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Night Photography: How To Take Pictures in The Dark

Most casual photographers tuck their cameras into their bags after sunset — but one of the best times to create stunning images is after dark. From the light of the stars to city skylines and light painting, night photography opens up a weal...

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52 Photo Challenges to Improve Your Shots This Year

I’ve had great photography mentors. Took excellent online photography classes. Read thousands of tutorials. But the one thing that truly accelerated my photography skills? Taking pictures. Nothing quite taught me how to work in difficult lig...

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Is it Time to Take Your Photography Storage Online?

Guest post by Jenny Holt, Freelance WriterFrom rolls of film to tiny SD cards housing thousands of files, photography storage has always been physical, something touchable. But, while an SD card may take up much less space than a box of 2,000 prin...

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The Beginner’s Guide to Camera Filters: What you need, what you don’t and why

Camera filters were a thing long before Instagram — they prevented film glitches, helped enhance contrast and more. But do camera filters really have any draw in digital when filters are as easy as Instagram and as elaborate as Lightroom pre...

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How to Photograph Fireworks: A Beginner's Guide For DSLR Users

Nothing is quite as majestic as sparks dancing across the sky -- or quite as hard to photograph. Shooting fireworks combines several difficult aspects of photography, shooting in the dark, shooting motion and shooting unpredictable subjects.While ...

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Panoramic Photography: 7 Panorama Tips For Simple Yet Breathtaking Photos

Creating panoramas used to involve hours in the darkroom, and even early in the digital photography revolution, an elaborate stitching process inside image programs. Now, most cameras are capable of taking panoramas, even wide 180 degree and even ...

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How To Take Good Pictures (With Any Camera)

Choosing a camera is an important part of taking good pictures—but here's the thing: Learning how to take good pictures will significantly boost your photos whether you are shooting with a point-and-shoot or a DSLR. The camera (and lens)...

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Camera Brands: What To Expect From Top Camera Manufacturers

If there's one question that will start a riot in a group of photographers, it's “what camera brand is best?” Okay, so that's (hopefully) a bit of exaggeration, but it's a highly debatable topic. While there is no right...

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What Is Shutter Speed?

What is Shutter Speed? The BasicsOne of three elements that affect a photograph's exposure (along with ISO and aperture), shutter speed determines the amount of time that passes while a single image is being taken, or the amount of time that p...

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What Is ISO?

Cameras capture moments through light—ISO determines just how light sensitive a camera is. In film, the ISO isn't a camera setting, but rather the film speed. But what happens when you swap out film for a sensor? What is ISO on a digital...

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What Is Image Stabilization?

When it comes to buying a new camera, there are dozens of features to consider—image stabilization is one of them, and it often gets overlooked. Manufacturers use different names like vibration reduction, optical image stabilization and shak...

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What Is Aperture?

What is aperture?Light enters the camera through the lens, hits the sensor and—viola!—a digital photograph. But there is a little more to it than that, like controlling how long light comes in (that's shutter speed), how sensitive ...

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Best Online Photo Editor: 5 programs to painlessly perfect your shots

Digital cameras prompted a lot of changes—but one of the biggest is the expanse of editing options. Novice users don't have to just accept what turns out on the film anymore, digital images can be fine tuned, even without any experience....

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Capturing Images That Sell: 10 Product Photography Tips For Any Budget

Image Courtesy Simply Owl NaturalIn the world of online sales, product images are essential to draw in the customer—but bad product images can just send them clicking the back button. A good product photo will have all of the elements of goo...

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Gifts For Photography Lovers: 27 Snap Happy Ideas From $10 to $100

Looking for something special for a someone that always seems to be snapping photos? While new cameras always make good gifts, picking up a good camera for a photography enthusiast is expensive. But there are a lot of excellent gifts that cost les...

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Types Of Digital Cameras: Which One Suits Your Photography Style?

Choosing a new digital camera can seem rather daunting—there are hundreds of options out there with a wide range of features and an even wider price range. But if you start by narrowing it down to what type of digital camera suits your needs...

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Trivial or Substantial: Which camera features are really just gimmicks, and which ones actually mean something?

You can't read an ad for a new digital camera without being overwhelmed by a slew of mighty-sounding features. But what the manufacturers don't want you to know is that a lot of those highlighted features...they don't really matter, at...

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How To Photograph Children: A Simple Mom's Guide To Basic Lighting and Composition

At first, taking pictures of your kids seemed so easy. Just point the camera at them and press the button, right? So why is Little Mister's face so shadowy that he resembles his favorite cartoon villain? And why when Little Miss looks so adora...

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Why You Should Use the “Wrong” White Balance

Photography comes from Greek words that mean writing with light—but exactly what type of light you are writing with will change the color of the image. That's where white balance comes in.At the most basic level, white balance is used to...

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Which Camera Is Best? The Top Three Things You Need To Know in a Simple Camera Buying Guide

While advances in technology have allowed for some excellent cameras, it has also made camera buying stressful and rather complicated. Which camera is best? Which camera offers more bang for the buck? While there's a lot of different factors t...

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Camera Trends: Why Buy Wi-Fi?

Wi-fi is becoming a staple for new digital cameras. But is wi-fi a useless ad-on that simply adds to the cost of a camera without adding quality? Well, that depends on who you ask.If you...Love taking pictures with your smartphone to instantly sha...

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Getting Acquainted: Focus Modes and Areas

Selecting the right autofocus mode can help ensure photos are sharp and in focus.Browsing through the camera menu, it's easy to overlook the AF-S and AF-C options as some sort of confusing alphabet soup, but it's much harder to ignore that...

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Troubleshooting: Fixing Common Digital Camera Errors

Sometimes, digital cameras can be repaired with a thorough cleaning or a new battery and SD card.Nothing is more frustrating in photography than missing the perfect shot because the camera that worked perfectly yesterday suddenly malfunctions. May...

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Getting Acquainted: Using Manual Modes

Achieving great results with manual modes is about understanding shutter speed and aperature. The exposure value meter and aperature illustration on the camera's LCD screen helps take out the guesswork.A camera's auto and scene settings of...

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Getting Acquainted: Auto and Scene Modes (And When to Use Them)

Scene modes still allow the camera to automatically choose the best settings, but allow the user to indicate what settings are more important.Most of the time, a good digital camera is pretty adept at sensing the lighting conditions and selecting ...

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Arena Battle: Mirrorless vs. Advanced Compact

Compact cameras have long been the traveling enthusiast’s lightweight companion. They typically use larger 1/1.7” sensors that, while nowhere close to a DSLR’s 4/3 or APS-C sized sensor, offer better image quality than ultra-comp...

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Wedding Photography Tips

With summer in full swing, one of the most common reasons to break out the old camera (or buy a new one) is for wedding season.Taking pictures at a wedding isn't exactly like taking snapshots down at the beach or out on the town with friends, ...

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Getting Acquainted: Getting Started With a New Camera

So you read the reviews and bought a new digital camera. Maybe yesterday, maybe a year ago, but you haven't yet really changed any of the settings or explored exactly what your new shooter can do. Maybe you just don't understand what every...

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The Average User's Guide To Camera Shopping

The massive leaps and bounds in digital camera technology over the last 5 years have finally resulted in decent and high quality merchandise that is readily available to even an entry level user. Though the phrase “you get what you pay for&r...

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Taking the Challenge Out of Taking the Group Photo

Taking a group photo can be challenging, but the result is a shot that showsthegroup dynamics -- quirkiness and all.Taking a family photo—it seemed so simple, just yell out “say cheese” and then snap—but then you realized A...