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Let’s Talk: Portraits vs Snapshots

You have a good camera and photograph people on a regular basis, yet your photos don’t look like the portraits you admire or regularly see in magazines or online. All of the elements seem to be there but something appears to be missing. In this case, you may be taking snapshots and not portraits. Snapshots tend to capture a moment …

How to Win Your Next Photo Contest

Do you dream about seeing one of those big, fat, royal blue ribbons adorned over one of your favorite photographs?  It’s a major accomplishment to win a ribbon at a photo contest, and it can be a milestone on your path to photographic excellence.   But every path has to have a beginning, and I’m going to help your find yours.

How do Photographers Remotely Capture the Space Shuttle?

With the historic last launch of the space shuttle Endeavor, I got to wondering how the photographers remotely trigger their cameras to photograph the launch.  Since the public has to be 3 miles away from the launch site, it would be WAY too far for a Pocketwizard. Fortunately, BorrowLenses.com posted a link on their facebook page that answered my question. …

More Daytime Landscape Photography Tips

Landscape photographers are snobs about shooting times.  We only shoot in the morning or evening and we turn up our noses to anyone who shoots during the day.  While it is certainly true that morning and evening are the most favorable times for shooting landscapes, I think most landscape photographers don’t shoot during the day simply because they don’t know …

15 Tips For Stunning Black and White Photography

This post is in response to a question from Matthew Tapley, who is interested in learning how to improve his black and white photography skills.  I hope this article has information that is valuable enough to you that you’d consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. Black and White Photography Tip #1: Shoot in RAW.  Many times when I shoot for …

10 Tips for Stunning Action Photography

Action Photography Tip #1: Plan ahead! Carefully plan where you will set up.  This is probably the biggest mistake for action photographers.  I can’t tell you how many parents I see on the sidelines shooting their son’s soccer game from the middle of the field.  Since the action will mostly occur near the goal, that is a much better place …