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How to Use Motion Blur to Improve Your Photos

In Photo Basics by GregNoel2 Comments

  How to use motion blur to improve your photos. My most recent article I discussed how to take sharp photos in low light situations because perfectly sharp images are the goal for most photos.  As photographers, we are obsessed with sharpness and perfectly sharp images.  We spend more money on lenses and cameras that …

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What is Flat Light?

In Photo Basics by Matt Gavin4 Comments

The Lighting Looks so Flat!!! What is Flat Light? Photographers love using language which is alien to the rest of the normal world.  It’s our secret code that only we know in order to make sure the ‘outsiders’ really don’t know what going on.  Ok, so we are not really that bad, and its probably not deliberate, …

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How to Take Sharp Photos in Low Light

In Photo Basics by GregNoel8 Comments

How to Take Sharp Photos in Low Light Taking photos in low light presents a number of challenges for our cameras.  The camera’s sensor needs light to create an image, and the less light there is, the more challenging it is to create a photo.   Auto modes on your camera are programmed to ensure enough …

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9 Tips For Epic Car Images

In Photo Basics by Stanley Harper0 Comments

Automotive photography can produce some seriously epic images, but it can somewhat of a mystery on how to produce them. In this article, I offer up some tips to help you produce images that have that “wow” factor. PANNING Panning shots for automotive photography is an art plain and simple. The purpose behind panning is …

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17 Tips for Clear iPhone Photos Every Time

In Photo Basics by Tracy Munson2 Comments

Any recent model iPhone comes equipped with a camera capable of taking professional quality photos. So why is Instagram full of blurry cat pics? (No, no – not because of Samsung. Come on now, let’s get serious!) Many people simply don’t know how to get the most out of their iPhone cameras, but that changes, …

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Sunset Photography Camera Settings for Beginners

In Photo Basics by Rusty Parkhurst32 Comments

Everyone can enjoy and appreciate a beautiful sunset.  And admit it, regardless of how cliche it may be, sunset photography is tons of fun.  Having the ability to capture the last rays of the day and amazing golden light bathing the landscape is very satisfying. A couple years ago, I decided that I was going …

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Learning Product Photography with Sandy Dorau

In Photo Basics by Brent Huntley4 Comments

If you follow the Improve Photography network of podcasts (and you are crazy if you are not, each show offers some unique insight from different hosts that make my commute much more enjoyable), you have noticed a lot of talk lately about product photography. If I am going to be honest, product photography never interested …

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Night Photography Camera Settings for Beginners

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer4 Comments

I have spent many nights over the last 8 years teaching photographers how to capture night photography images with their cameras.  It’s actually not as difficult as you might think, and at the end of this post you’ll have exactly what you need to get the shot. Step 1: Put Your Camera in Manual Mode …

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Costly Landscape Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

In Photo Basics by Kevin D. Jordan7 Comments

Regardless of how seasoned we may be as photographers, there will always be mistakes that sneak their way into our workflow.  For landscape photographers in particular, early mornings, late nights, and challenging conditions can lead to fatigue or distractions that cause us to lose focus (no pun intended) on important details that can make or …

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12 Photography Magazines: Which One’s For You?

In Photo Basics by Aaron Taylor9 Comments

While the Internet can provide an endless stream of photography articles and tutorials, there’s something to be said for a good old-fashioned magazine that’s been written, edited, and curated by professionals. From the thoughtful themes and specific genres to the simple experience of holding a printed periodical, we would all do well to turn off …