Friday, August 30, 2013

Garden Bird Photography Tips – PictureCorrect

Garden Bird Photography Tips – PictureCorrect: "The great thing about photographing garden birds is that it’s much easier than going out to a reserve or park, and therefore much simpler for beginners. When starting out with bird photography, you want to minimize expensive equipment until you know that you enjoy it and are capable enough to pursue it."

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Keeping It Real With HDR | OutdoorPhotographer.com

Keeping It Real With HDR | OutdoorPhotographer.com: "One of the most frequent questions I'm asked by students in my landscape photography workshops is, "How do I make my HDR photographs look more realistic?" To answer that question, we first need a clear understanding of the problem. Our eyes can see a range of light intensities, from brightest highlight to darkest shadow, of something like 10,000 to one. A print can only display a range of light intensities of about 50 to one. In that sense, it's impossible for a print to ever look completely "real." But it's possible to get close—close enough that a print evokes many of the same emotions in the viewer that the real scene evoked in the photographer."

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14 Impressive Examples of How to Use Reflections in Photography to Add Depth – PictureCorrect

14 Impressive Examples of How to Use Reflections in Photography to Add Depth – PictureCorrect: "A reflection is an excellent way to instantly create an interesting composition in your photograph. It could involve an expanse of water, a mirror, or even the chrome of an automobile trim! Today we’ve collected 14 interesting examples of reflections in photography for your inspiration and enjoyment:"

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Crop or resize? What happens when you pick a lower pixel count setting by Digital Photo Secrets

Crop or resize? What happens when you pick a lower pixel count setting by Digital Photo Secrets: "Sometimes it helps to select a lower pixel count when taking a photo. It helps to reduce file size, allowing you to take a long continuous stream of photos or simply store more on your memory card. But what happens to the image when you do this? Does the camera crop the image, or does the image simply get resized?"

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Monochrome Mode: Why Use It? by Digital Photo Secrets

Monochrome Mode: Why Use It? by Digital Photo Secrets: "Black and white photography is considered to be classic and expressively emotional. After all this time and technology, it remains quite a popular format among all genres. However, unless you’ve spent time reading your camera’s manual or poking around the settings, you might not be aware that there’s a “Monochrome” option. This setting lets you both preview and shoot in black and white."

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Popular Casual Poses When Photographing People by Digital Photo Secrets

Popular Casual Poses When Photographing People by Digital Photo Secrets: "People make for one of the most popular subjects, if not the most popular subject, photographed. But, obviously they’re quite different to photograph than a mountain or a waterfall. There’s a reason why there’s an art to portrait photography… you can’t just put someone in front of the camera and expect to get great results. Thought and consideration must go into each session."

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10 Tips to Finding the Perfect Background by Digital Photo Secrets

10 Tips to Finding the Perfect Background by Digital Photo Secrets: "Unless you’re a professional portrait photographer, you probably don’t have backdrops for shooting portraits. That’s okay, because there are a lot of ways to exclude or include backgrounds that best enhance your portraits. From blurring the background to finding an appropriate one and more, I’ve got Ten Tips that you can use the next time you’re photographing someone, whether it’s a more formal portrait or a candid shot. The first few speak to post-processing, while the rest are tricks you can use in the field."

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

▶ How to Edit Portraits in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop - YouTube

▶ How to Edit Portraits in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop - YouTube: ""

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Pocket : Why Analog Photography (Still) Rocks!

Pocket : Why Analog Photography (Still) Rocks!: "We are two professional music and wedding photographers and we shoot digital when necessary. However, we clearly see the point of going back to analog like a lot of pros are doing nowadays. In this post, we would like to discuss the benefits as well as the drawbacks of film photography from our point of view. "

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Pocket : The Magic of Soft Light

Pocket : The Magic of Soft Light: "Soft light is beautiful. It is a gift from nature that helps you create interesting images using high quality light. You’ll find soft light in the shade on a sunny day, during twilight after the sun has set, or all around you on a cloudy day."

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Pocket : Converting to black and white in post processing

Pocket : Converting to black and white in post processing: "Once a photo image has been converted from colour to back and white, the colours which are all still there, need to be manipulated to create the most dramatic effect possible.  Colours which are not too similar work best, for example like in the lion image above.  The tawny colour of the mighty lion face and the green bushes in the background are different enough to work well."

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pocket : Hands-on with Eventiles, the camera roll curation genius

Pocket : Hands-on with Eventiles, the camera roll curation genius: "That’s not going to change anytime soon—there’s just too much going on to sort through multiple photo shoots, decide on the best images, and then follow up with an album on Facebook, Flickr, or SmugMug. That means some really cool images (if you do say so yourself) sit in your phone for your private viewing pleasure instead of being seen by the world."

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Pocket : Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Review

Pocket : Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Review: "The 60x zoom runs all the way up to a 35 SLR equivalent of 1200mm but — note this! — it begins from a super wide 20mm equivalent. That means you can shoot close shots of sports players from the sidelines and then cover cramped interiors with the same camera. You can also buy a 1.7x tele conversion lens that will take the focal length to 2040mm! Beat that!"

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Pocket : Simple Tips to Create Levitation Photography with Snapheal (+ Good News)

Pocket : Simple Tips to Create Levitation Photography with Snapheal (+ Good News): "We – photographers – make magic happen using a wide range of interesting techniques. Some popular wizardry now being spread around is levitation photography: where objects and people appear to float in the air. While there are many ways to accomplish these shots such as having your subject jump really high, a little bit of software spell such as Snapheal for Mac can come in handy and will allow you to create truly unique and conceptual photos."

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Pocket : How to do Bokeh

Pocket : How to do Bokeh: "Creative photography often involves using a variety of techniques to add dramatic effects to a photograph. One such technique is referred to as bokeh (pronounced like “broke” without the letter “r”). Bokeh is the technique of adding intentional “fuzzy” areas within a photograph."

