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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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What is Bulb Mode and 5 Ways to Use It (Long Exposure Photography)

  Today’s post is the result of a question from Eric Thant, who asked “How do I shoot the bulb mode?” What Is Bulb Mode on a Camera? Bulb mode simply allows the photographer to take a picture for as long as the shutter is depressed (that means pushed down, not sad…).  You can use bulb mode by choosing manual …

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11 Tips For Taking Cozy Campfire Pictures

Although the official start of summer is months away, many of us are already dreaming up fun outdoor adventures. Camping is often synonymous with summer, and one of my favorite things to capture while camping is sitting around the campfire–roasting s’mores, singing songs, reading stories, talking and laughing. Taking pictures of a campfire scene, though, can be tricky. Keep these …

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 …

How to Photograph Gorgeous Night Portraits

I spend a significant amount of time just enjoying beautiful photography.  I look at great photos on flickr, on the websites of other photographers, and I always look at the websites of people who comment on the blog and include a link to their site.  In seeing all these photos, I am frequently surprised at how many photographers miss out …

More than you wanted to know about noise

This is a sample chapter from Jim Harmer’s book Improve Your Night Photography.  Check out the book! The success or failure of your night photography will likely depend on whether or not you have fully mastered your low-light shooting technique. A skilled night  photographer can leave a shoot knowing that all of her images were shot correctly to attain an image with …