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Learning Product Photography with Sandy Dorau

If you follow the Improve Photography network of podcasts (and you are crazy if you are not, each show offers some unique insight from different hosts that make my commute much more enjoyable), you have noticed a lot of talk lately about product photography. If I am going to be honest, product photography never interested me at all, but the …

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Night Photography Camera Settings for Beginners

I have spent many nights over the last 8 years teaching photographers how to capture night photography images with their cameras.  It’s actually not as difficult as you might think, and at the end of this post you’ll have exactly what you need to get the shot. Step 1: Put Your Camera in Manual Mode It’s actually easier to shoot …

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Costly Landscape Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Regardless of how seasoned we may be as photographers, there will always be mistakes that sneak their way into our workflow.  For landscape photographers in particular, early mornings, late nights, and challenging conditions can lead to fatigue or distractions that cause us to lose focus (no pun intended) on important details that can make or break our photos.   I …

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16 Benefits of a Mirrorless Camera: Why I switched!

It’s been almost two years since I switched from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera.  Personally, I love my mirrorless camera.  In this post I want to share with you the features and benefits of mirrorless cameras that I enjoy. However, I hope that after reading this you don’t think that mirrorless is all rainbows and unicorns.  There are still …

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12 Photography Magazines: Which One’s For You?

While the Internet can provide an endless stream of photography articles and tutorials, there’s something to be said for a good old-fashioned magazine that’s been written, edited, and curated by professionals. From the thoughtful themes and specific genres to the simple experience of holding a printed periodical, we would all do well to turn off our screens and pick up …

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Focal-Plane Shutter: What it is and how it affects your photos

Although many of us can rattle off in-depth specifications about our camera bodies or talk about complex post-processing techniques for hours at a time, surprisingly few photographers know how the guts of their camera actually operate.  I realized recently that I was one of those people. Even though I felt like a had a strong working knowledge of my camera …