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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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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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