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8 Things the Camera Manufacturers Won’t Tell You

1. “Weather sealed” often means “Chucked in a few two-cent rubber gaskets” Nature photographers often pay a lot more for a camera with weather sealing in order to keep dust and water out of the camera when shooting in harsh outdoor environments.  Unfortunately, I think most photographers don’t realize how little protection is in most cameras. I’ve drowned enough cameras to know …

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My Favorite Little Tricks for Reducing Noise in Night Photos

I recently had a client order a very large 7’ (2.1 meter) print of a night photo I took in Iceland.  The project really tested my post-processing skills because making a very large print of a high ISO photo is difficult to do without noise ruining the shot. I want to share with you a few techniques I’ve learned that …

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Night Portraits with Bokeh: An EASY, step-by-step tutorial

If you feel like your portrait photography has become stale, then a night portrait is an excellent way to spice things up. This last week I was in Southwest Florida holding a completely free photography workshop for readers of the site.  I always share step-by-step tutorials like this in my free “Behind the Photos” newsletter  but I decided to put this one on …

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Please Don’t Pay Full Price for these 11 Photography Items

Photography is not a cheap hobby, but it doesn’t have to be nearly as expensive as most think it is.  Over the last 5 years that I’ve been running Improve Photography, I’ve been hunting down the very best cheap and inexpensive alternatives to photography, which I share in the recommended gear section of the site.  Here are some of my …