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Alex Noriega

Alex Noriega’s latest creation, Pourin’ One Out, was not just the top landscape photo on 500px today, which is quite a feat in and of itself, but the absolute top photo overall.  It topped out at an otherworldly 99.8 on the 500px scale. But, frankly, that’s nothing new for Alex.  His photos routinely top the charts on […]

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Why Photography Is Awesome and You Should Do It

Photography enhances what you are already doing. Perhaps you are now only considering getting involved with photography.  You are looking at the price tags for cameras and lenses and questioning this.  Will it be worth the effort?  Will you even have time for this? You already know I am going to say “yes” so let’s just dispense […]

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Understanding Aperture & Depth of Field

For beginners, perhaps the best way to dramatically improve your photos is to master depth of field. For example, you can isolate a subject by blurring out the background, which really makes your subject “pop.”  Or you can set a wide depth of field to make the whole picture as sharp as possible.  There are […]

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Mastering Shutter Speed

If you are going to elevate your photography above the level of snapshots, one of the three things you need to master is shutter speed.  This article will show you how to do that. There are two parts to shutter speed; a boring part and a fun part.  The boring part is that a lot of times, you just want […]

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Comparison of Photo Software

When it comes to post processing software, you are definitely going to want to start with Adobe software, but even then there are a few different ways you can go. Which direction you start off in will depend on how much editing you plan to do, what organizational tools you plan to do, and how […]

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The Easy 5 Step Program for Beginning Flash Photography

When you are just starting out with photography the whole flash thing can just seems like a complete mystery.  Sometimes the flash pops up, sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes is lights things up, sometimes it doesn’t.  And sometimes it creates a harsh glare.  When I was starting out, I always felt like I was doing something wrong, but the whole thing seemed too […]

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Moving Water with a Super-Fast Shutter Speed

Here is another example for you to use in your own photography. This photo is a shot of my daughter taken in my pool. It has a really cool water effect created by a super-fast shutter speed. Try this and I guarantee you will get a lot of great comments. The Settings I Used Here are the settings […]

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Controlling Exposure

In the last post, I walked you through how a camera exposes a picture.  In this post, I will go through the three controls of exposure: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. The graphic immediately below should give you the gist of it, and there is more explanation below.  Once you know how each of them […]

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Understanding Exposure: How your Camera Works

Exposure affects much more than just how light or dark your photo is, although it certainly affects that.  The same controls that determine exposure levels also largely control whether the background will be blurred out or in focus.  They also control how much “noise” is in the picture.  And they also determine whether the action will be frozen or […]

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Westminster Bridge: Streaking Lights

This photo was taken on Westminster Bridge in London. You’ve probably seen plenty of these, and I have too, but I never get tired of them.  You can do these sorts of shots anywhere.  Since it is nighttime you don’t have to hope for the perfect light.  You just set up with a good background and then […]

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