Category Archives: Photography Guides

Photographing the Moon: 6 Useful Tips to Help You Capture a Unique Shot

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We’ve all been fascinated by the moon, even trying to photograph it at least once. But it can often prove to be a pretty difficult task to accomplish. The moon almost always comes out either too small, too bright, or just blurry. Photographing the moon, as every other celestial object in the sky, requires previous knowledge about the specific object and the way the camera works. Not that you need to be a graduated astronomer, but some general knowledge is necessary.

7 Most Challenging Shooting Scenarios and How to Make the Best of Them

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We photographers love a challenge. Whether it is contorting ourselves into strange positions to get a macro shot, or trying to soothe a screaming baby to get a shot for a proud new mum, we will nearly always find a way through. Today we are going to take a look at seven of the most challenging photographic scenarios and hopefully supply some times to help you keep calm and carry on shooting.

4 Essential Considerations to Make the Best of Wide Angle Photography

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Sweeping landscapes, beautiful architecture, powerful waterfalls, vanishing points and creative imagery are some of the beautiful views that you can capture using wide angle photography. The good news about wide angle photography? It allows you to capture a large area. The potential down side of wide angle photography? It captures everything in a large area. Wide angle lenses require an adjustment of perspective and honed image composition. This is particularly true if you’ve been working with normal-range and telephoto zoom lenses for a period of time.

9 Useful Tips for Better Indoor Basketball Photos

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Indoor sports are in full swing this time of year. And while indoor sports like basketball are fun to watch, they can be frustrating to photograph, mainly due to poor lighting conditions. If you’ve been wondering how to get better shots of your kids’ basketball games (many of the ideas here will also apply to other indoor sports such as volleyball or gymnastics), the tips that follow should help get you on your way.

Gifts For Photographers: The Ultimate 2014 Christmas List

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Maybe you didn’t realize this- but if there is a photographer on your shopping list- you have no shortage of gift options! This list of gifts for photographers contains something for everyone.This year, we approached our gift giving guide by breaking it down into four categories: 1. Inexpensive stocking stuffers, 2. Mid-range Photo Geek Excitement, 3. Photographer hugs that might break your spine, and 4. For the photographer who has just about everything. Also, we wanted to keep things simple. We wanted everyone to be able to find the products listed. So, all our product suggestions came right from Amazon- including the pricing.

A Beginner’s Guide to Dynamic Range (Plus Useful HDR Photography Tips)

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If you have created even one photo with a digital camera you are already aware that what you see is almost never what you get. This is due to several factors. First of all, the lens can geometrically affect the field of view because it mostly differs from the field of view our eyes have. But that is the least of a problem. Biggest difference is in the contrast, more precisely in the difference between the shadows and highlights.

Extension Tubes: An Affordable Intro to Macro Photography

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Macro photography can be incredibly fun and rewarding. It can also be a challenge. That macro photography poses a challenge probably isn’t the sole factor that keeps most people away, however; it’s more likely to be the perceived high cost of admission along with not knowing if they are up to the challenge. Nobody wants to pour money into something they’re not good at. Of course there’s a more expensive side to macro photography, particularly when it comes to dedicated macro lenses, which are specially designed for high magnification and enhanced sharpness; but a macro lens isn’t the only path into close up photography. If you want to get your feet wet and not spend a lot of money, extension tubes might be the perfect solution for you.

Moving Beyond Auto Mode: Which Exposure Mode Should You Choose?

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A newcomer to photography is often daunted by the different exposure modes a camera may offer. In fact, there are only four, real exposure modes and these are often represented by the word PASM. PASM stands for Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual and can by found (not always in that order) on the exposure mode dial on top of your camera. Today, rather than give you an in-depth break down of how each mode works, we are going to give you a brief, layman explanation of each mode and, more importantly, when to use it.