Photo Tips

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December 8, 2015

Night Photography: Think about Mood

Mood is important in all photographs, but it’s even more important to think about at night. The dim lighting creates all kinds of atmospheric possibilities – and it also guarantees that your image will have some sort of ...

July 8, 2015

Sunset Tip: Use a long lens

When you are taking a photo of a sunset, use a long lens. This one might seem a bit counter-intuitive, because we think of sunsets as wide landscape shots. But take a look at your favorite sunsets, and notice how big the  sun looks. ...

July 8, 2015

Festival Photography Tip: Research in Advance

Festivals are big, chaotic, busy events. That’s sort of the point. But it means that if you show up to the festival unprepared, then you are going to have a hard time getting good photos. Unless your plan is to just shoot over the ...

May 19, 2015

Nightlife Tip: Follow the Light

Every good photo requires two things: an interesting subject and good lighting. At night, the latter is often harder to find than the former. If you are out on a street or in a venue looking for great nightlife photos, focus on finding ...

May 4, 2015

Skyline Tip: Think about the Foregound

Photographs of the skyline are one of the most common and often beautiful ways of capturing a city. But they can also be pretty boring photographs – just ask anyone who has ever scrolled through 200 vacation pics of the same ...

May 4, 2015

Put Graffiti in Context

Perhaps the most interesting thing about graffiti as an art form is that it is always presented in some strange or unusual setting. Think about it, if it’s in a gallery, it’s not really graffiti. So if you are photographing graffiti, ...

January 19, 2015

Become a Lighting Master

All photographers need to understand light and how to use if effectively, but when you have no equipment you are completely dependent on natural light for your great shots, so experiment lots and get good at reading the conditions that ...

January 12, 2015

Use Two Cameras

There are some situations in which you should always use two cameras. Weddings, live performances and photo journalism or any situation in which you may not have time to change lenses or camera settings require two cameras. With one ...

January 7, 2015

Interesting Fact About Raw Images

Raw image files cannot actually be edited. Any changes to the file are saved as settings in a separate file and applied to the Raw image when the image is opened in its Raw editor. Because the Raw files cannot be altered they can ...

October 6, 2014

Tell the Whole Story

While it might be tempting to only focus on photographing people doing something out of the ordinary, if you want to truly represent a location, explore and consider all areas of life there, and take as many different kinds of pictures ...

September 29, 2014

Respect

People are not sight-seeing attractions, like monuments or historical sites. Be conscious of appropriate behavior, be friendly, and ask permission are important cardinal rules when taking pictures of people around the world (and at home!)....

September 22, 2014

No Flash for Bands

Are you planning to shoot some live music? Do not use a flash when shooting bands or live performances. The flash will remove the colors from the stage light, and give the image a flat, unappealing look. Instead use a high ISO rating ...