzying speeds. Some high speed cameras are capable of capturing 1,000 frames per second at an astounding 4K resolution. In the following TED Talk, Louie Schwartzberg shows us some hidden miracles in our world [...]

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Camera Basics 101

Camera Basics 101

Final Reminder: Only a few days left! in the deal on: Topaz Adjust at 50% Off Your camera is actually nothing more than a box with a hole in it. Yes, all that money you’ve spent and that is basically what you’ve got. The basics of a camera have changed very little since day one. You have [...]

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7 Clever Smartphone Photography Tricks

7 Clever Smartphone Photography Tricks

Excited about your new smartphone, but never really thought of its camera as good for anything more than the occasional snap or selfie? Check out the video below where photographer Lorenz Holder uses his iPhone 5S to demonstrate how you can use your smartphone camera for amazing photographic effects: Here are seven smartphone photography tricks [...]

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How to Create Soft Directional Light for Your Portraits

How to Create Soft Directional Light for Your Portraits

Portrait photographers have always craved the know-how to create soft directional light for their work. Wait a minute! Soft directional light? Sounds kind of like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. And in this video, photographer Joe McNally shows exactly how to create it: You’d think that directional light would be harsh, more edgy, [...]

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Incredible Timelapse of New Zealand: Amplitude

Incredible Timelapse of New Zealand: Amplitude

New Zealand—both the nature lover and photographer’s dream. An island nation known for its utterly breath taking landscapes—from deep fjords, sky high waterfalls, ancient glaciers and rolling hills. It is hard to capture the true beauty and essence of a place on film. However, Martin Heck did a really, really good job of it: Heck [...]

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Top 10 Qualities of a Great Photographer

Top 10 Qualities of a Great Photographer

What are the top 10 qualities of a great photographer? It takes more than just a nice camera and a desire to take pretty pictures to be successful in this creative yet technical professional field. Whether you want to work for newspapers, magazines, portrait studios, or as a freelance event photographer, there are a few [...]

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Expert Advice for Photographing Bands

Expert Advice for Photographing Bands

Mads Perch is a Danish-born, London-based photographer, whose creative artistry has gained him international recognition, particularly in the music world. Although he has an eclectic range of clients and genres, he’s best known for capturing the soul and feel of a band. In the video below, Perch discusses what’s behind this almost magical ability to [...]

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