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The MagBeam – A Review of MagMod’s Newest Modifier

MagMod has done it again.  The company that has provided thousands of photographers around the world with lightweight, portable, easy to use magnetic modifiers has created yet another modifier designed to make our lives as speedlight photographers easier.  The MagBeam, MagMod’s newest modifier, is designed to allow photographers to produce creative, designed light patterns in a quick, easy to use manner.  But, …

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Painting With Light To Create Dynamic Night Photography: Advanced Techniques

My previous article, “A Beginner’s Guide to Using Light Painting in Your Photography”, introduced some of the basic gear and techniques for light painting your images.  That article was intended more for those who may be new to light painting and want to give it a try.  This article is for those who have experimented with light painting and are …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Light Painting In Your Photography

Light painting is a great way to add interest and drama to low-light images.  Photographers of all levels are always looking for that little extra ‘something’ to push their images to the next level. Light painting is a technique that can do just that.  The really nice things about light painting is that it can be done with basic gear, …

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The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Milky Way Photography

With the low light capabilities of digital cameras drastically increasing in recent years, Milky Way photography is booming in popularity.  As a result, it is becoming more and more common to see photographers staying out past sunset and late into the night.  The easiest way to ensure that you capture a compelling Milky Way photo is to do the proper …

10 Steps to Great Night Photos (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Silvio de Pecher, an Italian photographer who runs a website in which he frequently teaches night photography (in Italian). Shoot low ISO. There is a special value called natural ISO that transmits the minimum possible amplification on the sensor. It is generally 100 ISO for Canon and 200 ISO for Nikon. Shooting at this level greatly reduces the noise …

Shoot Report: Night Portrait of a Taxi Driver

If you follow @ImprovePhoto on Twitter, you may have seen the photo featured on this page two weeks ago when I tweeted my shoot.  A few of you asked questions about the shoot, so I thought it would be an interesting article for today. First of all, I was a bit disappointed with the shoot.  The cab driver only gave …