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Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors – PictureCorrect

Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors – PictureCorrect: "Photographing autumn colors can be the most fun you have with your camera. The fall is a great time of year for photography. There are an unlimited number of sights, sounds and smells to stimulate your senses. After reading this article you should be able to pick a great subject to display and dress it up with the fabulous colors of the fall season. This is a very emotional time of year. Think about that when you are out shooting. What you feel when the day is overcast will be different than when the day is bright and sunny."

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Monday, August 26, 2013

▶ Night Photography Tips When Shooting Urban Architecture - YouTube

▶ Night Photography Tips When Shooting Urban Architecture - YouTube: ""

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Pocket : Shooting With Intent

Pocket : Shooting With Intent: "A good friend of mine is passionate about photography, and she recently acquired a reminder of the way she approaches photography.  A tattoo that wraps around her bicep that states simply “Shoot With Intent”. This is one of the biggest lessons a beginning photographer can learn.  It’s very easy to go out with a camera, set it on AUTO, and come back with some nice, perhaps even great images."

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Pocket : How to Restore Old, Damaged Photos

Pocket : How to Restore Old, Damaged Photos: "Perhaps one of the most important things we do as portrait photographers is preserve memories.  While the digital era and its ever-evolving technology have made it easier to ensure that the photos we take today will last longer than their analog counterparts, there are still things we can do to help preserve memories captured before the advent of the pixel.  Several years ago, I came across a sizable collection of very old family photos and started scanning them.  Unfortunately, some had already been damaged to one degree or another.  Fading, creasing, staining, and tearing had all left their marks, and the fact that some of these photos were close to 100 years old did not help their cause."

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Pocket : Color Portraiture with Retouch and Enhancement in Lightroom 4 and 5

Pocket : Color Portraiture with Retouch and Enhancement in Lightroom 4 and 5: "The Following is an excerpt from the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System v5, a preset system designed to take you from Ordinary to Extraordinary photos in just a few seconds and clicks."

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Pocket : Canon updates PowerShot line-up with new Wi-Fi toting cameras

Pocket : Canon updates PowerShot line-up with new Wi-Fi toting cameras: "Canon has updated its PowerShot camera line-up by adding wireless connectivity to a number of its popular models. Devices like the G16, S120 and SX510 HS bring Wi-Fi connectivity to previously un-connected product lines, while the Powershot N Facebook adds a dedicated Facebook connect button to the original for instant sharing of images and videos."

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Starting Out as a Wedding Photographer – PictureCorrect

Starting Out as a Wedding Photographer – PictureCorrect: "There has been such a huge influx of people wanting to make a living through wedding photography these days that I almost get as many enquiries from people wanting to become my assistant as I do enquiries from people getting married."

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pocket : Tips For Long Exposure Photography

Pocket : Tips For Long Exposure Photography: "Long exposure photography is something most hobbyists have tried at some point or another. Slow shutter speeds are necessary, after all, for capturing flash-free images after dark. But long exposures aren’t just for low light. Those surreal-looking photos of streaky skies and misty waters are long exposures, too. Let’s see how to take them!"

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Pocket : 25 Outstanding Long Exposure Photographs

Pocket : 25 Outstanding Long Exposure Photographs: "Long exposures: they aren’t just for low light anymore. You can get some great daytime long exposure shots, too, as long as you have the right equipment and the skill necessary to visualize your photograph before you actually release the shutter. Following are some great examples of long exposure photos taken both during the day and at night. These and other long exposure photographs will give you a pretty good idea of what you can do with a little know-how and a tripod."

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Backup Photos or Risk Losing Them – PictureCorrect

Backup Photos or Risk Losing Them – PictureCorrect: "I realize the title is a bit harsh, but it’s the reality. You can develop a regular and systematic way of backing up all your photos–or face losing them. If your photos are all on one laptop or PC, one day you’re going to push a button and nothing is going to happen, or you’ll get a cryptic error message on your screen that is the harbinger of doom."

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pocket : Animal and Wildlife Photography

Pocket : Animal and Wildlife Photography: "We all have them. Those photos from the family camping trip or from a hike in the woods–you know, when you spotted a deer or a wild turkey and you snapped a photo with your point-and-shoot. And now when you show that photo to your friends and family, you have to tell them what they’re looking at because said deer or wild turkey is a mere spec in the center of the frame."

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Pocket : Photography Contracts & Releases to Protect You as a Photographer

Pocket : Photography Contracts & Releases to Protect You as a Photographer: "As with running any business, there is always the risk of legal issues arising. One common occurrence is the loss of images due to card malfunction. A client who has their images lost can spell big legal trouble. If you are not protected such as with a photography contract, clients may have the legal authority to come after your finances and even personal assets."

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Pocket : The New Field of Photo Forensics

Pocket : The New Field of Photo Forensics: "With the power of Photoshop and other photo manipulating software, it’s not hard to create a convincing fake image. This can be good in terms of art and creative outlets where image manipulation can serve to break through many limitations. However, it can also produce false evidence in courts and generate misinformation through the media. Hence, the field of photo forensics has been developed to dispel these fake images. In this video, you will see how these photos can be determined as fake by finding inconsistencies in the shadows of the image:"

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Pocket : These black-and-white photo apps are 50 shades of great

Pocket : These black-and-white photo apps are 50 shades of great: "Something that nearly all digital photos have in common—regardless of their camera of origin—is that they’re in color. Although that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it may seem counterintuitive, given the evolution of photography. Before digital replaced film as the photo medium of choice, color and monochrome shared the limelight. Today, if you want to channel your inner Ansel Adams with your own moody wide-angle vistas, specialty black-and-white apps are the path to achieving your monochromatic vision."

