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Night Photography Tips [IP37]

In this week’s episode we talk about night photography and share tons of night photography tips. Tip #1: Use a solid tripod. Any little bit of wind during a long exposure can make photos extremely blurry when doing a long exposure. Tip #2: When light painting, think about the hardness and softness of the light you create. The larger the …

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7 Essential Tips for Photographing the Moon

I spent last weekend in a planetarium enjoying the night sky through an incredibly powerful telescope.  My kids had never stayed up so late in their lives, so I regretted the decision later, but it has me thinking about night photography.  Consequently, I wanted to share with you a few tips I’ve learned over the years as I have shot …

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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

Subscribe to Improve Photography TV on Youtube! 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 …