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Why Taking Good Candid Portrait is Like Hitting a 100mph Fastball main image
Why Taking Good Candid Portrait is Like Hitting a 100mph Fastball
by Valerie Johnston | August 21, 2012

Forgive me...I am not one for baseball analogies, but the title of this article is just so accurate. Where candid portraiture is concerned, timing really is "everything" and you do have to keep your proverbial eye on that proverbial ball. What do we mean? Just consider that a good candid portrait is one in which the subject has no idea that you are taking the shot, is in a good position for the photograph, and is photographed with the ...

Is The Cloud A Safe Place To Store Your Family Memories? main image
Is The Cloud A Safe Place To Store Your Family Memories?
by Paul Cook | August 9, 2012

The World Wide Web has revolutionized the resulting image output from camera clicks; from roll films to digital photos, we have come a long way. You and I are both affected by digital photography in one form or the other, whether it is sharing pictures on Facebook among family and friends or on Flicker for the whole world to see. You might be so engrossed in clicking pictures that you wouldn?t have given a thought to storing those memories in ...

5 Ideas for Amazing Beach Vacation Photos main image
5 Ideas for Amazing Beach Vacation Photos
by Valerie Johnston | July 20, 2012

Almost everyone loves a vacation at the beach. After all, the sun and the sand, the wonderful breezes, the sunsets, the people having fun...what's not to love? The problem comes when we seek to make creative and unique photographs of our beach vacations. You know the type of digital photography that we mean...the ones that won't look the same as the last trip to the shore; the ones that won't be confused with the photos we took at ...

RAW versus JPG...Which Format Should I Use? main image
RAW versus JPG...Which Format Should I Use?
by Valerie Johnston | July 9, 2012

If you are like me you enjoy keeping up to date with the world of photography and digital photography. Over the past decade many have watched in awe as cameras have shifted away from film and mostly into the digital realm. Today, photography does not often demand the kind of technical knowledge and skill that it used to require and many people have even started to turn away from the older DSLR cameras to give attention to the availability of ...

I Just Bought A Flash For My Camera…Now What? main image
I Just Bought A Flash For My CameraNow What?
by Paul Cook | July 5, 2012

The next logical step after buying a digital camera is buying a flash for that camera.? Since the invention of DSLRs, digital photography has indeed come a long way to become what it is today. Among all the fancy add-ons that come along with these cameras, one of the accessories accompanying the state-of-the-art gadgets is the camera flash. Given the dramatic manner in which a camera flash can light up a shot accentuating its beauty, it will only be ...

What Size and Type of Memory Card Should I Buy for My Digital Camera? main image
What Size and Type of Memory Card Should I Buy for My Digital Camera?
by Valerie Johnston | July 2, 2012

  I had a friend just getting into digital photography and one of the first questions posed was "what size and type of memory card is best?" I told him that it didn't really matter, and after he looked at me blankly for a few moments I went on to explain. The size and type of memory card is less of the primary issue. The main issue is what you intend to use the card for. Just consider ...

5 Pet Portrait Ideas Sure to Make Your Tail Wag main image
5 Pet Portrait Ideas Sure to Make Your Tail Wag
by Paul Cook | June 29, 2012

Animals are indeed the most exceptional creation of God. With their striking attributes, stunning color of fur or hair and the impressive textures masking every inch of their bodies, it is nothing short of a pleasure photographing these amazingly diverse creatures. When it comes to pets, digital photography takes an entirely new face. It will only be justified to call pet photography the most fascinating genre of photography as it allows photographers to take delight in the spontaneous and totally ...

Which Instagram Photo to Print as Canvas Prints? main image
Which Instagram Photo to Print as Canvas Prints?
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 26, 2012

Lately I have only been taking my iPhone with me as my main camera for a few reasons.? One is that lugging around my big ole DSLR can be quite cumbersome.? I never know where to store it when I'm not using it and I am constantly worrying that I will forget it somewhere.? The 2nd reason is that I enjoy the challenges that shooting with the iPhone presents.? Fixed focal length (not really any zoom ...

Camera Terms: What The Heck is a Histogram? main image
Camera Terms: What The Heck is a Histogram?
by Paul Cook | June 25, 2012

Digital photography saw many transformations before becoming what it is today. It is one of those few art forms where a keen eye capturing the scene at the right moment is all that separate a pro from an amateur. In the technologically sound society we live in, digital photography has spanned a wide range of options to guarantee better results with minimal effort. Unlike the old days, now DSLRs have features enabling photographers to judge the quality of a photograph ...

A Handy Camera Checklist Before You Head Out the Door main image
A Handy Camera Checklist Before You Head Out the Door
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 19, 2012

I know you love taking your camera everywhere and grabbing shots at parties, on vacation, at the zoo and even the ballgame.? If you are like me and must have your camera with you at all times then you have probably gone a time (or in my case 2 or 3 times) when you forgot an essential piece of gear or batteries or memory cards...at home.? Yes, I have left the house with my camera and without ...

