Photography Tips and Tutorials

5 DIY Macro Photography Hacks for Stunning Macro Photos (on a Budget) – Photography Article

Do you want to take stunning macro photos… …on a budget? In this article, I’m going to show you exactly how you can capture amazing macro photos (without breaking the bank). You’ll discover 5 DIY macro photography hacks which you can use for consistently gorgeous images. Sound good? Let’s dive right in, starting with: 1. Use a board for a stunning macro photography background First things first: In macro photography, the background matters almost as much as your main subject.…

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Stunning Capture of Kingfisher Catching a Fish – Photography Article

Do you want to know how to photograph a Kingfisher catching a fish? Then read on! About this stunning capture of Kingfisher catching a fish Photographer: Janet Smith Camera Settings: 80mm focal distance, auto ISO, f5.6, 1/1200th. Camera set to manual and continuous silent shooting. Camera equipment: Canon 5D mark IV, Canon 70-200mm f2.8, Neweer remote trigger, Manfrotto tripod, and black bin bag as a rain cover. Where and when was the shot taken? Shropshire Photography hides, Market Drayton near…

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3 Easy Tips for Photographing Details in a Scene – Photography Article

Regardless of the type of event I photograph, I ALWAYS photograph details. Why? Because details help tell the story of an event that nothing else can. Details aid the recollection of memories: words and conversations, scents and aromas, spoken and unspoken emotions. Details also help cement these memories in our brains. Newborns grow so fast and often parents are exhausted beyond belief. Photographing details helps them remember the sweet moments, especially of those first days. The first tuft of hair,…

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5 Simple Yet Powerful Ways to Improve Your Photos – Photography Article

Successful photographs usually have one thing in common – an obvious point of focus or a subject that is the dominating element. One of the main reasons a photograph falls flat is because there is no central or main feature to draw in the viewer’s attention. One very easy way to combat boring, flat photos is to practice the simple idea of filling the frame. Of course, you might say – I always fill the frame; it’s impossible not to!…

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How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success – Photography Article

Your camera is capable of capturing intense, true color that is almost everywhere you look. So how hard could it be? Answer: It is actually quite easy to capture color. However, you need to practice a little more awareness when it comes to creating images with that extra “oomph.” Here are a few tips to help you capture vibrant colors in photography. 1. Keep it simple/details As with other types of photography, simplicity is an art on its own. While…

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Street Photographer Attacked on Social Media for Taking Photos in Public – Photography Article

Joshua Rosenthal’s Instagram feed. Are you a street photographer? Have you considered what might go wrong in your line of work? Most street photographers don’t. But maybe they should. Joshua Rosenthal is your average street photographer. He goes out with his camera, photographs people in public places, and posts the photos on his website and Instagram. He does no harm, and nobody is bothered. Until this past week, when Rosenthal’s actions attracted a lot of attention – and not in…

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What You Can Learn From Entirely Different Photography Genres – Photography Article

If you spend any length of time within one photography genre, you come to the point when you wonder, what would take me to the next level? Deepening your creativity often means making connections between unlikely things. If you want to deepen your photography, one option is to take what you learn from one genre and apply it to another. Could you find something used in portrait photography and apply it to landscapes? How about taking an approach from birth…

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Wires – Photography Article

This week’s photography challenge topic is WIRES! Fré Sonneveld Go out and capture absolutely anything that includes wires. It could be wires hanging off the side of a building, electricity wires, electronics, phone wires, washing lines, cable cars, chairlifts, wire fences etc. They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they include wires! You get the picture! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Stella Caraman Florian Wehde…

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How be a Second Shooter at Weddings and Why it’s Important – Photography Article

Getting started in wedding photography takes more than your camera gear. In order to really get an idea of what photographing a wedding is truly like, becoming a second shooter can be the perfect way to get you started. Why it’s important to be a second shooter? Getting started in weddings means that you should have a high level of photographic experience not only technically, like how to use your camera, but also what goes into photographing a wedding. Second…

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Three Mistakes That Kill Image Quality (and How to Avoid Them) – Photography Article

We all want to make the highest quality photographs we possibly can, right? Hopefully, you just gave a very slow yet very serious head nod in agreement to that statement. There are a host of factors that play into the final quality of your digital images. Even the phrase “image quality” seems to be the best way to sum up all the pieces that have to come together for us to consider our photographs to be of high quality. Sharpness,…

