THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CROP FACTOR ~ Chelsea Lothrop

In the photography world, whether you just became a part of it or you have been shooting for a while, the term crop factor is something that comes up very often. Since there are so many cameras and camera systems available now, this term is very popular in product specifications, marketing materials, articles, books, and even in conversations between photographers. Read more…

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This Eclipse Photo Shows the Power of Shooting RAW ~ Michael Zhang

Here’s an eye-opening example that shows the power of shooting RAW. Photographer Dan Plucinski captured a beautiful photo of the solar eclipse yesterday, and this is the before-and-after comparison showing the straight-out-of-camera image (on left) compared to the edited one (on right). Check out the Differences…

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5 IDEAS TO PHOTOGRAPH WHEN YOU’RE OUT ON THE STREET ~ James Maher

1. SEEK OUT EMOTION

This is an easy point to make—photographs are better when they show people’s emotions. However, it’s much easier said than done. It is difficult to capture emotions in the wild, but they are there if you look for them. Be careful about getting overly distracted by a person’s clothing or look and instead pay attention to people’s faces and postures and capture them when they are expressive—both the strong and subtle expressions. Read…

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HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ~ Rajib Mukherjee

On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a rare celestial event: a total solar eclipse. For those who will be in the path of totality, a 70km wide stretch running from Oregon to South Carolina, this will be an event to remember. For photographers, this will also be the opportunity of a lifetime, capturing breathtaking images of the sun hiding behind the moon, the corona, and the streaks of light raging across the sky while the sun is hidden from sight. Photographer Lucas Gilman shares some valuable tips on what gear to use, the safety requirements of capturing this natural spectacle and the camera settings that you should use: Video Tutorial…

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The Most Common Amateur Portrait Retouching Mistakes ~ Nino Batista

Here’s a 6-minute video in which photographer and retoucher Nino Batista looks at some of the most common retouching mistakes that amateur photographers tend to make. Eliminate these from your post-processing workflow to take your photos to the next level. Good Pointers…

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How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse ~ Frank Espenak

Photographing an eclipse of the Sun is fun and easy. However, you will need to use a special Solar Filter to protect your eyes and your camera. Gives Instructions for Point and Shoot Cameras also…

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HOW TO FIND & PHOTOGRAPH GREAT MACRO SUBJECTS ~ Simon Takk

While most other subject – flowers, sunsets, the aurora borealis – already have thousands of great shots from pro photographers, the opportunities to take new, unique, and exciting macro shots are endless! Read…

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Ten expert tips for successful macro photography ~ Barney Britton and Thomas Shahan

Thomas’s interest in macro photography began when he started watching jumping spiders in his backyard. After studying art at the University of Oklahoma, he left for Oregon to work in the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s entomology lab. There, he worked as a digital imaging specialist, taking high magnification focus-stacked photographs and SEM images of arthropods – good practice for macro photography. Read and watch video…

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Virtual Photo Scouting – How to Plan and Scout a Photography Trip ~ Viktor Elizarov

Don’t you hate it when, after spending hours driving and hiking to an amazing spot, you realize that you missed the sunset by 15 minutes? Or the scene of the Milkyway over an iconic mountain is ruined by a fool moon? Those are the moments when you truly understand the importance of planning and scouting in travel photography. Read more…

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Shutter Speed Chart as a Photographer’s Cheat Sheet ~ Viktor Elizarov

When we talk about the Shutter Speed in photography the first thing that comes to mind is its is relationship to Exposure. The Shutter speed is the essential part of Exposure Triangle (Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed) and it helps photographers to get perfectly exposed photos. Best I have seen with downloadable chart…

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