Do I Need a Flash for my Camera? main image
Do I Need a Flash for my Camera?
by Valerie Johnston | June 8, 2012

It was during a friend's wedding that I first wondered if a flash would be a good investment for my blooming interest in photography. Why? The flash unit onboard my camera was totally inappropriate for the setting because it kept flashing directly at the people only a few feet away. I was having visions of "bouncing" the flash off of the ceiling to create a nice even lighting in my digital photography at the wedding, but just had no ...

Do You Chimp? Here Are The Pros and Cons of
Do You Chimp? Here Are The Pros and Cons of "Chimping"
by Paul Cook | June 5, 2012

Digital Photography seems to be growing with no bounds and nowadays the developments are so earth-shattering and revolutionary that one is often left overwhelmed. With all these technological advancements, photography has seamlessly transformed from a hobby into something that millions of individuals across the globe religiously pursue. As the wide array of photographic developments continued to grow, different camera terms were also introduced and ?Chimping? is one of them. As far as the inception of ?chimping? goes, this term was ...

How Does White Balance Affect my Photos? main image
How Does White Balance Affect my Photos?
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 1, 2012

Modern digital photography has made it possible for many people to become near professionals without any sort of advanced knowledge. The standard DSLR or digital point and shoot camera comes with so many "modes" or "presets" that it can often be entirely unnecessary to ever familiarize yourself with words like "aperture", "f/stop", "shutter speed", "ISO" and "white balance". We're going to consider the issue of white balance because it is often a thing that makes people throw up their hands ...

Is There a Wrong Way to Hold a Camera? main image
Is There a Wrong Way to Hold a Camera?
by Eric Von Lehmden | May 24, 2012

I am a pretty observant guy...I notice certain things about people and how they do things.? I guess it is just the curiosity in me that is fascinated by how differently people do certain things.? Something that I always get a kick out of is how different people hold their camera.? Some professional photographers may argue that there is a proper way or proper technique when holding your camera.? I say that how you hold ...

5 Ideas to Boost Your Creativity and Find Photo Inspiration main image
5 Ideas to Boost Your Creativity and Find Photo Inspiration
by Laura McPherson | May 18, 2012

[caption id="attachment_954" align="alignright" width="300" caption="You may be inspired to try new techniques like silhouetting on the Flickr: Explore! Page. Photo courtesy chelle"][/caption]   Creative ruts are bound to happen to all photographers sooner or later. Even if you are not inspired by any new digital photography ideas, the best thing to do if you are having photographer?s block is just go out and take pictures. If you?re looking for a new technology to try or just a little extra motivation ...

How to Protect and Copyright Your Images main image
How to Protect and Copyright Your Images
by Paul Cook | May 14, 2012

Digital photography has come a long way since the Polaroid camera. In today?s technologically advanced age, everyone has practically turned into a photographer. Social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flicker have revolutionized photo sharing. With just a click of a button, people have the ability to see images of their family and friends living in different parts of the world. Although this photo sharing revolution has helped people connect, it has also created some trouble. Copyright infringement has ...

Instagram Nation Infographic main image
Instagram Nation Infographic
by Eric Von Lehmden | May 9, 2012

Since Instagram was just purchased for 1 billion dollars it would be nice to now the how it came so uber popular and...well...worth that much money to Facebook.? Here is a fantastic infographic to illustrate how this phenomenon caught on and how it is being used.? I think some of the best statistics on this infographic are that 58 photos per second are uploaded to Instagram, people "Like" photos more than they comment, and one of ...

What the Heck is Bokeh, and Where Can I Buy Some? main image
What the Heck is Bokeh, and Where Can I Buy Some?
by Rodolfo Lentejas Jr. | April 30, 2012

Bokeh describes the rendition of out of focus points of light. It describes the appearance of out of focus areas, and is the character of whatever blur is there. (http://www.kenrockwell.com, March 22, 2012). Complicated? Sounds Greek to you? Well, it?s Japanese, with a literal translation of dizziness. Actually, bokeh is just digital photography mumbo-jumbo for a cool effect that you can do when taking a picture. The background of the photo is blurred so that one?s attention will ...

Lens Filters. Should You Buy One and What Are They Good For? main image
Lens Filters. Should You Buy One and What Are They Good For?
by Laura McPherson | April 24, 2012

Lens filters, which thread on to the end of a DSLR lens, used to be critical to photography. Now that many of the functions lens filters perform happen automatically within a camera?s imaging systems, photographers may question the need for filters. Advanced technology has made some lens filters obsolete, but filters are still useful for some types of photography. Before purchasing a filter, be aware that filters come in different sizes to fit different camera lenses, so a filter for ...

Tools of the Trade – The Collapsible Reflector main image
Tools of the Trade The Collapsible Reflector
by Valerie Johnston | April 20, 2012

What is it and how do I use it? A collapsible reflector is a wonderful tool for "filling" your images without using the dreaded flash. In general, a reflector is anything that can be positioned in the light and which then redirects the light into the area being photographed. Thus, a large sheet of white paper can be referred to as the reflector, but most photographers prefer something a bit easier to manage. This is why the collapsible reflector has ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #10

Try photographing only in Black & White for a week or a weekend. If your camera has that setting use it, if not then make them black & white on your computer later. This is a great way to see how contrast affects your photos...plus you may end up with some interesting new artwork.


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