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Pocket : N.M. Supreme Court: Photographers Can't Refuse Gay Weddings

Pocket : N.M. Supreme Court: Photographers Can't Refuse Gay Weddings: "In a closely watched case on gay rights, religious freedom, artistic freedom, the speech rights of businesses, and a host of other legal hot button issues, the New Mexico Supreme Court today ruled that wedding photographers could not refuse to shoot gay ceremonies."

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Do You have Photography Compulsion Syndrome?

Do You have Photography Compulsion Syndrome?: "“Photography Compulsion Syndrome” – tell me if you can relate to any of the following scenarios:

when traveling you’ve raced around at dusk, narrowly escaping a speeding ticket, trying to find the best spot to shoot the sunset
you’ve skipped dinner, or left your friends having dessert, while you go outside in the rain cause there was a great shot you just had to get"

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How Lighting Plays a Crucial Role in Your Photography – PictureCorrect

How Lighting Plays a Crucial Role in Your Photography – PictureCorrect: "You’ve heard me deliberate about how significant lighting in photography is, but do you really know the reason why? You may know that gaining enough light is essential, but there is a lot more to the story."

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

▶ The Top Secret Photography Techniques- Mind-Blowing Images - YouTube

▶ The Top Secret Photography Techniques- Mind-Blowing Images - YouTube: ""

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▶ How to Make Macro Photography : Professional Photography Tips - YouTube

▶ How to Make Macro Photography : Professional Photography Tips - YouTube: ""

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Pocket : An Introduction to the Inverse Square Law

Pocket : An Introduction to the Inverse Square Law: "I don’t know about you, but I was never much of a math student.  I needed a tutor in high school for both geometry and physics.  I chose a double major in college (Journalism/English) that required no math.  I practiced law for fourteen years, where any math I needed was either pretty easy or done on a calculator.  Even when I ditched my briefcase for a camera bag and embarked on a new career, I felt pretty secure in the knowledge that confusing math had no place in the world of photography."

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Pocket : Digital Photography Tips | Photography Explained Teaches People How To Capture The Magic Of Light Vinamy

Pocket : Digital Photography Tips | Photography Explained Teaches People How To Capture The Magic Of Light Vinamy: "Photography Explained program introduces to people digital photography tips, the truth about lenses, the key to image quality, and methods to master the power of light. The program also covers knowledge about the graphic design art, and detailed instructions on how to choose ISO sensitivity. After this program was launched, a lot of customers have used it for learning how to capture the magic of light. Consequently, the website Vinamy.com completed a full overview about the effectiveness of this program."

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Basic Skin Smoothing in Photoshop

Basic Skin Smoothing in Photoshop: "I’ve always said that the best Photoshop is the Photoshop you never even notice.  I encourage my students to get it right in the camera, because my belief is that imaging software is a tool, not a crutch.  To quote commercial/portrait photographer Zack Arias, “If you find yourself saying, ‘I’ll just fix that later in Photoshop,’ stop what you’re doing and slap yourself as hard as you can.”  When people look at my portraits, I want them to see the personality.  I want them to see the emotion.  I want them to remember a moment in time.  What I don’t want is for them to look at my work and say, “Wow, great editing!”"

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pocket : Full Frame DSLR Comparison Guide

Pocket : Full Frame DSLR Comparison Guide: "Not long ago it was only professional photographers, and enthusiasts with very deep pockets, who could afford a full frame DSLR. But there are now more options on the market than ever before, and the price of entry to the full frame fun has come down considerably. That makes it a good time for Gizmag to take a closer look at how the various models compare."

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Endless Creativity is Possible in Portrait Photography: Here are 11 Examples Full of Life – PictureCorrect

Endless Creativity is Possible in Portrait Photography: Here are 11 Examples Full of Life – PictureCorrect: "
Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included."

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How To Get Stunning Colors In Your Sunset Photography – PictureCorrect

How To Get Stunning Colors In Your Sunset Photography – PictureCorrect: "Nothing makes a sky pop in a photograph the way that a sunset can. Beautiful purples and yellows in a sky are often the result of the setting sun, but in order to capture the richness of those colors in a photograph, there are few tricks you should know about.  In today’s landscape photography photo tip, we will continue our discussion on shooting better sunset photos."

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pocket : Some Useful Tips for Using Perspective in Photography

Pocket : Some Useful Tips for Using Perspective in Photography: "As photographers, we often hear about the importance of moving position to change your perspective, but what does that actually mean? What is perspective and how can we use it to improve the composition of our photographs?"

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Pocket : Seeing and Street Photography

Pocket : Seeing and Street Photography: "The next time you are out shooting street photography, try this.  Put your camera down at your side and just look around for awhile.  Watch things happen and let moments develop in front of your eyes."

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Pocket : Valuable Tips for Autumn Photography

Pocket : Valuable Tips for Autumn Photography: "Autumn is a season that provides a golden opportunity to take beautiful shots in varied colors. And what else could be the perfect subjects for your photos? The autumn leaves, trees, and amazing landscapes. You don’t necessarily need to have a DSLR camera, because even with a slim pocket camera to carry everywhere you can get great results with all the colors happening in nature this time of year."

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Pocket : How to Make Sure You are Using Image Stabilization Correctly

Pocket : How to Make Sure You are Using Image Stabilization Correctly: "A good photo isn’t automatic. It doesn’t matter how new or expensive your camera is; good shots don’t just happen because you press the shutter. There are all sorts of things that can ruin a shot: overexposure, underexposure, poor composition, missed focus. Regardless of what camera you’re using, things like this are remedied almost entirely by way of good technique. It’s a must that your camera have a reliable metering system and an accurate focusing system, but you, the photographer, have to make sure you’re making proper use of it all in order to minimize the number of useless photographs you make."

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Pocket : 5 high-end special effects to spruce up your iPhone shots

Pocket : 5 high-end special effects to spruce up your iPhone shots: "In the rivalry between digital-camera and smartphone-camera shooting, traditionalists like to say that you still need a digital SLR and Photoshop for certain kinds of effects, such as splash color, tilt shift, and other advanced tricks that were generally impossible to do natively on a phone."

