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Category: Misc Photo Tips

How to Photograph in the Snow

How to Photograph in Snow

Snow is one of those situations where you can’t just grab your camera, set it to automatic and hit the ground running. Not to fear, with a few simple tips, you’ll be all set to photograph in the snow. How to Photograph in the Snow Overexpose Your Images The most important advice I can give
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What is Image Stabilization?

What is Image Stabilization?

When hand holding a camera, you run the risk of blurry photographs if you shoot at a shutter speed that is less than half your focal length. For example, Hand holding an 85mm lens, shooting at 1/125 = no blur Hand holding an 85mm lens, shooting at 1/60 = potential for blur Hand holding an
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Camera Lens Basics – Numbers on a Camera Lens

What are the numbers on a camera lens?

Camera Lens Terms Standard: Focal length roughly equivalent to what the eye sees. Ex. Full Frame DSLR = 40mm; APS-C = 35mm. Film SLR = 50mm. Wide: Focal length under standard lens Ex. 24mm f/1.4 Telephoto: Focal length over standard lens. Ex. 100mm f/2.8 Prime: Fixed focal length, any mm. Ex. 14mm, 85mm, 100mm Zoom:
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Choosing a Portrait Lens

Choosing a Portrait Lens

Different focal length lenses allow a photographer to create different compositions and effects. In portrait photography, the key is to balance the focal length of the lens with the distance to the subject. The general rule of thumb in portrait photography is to be 10-15 feet away from your subject. This rule was established after
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Painting with Light

Painting with Light

Last week we talked a little about how to make flash photography fun. Eric Paré, Patrick Rochon and Timecode Lab have certainly done that with their LightSpin project. This is so totally cool.

The Leica Freedom Train

The Leica Freedom Train

In 1925, after 12 years of testing and prototypes, Ernst Leitz II released a small landscape camera at the Leipzig Spring Fair. The Leica I was designed by mathematician Oskar Barnack, who was hired by Ernst Leitz Sr. for the purpose of designing this camera. The camera had a shutter speed range of 1/20 to
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Proper Handling of Old Photos and How to Remove them from Albums

Proper Handling of Photographs

You can cause quite a bit of damage to old photos by handling them incorrectly. In many cases, the damage is not immediately noticeable so it’s easy to become complacent in your handling of them. But, deterioration is an on-going, natural process and you do not want to do anything that will speed that process
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Underwater Photography Tips for Beginners

Beginner Underwater Photography Tips

Ten Underwater Photography Tips geared towards beginner underwater photographers. It’s not on the list of 10 underwater photography tips, but it bears mentioning: Practice. Practice both your SCUBA skills and your photography skills. The more experience you have underwater, the more comfortable you’ll be and the better photographs you’ll take. Now, onto 10 Underwater Photography
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One Shot v. AI Servo v. AI Focus

One Shot v. AI Servo v. AI Focus

Canon cameras have three different Auto Focus modes. Learn which mode to choose when you’re shooting: One Shot v. AI Servo v. AI Focus.

What is Archival?

What is Archival?

What is Archival? Archival paper has to meet standards set by The Library of Congress, International Standards Organization (ISO) and American National Standards Organization (ANSI). It is a permanent, acid-free paper intended for documents of value. The paper must be acid free with a pH of 8 – 9.5. There can be no brightening agents
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