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About Karlo de Leon

Karlo de Leon is a travel and lifestyle photographer. He has a knack for understanding how and why things work, taking particular interest in lighting, composition, and visual storytelling. Connect with him on Twitter where he shares his insights, ideas, and concepts on photography, travel, and life in general.

What to Do When There is Dust Inside Your Camera?

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If it’s the first time for you to see dust inside your camera or your lens, you need to relax and understand something – it’s normal. Let’s face it. Your camera is a dust magnet from the inside out whether it’s a DSLR, a mirrorless camera, or even a point and shoot. The only way you can truly avoid getting dust in your camera is to shoot inside an air tight-vacuumed room or put a protective suit on it. That sounds absurd but that’s just reality. And since it is normal, it is best to just live with the fact that getting rid of some dust will be a life-long activity as you continue doing photography.

The Photographer’s Quarter Life Crisis And How to Get Past It

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There may come a time in your life as a photographer when you suddenly find your own photographs distasteful. This is a time when you feel restless, frustrated, and dissatisfied with the images you’ve recently created. If there was a photographer’s quarter-life /midlife crisis, this would probably be it. There are two ways to approach this dilemma. You can end your dream of being a world class photographer and sell your gear at a ridiculously low price or you can try to find ways to get out of this seemingly twilight zone you’ve gotten yourself into. The question though is how.

What Makes a Photograph Interesting? 5 Ideas on How to Choose a Photographic Subject

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I was once exploring photos from other photographers while browsing a photography forum when I came across a rather interesting post. There was a discussion on whether or not subjects have to be interesting before you photograph them. This made me curious allowing me to think of my own thought process when it comes to shooting different subjects. It also made me wonder – why do we shoot what we shoot? Here are some ideas on how to create an interesting image.

How to Freeze Motion and Capture Shots That Pop

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Freezing motion is not just about using a fast shutter speed. It’s about timing. It’s about anticipating action and being ready to photograph it. To capture impactful photos that freeze motion, make sure to choose your subjects wisely and get your timing right. This post will help you with tips to freeze motion in your photos and produce shots that pop.

5 Photos Every Photographer Must Know How to Create

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Did you know that there are five basic photographs that every photographer must learn how to create? All other camera techniques in photography are based on these five photographs and mastery of these is essential to any photographer. If you’re a novice photographer and you’re wondering what camera setting you need to prioritize (aperture, shutter speed, or ISO), then this might shed some light.

12 Simple Ways to Bounce Light and Capture Better Portraits

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Bounced light has always been an important component of lighting, especially in portraiture. It gives a little more illumination to the subject and eliminates or lightens unwanted shadows. There are different techniques you can use and these variations are all based on the direction, material, color, and even angle of the object or surface used to bounce the light. Here are 12 different ways to bounce light.

Can You Really Create Background Blur With Your Camera Phone?

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When you’re introduced to photography, one of the techniques everyone seems to want to learn is how to create images with a blurry background. The technical term for this is “shallow depth of field”. This is easily achievable when using DSLRs or even prosumer cameras, but creating such images with your camera phones may be a challenge. But it’s not impossible. In this post we will see how.

How to Build the Confidence to Photograph People

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Portraiture, lifestyle, street, and travel photography – these are some of the genres that feature people as main subject. For some it can be enjoyable activity while, for others, it can be a disastrous nightmare. The idea of talking with someone they don’t know very well, or being confronted by strangers they’re trying to photograph can be a bit too daunting. Confidence is, therefore, necessary when photographing people.