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Pocket : Review

Pocket : Review: "The Beautify settings work to smooth skin tones and make the entire visage more appealing. Just don't overdo it.
When you're out photographing and quickly improving shots for sharing over social networks, a few swipes is generally all it takes to improve your image. A handy before/after slider moves over any point in your image, displaying both the original and improved versions in a swift and dynamic comparison."

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Pocket : What Elements Does a Macro Photograph Need to be Considered "Good?"

Pocket : What Elements Does a Macro Photograph Need to be Considered "Good?": "Not too long ago I covered some common mistakes that aspiring macro photographers make. Hopefully at least one of those tips helped to get a few Light Stalking readers moving in the right direction.

While correcting or avoiding mistakes is certain a prudent approach to improving your macro photography, there’s actually a more fundamental question to answer: what makes a “good” macro shot in the first place?"

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Pocket : What Your Camera’s Auto Bracketing Feature Can Do and How to Use It

Pocket : What Your Camera’s Auto Bracketing Feature Can Do and How to Use It: "Cameras today are a marvel of modern technology, giving us beautifully exposed, wonderfully sharp images much of the time. There are times however when what the camera is saying is the correct exposure, may not be the best option. There are also times, such as when you want to produce an HDR image, that you need a range of exposures. It is for such just occasions that auto bracketing becomes a vital tool."

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Pocket : How a Professional Photographer Packs & Organizes His Gear for Any Situation

Pocket : How a Professional Photographer Packs & Organizes His Gear for Any Situation: "Have you ever seen a photographer in the airport and wondered, “What equipment does he have with him, and how much did he bring?” Traveling to a shoot can be tricky because you can only bring a limited amount of gear. So when that limit is put on you, how much do you bring, what do you bring, and how do you pack it all? In this video, photographer Andrew Link shows you the gear he travels with and how he keeps it safe, compact, and organized:"

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Pocket : Night Photography & Light Painting Tips

Pocket : Night Photography & Light Painting Tips: "ght photography is not really as difficult as a lot of people think. However, there are important tools needed to finish the job correctly. Here is a list of compulsory gear, as well as optional items, that you must have for night photography."

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Pocket : Portrait Photography Tips #2: Parties

Pocket : Portrait Photography Tips #2: Parties: "Parties are surely a great opportunity for portrait photography and people’s craziness can add some really cool random feature to the final result. Let’s try to get into this subcategory of portrait photography and try to get some tips from Rabbit Hole!"

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Pocket : Sponsored: Street photography tips with Sony's RX cameras

Pocket : Sponsored: Street photography tips with Sony's RX cameras: ""I am a Street Photographer because, quite simply, it is the hardest challenge I have found in photography," says photographer Nick Turpin. "I have shot front page national newspaper images in riots, I have shot glossy magazine fashion spreads, I have shot multi million dollar Ad campaigns in New York and none of these are easy but none of them compare with standing in Piccadilly Circus on a Saturday morning with a small camera and a standard lens trying to make something amazing out of the everyday. That is why over the last 22 years as a professional photographer I keep coming back to the street.""

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Pocket : The Best Photo Hosting Sites on the Internet

Pocket : The Best Photo Hosting Sites on the Internet: "Just like your photo albums used to be, your DSLR is likely full of images that you can’t wait to share. The question is, where’s the best place to upload and share online? Luckily for you, the options are many. It’s a matter of determining your personal goals and matching them to the best photo hosting site for you."

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Pocket : 23 Outstanding Photos of Glass Objects

Pocket : 23 Outstanding Photos of Glass Objects: "Glass product photography is easiest to master with a basic setup: a plain, seamless backdrop with one or two softboxes as your light source(s), or a light tent. Once you’re consistently getting good shots with these basic tools, try branching out a little – shoot your object against a more interesting backdrop and see if you like the results. Experiment with different shaped objects, too; a glass sphere, for example, may require a different approach than a wine glass."

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Pocket : Concert Photography Commentary & Tips Along with a Point of View Perspective

Pocket : Concert Photography Commentary & Tips Along with a Point of View Perspective: "Jared Polin scored a paid gig photographing Macklemore in concert. Lucky for us, he filmed his experience using a GoPro mounted above a Canon 1D X, which he was using for the first time. Along with the high-end camera, use of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens helped the photographer capture tack sharp focus and accurate colors. See a photographer in action as Polin narrates the video he created during Macklemore’s three song set to give us an insider’s perspective of concert photography:"

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Pocket : What Is Aperture in Photography?

Pocket : What Is Aperture in Photography?: "Aperture refers to an adjustable opening in your camera lens that is able to limit the amount of light passing through the lens and hitting the camera sensor. Just think of it like your eyes. When you open your eyes, light enters through your cornea, and is bent through the pupil, which is a round opening in the center of the iris. The iris and pupil works exactly like the aperture of a camera, controlling the amount of light being emitted."

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pocket : A Primer For Photographing Glass Objects

Pocket : A Primer For Photographing Glass Objects: "Intermediate If you’ve spent any time experimenting with studio lighting, you can probably guess (or maybe you know from first-hand experience) how challenging it is to shoot photos of glass objects. Glass has a highly reflective surface, which means that you can’t light it the same way you light other subjects. But if you really want to develop an understanding of light and how to work with it, this is a challenge I urge you to undertake, and to keep working at until you get some good results. The ability to shoot glass objects well is a skill that will also help you in your other photographic pursuits."

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Pocket : Capturing Compelling Forest Photos

Pocket : Capturing Compelling Forest Photos: "Line is one of those compositional elements that can really make a photograph. That’s why it’s one of the six classic design elements – line can create emotion and a sense of depth. It can be the difference between a good photo and a great one."

