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The Complete Light Painting Tutorial

Light painting is my favorite photography technique, but as I travel around the world meeting up with readers of Improve Photography, it’s usually the thing that is toughest for new night photographers to get right.  In this article I want to share with you simple steps for creating a good light painting, and some pitfalls to avoid. During this tutorial, …

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15 Hiking Tips for the Landscape Photographer

While I have dabbled in all kinds of photography, Landscapes have always been my passion.  That is because I love the all things outdoors, including hiking.  Not too long ago, I heard an interview with Nathan St. Andre discussing hiking and photography tips.  I was immediately intrigued.  Especially because Nathan is from Southern Utah, just outside of Zion National Park, …

Cheap Tripods vs. Professional Tripods: Does it Really Matter?

Intro Behind a camera body and lens, a tripod may be the next most important piece of photography equipment you can buy.  Some would even argue that a tripod can improve your photography more than any other piece of gear.  That’s debatable, as a flash could also fill that slot, but it really depends on the genre of photography that …

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Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a gem of a desert landscape in Southern California.  Despite its beauty, the park is one that is somewhat ignored by many photographers in comparison to areas such as Death Valley National Park, which is located only a few hours away.  Joshua Tree does not have many of the iconic views and grand vistas that …

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Getting Smart with Photoshop Smart Objects

Anyone who has used Photoshop for some time has heard the term Smart Object used from time to time. The phrase “Non Destructive Workflow” is often mentioned in thousands of videos, articles, books, etc. when the subject is of a post processing workflow with photographic images. One of the best and most powerful features within Photoshop is the ability to …

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Peak Design: Everyday Messenger vs. Everyday Backpack

Anyone who has followed me for very long knows I love Peak Design.  I own a lot of their gear and have reviewed a handful of things in the past, including one of their straps, clips, and a couple of their pouches.  I like Peak Design for their innovation and willingness to step out of the traditional way of doing things …