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Photoshop or Lightroom? Which To Start With

When you are starting out in photography, and want to get the best software to edit your photos, should you get Photoshop or Lightroom? This is a question a lot of people have, so I want to answer it directly. But before I do so, let me say that it is a false choice. There […]

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Florida Panhandle: Western Lake on 30A

How to capture this photogenic coastal dune lake near Seaside on the 30A. If you live in the midwest United States, you have probably seen stickers on cars from time to time that look something like this: 30A is a scenic coastal road in the Florida panhandle that stretches for 28.5 miles along the Gulf of […]

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Simple – But Powerful – Tips for Color Enhancement

An Introduction to Color Enhancement in Lightroom or Photoshop Working with color may seem like something for interior designers, who can discuss differences between different hues that you don’t even see. But it is actually pretty easy to make dramatic improvements to your photos – even if you have no eye for color. In this […]

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Nailing the Focus in Outdoor Photography

A guide to focusing properly – and boiling it all down to 3 simple rules to help you while you are shooting. Many photographers have it really easy when it comes to focus. Consider the portrait photographer. Do you know what the rule is for where to set your focus in portrait photography? On the […]

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Southern California: El Matador Beach

A beach with nothing but sand is boring. For coastal photography, you want something with some interesting features, like large rocks and boulders. That will provide your pictures with some sort of subject or center of interest. I found such a beach with all sorts of great rock features. It is called El Matador State Beach […]

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Getting Started With Long Exposure Photography

Once you are in command of the cameras shutter, new worlds are opened up to you as a photographer. Things that are simply not possible for the average snap shooter become possible for you.  You control the action. You control what is blurred and what is sharp. You control the exposure. Shooting with a fast […]

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Ireland: Giant’s Causeway

Along the northern coast of County Antrim in Ireland lies a unique coastal area made up of hexagonal columns called Giant’s Causeway. The strange shape of its rocks has spawned legends among the Irish. It is now one of the top tourist areas in all of Ireland (North or the Republic). It was declared a World […]

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Editing the Giant’s Causeway Photo using Lightroom

In this video, I will walk through an edit of a recent photo. The point is to show you a few things: A quick edit without a lot of explanation (ok, there is some explanation – the video runs about 8 minutes, but the edit could be done in under a minute). A fairly typical scene where […]

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How to Photograph the Night Sky

So how do you take pictures that capture all the stars in the sky? Is there are particular spot you have to go? Or is there some magic exposure value you have to use? Or perhaps some post processing trick you need to master? Actually, the answer to all those questions is “yes.” Or, at […]

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Ireland: Kylemore Abbey

In the remote western side of Ireland, in a wild region called Connemara, sits an abbey called Kylemore. There is a photogenic castle, and it is an easy place to get a great picture. This is one of those pictures that everyone seems to have. In this article, I will tell you all about it […]

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Which Camera Are the Best Photos Taken With?

  Let’s look at cameras in a little different way than usual. Normally, we all look at the specs and features of cameras and think about what pictures that camera is capable of creating. I’m not suggesting we should ordinarily do anything differently. But just for today, let’s look at things in reverse. Rather than […]

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When It Comes to Subjects, Use What You’ve Got

If there is one type of photography I would most like to do, it is coastal photography.  I could take nothing but seascapes the rest of my life and be happy. However, I live in a suburb of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. I am 300 miles from the nearest ocean, which is not particularly attractive […]

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Composition: What Do You Do When There is No Subject?

  Landscape photographers face a problem that other photographers usually don’t have: deciding on a subject. For example, when a portrait photographer prepares to take a picture, there is no question what’s the subject will be: the person. Similarly, a wildlife photographer always knows what the subject of their photo will be as well: the […]

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Getting Started with Underwater Photography

I live over 300 miles from the nearest ocean. I do not scuba dive. I am only on or near ocean water on vacations. As such, I am unwilling to spend thousands of dollars getting set up to do underwater photography. That said, I am interested in it. I would like to have a camera capable of […]

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