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Pocket : Using Light Painting Photography to Create Ethereal Scenes

Pocket : Using Light Painting Photography to Create Ethereal Scenes: "Viewers of Jason D. Page‘s light paintings often assume his artwork is the result of Photoshop trickery. But Page captures his colorful, dream-like nature scenes using just one exposure in real-time. He wanders out into the dark woods, locks his shutter open, and “paints” color and light onto his subjects to create his fantastical imagery without the aid of post-processing."

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Quick Tips on How to Build Relationships with Photography Clients – PictureCorrect

Quick Tips on How to Build Relationships with Photography Clients – PictureCorrect: "One of the biggest hurdles to starting work as a professional photographer is attracting clients. Miller Mobley, an editorial photographer based in New York, keeps his clients engaged by striving to be the kind of person people want to work with. Learn more about his methods for establishing client relationships in this interview:"

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Backyard Photography Tips – PictureCorrect

Backyard Photography Tips – PictureCorrect: "One of the most common questions I am asked at workshops is where do I go to get my reference photos? Most people assume that I travel far and wide to get my shots. This is true I do travel as much as I can, but the bulk of my photo archive comes from places photographed within 100 km (60 miles) of my home. Good reference photos for your art are just outside your front door you just have to open your eyes and look…. really look!"

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Workflow I Use To Ensure I Always Make A Great Photo by Digital Photo Secrets

The Workflow I Use To Ensure I Always Make A Great Photo by Digital Photo Secrets: "very photographer has a preferred process. From taking a photo to processing it in photoshop, every little step can add to your success or become the reason for a failure. We call this process your photography workflow. Though it is largely a preference, there are some things you can do to ensure you always make a great photo. Consider these tips for improving your photography workflow."

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How Contrast Affects Your Photos by Digital Photo Secrets

How Contrast Affects Your Photos by Digital Photo Secrets: "f you’ve spent much time working in black and white, you already know how important it is to understand contrast. Contrast is what keeps your black and white images from looking flat. Contrast adds dimension, and dimension can go a long way towards making a photo more engaging. It invites the viewer into the image."

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How To Photograph a Rainbow by Digital Photo Secrets

How To Photograph a Rainbow by Digital Photo Secrets: "So you’re driving home from work one day, and your DSLR is sitting in the passenger seat next to you. It just stopped raining and the light is amazing – so amazing that you’re tempted to pull over and take a photograph. "

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Secondary Point of Interest: Weekly Photography Challenge

Secondary Point of Interest: Weekly Photography Challenge: "Earlier this week we published a post on composition of images in which author Matt Dutile introduced the concept of adding a second point of interest to your photos to give your image a natural viewing progression."

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Family Portrait Ideas – PictureCorrect

Family Portrait Ideas – PictureCorrect: "Every family needs a portrait, and not everyone wants the same traditional group photo. These days, people are after a more human touch. And many families are after fun and wacky ideas to make their photo session unique."

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Photographing Tweens and Teens

Photographing Tweens and Teens: "Booking teens and tweens for photo shoots is always fun. They have so much energy and enthusiasm and it really shows once they step in front of the camera. For that time when they are in front of your camera they feel like they are celebrities. That can be good for fragile egos and low self-esteem, especially when their hair and makeup is done and they look absolutely gorgeous."

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Five Self Assignments That Teach You To See

Five Self Assignments That Teach You To See: "In my 20 years in photography, I’ve seen a lot of different assignments teachers have given their students.  Most I have heard, or been given myself from time to time, have centered around learning to use the camera.  Things like “Use Only One Exposure Mode”, “Use Only One Lens”, or “Use One Aperture Setting”.  The most interesting to me, from a photographic standpoint, involved learning to see.  The reason I say this is that simple camera use can be easily learned. It’s basic math when you boil it down.  But learning to see creatively, learning to compose a shot, takes much more than learning buttons, dials, and controls.  These self assignments force you to look around you, to really see what you’re shooting and try to make interesting images."

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Turn a photo mistake into a great shot | TechHive

Turn a photo mistake into a great shot | TechHive: "Not every photo is a keeper. Indeed, a lot of the pictures you take probably turn out to be duds—perhaps the exposure is way off, the white balance turned everything blue, or you accidentally shot into the sun and your subject is in shadow. Whatever the reason, the good news is that it’s not hard to rescue many of those shots. The next time you have some photos that you’re not happy with, see if any of these tips can help turn a loser into a keeper."

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Discovery Center: Creating a Time-lapse Effect

Discovery Center: Creating a Time-lapse Effect:

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Pocket : 10 Tips for Self Portrait Photography

Pocket : 10 Tips for Self Portrait Photography: "Self portrait photos are becoming increasingly necessary in the modern world. Think about social media. Whatever platform you sign up for requires you to upload an avatar of some kind."

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Pocket : Take Pictures Like A Professional With These Photography Tips

Pocket : Take Pictures Like A Professional With These Photography Tips: "Photography may be a fulfilling hobby or art. The following tips will help mere mortals to greatly improve your photography skills and join the likes of professional photographers."

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Pocket : photography tips: use burst mode for awesome action shots

Pocket : photography tips: use burst mode for awesome action shots: "How many times have you sat at your child's game and tried to catch a photo of the exact moment the bat connects with the ball (or your daughter makes a great save or your son dives off the starting block) - only to end up with a photo taken a second or two late? Due to the delay between the time your mind deciding to take a photo and the time your camera actually snaps the photo, it's way too easy to miss the action you're trying to capture. This is where burst mode comes in."

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Pocket : Photography Tips - Article 4: What sort of camera should I buy?

Pocket : Photography Tips - Article 4: What sort of camera should I buy?: "With so many different types of cameras, different models and prices, what should you be looking for when buying a digital camera today? Before I take a look at the main types of camera it is worth considering what type of photography you will be doing and how you will use the pictures."

