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How to Take Good Pictures: A non-photographer’s guide

In Photo Basics by Rusty Parkhurst0 Comments

The question of how to take good pictures is one that comes up frequently, regardless of skill level or the gear being used.  We all want to take good pictures.  I would think that no one grabs their camera or smartphone to capture a moment with the intent of taking a “bad” picture. It seems that every family has a …

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12 Things to Do When Starting out in Gig Photography

In Photo Basics by Julian Baird3 Comments

Gig photography can be fast-paced, exciting and highly rewarding.  It requires a keen eye, the ability to think quickly and to know your camera intimately.  So, if you fancy swapping your Friday night beer for the 15 minutes in the “pit”, then read on and I’ll tell you 12 things you need to do when starting out in gig photography. …

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How to Focus ⅓ Into a Photo for Deep Depth-of-Field

In Photo Basics by Frank Gallagher9 Comments

  If you’re a landscape photographer, you’ve probably had someone tell you to focus 1/3 of the way into the scene.  It’s one of the many guidelines about photography that have sprung up over time.  Like most guidelines, it doesn’t cover every situation and it’s open to interpretation.  But, a lot of the time it works!   In this article, …

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5 Things to Look for in a Photography Mentor

In Photo Basics by Julian Baird6 Comments

There are many ways to improve your photography but few are as effective as learning from a mentor.  This type of approach requires commitment and effort by both the mentor and student, and so a strong relationship between the two parties must also be present.  In this article, I will discuss why you might need a mentor and what to …

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The Basics of Shooting Video for Photographers

In Photo Basics by Pete LaGregor4 Comments

Why Learn Video? Having been an avid photographer my entire life, I always thought video was a completely different medium and that I shouldn’t bother with it.  These days, though, that kind of thinking can leave a photographer behind the technology curve.  There will always be a place for still photography but video is the future. There are many advantages …