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Photographing Cinque Terre: 15 Photo Locations & Tips

The Cinque Terre is one of my favorite places in the world for photography.  From excellent sweeping landscapes of the colorful homes spilling all over the cliff tops above the ocean to beautiful street photography opportunities, the Cinque Terre is an excellent location for photographers. I’ve just been in the Cinque Terre (five lands) for the last few days, and …

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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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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 …

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Night Portraits with Bokeh: An EASY, step-by-step tutorial

If you feel like your portrait photography has become stale, then a night portrait is an excellent way to spice things up. This last week I was in Southwest Florida holding a completely free photography workshop for readers of the site.  I always share step-by-step tutorials like this in my free “Behind the Photos” newsletter  but I decided to put this one on …