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    Shooting Light Trails for some Long Exposure Fun

    light trails from city traffic

    Long exposure effects in photography are always a good source of fun. One of the most simple and dramatic effects is shooting light trails. In this tutorial, we’ll discuss what you need and need to know to create striking light trail images. What’s a Light Trail? Light trails are simply streaks of light recorded by […]

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    Landscape Photography: 12 Tips to Add Impact to Your Shots

    Landscape in Norway - ©Kristien Cambron

    Landscape photography is among the most popular genres for both amateurs and professionals. With all the spectacular images out there, creating photos that stand out can be a challenge. We’ve compiled this list of straightforward tips to help you produce images that demand attention. 1. Tell your viewers a story. Let’s start off with one […]

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

    Northern Lights Over Iceland, ©National Photo Travel

    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. […]

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    Christmas Light Photography: 11 Quick Tips

    Photo of Christmas lights and tree

    ‘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 […]

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    Storm Chasing in Texas with the Irix 15mm

    LIghtning over Happy, TX ©Jim Livingston

    The Texas Panhandle isn’t often listed as one of the most photogenic areas in the United States of America. To those who take the time for a closer look, it’s a land of hidden treasures, raw beauty and inhabitants as rugged as the landscape itself. Its unique wildlife, hard-working people and wide vistas are a […]

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    An Interview with Photographer and Videographer Robert John

    If you follow photography or music, the name Robert John might strike a chord (pun intended). Many of us who know the name recognize him primarily as the touring photographer for bands like Guns N Roses, Motorhead and The Cult. His work has been featured on Rolling Stone covers and in hundreds of other magazines […]

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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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    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 […]