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Ten Reasons to “Shoot to a Theme”

In Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman

Often photography is about grabbing your camera, going to an interesting place, and looking for subjects that catch your eye.  No real plan, grab your camera, take a walk, and see what photo opportunities present themselves.  There’s nothing wrong with that. Often serendipity will meet your skills as photographer and a good shot will result.  …

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When Should Serious Photographers Make Snapshots?

In Post-processing, Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman

Snapshots??!!  Most photographers aspiring to improve scoff at making “snapshots”, those being the quick images taken without much thought by the point-and-shoot crowd.  We’re serious photographers here and want to instead be Crafting Photographs, right?  But in this article, I’m talking about a feature in Lightroom you may not have tried or understood and it …

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14 Ways Shooting Still Life Can Improve Your Photography

In Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman

As a new photographer, there’s a lot to learn.  Camera controls, composition, lighting, lens selection and more.  Try action, sports, or even wildlife photography and while you puzzle over exposure settings the shot is missed.  Try portraiture and your subject may become impatient while you’re trying to get the light right or find the right …

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Preserving Your Photo Legacy – 10 Thoughts

In Photo Basics, Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman

Your photography is important to you.  Perhaps more than just a hobby or even a profession, it’s a way of life – something that reflects who you are and what you love.  You’ve invested many years learning your skills and probably thousands of dollars in equipment.  So does that all go away when you’re gone?  …

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Ideas for Making Great Rain Photos

In Photo Basics, Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman

Rain, rain, go away.  Little Johnny wants to play. Johnny must not have been a photographer.  If he was, he might know that when the weather gets bad, the photos get good.  Rainy days often provide the drama, the light, and interesting subjects to photograph.  The key is knowing what to shoot and how to …

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How to Photograph Birds in Flight

In Landscape/Nature by Rick Ohnsman

 “The bird who dares to fall, is the bird who learns to fly” I can’t cite the author of this quote, but I like what it says about taking chances and learning new things.  If you are stuck in a rut with your photography, maybe it’s time to “spread your wings.”  Few things will challenge …

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A Dozen Reasons to Make it Monochrome

In Photo Basics by Rick Ohnsman

The earliest photographers made monochrome images.  That was their only option.  Today, the general public expects photos to be in color and monochrome is seen as the infrequent option.  So why would you make a “black and white” photo when the world is in color and color photography is so easy?  Here are a dozen …

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Big Results with Little Lights

In Photo Basics by Rick Ohnsman

Most know that the word photography means “writing with light.”  But what type of light might that be?  Do you need expensive and specialized photo lighting equipment or can you with some ingenuity make compelling photos with cheap lighting creatively used? The first photographers of the early 1820’s could only use natural daylight.  Exposures could …