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What is Bulb Mode and 5 Ways to Use It (Long Exposure Photography)

  Today’s post is the result of a question from Eric Thant, who asked “How do I shoot the bulb mode?” What Is Bulb Mode on a Camera? Bulb mode simply allows the photographer to take a picture for as long as the shutter is depressed (that means pushed down, not sad…).  You can use bulb mode by choosing manual …

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How to Clean an Image Sensor: The extreme test!

If you are noticing dust spots on your photos, it’s probably time to clean the image sensor on your camera.  Some photographers pay $70 for Canon or Nikon to clean the camera, but I personally think that’s a gigantic waste of money.  Cleaning an image sensor is very easy, and if you follow the directions and use the right materials, …

13 Ways to Make Your Photos Look Professional

There is no silver bullet to making a professional picture.  It often takes years of practice; however, as a newer photographer you’ll find that there are some things that will dramatically improve your photography without much effort. But after you apply the tips on this page and get to the point of being a competent photographer, you’ll find that your …

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How Big Can You Print with Your Camera’s Megapixels?

I’m frequently asked how big of a print a photographer can make given their camera’s 24, 16, 12, 18, 8 or whatever megapixel count they have on their camera.  I understand why it’s a confusing question, but the truth is that my answer is almost always “Go for it!  It’ll look just fine printed that big.” When it comes right …

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Understand Focal Length in 5 Minutes

Focal length is something that we talk about constantly as we discuss different lenses and styles of photography in our weekly free podcasts. It can be a bit confusing as a beginner to understand focal length because there are a few twists and complexities, but I’ll do my best to explain it in 5 minutes or less.  I’ll start with …

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Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is the basic knowledge of composition that most photographers use when placing items within the frame to make a picture.  While it’s an incomplete foundation of a composition, it is certainly worth learning and understanding as you learn the basics of photography. In its most basic form, the rule of thirds says that you should imagine …