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Tips for Aviation Photography with a Canon EF 24-105 f/4L Lens – Photography Article

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (and its upgraded version the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM) are great lenses. Like many photographers, the versatility of the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM makes it my go-to lens. But while its reach is generous, the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM doesn’t quite cut it where a dedicated telephoto configuration is considered the norm. In aviation photography, for example, a long telephoto lens is the accepted approach to capturing airborne aircraft.…

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10 Tips to Create Emotive Portraits – Photography Article

Portraiture is as vast a genre of photography as it is rewarding. There are a lot of ways to go about creating portraits with a lot of visual interest, but one of the most satisfying ways to do this (to me anyway) is to create emotive portraits. Being able to capture your subjects showing emotion (whether that be positive or negative) not only allows you to show your viewer a more human aspect of your subject, but it can also…

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How to Use Multi-flash to Capture Compelling Action Photos – Photography Article

Have you ever been to a disco, performance, or another place where they used a strobe light? If so, you saw the interesting effect the rapid flashing creates. Smooth movement gets broken into a series of frozen-stepped motion, not unlike the frames of an old-time movie. Now, what if you could do that with your still camera? Create a series of images all within one frame? If you have a portable flash or studio strobe capable of generating the stroboscopic effect, there’s a…

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6 Scenarios to Try for More Interesting Beach Photography – Photography Article

Coastal adventures are a spectacular way to explore with your camera and to soak in the sea views and fresh sea air. There are so many amazing beaches and miles upon miles of coastline around the world or closer to home to entice photographers to the sea. Beautiful seascapes can vary from wide open clifftop vistas to picturesque harbors, tranquil ocean views, secluded coves, and even fishing villages. Here are 6 scenarios to try for more interesting beach photography: 1.…

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Long Exposure – Photography Article

This week’s photography challenge topic is LONG EXPOSURE! Image by Christian Hoiberg Image by Simon Bond Go out and capture absolutely anything that includes long exposure. You can photograph beach landscapes, waterfalls, cityscapes, lightning, Milkyway, light painting, etc. They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they are long exposure photography! You get the picture! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Image by Simon Ringsmuth Check out…

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SEO For Photographers – How to Bring More Business to Your Site – Photography Article

In today’s digital world, there is so much to learn on the technology side. As a photographer, Search Engine Optimization may be far down on your list of what you give your time to. However, good SEO is vital to your success, as it can help your website rank higher in searches on major search engines such as Google. It may come as no surprise that studies show up to 80% of click traffic goes to the top three search…

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How to Shoot Abstract Flower Photography using Close-Up Filters – Photography Article

Shooting flowers is a passion for many photographers. Time spent out in the garden with your camera can become almost a form of meditative practice as you compose images surrounded by nature. It’s no wonder that so many photographers long to shoot beautiful flower images. But shooting close-up images of flowers can be an expensive business. Many tutorials will tell you that you need specialist macro lenses, proprietary macro extension tubes, or converters to reverse a lens that you already…

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How to Photograph Wedding Receptions with Great Success – Photography Article

Wedding receptions are often referred to as the most boring part of the day since the most exciting part are the bride and groom portraits. However, it would be wrong to treat receptions as such since receptions hold many of the meaningful details of an actual wedding celebration. So here are some tips on how to photograph wedding receptions with great success. 1. Schedule the reception with a time buffer Weddings are high paced and often begin on time, but…

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How to use Monochromatic Color to Convey more Emotion in your Photography – Photography Article

Monochromatic photography is often associated with black and white photography, but it is certainly not limited to just that. As the name implies, monochromatic is about one color. Thus an image that contains tones and variations of a specific color is termed monochromatic. Why use monochromatic color? 1. Convey Emotion Both color and the absence of color are viable options to convey emotion. Your choice of which to use depends on the story you are trying to tell. You may…

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How to Understand Light and Color to Improve your Photography – Photography Article

The morning sun shone through my kitchen window, catching the vase with a rose in it on the window sill.  A low cross-light highlighted the texture on the rose, while the purple glass vase cast a pattern of colored light across the counter.  The photographer in me studied the light, saw the potential for a photo, and went to get the camera. From observing the sun shining through a vase on the window sill to the finished image, this idea started…

