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How to Photograph Star Trails

Yosemite Chapel

On a recent trip to Yosemite, I had the opportunity to shoot star trails over the Yosemite Valley Chapel. Historically, to photograph star trails, you find a very dark area with minimal light pollution and create one single long exposure. In recent years, a number of programs have hit themarket that have revolutionized the way
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Control Depth of Field in Your Photographs

Control Depth of Field in Your Photographs

Depth of field is one of the most important aspects of creating fine art photographs. The exposure triangle teaches us that we can adjust our shutter speed and our ISO to balance any changes we make to our Aperture, enabling us to create our desired depth of field. There are times, though, when you’ll find
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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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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.

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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Positive and Negative Space in Photography

Positive and Negative Space in Photography

Positive and negative space is an important element to photographic composition. Let’s define positive and negative space and look at examples.

Photography Composition and Framing Study

Photography Composition and Framing Study

Of these 5 photographs, there’s only 1 that I like – and it’s not the first one. It’s not even the second one. Let’s critique my work to learn about composition and design elements.

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.

The Decisive Moment

Decisive Moment in Photography

Intuition and visualization are key to pursing the decisive moment in your photography. Henri Cartier-Bresson, father of photojournalism, introduced the decisive moment to photography.

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