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On-Camera TTL Flash Photography Tips

On-Camera TTL Flash Photography Tips

If you’ve bought a DSLR hoping to take professional-looking pictures indoors, you’re halfway there. Just remember not to use the built-in flash. You might have also heard that a speedlight (external flash unit) will improve your pictures dramatically. Again, you’re halfway there. The other half of the story is how you use these tools. They’re […]

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Timelapse Tilt-Shift Effect Tutorial

Timelapse Tilt-Shift Effect Tutorial

The miniature tilt-shift effect works fantastically well in timelapse photography. The usual way to create this miniature effect is to use a tilt-shift lens; however, these lenses are expensive. It’s much easier to create this effect in post-production using Adobe Premier, Photoshop, and After Effects. Rob Nelson explains how:  The trick to shooting this miniature effect […]

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10 Tips to Improve Your Photography & Camera Skills

10 Tips to Improve Your Photography & Camera Skills

I am always looking for a way to convey a message in my photography. That often means finding a bizarre angle, a lower vantage point, or simply getting closer. But all in all, every photograph is about telling a story, and to do so, you need a connection. 1. Get to know your camera. Cameras […]

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The Travel Photographer’s Decisive Moment

The Travel Photographer’s Decisive Moment

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.” –Henri Cartier-Bresson According to photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the most profound photographs are those that capture the decisive moment—the moment when […]

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How to Define Yourself as a Photographer

How to Define Yourself as a Photographer

There comes a point in time when you will need to decide what type of photography you like and the specific genres you want to focus on. Most of us start out as generalists, shooting anything and everything that tickles our fancies. But eventually you need to decide on what type of photographer you are […]

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How to Get Rid of Color Cast in Flash Photography

How to Get Rid of Color Cast in Flash Photography

When working with flash, one technique is to bounce it off the walls and ceiling instead of pointing it directly at the subject. This method prevents harsh shadows and hot spots. However, color cast can be a real issue if you’re not careful. As the flash bounces off the walls, the color of the wall […]

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Integrating a Bed Sheet with Long Exposure Light Painting

Integrating a Bed Sheet with Long Exposure Light Painting

Light painting allows you to express the artist within you. This is a form of photography wherein you can create an image as you imagine. The space around you becomes a blank canvas and the light source is your brush. Light painting expert Jason Rinehart demonstrates how you can create amazing long exposure light painting effects […]

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Why You Should Turn Off the Built-In Flash on Your Camera Right Now

Why You Should Turn Off the Built-In Flash on Your Camera Right Now

We’ve all gone to sporting events and seen the audience cameras flashing two hundred or more yards distant from the action on the field. The truth is that they are all wasting their time and batteries. Sure, they will get some passable pictures, but that will be from the stadium lights. A camera flash cannot […]

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How to Use a Mirror for Creative Portrait Photography

How to Use a Mirror for Creative Portrait Photography

Work gets tough for photographers when there are shiny surfaces involved. Mirrors, for example, cause glare and produce stray light. But when used carefully, mirrors can make for great images. Photographer Daniel Norton from Adorama demonstrates how you can use a mirror creatively for a portrait shoot: Lighting Setup For the purpose of this photo […]

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Landscape Photography with a Telephoto Lens: 5 Reasons to Try

Landscape Photography with a Telephoto Lens: 5 Reasons to Try

When we think of landscape photography, the lens of choice is almost always on the wider side. Wider lenses allow you to include more of the scene in the shot. But photographer Jay P. Morgan has some other ideas. He proposes the idea of using a telephoto zoom lens for landscape photography and gives five reasons […]

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