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Top 25 Hidden Photo Spots in Washington, DC

In Photo Locations by Frank Gallagher9 Comments

  Hello and welcome to Washington, DC!  I was born here and love this town.  As a visitor, of course you’ll take the typical shots of the monuments, government buildings, zoo and museums!  But, if you want to get away from the hordes of selfie-stick-toting tourists, here are some of my favorite off-the-beaten-path photo locations. …

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ETTR, ETTL and ISO Invariance: Which is Right for You?

In Photo Basics by Frank Gallagher4 Comments

In any type of photography, getting the right exposure is important.  But, is the best exposure one where the histogram is evenly spread out like a bell curve, one where it leans towards the right (ETTR) or to the left (ETTL)or do modern sensors make it all meaningless through ISO invariance? If you’ve been around …

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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 …

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The Ultimate Landscape Photography Packing List

In Landscape/Nature by Julian Baird5 Comments

You’ve spent hours planning your visit to your next landscape photography location, but have you given any thought to the kit you are taking?  Most landscape photographers won’t head out without some sort of a plan.  The weather will be checked, tide times verified and sun/moon charts referenced.  After all, a good plan will increase …

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Sunset Photography Camera Settings for Beginners

In Photo Basics by Rusty Parkhurst31 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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15 Hiking Tips for the Landscape Photographer

In Landscape/Nature by Brent Huntley5 Comments

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 …

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Get Focused! Image Stacking for Maximum Depth of Field

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst5 Comments

One of the primary objectives when making an image is to achieve proper focus to draw attention to a subject or areas of interest.  For some photographs, such as portraits, only the person or people in the image may be in focus.  In other situations, however, it may be preferable that everything in the image …

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ND Filters 101: 8 Things You Need to Know

In Features by Mark Morris9 Comments

Photographers LOVE jargon and fancy terms.  Virtually every photographer is a creative soul, looking for a way to express the way we see the world.  My guess is that about 98 percent of us are also a bit of a technology geek.  We photographers tend to like the technical side of our camera gear, and …

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The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Milky Way Photography

In Landscape/Nature by Kevin D. Jordan33 Comments

With the low light capabilities of digital cameras drastically increasing in recent years, Milky Way photography is booming in popularity.  As a result, it is becoming more and more common to see photographers staying out past sunset and late into the night.  The easiest way to ensure that you capture a compelling Milky Way photo …

How to Control Tricky Lighting in Landscape Photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer6 Comments

While shooting in Nauvoo, I found a beautiful stone bridge built by Mormon pioneers over 150 years ago.  The small rock bridge included a small waterfall underneath it, so I knew it was time to take out the camera and start shooting. Unfortunately, as soon as I got underneath the bridge and waded into the …