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5 Tips for Shooting Real Estate and Architecture - Equipment
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5 Tips for Shooting Real Estate and Architecture - Equipment

Miguel Lecuona (miguellecuona)

Shooting property in a thriving real estate market. There’s plenty of property to shoot - custom homes, historic homes, commercial buildings, interiors, custom landscapes, vineyards, and ranches with ample wildlife. Read more...

Creating a Tile Mural
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Creating a Tile Mural

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Member Karen (scenicshutterbug) wanted to create a tile mural for her outdoor kitchen space and she got help from other members in the process. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 4
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The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 4

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) comes back to us to share what he has learned about the fourth of the seven deadly sins in photography: Missing Distractions. Read more...

Digital photography contests rules…why?
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Digital photography contests rules…why?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

When I read the rules a certain line in the wording gave me pause for thought as did other wording about the specific category rules. It seems to me that people are still struggling with what digital photography is versus what film photography was. Read more...

The Debate Rages On: RAW or JPEG?
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The Debate Rages On: RAW or JPEG?

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I follow photography conversations on a couple of different web sites, as do many of us. I also take photography trips to various areas with tour guides, again, as many of us do. Recently I took a guided photography trip to Costa Rica. One of the things I like about taking these trips is meeting new people, mostly other photographers, and talking about our shared love of the craft. This trip I was reminded about the seemingly apparent divide over shooting JPEG format versus shooting RAW format. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

The human eye interprets images in the following order: movement, colour, shape, content. If you wish to create images that sell products, change social behaviour, win election campaigns or merely persuade people to invest their evenings in watching a particular TV show, then you need to construct the image with these in mind. Read more...

Ansel Adams: His contribution to Photography and Nature
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Ansel Adams: His contribution to Photography and Nature

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I often hear Ansel Adams invoked during discussions on photography. Many times, it is apparent that the person invoking Adams knows little about him or his life, but read a few lines somewhere written by some obscure person who said whatever it was about Adams that they then repeated as true. Read more...

Big format printing
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Big format printing

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

In this article I am discussing printing big format images. When I say big, I mean really big; We are talking about a 56 x 24 feet (17 x 7.5m) photo mural. Read more...

Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography
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Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Sometimes I cannot get outside in a location that will allow me to take interesting photographs or the weather just won’t allow it. But, I still want to use my camera to take photographs so I’ll try setting up a still life of some sort. At one point, I read about light box photography and saw some beautiful flower images that a photographer, who teaches the technique, had taken. Read more...

Achieve Your Artistic Photographic Vision
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Achieve Your Artistic Photographic Vision

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

My goal, with every photograph I take, is to make each image be the very best that it can be by my standards and by general artistic standards. Read more...

Black and White “In Your Own Backyard”
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Black and White “In Your Own Backyard”

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

Every so often I like to go out and try something different and “shake things up” a bit. I find it takes me out of my normal routine and definitely adds to my creativity. It might be an idea I’ve played with a few times, maybe something cool I saw in a magazine, or just returning to the basics when I started in photography. Read more...

Working Toward Getting Successful Wildlife Photos
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Working Toward Getting Successful Wildlife Photos

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Learning to photograph animals in action takes effort, time and patience and, at some point, will result in successful action shots. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Planning
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Planning

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Most photographers are not natural planners. If you come from a landscape background, you expect to be inspired by what you find. Photojournalists look for the decisive moment. Press photographers were always told ‘f8 and be there’. But even the most spontaneous photographer needs at least the basic planning of having their equipment ready when the moment happens. Read more...

Sharp?
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Sharp?

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

Just about every photographer has or would like the latest camera with the best, most expensive lenses. Who wouldn’t? Lenses so sharp you can see each separate hair on the person’s head you’re doing a portrait of. Why should we bother about sharpness? When not? Read more...

Mastering the art of photography - Decision Making & Freedom (5)
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Mastering the art of photography - Decision Making & Freedom (5)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

More on the "controlled spectrum" in photography with some thoughts on decision-making and consequences of our actions, or inactions. We will look into taking risks, and freedom as a foundation for creativity. We are also coming back to physical exercise for helping your creativity to flourish. Read more...

Wintersports Photography
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Wintersports Photography

Pascal Baetens (pbaetens)

Photographing on the slopes. Of course we can records our walks, our resort, our after-ski parties and other festivities. You'll find more than enough hints about it in articles about nature, street or night photography. And to make writing and reading easy, I speak about skiers and skiing. Snowboarders are of course included in these terms. Read more...

Putting our subject in its place
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Putting our subject in its place

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Many people advocate that we “throw away the rules,” or use them “with a grain of salt.” But it is imperative to learn all of these compositional rules and to know them so well that they can be used without conscious thought. Then, and only then, can you forget about the rules and toss them to the wind. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Human factor
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Human factor

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

The factor which can disrupt whole shoots or, equally, turn dross into gold, is what we call in the trade ‘the human factor’. Read more...

Mastering the art  - You are in control (4)
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Mastering the art - You are in control (4)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this fourth part of "mastering the art of photography", I continue to explore what mastering this art form entails. We'll discuss what items you can control for, how to get the most out of it, time scheduling and the areas you have to be aware of as not being well controllable. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 3
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The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 3

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) comes back to us with what he has learned about the third of the seven deadly sins in photography: Incorrect focus. Read more...

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