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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

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    How to Choose the right ND Filter for More Creative Images

    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: Image taken with the Irix […] More

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    Shooting the Solar Eclipse from a Wide-Angle Perspective

    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 […] More

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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 […] More

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    Wide Angle Portraits: A Study in Creativity

    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 […] More

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    5 Ways NOT to Use a Wide-Angle Lens

    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 […] More

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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 […] More

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    What to Look For in a Lens for Star Photography

    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 […] More

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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 […] More

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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 […] More