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    How to Shoot the Northern Lights: Planning, Gear and Tips

    The spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, aka Northern Lights, is one of the most captivating sights on our little planet. Capturing this phenomenon is the dream of many a photographer. If you’re one of those, this tutorial will help you realize that dream, with some tips and advice to help increase your chance of success. […] More

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    How to Choose a Macro Lens

    Putting a macro lens on your camera lets you capture the world from a unique perspective that people often overlook. Having the right lens makes that much more enjoyable. We’re offering this guide to choosing a macro lens, to help you know what to expect and what to look for. Opening image ©Fran Ros (@fmros) […] More

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    Christmas Light Photography: 11 Quick Tips

    ‘Tis the season for Christmas light photography! By now, it’s likely you can find dazzling displays of Christmas lights everywhere in your town or city. If you’re like most photographers, that means it’s time to get out and start shooting. With the spirit of the Holiday Season in mind, we’re offering this list of tips […] More

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    What’s so Special About a Cinema Lens?

    With the release of the first lens in the Irix Cine line on the horizon, many of our followers may be wondering about the difference between a still camera lens and one designed for cinematography. There are significant differences and I’ll do my best to explain them in this article. Let’s start with the differences […] More

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    8 Tips for Photographing Waterfalls

    Waterfalls are one of Mother Nature’s most magnificent spectacles. Who doesn’t love the sight and sound of them? From tinkling cascades to thundering torrents, these scenic wonders offer wonderful opportunities for capturing images. In this post, I’ll offer some simple tips to help you make the most of your waterfall shoots. 1. Don’t spend a […] More

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    8 Tips for Improving Your Macro Photography

    With the release of the new 150mm f/2.8 macro Dragonfly lens and Christmas right around the corner, we thought this might be a good time to offer some insights for creating the best possible macro images. Here’s a quick overview of some methods we recommend. 1. Choose the Right Focal Length The variety of macro […] More

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    Golden Hour Photography: Are You Doing it Wrong?

    Here’s a fun little experiment: Go to your favorite photo site and do a search for “golden hour”. Chances are, the majority of the images you’ll find will have the sun in them, just about to dip below or just above the horizon. It’s also very likely that some of those sunrises and sunsets will […] More

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    Wide Angle Composition: Vertical and Horizontal Lines

    There’s been enough written about lines in visual composition to fill a substantial library. Nevertheless, some photographers don’t readily recognize and utilize these elements to increase the impact of their images. This is the second article in a series on effective use of line in compositions, with an emphasis on wide-angle photogtraphy. In this installment, […] More

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    The Concept of Line: an Introduction to Using Lines in Photographic Composition

    Odds are, if you’ve been into photography for a while, you’ve probably heard enough about how to use lines in your compositions to feel fairly confident about them. That’s a good thing. On the other hand, there’s a more basic concept that many photographers never learn. Yes, leading lines, vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines and […] More