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What Makes a Photographer a Photographer?

What Makes a Photographer a Photographer?

With the technology of photography having evolved in leaps and bounds, with the whole process of image making having become inherently simple, the distinction between a photographer and an amateur camera-wielder has simply vanished. What was once nothing short of magic has become commonplace. But has that improved the quality of photography? If image making […]

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Pancake Lens Photo Techniques

Pancake Lens Photo Techniques

The concept of the pancake lens has interested me for a while now, so when Canon announced its 40mm pancake lens I bought one. So far it has proved a useful addition to my lens collection. But what exactly is a pancake lens? Is the lens as good in practice as I hoped? Here are […]

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Photographing Athletes Hanging from a Skyscraper

Photographing Athletes Hanging from a Skyscraper

Benjamin Von Wong is never shy to accept a challenge, be it swimming with sharks several feet underwater or shooting in bad weather. So when Nike put the ball in his court, he was game: The challenge? Suspend a subject 36 floors up a building face using a harness. To make matters more complicated, his […]

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What Does Practice Mean When it Comes to Photography?

What Does Practice Mean When it Comes to Photography?

In sports—or almost anything else—one learns there is a period of practice or apprenticeship, a time of learning. I’ve said before that one needs to take lots of pictures as part of the learning process. But like anything else, try to do the ‘practice’ part correctly. If someone were to drill scales on the piano […]

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Milky Way Panorama Photo Tutorial

Milky Way Panorama Photo Tutorial

A Milky Way panorama is the sort of image that every photographer probably wants to have in their portfolio. The more dramatic, the better. While the choice of location is up to you, there’s much more to getting a great shot. Milky Way Mike shares the basics of stitching a Milky Way panorama and other […]

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Film Photography: Why You Should Try It Out

Film Photography: Why You Should Try It Out

So I’m guessing not many of you are using film cameras these days. The few of you who are, good for you! This dying form of photography is still magical to me. I recently got into it again, on the sideline, and I definitely believe it’s helped me as a photographer in general. Knowing that […]

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Infographic: The Hidden Costs of Photographing a Wedding

Infographic: The Hidden Costs of Photographing a Wedding

When you’re a photographer, it’s only a matter of time before friends and acquaintances start asking you to do them favors—favors like photographing their weddings. And it’s tempting. You’re a good friend. You like taking pictures. And it’s just a few hours of work, right? Wrong. Before you think about working for next to nothing, […]

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Amazing Photography Rube Goldberg Machine

Amazing Photography Rube Goldberg Machine

Though many of you may have heard of or even seen a Rube Goldberg machine, you may not be familiar with the term. Ever seen one of those videos that starts out with a line of dominoes falling that hits a ball which in turn triggers a fan which then makes a hammer smash something? […]

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7 Keys for Creating Stunning Urban Landscape Photography

7 Keys for Creating Stunning Urban Landscape Photography

When thinking of landscape photography, what often comes to mind are photographs of mountainsides or desolate beaches, but landscape photography is not limited to the wilderness. With a little preparation and forethought, great landscape photographs can also be taken in urban settings. Here’s a quick primer to get you on the right track. 1. Foreground, […]

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A Simple Setup for Cosmetic Product Photography

A Simple Setup for Cosmetic Product Photography

Getting a classic, high-key look in product photography doesn’t have to be expensive. In the video below, photographer Dustin Dolby of Workphlo demonstrates a simple, two-light setup that’s easy both on the budget and post-production time: If you’re into product photography–particularly for cosmetics–you’ve probably seen a number of crazy setups using multiple lights, snoots, and […]

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