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Pocket : How to fix (or just avoid) Distracting Backgrounds

Pocket : How to fix (or just avoid) Distracting Backgrounds: "Have you ever snapped what seemed like a great picture only to discover that there was something in the background that slaughtered your otherwise perfect shot? Maybe it was a person wearing bright colors doing something incredibly boring, like feeding a parking meter. Maybe it was a photobomb, and not the good kind, either. And then there’s those non-animate background distractions: tree branches that seem to grow right out of your subject’s head, or signs directing the whole neighborhood and everyone who sees your photo to the nearest laundromat."

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pocket : How Do You Start a Photography Business?

Pocket : How Do You Start a Photography Business?: "The business of photography is something you really need to approach based on an honest assessment of your abilities, strengths, and interests. From there, you can see if there’s any kind of market for your planned products or services, and do some proof of concept research to ensure those markets will indeed pay you for your offerings."

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Best Advice For Improving Your Photography Skills! | Photography Tips Direct

Best Advice For Improving Your Photography Skills! | Photography Tips Direct: "Many people find the nuances of photography to be very intimidating. This is generally because they are not sure where to find good photography advice. This article will help you a few useful photography tips you did not know."

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How Capturing Expressive Eyes Can Be The Key To Good Portraiture

How Capturing Expressive Eyes Can Be The Key To Good Portraiture: "If you look at some of the most famous photographs in history, such as Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, or much of Irving Penn’s work, you might notice there’s one thing that they have in common, a powerful emotion in the main subject’s eyes."

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2013 Waterproof Camera Roundup: Digital Photography Review

2013 Waterproof Camera Roundup: Digital Photography Review: "One of the fastest growing segments in the digital camera market is compact, rugged cameras. Five years ago you had just two manufacturers selling waterproof cameras (Olympus and Pentax). In 2013, every major manufacturer is now producing at least one waterproof/rugged model."

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Ideas to Modify Natural Light for Portrait Photography – PictureCorrect

Ideas to Modify Natural Light for Portrait Photography – PictureCorrect: "Every photographer loves that soft white light that pours in through a single window. Its diffuse glow seems to make anything in its path magically photogenic. Whether it’s the slits of light through a pair of barely open shutters or that golden luminescence that fills the airplane cabin at 30,000 ft., naturally diffused light is among the most beautiful types of light you will encounter. In this video, fashion photographer Lindsay Adler shows how you can modify natural light to create even more stunning images:"

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How to Photograph the Moon – PictureCorrect

How to Photograph the Moon – PictureCorrect: "Photographing the moon can be tricky. Last year I had a go at it and it was a complete disaster with the moon looking like a big bright blurry mass in the sky. After a bit of trial and error I discovered how to take nice shots of the moon."

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pocket : 3 Reasons to Shoot Vertical Aspect Landscapes and 6 Tips on How to Shoot Them

Pocket : 3 Reasons to Shoot Vertical Aspect Landscapes and 6 Tips on How to Shoot Them: "The majority of landscape images are photographed in the horizontal aspect. I guess this because the horizontal format approximates the way in which we perceive ‘reality.’ However landscapes look stunning in the vertical format and often the unique characteristics of the upright format suit a scene better than a horizontal* composition. I am guilty of undershooting verticals these days, primarily for commercial reasons, but in any given shooting situation I try to remind myself to seek both a vertical and a horizontal composition from a scene."

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5 Steps to Building More Powerful Images

5 Steps to Building More Powerful Images: "We photographers seem to have it easy. Whereas most artists spend anywhere from hours, to months to years to manufacture their creations, we can simply point, press and be done. However, that kind of convenience doesn’t necessarily translate into great imagery."

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School Portrait Photography Tips – PictureCorrect

School Portrait Photography Tips – PictureCorrect: "School photography is a growing niche. The Western culture has started the trend of taking model-like photo shoots with all the glitz and glamour. Photographers have found this niche very rewarding, as there are thousands of children finishing their schooling every year."

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Photography Tips In a Pinch – PictureCorrect

Photography Tips In a Pinch – PictureCorrect: "Good photographers try to be prepared for almost any situation. Unfortunately, if you tried to carry everything you’d need to meet every possible contingency in the field, you’d have to pack like a Bedouin trader.

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Simple Strategies On How To Effectively Take Better Photos | Photography Tips Direct

Simple Strategies On How To Effectively Take Better Photos | Photography Tips Direct: "Digital techniques can be altered and manipulated in software to make them resemble traditional art forms. There are a variety of photo editing programs out there, but the standard is considered to be Adobe Photoshop. You can transform your photos into works of the filter button and choosing the medium that you prefer."

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What to Teach Your Kids about Photography

What to Teach Your Kids about Photography: "We love photography. We love our kids. So, it would stand to reason that if we can find a way to combine photography and spending time with our kids it’s a big win, right? Of course it is. If your kids are anything like mine, however, they’ve either already reached a point where they vanish into thin air the moment they even sense a camera coming out of a bag, or will reach that point soon enough. So, how do we enjoy our cherished hobby without abandoning our kids for hours or days at a time? If they’ve grown weary of their time in front of your camera, maybe it’s time to help transition them from test subjects and guinea pigs to budding photographers themselves."

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Cloud Storage: Why an External Hard Drive is Not Enough

Cloud Storage: Why an External Hard Drive is Not Enough: "A few years ago I shot a beautiful, heartfelt wedding. The bride’s grandmother had just gotten out of the hospital after a terrible fall. Her grandfather was not doing well, but he was managing the care of her grandmother in addition to taking care of himself. They made it a huge family occasion and created a beautiful, family oriented evening."

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pocket : Photographing Adults: the Hardest Group of All

Pocket : Photographing Adults: the Hardest Group of All: "Step one: surround them with kids or puppies or something so they relax and act normal."

