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Point Pelee – A Bird Photographer’s Paradise

Point Pelee, Ontario is a long spit of land that runs south into Lake Erie. It is the southernmost mainland point in Canada (the very most southern point is on nearby Middle Island, also in Lake Erie). Many people may be surprised to learn that this part of Canada is on the same parallel as Northern California! (Or, perhaps they …

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11 Must Have Photography Items that Won’t Break the Bank

There are a lot of articles with suggestions for gadgets to buy yourself or gifts to buy your friends and significant others that are interested in photography, but a lot of them are filled with inexpensive gadgets and novelties that are, admittedly, very neat, but aren’t really what you (or they) need. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some …

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Improve Your Floral Photography with Creative Composition and Depth of Field

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you are probably excited Spring is finally here.  A great way to celebrate Spring is to go out and enjoy beautiful flowers.  Spring is the transition of dormant landscapes to lush greenery.  It’s when the world of dull lifeless plants come alive.  This means bright, fresh colors, new flowers and, most importantly, new …

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30 Must-Have Landscape Photography Accessories

Atmosphere Aerosol Atmosphere Aerosol is an awesome product!  It’s a can of smoke that you can spray to add fog into your landscapes.  It’s not enough smoke to fill an entire landscape, but if you shoot smaller intimate landscapes, you could easily go spray the fog in the area and then go shoot the awesome fog and light streaks going …

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11 Practical Techniques for Better Long Lens Photography

Shooting with a long lens requires a very different set of skills and techniques than shooting at normal focal lengths.  Even advanced photographers struggle the first several times they shoot at the long focal lengths. This week I’m shooting in Yellowstone doing a free photography workshop with 40 readers of Improve Photography, and as I teach I’m remembering some of …

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3 Secrets to Shooting Impressive Fall Photos

Fall is a time of transition—summer slowly transforming into winter, rain returning more regularly, and green leaves turning spectacular colors before going dormant. This being the case, it can be a wonderful season for photographers. However, it takes more than just some colorful leaves to make a striking Fall photo.