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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 […]

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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, […]

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

    Lines in Landscape 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 […]

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    How to Choose and Use ND Filters for More Creative Images

    ©Melvin Lim. All rights reserved

    Neutral density filters are often underrated because of the simplicity of their purpose. They’re also something of a mystery to many novice photographers. With a little know-how, they’re actually very versatile tools. This article will explain what ND filters do and explore some creative ways to use them. Opening photo: “The Kelpies”, ©Melvin Lim …an […]

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    “Getting Your Zen on” with a Wide-Angle Lens

    Photography is a creative process. As such, it requires a balance of knowledge, skill, talent and imagination to excel. An expanded field of view introduces an element that affects that creative balance more than you may realize. In this article, we’ll explore some of the ways that happens and how to make the adjustments that […]

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    Star Trails and Time-Lapse: Two Shoots in One

    Star Trails ©David Mcalpine

    One of my favorite uses for a digital camera is wide-field astrophotography. That definition covers a lot of things, but basically, it means I like to point my lens at the night sky and capture what it holds. Of the countless photo opportunities “out there,” two of the most unusual and captivating effects you can […]

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    Wide Angle Portraits: A Study in Creativity

    Wide angle portrait ©Corentin Hais. All rights reserved.

    Many portrait photographers wouldn’t think of working with anything shorter than a “normal” focal length. Even more prefer to shoot with nothing less than twice that standard. There’s some very sound reasoning behind both stances and it’s no mystery that the main issue is distortion. On the other hand, there are always good reasons to […]