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Solar Eclipse Photography: How to Safely Get the Shot

Solar eclipse photography is a fun way to learn more about this fascinating natural phenomenon.  It’s no wonder that anytime one of these events is on the calendar, people will turn their attention to the sky to try and catch a glimpse, or maybe even a photograph, of the partial or totally occluded sun.  For those who would like to …

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The Ultimate Guide to Editing a Milky Way Photo

Post-processing is an extremely subjective part of any photographer’s workflow.  By putting in days of practice, each photographer eventually develops a characteristic look that can be seen throughout many of their photos, whether that be high contrast, low contrast, highly saturated, monochrome, bright exposures, dark and moody exposures, or anywhere in between.   While there is no correct way to …

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Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a Camera

As “the photographer” among my family and friends, I inevitably get asked lots of questions about photography, especially when someone is considering buying a camera. Usually, I’m asked “What should I buy?” Truth be told, there is no simple answer to that question. The right answer for you is not going to be the right answer for me. You need …

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Tips for Post-Processing Your Beach Photos

I would like to offer up a few quick and easy tips to help make your ocean/beach photography stand out.  I have spent the past week shooting a lot of beach and surf photography for a few different clients.  Some of this work was actually in an event setting, so there was a lot of feedback and response to the various …

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Comparing Long Exposure Noise Between Cameras

If you have ever tried your hand at night photography, it is possible you have encountered digital noise in your photos caused by the process of capturing long exposures.  Despite the advances in technology associated with the sensors that go into today’s digital cameras, capturing long exposures pushes the limits of the electronic components of our cameras and can result …

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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod Review

In the world of tripods, there are many choices available to the photographer. The range of price is almost as wide as the number of tripods on the market. In this article, I am going to review one of the many tripods available, the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT tripod.  I purchased this tripod with the GH-100 pistol grip head.  I …