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Camera Modes: Setting Aperture and Shutter Speed

Camera Modes: Setting Aperture and Shutter Speed

You might think that acquiring a $1,000 DSLR makes you a photographer. In truth, the first step down the “photographer road” is switching from auto mode to experimenting in AV, TV, and M. But, what do those letters mean? Each mode is essentially a different way of controlling exposure, applying ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. […]

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Beauty Dish Portrait Lighting Tutorial

Beauty Dish Portrait Lighting Tutorial

A beauty dish creates harsh, directional light. It doesn’t actually produce beautiful light. And yet it’s called a beauty dish! I you haven’t yet mastered how to consistently create good light, a beauty dish will only accentuate your lack of knowledge and your subject’s skin flaws. So when and how should you use a beauty […]

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Using Luminar’s Unique Filters to Make Your Landscapes Come Alive

Using Luminar’s Unique Filters to Make Your Landscapes Come Alive

Everyone knows that post-processing is the key to making your landscape photos shine, but not everyone wants to spend a lot of time behind a computer. Today I wanted to take a closer look at Luminar 2018 for photo editing (currently on sale for the Holidays). Its interface is not only intuitive and fun, it’s […]

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How to Take Your Own Self and Family Portraits

How to Take Your Own Self and Family Portraits

“We receive so many comments that say something along the lines of, ‘I take great portraits of my friends, but they never take any great portraits of me.’” Mango Street created this video to demonstrate how they work around not having a photographer for portraits. In this case, the two of them work to create […]

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Waterfall Photography Tips and Techniques

Waterfall Photography Tips and Techniques

Waterfalls seem to grab the hearts and minds of people. Go to any location that has one or more waterfalls and it is pretty much a guarantee that they will be a major attraction, if not the main attraction, of the area. However, as beautiful as waterfalls are, it is not so easy to capture […]

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7 Tips to Improve Your Street Photography

7 Tips to Improve Your Street Photography

Street photography is probably one of the most difficult genres of photography to get into. Just the getting into bit is difficult because of the inhibitions. The whole idea of having to stand in front of a complete stranger and taking a picture can be intimidating. Eduardo Pavez Goye has some ideas to make this […]

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How to Use White Balance in Photography

How to Use White Balance in Photography

Every digital camera has a White Balance or Automatic White Balance (AWB) setting in the camera menu. But how many of us actually use it or even know what it is for? Fortunately, most manufacturers have the Automatic White Balance pre-set in their cameras when they are shipped out. So most consumers are using it […]

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10 Helpful Tidbits for Every Beginner Photographer

10 Helpful Tidbits for Every Beginner Photographer

Considering just how commonplace cameras have become in everything from our phones to our computers, it can be difficult for many amateurs to understand that there’s much more to the art of photography than simply pressing down on the shutter. Many beginners are surprised to learn just how hard it can be to nail down […]

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How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree

How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is upon us. Your tree is all decorated and presents are piled up underneath. So how do you take photos of your Christmas tree? Here are a few tips: 1. Don’t use flash. Although this may seem counter-intuitive, if you use a flash, it’ll evenly light the tree, […]

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The Rule of Tenths in Photography

The Rule of Tenths in Photography

Chances are greater than not that you’ve heard about the rule of thirds at some point. After all, it’s one of the first things most photographers are taught about composition. But have you ever heard of the rule of tenths? There’s really not all that much to the rule of tenths. If you understand the […]

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