Photo Tips


September 29, 2014



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...

September 15, 2014

Ask the Rules


Before shooting a wedding, ask about any rules. Some churches will be very flexible with your positioning and use of flash etc. while others may be very strict on these rules....

September 9, 2014

Work Without a Plan


The best way to effectively document an event with tons of movement and action, like a festival, or a parade, is to be spontaneous. Don’t spend your time seeking out the one perfect shot that will capture the whole tone; shoot...

July 18, 2014

Shooting Sports: Freezing the Action


When shooting sports, use a fast shutter to capture sharp shots of the fast action and use the fastest drive setting your camera has. The more shots your camera can take per second, the more likely you will capture just the right shot...

July 17, 2014

When It’s Foggy, Grab Your Camera


Whenever you get the chance to shoot in foggy conditions take it! It doesn’t happen often. The soft light and haze create beautiful pictures. Bring a tripod and lens cleaning tissue....

July 15, 2014

Shooting Sports: Don’t Just Shoot the Action


When shooting sports don’t shoot just the action. Look for emotion from the fans or from the players after the action has stopped. Emotion of loss can sometimes lead to better shots than the elation of victory. There is often a story...

May 30, 2014

Macro Photography: Extension Tubes


Looking for some new macro gear? Try an extension tube – it is a spacer mounted between the lens and the camera. It will move the lens away from the camera so the camera can focus closer to the subject and take a larger image....

May 29, 2014

Macro Photography: A Good Eye-dea


They say the eye is the window to the soul; start looking for the beautiful details in the eyes of your friends and loved ones and take that close up! Just make sure you ask permission first....

May 26, 2014

Macro Photography: Daily Life


Experimenting with macro photography is a great way to capture all your favorite details around the house – got a favorite plate? Some gorgeous silverware? Take some pictures and make art out of the ordinary!...

May 26, 2014

Macro Photography Tip: Be Quick!


Especially when the subject of your photos is outside, the difference between a great shot and a ruined one can be a split second. Use a fast shutter speed, and stabilize your subject whenever possible....

May 22, 2014

Macro Photography: Look for Inspiration


If you do not yet have some favorite photographers who inspire your work, trying out macro photography can be a great way to start! Check out some of the stunning work other photographers are doing and copy their style!...

May 16, 2014

Macro Photography: Close Up Filters


Looking for some new macro gear? Try a close-up filter! The single-element filters work for lenses with focal lengths in the 35-80mm range. You can also use a two-element filter for 80-200mm focal lengths....

May 15, 2014

Macro Photography: Playing with Water


Have you ever tried capturing the cool patterns water makes when it is being poured or splashed? There are great tutorials online for taking breathtaking water pictures – next time you are looking for something new, give it a try!...

May 8, 2014

Macro Photography: Look Twice


For many photographers, macro photography requires a shift of perspective. Anything can make for a great photo! Try shooting letters – signs, book covers, name tags, anything that catches your eye as being different....

May 5, 2014

Macro Photography Tip: f-stop

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The lower the f–stop, the wider the aperture. A wide aperture will create a sharply focused subject and a blurred background. Increasing the f–stop narrows the aperture, bringing more and more of the background into focus....

May 1, 2014

Cool Effect: Lens Flare


Ever wanted to try the lens flare technique? Here are three quick tips to get you started: Shoot into the sun Backlight your subject Shoot on an angle, bringing the light in from the corner. Give it a try!...