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11 Tips For Taking Cozy Campfire Pictures

Although the official start of summer is months away, many of us are already dreaming up fun outdoor adventures. Camping is often synonymous with summer, and one of my favorite things to capture while camping is sitting around the campfire–roasting s’mores, singing songs, reading stories, talking and laughing. Taking pictures of a campfire scene, though, can be tricky. Keep these …

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Reflect on Your Shots: Getting Ready for Best of 2015

Now that we’re a quarter into 2015, it’s a good time to start looking back at the photos you’ve taken so far this year. When reflecting, consider the following questions: What have been your favorites and why? Would you include these in your portfolio? What can you do to improve what you’ve already taken?

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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 …