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15 Hiking Tips for the Landscape Photographer

While I have dabbled in all kinds of photography, Landscapes have always been my passion.  That is because I love the all things outdoors, including hiking.  Not too long ago, I heard an interview with Nathan St. Andre discussing hiking and photography tips.  I was immediately intrigued.  Especially because Nathan is from Southern Utah, just outside of Zion National Park, …

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9 Tools for the International Travel Photographer

For the holidays this year, I took my family of four (wife and two toddlers) on a sixteen day European vacation.  We had a great deal on a hotel in Paris so we planned around that and ultimately packed too much travel into too little time.  We flew into Amsterdam, spent the day there before catching the train to Paris …

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43 Goals to Help you Become a “Real” Photographer

Not long ago, I set out to find what the photographic community defines as a “Real” photographer.  I scoured the internet and asked many in the photography community, including some of the Improve Photography readers.   I got a lot of the obvious answers, but also some very unique ones.     What was most apparent from my talking to photographers about this …

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25 Mistakes All Photographers Make (and don’t want to admit)

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes.  That is one of those inevitable facts of life.  We all know it, but generally don’t like to admit it.  My assumption is that if you are reading this, you are a photographer.  At least in some capacity.  To some, photography is your profession.  For many others, it is a hobby and perhaps …

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Instagram Tips for Photographers: Growing & Maintaining Your Fan Base

Instagram:  the social media site that is both the best and worst thing ever for photographers.  It makes perfect sense for photographers to use Instagram.  I mean, it’s a photography platform!  However, since everyone has a camera (whether it’s a DSLR or a phone or a point and shoot or a vintage film camera), everyone is now a photographer and …

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Photographing Couples: Tips for Authentic Poses and Interactions

As a follow up to my last blog post on photographing women, this week I’ll be talking about photographing couples.  I’m constantly asked about photographing couples and how to best pull out natural and authentic expressions and poses during a couples session or a wedding.  I’ll admit that I never felt very confident in this area until about a year …