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Pier at Puerto Vallarta

  I am writing about this picture because I hope it will inspire you to keep looking when you are pretty sure you are destined for failure. I was down in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If you haven’t been there, there is a lot of beach with heavy commercial development up and down the coast. This […]

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Texas: Chisos Mountains (Big Bend National Park)

Where the Rio Grande winds its way through desolate countryside between Texas and Mexico, there is a large bend in the river. On the north side of this bend is a national park aptly named Big Bend National Park. Measured in land area, it is one of the larger national parks (over 800,000 acres). Measured […]

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Find Creativity in Photography: Connect the Dots

or Using the Practical to Become Creative Do you want to become more creative? I think we all do. But how do you do that? By focusing on creativity itself? I really don’t think so. In fact, I don’t think you can really teach creativity. But at the same time, I don’t think creativity is something you […]

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The Lens for Your Next Big Trip

A question I seem to get pretty frequently is, “I’m going on a big 2-week trip to [exotic location], so what lens do you think I should buy?” My answer usually surprises them. I tell them don’t buy any lens at all. Rather, rent a lens. Judging from the surprise I get when I tell […]

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Photo Organization Made Simple

My guess is that you want your photos to be organized, but do not want to spend any time worrying about it. You want to be able to find your photos quickly. There is nothing worse than looking through a bunch of folders for a photo you know you have somewhere, but being unable to […]

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How to Take Great Shots in the Winter

This week we have a guest post from John Stuart. He works on behalf of londonschoolofphotography.com in outreach and content creation. He creates engaging content that help businesses connect with their audience and stand out from the crowd. Winter may not be the best season for outdoor photo-shootings. Harsh weather conditions, poor light, white everywhere . […]

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The Best Choices for On-Camera and Off-Camera Lighting

For those who want to dabble in lighting without spending a fortune. If you are like me, you would like add some light to your photos on occasion.  Not all the time – and I’m certainly not looking to become a portrait photographer or anything – but perhaps you would like to have some lighting handy […]

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Washington Coast: Rialto Beach

Rialto Beach is one of the most scenic areas of coastline in the state of Washington. It is a beach that is dominated bye sea stacks with trees growing out the top of them. It is technically within Olympic National Park, although the coastal areas are separated from the main body of the park. Getting […]

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Applying Focus Techniques

In a prior article, I showed you the mechanics of focus and how to go about using it in your outdoor photography.  In this video, I walk through some pictures to show you how I put those techniques to work in my own photos. Hopefully this gives you some ideas on where to focus in your […]

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Why Not Use Shutter Priority Mode?

When it comes to choosing the mode to use on your camera, the two choices that virtually everyone (myself included) recommends are either Manual mode (M on the mode dial) or Aperture Priority mode (A or Av). The rationale for Manual mode is that, while it is surely the slowest one to set and use, […]

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My Take: 5 Mistakes of Beginning Landscape Photographers

Whenever I see an article on the “top mistakes” of photographers, try as I might I cannot avoid reading it. Something in me just wants to make sure I’m not committing some grievous error.  I never am, but at the same time they do offer some opportunities for learning what other photographers think is important and […]

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The #1 New Tool for Outdoor Photography

I just returned from Ireland, where I spent two weeks photographing the countryside and coastline. While I was there, I had something of a revelation. I realized that, if I was forced to choose between bringing only my trusty DSLR or my drone, I’d choose the drone. That surprised me. I never planned on getting […]

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