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Learn These 5 Elements to Capture Interesting Architectural Photography – Photography Article

Architectural photography is an enjoyable genre of photography to shoot. It encourages you to visit and capture urban structures and environments, whether it be towns or cities, or whilst taking in views of majestic buildings, bridges, or interiors. Architecture can be present in many different forms from ancient to modern and both internal and external. If you have you ever wondered what steps to consider when shooting interesting architectural photography, this article will help you to identify some key elements…

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The 5 Most Overused Photography Techniques [video] – Photography Article

In this video, James Popsys discusses what he believes are the 5 most overused photography techniques. Take a look and see if you agree with any or all of these. 1. Water photos using Long Exposures James points out that photographers who always use long exposures whenever there is water around could be missing out on telling the true story of the scene. They could be missing out on the ripples, textures, etc. that are available in the true scene.…

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Texture – Photography Article

This week’s photography challenge topic is TEXTURE! Image by Glenn Harper Go out and capture absolutely anything that includes texture. You can photograph anything that has texture, or you can overlay textures in post-processing to create a whole new work of art. They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they include texture! You get the picture! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Image by Rick Ohnsman…

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Make the Most of High Contrast Lighting for Dramatic Street Photos – Photography Article

Street photographers often love the type of light many others seek to avoid. High contrast lighting is favored by many because of the drama it adds to the action, or lack of it, in the streets. Making the most of high contrast lighting is a matter of being able to see it more as your camera does. It also helps to have a good knowledge of how you can manipulate your photos during post-processing. © Kevin Landwer-Johan Seeing like your…

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How Poetry and Photography are Alike and How it Can Impact Your Photography – Photography Article

On the surface, poetry and photography may seem like completely different mediums. One deals with the written word, whereas the other creates images. But as two forms of artistic expression, poetry and photo-making have more in common than one might think. For example, both writing and photography rely on narrative and visual language to operate. Light and space are illuminating factors in both mediums too. Investigating these shared attributes (and many more) can affect our photographic practice. Let’s look at…

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The Ultimate Guide to Photographing People for the Shy Photographer – Photography Article

Avoiding photographing people My dad had a lovely Zeiss camera. The kind with bellows that folded up into a compact unit. It took 120 roll film. I used this camera to photograph my brother’s band, playing an outdoor gig when I was 17. These 12 exposures filled my first roll of film. Photography became my passion. Having a camera in my hand excited me and taught me to view the world around me in new ways. I would visualize and…

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How to Take Better Beach Portraits at Anytime of the Day – Photography Article

Golden hour is famous for being the most ideal lighting for portraits, especially at a beach location. Unfortunately, sometimes, the golden hour isn’t an option. Therefore, it’s essential to know how to photograph portraits at any time of the day. That way, you can always create beautiful photos for clients. Know where the sun is at all times First, you’ll need to know where the sun is at all times. The easiest way to do this is to use an…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Putting Together a Photography Portfolio – Photography Article

Are you having trouble landing a job? Do you keep showing your work but are not getting any clients? Maybe it’s time to review your photography portfolio. Whether you’re doing a digital or printed portfolio, here are some do’s and don’ts to improve the way you present your photography. Putting together a portfolio It doesn’t matter what kind of photographer you are, a good portfolio is the most important tool you have to secure a job. The first thing to…

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Water – Photography Article

This week’s photography challenge topic is WATER! Photo by Rick Ohnsman Go out and capture absolutely anything that includes water. It could be waterfalls, seascapes, puddles, water splashes, people playing in water, etc. They can be color, black and white, moody or bright. Just so long as they include water! You get the picture! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Photo by Simon Bond Photo by Jeremy Flint ©   Check out some…

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5 Different Approaches to Photographing Wildlife – Photography Article

Brown bear, Yellowstone National Park, USA © Jeremy Flint Wildlife photography is a popular genre of photography that documents various forms of wildlife in their natural habitat. Seeing and photographing animals in the wild has to be one of the most awe-inspiring experiences imaginable. Nothing compares to sighting a lion running across the Serengeti plains of Africa or a bison family roaming the lands of Yellowstone in the USA. Photographing your pets or animals in zoos can also be just…

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