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Photographer of the Year - Portrait photography tips | Behind the Lens

Photographer of the Year - Portrait photography tips | Behind the Lens: "I know photography is popular around the world, whether it’s a simple snap to illustrate your Facebook page or a fabulous image worthy of winning any photographic competition but I have truly been very impressed by the quality of entries into our competition so far."

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5 Steps to Building More Powerful Images

5 Steps to Building More Powerful Images: "We photographers seem to have it easy. Whereas most artists spend anywhere from hours, to months to years to manufacture their creations, we can simply point, press and be done. However, that kind of convenience doesn’t necessarily translate into great imagery."

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Black and White Landscapes: Weekly Photography Challenge

Black and White Landscapes: Weekly Photography Challenge: "Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been running ‘Landscapes’ challenges to celebrate the launch of our new Landscape Photography eBook – this week we’re going to continue that by nominating ‘Black and White Landscapes’ as the theme for your challenge."

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Flower Photography: 4 Quick Tips for Great Tulip Photos – PictureCorrect

Flower Photography: 4 Quick Tips for Great Tulip Photos – PictureCorrect: "Armed with the four simple, yet very effective strategies that I will share here, you can venture out to capture tulips, or any flowers, in a captivating and impressive manner. These quick tips can be applied to any type of floral photography, of course. By keeping these tips in mind and by applying them, you will find yourself producing fewer average images and many more “keepers.”"

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Take Control Of Backlight | OutdoorPhotographer.com

Take Control Of Backlight | OutdoorPhotographer.com: "The stars faded as darkness gave way to soft twilight. The eastern horizon cast its gentle glow across the landscape. Long wavelengths of light penetrated the sky overhead, defining a blue shadow cast by the Earth against the atmosphere, and then pushing it ever lower in the sky. Clouds and the east-facing mountains gathered hues of pink and orange that dropped gradually toward the base of the escarpment. Then, with a flash of gold, the disc of the sun broke the horizon and direct sunlight poured in. Contrast between highlights and shadows built rapidly as the sun revealed itself. Like millions before, this sunrise, in visual terms, was an evolution from simple to complex."

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

10 Tips for Self Portrait Photography – PictureCorrect

10 Tips for Self Portrait Photography – PictureCorrect: "Self portrait photos are becoming increasingly necessary in the modern world. Think about social media. Whatever platform you sign up for requires you to upload an avatar of some kind.

Whenever you go online and look at photos of your friends on Facebook, Google+, or other social network, you see poor quality shots that often look clich├ęd and cheesy."

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Pocket : New technique creates 3D images through a single lens

Pocket : New technique creates 3D images through a single lens: "A team at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has come up with a promising new way to create 3D images from a stationary camera or microscope with a single lens. Rather than expensive hardware, the technique uses a mathematical model to generate images with depth and could find use in a wide range of applications, from creating more compelling microscopy imaging to a more immersive experience in movie theaters."

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Pocket : Top 10 Destinations for Landscape Photography

Pocket : Top 10 Destinations for Landscape Photography: "If you want great landscape shots, you must choose the best locations and make the most of the natural lighting; and while you may get some good scenes wherever you happen to be, the best photos happen when you go in search of the perfect location. If you’re hoping to click some breathtaking landscape photographs, here are the top ten destinations in my opinion which will help you achieve your goal:"

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Pocket : Review

Pocket : Review: "The key to deciding whether to download Photoshop Touch, Adobe’s mobile image-editing companion to its desktop behemoth, hinges on your answers to a couple of quick questions: Are you already a Photoshop user, and are you interested in Photoshop Touch primarily for sharing images on social networks?"

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Pocket : Dust and Fight: Behind the Scenes of This Spectacular Photo Series

Pocket : Dust and Fight: Behind the Scenes of This Spectacular Photo Series: "Last year we shared a behind the scenes video that showed some of what went into shooting this amazing ‘dust’ and ‘dance image’."

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pocket : Perspective Play: 7 Photo Projects to Try

Pocket : Perspective Play: 7 Photo Projects to Try: "Perspective tricks aren’t just for David Blane and circus folk.

Aside from fun house gimmicks, crafty photographers have discovered ways to turn perspective play into art."

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Pocket : Guide On How To Get Great Looking Photos

Pocket : Guide On How To Get Great Looking Photos: "Poor photography will negatively affect your overall photographic reputation. This article provides advice that can help you improve your photography skills."

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Programmed Auto: A Helpful Overlooked Exposure Mode on DSLR Cameras – PictureCorrect

Programmed Auto: A Helpful Overlooked Exposure Mode on DSLR Cameras – PictureCorrect: "n order to be a truly creative photographer, you need to take your camera out of the automatic exposure modes and put it into either Programmed Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual mode. These four modes give you total control over the camera settings that make up exposure: aperture, shutter priority and ISO."

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Quick Fix Fridays: Super Sunset Shots | DPmag.com

Quick Fix Fridays: Super Sunset Shots | DPmag.com: "Happy Friday! I hope you get to see some great sunsets over the weekend. If you do, here are five quick tips to help you get great shots."

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12 stunning photos of Godalfoss - Waterfall of the Gods: Digital Photography Review

12 stunning photos of Godalfoss - Waterfall of the Gods: Digital Photography Review: "Godalfoss - Waterfall of the Gods - is one of the most striking natural features of Iceland, a country famed for, well... striking natural features. My Modern Metropolis has published a gallery of 12 stunning images of Godalfoss, including a shot taken by dpreview contributor Erez Marom."

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Programmed Auto: A Helpful Overlooked Exposure Mode on DSLR Cameras – PictureCorrect

Programmed Auto: A Helpful Overlooked Exposure Mode on DSLR Cameras – PictureCorrect: "exposure modes and put it into either Programmed Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual mode. These four modes give you total control over the camera settings that make up exposure: aperture, shutter priority and ISO."

