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Ideal Shutter Speeds for Photographing Star Trails

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst7 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 …

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Ultimate Guide to Steel Wool Photography

In Features by GregNoel5 Comments

      What is Steel Wool Photography Steel Wool Photography is using long exposures to capture the motion of hot embers flying through the air through the act of spinning burning steel wool.  These embers are so hot that they glow very brightly, and as they fly through the air the camera sensor captures …

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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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21 Photography Tips for Paris

In Photo Locations by Brent Huntley3 Comments

I spent seven nights in Paris a few months back and had great intentions of adding to the great series of “A Photographer’s Guide to … (Boston, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Glacier,  Philadelphia and so on)” we have seen on the website recently.  Unfortunately, our second day there, the whole family came down with something.  I …

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The Ultimate Guide to Editing a Milky Way Photo

In Landscape/Nature by Kevin D. Jordan16 Comments

Post-processing is an extremely subjective part of any photographer’s workflow.  By putting in days of practice, each photographer eventually develops a characteristic look that can be seen throughout many of their photos, whether that be high contrast, low contrast, highly saturated, monochrome, bright exposures, dark and moody exposures, or anywhere in between.   While there …

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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 …