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Creating Background Blur in Your Photographs

When you have a definite subject of your photograph, you usually want it to appear as sharp as possible while at the same time making the background blurry. That will make the subject pop and minimize distractions in the background. Plus it just looks like a pro move, doesn’t it? Virtually all portraits are shot this […]

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Shutter Speed: How Slow is Too Slow?

By now, you probably know a thing or two about shutter speed. This is the control on your camera that determines how long the shutter will be open and allow light onto your digital sensor to expose a picture. Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second and, for particularly long exposures, in whole […]

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Exposure Scenarios

This article is going to get into some specifics on exposure and how you might set up your camera to get the best exposure in certain situations. I will do that by presenting some exposure scenarios you are likely to encounter and show you how I would handle them. My hope is that it ties […]

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F-Stops Made Simple

A confusing number that beginning photographers face right away is the “f-stop” number. It is important because it measures one of our three primary exposure controls: aperture size. However, the concept of “f’-stops” doesn’t make sense at first glace and many are confused by it. But understanding the figure is really pretty simple. In this article, I’m […]

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An Easy ISO strategy

A recent convert to manual mode recently asked about a simple way to think about which ISO to use. There are a lot of things that require mental energy when you are shooting, and the last thing you want to be devoting your brain-space to is the ISO setting.  So here is a way to […]

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