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The Color of the Sky

We all know the sky during the day is blue. We know that clouds are white (or grey). And we know that the sky can turn different shades of yellow and orange at night. But why? When you are photographing in the outdoors, the sky is such a huge part of your pictures that it […]

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A Little Cleanup Can Go a Long Way

About eight or nine months ago, I took this picture of a sheep in Ireland: I really liked the picture for a lot of reasons. First of all, it isn’t that often that you can catch a relatively close-up, frontal view of a sheep like that. It certainly isn’t unheard of, but I’ve been to […]

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Goal Setting in Photography

As I write this, we are in the final few days of 2016. As with the end of every year, we are all being bombarded with calls to set new goals for the coming year. Everybody talks about New Year’s resolutions, for example. If you follow any productivity or self-help resources, this is the time […]

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Do I Need to Learn Exposure?

You already know I’m going to say “yes”; but I think there is a little more to it than you might expect. I approach questions like this with a degree of caution. The reason is that I’ve seen answers from experts in other contexts go horribly wrong. For example, I’ve always been interested in sailing. […]

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A Visit to B&H

A Quick Video Tour of B&H Photo’s New York City Superstore I frequently tell others that are interested in photography that they need to visit B&H Photo’s store in New York City. I personally do not go anywhere near New York without visiting it.  Why? Well, start with the fact that this has to be […]

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Testing Cheap, Off-Brand Printer Ink

Have you ever seen ads for cheaper off-brand printer ink and wondered if you should try it out? If you are like me you have, but always chickened out. What if the ink is junk, or worse yet messes up my printer? As a result of that fear, I have always scurried back to the safety […]

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I Can Steal Your Photo in 10 Seconds and Here’s How

  I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that your photos are not safe online. I’m going to show you how they can be stolen, pretty much no matter what you do. The good news is that nobody really wants to steal your photos. Even unprotected, they are still pretty safe from […]

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A Simple and Cheap Backup Strategy

Your photos are likely quite precious to you. When you ask most people what thing they would save if their house was on fire, the answer, more often than not, is: “my pictures, since they cannot be replaced.” And yet, the drives on which these photos are saved are destined to failure. If and when they […]

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In Defense of “Chimping”

If you are just starting out in photography, then what I’m about to tell you in this article will seem like the most obvious stuff in the world. In fact, it will appear banal and stupid. But if you’ve been shooting for a while, you might have been exposed to a philosophy that I think […]

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Top Items to Improve Your Outdoor Photography

You have a camera.  You have a lens or two.  You’ve taken some pictures.  Now you want to improve your photography and are wondering if there are some things you ought to buy. But you don’t want to spend a fortune, or load up on stuff you won’t really use. Here are my recommendations for what […]

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Getting Extraordinary Lighting

You may have heard that dawn and dusk are the best times for photography. And that’s true. The best lighting is almost always to be found at these times. In fact, many outdoor photographers simply put their cameras way between about 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. So step one of “how to get extraordinary lighting” […]

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5 Easy Steps for Curing Your “Auto Mode” Addiction

Most people getting started with photography begin with their camera in Auto mode.  In fact, everybody does. At some point, however, the thought begins to creep into your mind that you should be shooting in some other mode.  You begin to see others’ photography and their control over the camera and would like to do […]

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