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BMP Greatest Hits – 10 Personal Photography Project Ideas

I will be traveling this week, heading back to my childhood home because of an illness in the family. In the meantime, I will be posting three of the most-visited articles on our site. Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week! ———- By Steve Russell, originally posted 2/29/12 If you take photography classes or attend […]

Hot Weather Photography

By Steve Russell Is it hot outside? If you believe everything you hear on TV and read online or in the newspapers it’s hotter than ever. Well, it’s summer and it’s supposed to be hot and when it’s hot you want to stay indoors near the air conditioner and not go outside until September or […]

Six Tips to Instantly Improve Your Landscape Photography

1. For heaven’s sake, don’t center everything! The rule of thirds is your friend, and even stretching the rule of thirds to a more extreme degree can make a shot very intersting. (I call it the rule of sixths, and no that has no scientific merit whatsoever, I just thought I was being clever). Which […]

Your Weekend Photography Project – Ordinary Objects

There is something very challenging about finding the extraordinary within the ordinary. You have to slow down, look a little closer, and examine every object with the knowledge that there is something about it that is worthy of fascination. Photographers take pictures of ordinary, every day objects in order to train their eyes to see […]

Composition – Simplicity

By Steve Russell. Although simplicity in photographic composition tends to be discussed as a broad category that includes the complete image, I’m going to divide the subject into two categories – simplicity in subject and simplicity in background. Today I’m going to focus on simplicity in subject. When someone looks at one of your photographs […]

Four Things We All Need To Remind Ourselves

1. It doesn’t have to be a difficult picture to take, in order to be a worthy picture. I was talking to a photographer friend of mine the other day, and asked how he composed a particular shot we were looking at. He gave me chapter and verse on lighting, light modifiers, angles, the inverse […]

This and That

By Steve Russell From time to time I like to write an article that covers multiple subjects, none of which would make a complete article alone. I haven’t done this in a while and thought now would be a good time. This photo has nothing to do with the article, I just liked it when […]

Your Weekend Project – Purposeful Focus

Focus is inherently critical in photography. What is OUT of focus is just as important as what is IN focus. Using unexpected focus, or off-center focus, can add interest to your photographs. This weekend practice purposeful focus. Focus and recompose, or practice moving your focus points around through the viewfinder. Break away from auto focus […]

Six Tips For Overcoming Photographer’s Block

By Steve Russell This isn’t going to be one of my usual 1,000+ word articles but for some people it may be more important than an article on the difference between bokeh and depth of field. Over the last two years I’ve seen enough comments here and on our Facebook page to make me believe […]

BMP Greatest Hits: Beating the Intimidation Factor

I had a post all ready to go today, but things didn’t work out according to plan. Hey, it happens sometimes, right? So rather than not post, I thought I would re-run one of Beyond Megapixels Greatest Hits from December of 2010: Beating the Intimidation Factor In my recent article, Six Tips for Finding a […]