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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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    Shooting the Solar Eclipse from a Wide-Angle Perspective

    Solar Eclipse Sequence: ©Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

    The astronomical event of the year is almost upon us. You’d just about have to be living under a rock to be unaware of it. Every hotel, campground and parking space in a swath across the United States has been overbooked for months. People are renting out their spare rooms for unheard of rates. Total […]

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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 […]

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    5 Ways NOT to Use a Wide-Angle Lens

    Wide angle photo with Iirx 15mm. ©Alberto Bouzón

    A wide angle lens is a great addition to any photographer’s tool kit. It allows creative expression in ways that simply can’t be achieved with longer focal lengths and the related narrower fields of view. Like any other tool, however, it isn’t intended for every job. More importantly, there’s a lot to consider in using […]

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    Take Another Look at Real Estate Photography

    Taking property photos isn’t often considered a “real job”. That’s unfortunate, because it’s a potentially lucrative occupation. Like product photography, it isn’t glamorous, but it’s a good way to bring home the bacon if you line up just a few good clients. What’s more, if you like to just get out and shoot, property photos […]

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    Wide-Angle Street Photography: a Fresh Perspective on the Urban Scene

    Waiting on Green by Pixel Hobo

    When it comes to grabbing photos on the streets, there are plenty of opinions out there on the best lens for the job. Many urban photographers like working with zoom lenses in various ranges, to “be prepared for anything.” Still others swear by prime lenses, particularly in “normal” focal lengths of 35mm and 50mm. There […]

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    What to Look For in a Lens for Star Photography

    ©Stéphane Gonzales via Creative Commons

    Astrophotography is one of the most fascinating and rewarding ways to use a digital camera. Don’t let that fancy term discourage you. Star photos, Milky Way shots, photos of the moon and any similar type of photo all fall into this category. So does planetary imaging, but you don’t have to be shooting pictures of […]

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    Architectural Photography Part 2: Interior Photography Basics

    Here’s the second installment in a quick tutorial on photographing architecture. In Part 1, we explored the fundamentals of exterior shooting. Please read or review that one here, as some of the information will be helpful as we take a look at shooting interiors. As mentioned in the previous article, this genre overlaps with several […]

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    How to Choose the Best Lens for Landscape Photography

    Here’s a fun fact: Ask as many photographers as you like what his or her favorite lens for shooting landscapes is and you’re likely to get at least half as many different answers. Take a look at each photographer’s style and you’ll start to understand why. There are a lot of subjects, treatments and preferences […]

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    Shooting Wide-Angle Wedding Photos for Unique Perspectives

    ©Taylor McBride

    (Opening image ©Taylor McBride) Wedding Photography is all about style. With the incredible number of men and women involved in this genre today, presenting your work in unique ways is more important than ever. Potential clients are looking for photographers that can take their images to a new level and you need to be able […]