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8 Cures for Your Photography Funk

In Features, Photo Basics by Brenda Petrella2 Comments

We’ve all had those “off” days. The light isn’t great, the weather is “meh”, you forget to grab charged batteries, your tripod head keeps sticking, you get stuck in traffic and so have less time to explore and shoot. The list could go on and on. Whatever the catalyst, we photographers have days (sometimes weeks!) …

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How to Frame a Photo Print on the Cheap

In Features by Michael AllenLeave a Comment

Framing is an incredible experience. If you have never had an opportunity to frame your work, you should try it. Take one of your absolute favorite images, print it (as with all things photography – the bigger the better), and have it framed. Either learn how to do it yourself, or take it to a …

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Use that old film camera lens for reverse-lens macro photos

In Features by Rick Ohnsman9 Comments

Hey! You’re doing that all backward! But then, when doing Reverse-Lens Macro photography, that’s exactly how you want to go about it. So let’s put those old film camera lenses back to work and explore an ultra-close-up world. What is “macro” First, let’s define “macro.” A true macro photo is defined as one where the image recorded …

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Meet the Writers of ImprovePhotography.com

In Features by Jim Harmer1 Comment

Andy Perkins I am primarily a hobbyist photographer from Indiana, though I also am available for real estate and commercial photography at www.atlasphotoguy.com. Landscape and nature photography are great ways to be out in nature with a purpose. I really don’t see the point of taking a vacation—or even a long weekend–without a camera. I’d …

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24 Things I Wish I Knew Before Photographing a Wedding

In Features by Michael AllieLeave a Comment

Are you getting ready to do wedding photography? Where do you start?  If you are thinking about cameras, lighting and other aspects of taking a picture, you are only scratching the surface of what you need to become a successful wedding photographer. Technical competence in taking wedding pictures merely lets you think about the idea …

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13 Sure-Fire Time-Lapse Photography Tips

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst5 Comments

Time-lapse photography is all the rage right now.  This may be because video in general is becoming more and more popular with still photographers.  Perhaps photographers are looking for new ways to take their work to the next level, and time-lapse is a way to do just that.  Regardless of the reason, the number of …

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Ideal Shutter Speeds for Photographing Star Trails

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst8 Comments

Star trails are so much fun to photograph and create.  I think it’s natural curiosity to look up into the night sky and wonder what is out there.  As a photographer, it is even more enjoyable to capture images that show some of the amazing things that are happening above us every night.  As camera …

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How to find focus at night: A simple step-by-step guide

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst21 Comments

One of the biggest challenges when photographing at night is capturing images that are in sharp focus.  The reason is really pretty simple and should come as no surprise.  Our cameras have a much more difficult time ‘seeing’ when it is dark, just like we do.  Depending on how dark it actually is, and the …