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Shutter Speed

Learning about your shutter speed can make or break a photo. One sure way to learn the effects of shutter speed is to shoot on shutter priority once in awhile and get the idea of how pictures look at different shutter speeds. Our shutter speed control the amount of ambient light that is let into our sensors. With this said and having this one tool in your photography belt you are going to already begin to shoot better pictures. The reason I say this is because you can control the amount of light, the amount of movement and the amount … Continue reading

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Print Or Send Out?

It’s funny even today with digital photography this questions is still as fresh as it was when I shot film years ago. Should you buy an expensive printer and print at home or should you send your prints out and have them down? Years ago I would get into discussions with other photographers at out monthly photo club meeting. We would get into talks concerning should you buy all of your own chemicals and turn one room in your house into a dark room? “Mine was a closest in my parents house.” Or should you send the rolls of film … Continue reading

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Photoshop Elements

A lot of people don’t realize that when you use Photoshop Elements you also have a powerful organizer. I have been using Elements since version 1. I have always been impressed about how easy it is to organize all of my photos. It is also really nice in that it allows you to build albums so you can keep your photos together. I also like that it imports based on events. A event is really the date that the pictures were taken. Once you get all of your albums built and you have all of your photos imported; you can … Continue reading

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Flash Triggers

Most people you will see with a speed light or off camera flash always seem to have their flash hanging off the camera. They connect the flash directly to the hot show of the camera. I also did this for years, I didn’t know of any better way. Now I know from years of studying flash and the way that light falls off of our subject we need to get the flash off the camera and place it on angles. This will allow us to create different lighting effects. There are a few ways we can get the flash off … Continue reading

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HDR High Dynamic Range

We all love pictures, that is why many of you read this blog and watch my You Tube videos. But what do you or would you think of a picture with such detail and depth that is almost pulls you into the shot? Step over to HDR, High Dynamic Range photography. It is so easy to take pictures in HDR that I don’t know why more people do not jump on this band wagon. So is every picture better in HDR? No be careful of portraits in HDR, I have met some people that can pull this off but not … Continue reading

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Organize Your Photos

If you are like me and I know a lot of you who read this blog are. We love taking pictures and after a very short time you will have millions and millions of pictures. At one time I had them on three different computers. One day I thought I need to get my digital pictures more organized and I wanted to move them all to one computer. I know you are thinking only one point of failure? I first copied all of my images off the two computers I didn’t want to use to store them on. I moved … Continue reading

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Tripod or Monopod

When you first started taking pictures I am sure that you like the rest of us started hand holding your camera and grabbing your shots. This is normal because no one wants to lug around heavy gear when they are out on a walking photo shoot. I have found that over the years my family have become my gear people. As we head out on a photo walk or on a vacation each member has something that he or she can carry. I hand my bag to one, my tripod to another and so on. So do you need a … Continue reading

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It’s In The Glass!

I have been making this statement for years. And every time I am asked what camera to buy, I respond with, “It depends on what you want to take pictures of”? Then the most important question would be, “Do you want a camera that you can change lenses on”? The reason I ask this second question it will really answer the first one. And I always tell everyone that you want a camera that you can change lenses on. If not you are in a sense buying a point and shoot camera. Most photographers me included will tell you that … Continue reading

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Panoramic Pictures

These day’s seeing more is always seeing the best possible image that a landscape can provide. I have enjoyed panoramic photography ever since it has been made easy to stitch the shots together. Years ago in the dark room we had a lot more work then we do today in getting the perfect wide, wide and yes wide panoramic shot. What is a panoramic pictures? It is a picture of very wide angles. It is normally created using three or more shots then stitched together laying them side by side. How do you shoot a panoramic? I always use a … Continue reading

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When Computers Join Cameras

I really see this movement into the new area of mirror less cameras as the computer is now being shoved into the cameras. With all the talk about how the digital processing is happening in the camera. And now we are removing the mirror and allow the camera to handle even more of the workload for what we are trying to capture. We have seen for years the computer being placed into cameras. Almost any camera you pick up now has some kind of editing feature built into the camera. I can do a lot of edits even changing color … Continue reading

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