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The LGBT Issue: Every Photographer Must Decide

Important Note: Improve Photography is not a partisan political tool.  We’re one of the largest photography communities on the web and represent photographers from all different political, religious, cultural, racial, and other backgrounds.  I, Jim Harmer, am the author of this content but I spent a significant amount of time carefully writing it in the most neutral way possible.  This article has …

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8 Things the Camera Manufacturers Won’t Tell You

1. “Weather sealed” often means “Chucked in a few two-cent rubber gaskets” Nature photographers often pay a lot more for a camera with weather sealing in order to keep dust and water out of the camera when shooting in harsh outdoor environments.  Unfortunately, I think most photographers don’t realize how little protection is in most cameras. I’ve drowned enough cameras to know …

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Spring Cleaning Your Gear

Spring is a great time to not only clean your house, but also your photo gear. After all, weddings, senior and family shoots will soon be in high demand and you want to be prepared. For the most part, it’s recommended that you clean your lenses as little as possible to decrease the risk of scratching your lens.

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My Favorite Little Tricks for Reducing Noise in Night Photos

I recently had a client order a very large 7’ (2.1 meter) print of a night photo I took in Iceland.  The project really tested my post-processing skills because making a very large print of a high ISO photo is difficult to do without noise ruining the shot. I want to share with you a few techniques I’ve learned that …