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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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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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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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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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Quick Tip: How to Photograph Falling Snow

The best photographs tell a story and sometimes snow is a big part of that story. So why aren't all the dancing snowflakes showing up in your images? There's a little trick to shooting in the snow. Here's a quick tip on how to photogra...

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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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Shooting Sports: What You Need to Know

Does your kid play basketball and you can’t seem to get a single shot in focus? Is the pool area at your daughter’s swim meet simply too dark and flash doesn’t seem to work? Or perhaps your son plays soccer and spends most of his...

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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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Making Sense of Camera Sensors

While the most commonly advertised number when it comes to selling a digital camera is megapixels, image quality is not just about the number of pixels. The Nikon point and shoot Coolpix S6500, for example has 16 megapixels, but their popular entr...

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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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SD Card Class: Buying a Memory Card is About More Than Just Gigabytes

If you're like many people, when you pick out a memory card for your digital camera, you browse through the section to find the most gigabytes for the lowest price. But if you base your SD card purchase on just two factors, you're sorely m...

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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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What Is An Anti-Aliasing Filter?

If you've followed the ads for the latest cameras, you've probably heard the term “anti-aliasing” or “optical low pass” filter tossed around. So what is an anti-aliasing filter and why do many recent cameras seem to...

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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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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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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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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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15 Ways To Improve Your Photography This Year

With billions of images uploaded to the web every day, more people are taking pictures than ever before. But with more pictures, it's harder to stand-out. Set your images apart from the cell phone selfies clogging up your news feed and resolve...

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Comparing DSLRS: What Nikon DSLR Is Right For You?

Nikon has a solid reputation for their consumer-level DSLRs, but what is the better option? Should you spend $1,600 on the high-end D7100, or save with the $650 D3300? Comparing DSLRs isn't always easy, especially when it comes to a company th...

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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 We Test Digital Cameras

Sure, we could use some fancy software to spit out all kinds of data about the cameras we test—but a bunch of numbers don't always mean so much when it comes to actually using the camera. When we test out a new camera, we put it through ...

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A Beginner's Guide To RAW Photography

Back before digital cameras, photographers weren't finished after just taking the photo. The image was developed, fine tuned and perfected in the dark room, and each photographer did their developing a little differently, depending on the resu...

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Beyond the Kit: A Beginner’s Guide To Buying Camera Lenses

Own a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera but haven't yet bought any, well, lenses? While kit lenses can be a good and affordable way to get started, they also often limit the camera's performance. Kit lenses are often slow and ...

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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...