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5 Ways to Hold Your Viewer’s Attention

One of the most important things your photo should have is an ability to hold your viewers attention. There are a lot of techniques that can be used to help you compose your shot so that people will spend more than a second looking at it. Besides keeping your viewers focused on your photo, the […]

Going Manual: Learning Exposure Basics

Exposure is probably the most dreaded subject in photography. We know a lot of photographers who have been shooting for years but still rely on their camera’s metering system to dictate a scene’s exposure. Cameras are getting more and more advanced which is why it works, but it will not work all the time. This […]

Tip for DSLR Beginners: Get a 50mm Lens

“I’m upgrading to a digital SLR. What camera model and lens should I get?” We get asked this often, and our reply is always the same. It matters little what DSLR you have, so long as you’ve got great lenses. And when you’re starting out, there’s really no need to shell out thousands of dollars […]

How to Make a Light Box and Macro Studio for Under $20

Ever wondered how pros take photos of random objects and make them look crisp and clean? The answer to that is a light box or what is sometimes referred to as a light tent. A light box is just simply a cube which is made out of a white translucent material. The object that is […]

How to Create High-Contrast Black and White Images

In Photoshop CS3, making black and white photos is easier than ever. This tutorial is not limited to converting color photos to monochrome but how to make them pop by adding contrast and a vignette. (Lisa’s note: It’s always best to shoot in color and convert to BW during post-processing. You tend to lose detail […]

Not-so-Weekly Linkies: Photography Must-Reads, Part III

Things to read over the weekend: The SLR Camera: Then and Now 25 Ways to Jump Start Photography Inspiration Photography Niches You Never Considered The CentralPark.com Photo Contest Big and Tasty Food Photography Tips Roundup How to Hold Your Digital Camera, The Ultimate Guide Have a great one! Related Posts:Weekly Linkies: Photography Must-ReadsWeekly Linkies: Photography […]

Starlight Effect: Creative Use of Aperture

Ever wondered how photographers make sources of light in photos appear like they’re twinkling? What most pros do is attach a starlight filter which automatically makes points of light flare. You can even twist the filter to adjust the effect much like a polarizer. If you don’t want to spend money on something that you […]

Tips on How to Take Better Portraits

Although portraiture is probably the most popular field in photography, it is still one of the trickiest to do well. The difficulty lies in that a lot of factors have to come together to make a great portrait such as lighting, location and the how well you can capture the personality of the subject. This […]

Shoot from the Hip

If you’ve been taking pictures for a long time then you’ve probably experienced burnout – you keep taking pictures of the same things and framing it the same way and basically feel like your creative tank is running on fumes. When this sort of thing happens, I’ve found the best way to see things differently […]

How to Fix Washed Out Skies in Landscape Photos

More often than not, the sky will always be brighter than the ground when you take landscape photos. Even if you adjust your camera’s exposure compensation, the sky will almost always end up looking washed out.The easiest way to avoid this problem is by purchasing a Graduated Neutral Density (GND) Filter. This filter has a […]