11 Tips for Spectacular Snow Landscapes

Autumn has come and gone.  At least, that’s how it feels right now in Idaho! The colorful leaves are falling off the trees, everything is becoming more dull and brown, and soon enough it will happen: snow! Beautiful, white, sparkling snow. Excitedly, you get outside with your camera to capture that awesome looking winter landscape and shoot photos to your …

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Dustin’s Unplanned Photo

Unplanned Photography Dustin Here: Over memorial day weekend I drove down to the Salt Lake City area to visit some friends and just enjoy the weekend. The trip was very last minute as several of my other plans didn’t work out and Utah is where I ended up. Saturday morning I found out we were going on a hike and I definitely didn’t …

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Panorama Photography Tips [Weekly Duel]

This week’s theme is Panorama. Panorama photography is a great technique for making the viewer of the photo feel enveloped in the landscape.  Since panoramas capture a wider area, it more closely matches a person’s field of vision.  The trick with panoramas, however, is composition.  It can be difficult to place objects in the frame in a way that makes …

Landscape Photography Tips [Weekly Duel]

This week’s theme is Landscape. Shooting landscapes for this duel was NOT an easy feat.  Unlike some other types of photography, landscape is very dependent on the weather.  In Idaho, everything is still dead and brown despite the calendar promising Spring.  This can make landscapes difficult to shoot–especially because we were both shooting in places we’ve never shot before, and …

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Close-up Photography [Weekly Duel]

Today is the very first camera duel, a weekly feature we’re adding to ImprovePhotography.com.  This week’s theme is close-up photography. We chose close-up photography for the first Improve Photography Duel because it’s something I’ve always struggled with.  I’m generally not a big fan of close-up or macro photography because they all look the same to me.  Once you’ve seen a …

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“Cheap” Aerial Photography with the DJI Phantom

Tomorrow, Improve Photography is going to take delivery of a DJI Phantom.  It’s a $700 remote controlled helicopter that is capable of lifting a small camera in the air to take aerial photos and video.  Needless to say, I’m not going to be sleeping much tonight, knowing that a new gadget is in a box waiting for me somewhere. Often, …