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How to Photograph the Aurora Borealis (Made Easy!)

The Aurora Borealis (commonly known as the Northern Lights) are streaks of light dancing across the sky. They are breathtaking and look so hard to photograph! Looking at photos of the Aurora Borealis, you might think: “The photographer must have a really awesome camera to take those photos, and must live in a northern cold climate, and stand outside in …

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How to Tell a Story With Your Fireworks

Many of us tried to take some photos last week of the Independence Day fireworks and test our skills as photographers. But how many of us attempted to share a story through our photos at the same time? For the 4th of July, I was in Washington State and this is my story about fireworks and how I resurrected my …

Night Photography Tips [Weekly Duel]

This week’s theme is night photography. New to the weekly Improve Photography Duel?  Check out this page, where we explain how it works.  A new camera duel will be released each Monday, and we’re asking YOU to vote on the photos below. Night Photography Duel Jim Here:  I’m gonna confess: I’m not too excited with the photo I took this …

How to Photograph the Milky Way

Last week, I took a photo of the Milky Way above an old schoolhouse building in Idaho. I posted the photo on our Facebook page, and it received 1,548 likes, 177 comments, and was shared 84 times. I was pretty happy (okay, fine… I was ecstatic) that so many of you said such nice things about my picture. MANY of …

Questions and Answers on Night HDR Photography

Question from a Reader Via Email on Night HDR Photography I went to do a night hdr the other night and I guess that because the scene is very dark I would need more over exposures than under right? What I noticed with my camera (Canon 7D) is that there was no difference to the picture from +2 EV and …