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Pocket : Water Landscapes: Weekly Photography Challenge

Pocket : Water Landscapes: Weekly Photography Challenge: "Last week’s sunset/sunrise landscapes challenge was really popular with some beautiful images being submitted so we’re going to continue the ‘landscape’ theme going (to coincide with the launch of our Living Landscapes eBook) and this week are issuing the challenge of photographing a landscape image with ‘water’ in the scene."

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Pocket : It’s Not Always Sunsets and Kittens: Photographing the Tougher things in Life

Pocket : It’s Not Always Sunsets and Kittens: Photographing the Tougher things in Life: "Not every shoot I’ve done is full of lollipop promises, cute matching (but not too matching) outfits, and happy families throwing their kids up into a perfect blue sky with puffy cloud dreams.  In fact, typically the ones that didn’t, are among the most important pictures I have ever taken.  The ones that there are no road maps for, no instructions, and no cheat sheets.  Several years ago I photographed a beautiful wedding of a young couple deeply in love on a perfect July day.  I shot the wedding, went home, and put those images at the bottom of my “waiting to be edited” stack.  Which is where they stayed until I got a random call that the groom, a police officer, had gone missing in an attempt to save a young girl who had almost drowned in a fast moving river.  For three days rescue teams searched for him, until they found his body a day shy of his and his new bride’s first month anniversary."

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Pocket : Photo of Tokyo is 600,000 pixels wide, lets you zoom-enhance all over the place

Pocket : Photo of Tokyo is 600,000 pixels wide, lets you zoom-enhance all over the place: "Jeffrey Martin, panoramic photographer and founder of photography site 360Cities, just created the world’s largest photo of Tokyo. The image 600,000 pixels wide, and it's a composite made from over 8000 photos. It took Jeffery two days to capture the entire scene from the Tokyo Tower's lower observatory roof using a Canon 7D DSLR and 400mm lens mounted on a Clauss Rodeon gigapixel robot"

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Pocket : Soft Flattering Color Portraits in Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5

Pocket : Soft Flattering Color Portraits in Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5: "The Following is an excerpt from the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System v5, a preset system designed to take you from Ordinary to Extraordinary photos in just a few seconds and clicks."

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Street Portraits

Street Portraits: "These pictures were made at second line parade and sort of a jazz funeral for Lindy Boggs. She was a beloved New Orleans figure. I could go on about her for the length of this entire hub. But, that wouldn't serve you. So, check her out on Wiki. Needless to say, this parade was a big deal. So, I came out in the very hot New Orleans noon day sun. You know what they say about mad dogs and Englishmen... they are the only ones who stand out in 97 degree heat. I'm not English, so that leaves only one choice. And, the heat? The heat that was combined with about 90% humidity. And, you know what they say about that. "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." The combination can be brutal. Yesterday, it was."

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How to Use a Neutral Density Filter for Dynamic Landscape Photography – PictureCorrect

How to Use a Neutral Density Filter for Dynamic Landscape Photography – PictureCorrect: "Neutral density filters are used to block some of the light coming into the lens so that we can have longer exposure times than the available light would allow without the filter. For landscape photography, neutral density filters are indispensable."

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The 7 Classic Pieces of Gear You Will Want After You Get a DSLR

The 7 Classic Pieces of Gear You Will Want After You Get a DSLR: "Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a new camera. But not just any new camera; no, not a new mobile device, not a new point and shoot — not that there’s anything wrong with either of those. You’ve stepped into a different realm of camera: a digital SLR. You know, like the ones the “professionals” use."

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5 Tips for Capturing The Magic of Golden Hour Photography

5 Tips for Capturing The Magic of Golden Hour Photography: "One of the main things that all photographers strive for is to make their work stand out somehow. Obviously, there’s no shortage of photographers on the planet, so I wouldn’t think that anyone who calls herself or himself a photographer is so delusional as to think that they are the only one employing any given method or technique; it’s just that we all want our work to reflect our personality in some way. We want our work to have some kind of “magical” quality to it."

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Challenges and Benefits of Panoramic Photography – PictureCorrect

Challenges and Benefits of Panoramic Photography – PictureCorrect: "Cinerama movies are generally preferred for a very good reason: The field of view is more like what the human eye is accustomed to seeing. Unconsciously at some level, when we look at a “normal” photo we know that it is like looking at the world through a window, and we are only seeing part of what we would see if we were there. That missing information may not produce deep psychological distress, but it is my belief that panoramic images that cover approximately 90 X 180 degrees field of view are more comfortable and satisfying than traditional photography."

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Insider Look at the Work of Famous Street Photographers: New Documentary (Video) – PictureCorrect

Insider Look at the Work of Famous Street Photographers: New Documentary (Video) – PictureCorrect: "A new documentary by ALLDAYEVERYDAY Films will offer an insider glimpse at the work of some of the most prominent street photographers of past and present. If the trailer is any indication, the film, entitled Everybody Street, will show how street photography captures life in all its facets — the fascinating and the bizarre, the disturbing and the violent, as well as the beautiful and the heartwarming. (Warning: some photos in the trailer below contain partial nudity.):"

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Bad Weather = Good Light for Opportunistic Photographers – PictureCorrect

Bad Weather = Good Light for Opportunistic Photographers – PictureCorrect: "We’ve all sat, staring out of our window and cursing at the rain poring down or the flat, grey sky that just happened to cloud over on few hours we’ve managed to set aside in our busy schedule to head out and shoot some photos. But all is not lost for the opportunistic and well prepared photographer."

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Photo Editing is No Substitute for Photography Technique – PictureCorrect

Photo Editing is No Substitute for Photography Technique – PictureCorrect: "Photography has entered a whole new world, with remarkable changes in technology in just a few short years. One thing has not changed, however; the camera – not the computer – is still the most important tool of a good photographer."

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▶ Space Station Crew Discusses Life in Space with News Media Representatives - YouTube

▶ Space Station Crew Discusses Life in Space with News Media Representatives - YouTube: ""

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