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The Secrets of Golden Hour Photography

Today we have a guest post by Max Therry.  He’s an architect with an art school background who is now devoting more of his life to photography.  Check out his work over at Photo Geeky. The golden hour is not only one of the most beautiful times of the day, it’s the absolute best time […]

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A Field Checklist for Your Photography

When I look back to my first photography trip to Ireland, I get pretty unhappy with myself.  Looking at my pictures, I can see that there were a lot of opportunities present in the scenes I was photographing, but I just didn’t follow up on them.  There were panoramas I should have taken, but I […]

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Introduction to Luminar

Recently, I took the plunge and picked up a copy of Luminar 2018.  I spent some time going through it this weekend.  I thought I would write about my impressions of it for those who are unfamilar with Luminar or who have been considering it but haven’t yet taken the plunge.  This will look like […]

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Photography Gear You Don’t Need

Everyone Talks About the Stuff You Need.  Let’s Talk About What You Don’t. Since the day you became interested in photography, you’ve been inundated with articles, ads, and reviews about all the photography gear you need.  Hint: you don’t need most of it.  Your photography friends probably join in too.  It is a rare outing […]

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Which Filters Do I Need?

As photography has advanced, filters become less and less necessary.  The old black and white photographers used a lot of filters.  Now we use very few (and some photographers use none at all).  The only filters I personally use – or that I really think are useful – are Polarizing filters, Neutral Density filters, and Graduated […]

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How Much Editing is Too Much?

Unfortunately, there is no answer to this question.  Different people have different ideas on this topic.  Some people want everything to appear natural, and the tipping point for them is when their photos does not.  Others couldn’t care less about that and in fact don’t want their pictures to appear natural.  Neither approach is correct.  […]

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How Can I Get Great Background Blur?

I know you want me to tell you a secret or a gadget that will get you great background blur easily.  Don’t worry – I will do so – but first please indulge me while I stress the fundamentals. Aperture Settings As you likely already know, getting a blurred out background or shallow depth of field […]

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Should I Get a Variable Strength Neutral Density Filter?

I do not recommend that you purchase a variable strength neutral density (ND) filter.  If you are familiar with these filters, that might surprise you.  It is not that I don’t agree that they are a wonderful idea, it is just that I don’t think they work properly.  Instead, I think you should buy normal […]

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What Strength Neutral Density Filter Should I Buy?

Common strengths of neutral density (ND) filters are 3-stop, 6-stop, and 10-stop.  I recommend that you start with a 6-stop, but any of them will be fine. I find that a 6-stop filter is powerful enough to achieve virtually any goals I might have in terms of lengthening my shutter speed.  At the same time, […]

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Which Photo Editing Software Should I Get?

One question you might have as you start your photographic journey is which photo editing software you should get.  For a long time now, Adobe has been at the top of the chain, with Photoshop and Lightroom dominating the market.  So complete was Adobe’s dominance, that others companies were content to market their software as mere […]

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Computers for Photographers: What to Look For

If you are considering a new computer, you will want to make sure it can handle your photography needs.  Even if you are content with your current machine, you might like to see how it measures up.  How do you do that, when there are a million models out there?  And if you start looking at […]

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8 Travel Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss

This week we have a guest post by Dr. Summit Shah from Columbus, Ohio.  He specializes in travel photography and you can check out his work at SummitShahTravelPhoto.com. The Traveling Experience Traveling is a once in a lifetime experience, and there are amazing places throughout the world to visit. The differences in cultures, architecture, people, […]

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