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Free Course on Photoshop Elements

I’m writing today to let you know that I am posting a new course on editing photos using Photoshop Elements. Based on my conversations with people lately, it seems that a lot of my readers use Photoshop Elements to edit their photos.  And if you are not using any photo editing software at all, Photoshop […]

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Panama City: Night Shot Through Glass

Here is the next example for you to use in your own photography.  This photo is obviously a night shot with some streaking lights.  So you have that element. But I want to show you this photo because it involves an additional problem that you will probably run into sooner or later.  I had to take this […]

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How to Maximize Attraction to Your Photos

We all have trouble evaluating our own work as others will see it.  As we sit at our computers, we get to the point where we cannot see the forest for the trees.  Not only that, but if we do manage to decide what will attract someone’s eye, we need to decide what to do […]

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Fred Adams

This month’s “Top Tip from the Top Photographers,” features a photo called Across to Applecross by London-based photographer Fred Adams. This photo caught my eye sitting at the top of the landscape category with a score of 99.4.   I then viewed the rest of Fred’s work and he had some really good stuff.  He was kind enough […]

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Getting Started with Landscape Photography

For people that really enjoy the outdoors, the attraction to landscape photography is probably obvious.  But I have never been a particularly “outdoorsy” person or a great lover of nature.  And I certainly don’t like getting up at dawn. Yet, even for me, there is nothing better than getting out early in some remote location […]

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Books on How to Photograph a Particular Location

When researching locations for photography, first check to see if someone has already done the work for you.  In some cases they have, and they have published a book.  It may be worth the $10-15 to get the benefit of their experience.  I have listed all the books I could find that are currently available below. […]

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Should I Switch to Raw?

Nearly every expert photographer in the world will encourage you to shoot in your camera’s Raw format.  A Raw file is just a file created by your camera that does not compress the data or make any changes or improvements to the data that is captured.  I don’t disagree with the advice of these experts, and I […]

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The Photographer’s Resource Guide

Great photography isn’t all about just walking around with a camera. Sometimes you need to buy photography stuff.  Sometimes you need to know where to go to learn something.  Sometimes you need something done for you. It isn’t always obvious where to go for photography items and information.  You could spend the next year researching […]

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Understanding Focal Length

The world of photography has a measurement to tell you how “zoomed in” or “zoomed out” you are.  It is called “focal lengths” and today I’m going to explain the scale and show you how it works. Why should you take the time to understand this?  There are a couple of reasons: it will help you […]

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Top 5 Photography Podcasts

If you find yourself getting interested in photography, and you have a commute or some down-time in your day, you might want to listen to a podcast about photography.  In this post, I will introduce you to some of the better podcasts for those just getting started. (more…)

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Testing the Online Photo Labs (Video)

When you want to have a print made of one of your pictures, you want to be confident you are sending it to the right place.  If you are like me, that means the best quality for the best price – and usually that means a trade-off is to be made. I conducted a test […]

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Finding the Best Online Printing Lab

Do you know which is the best online printing lab for your photos?  I don’t.  Or at least, I didn’t until recently. My guess is that you don’t know either.  And while we all have a lot less prints made than we used to, when it comes time to have a print made, you want […]

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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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