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4 Truths About Photography Every Serious Photographer Should Know

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When starting out, photography looks like a fun thing to do. In the beginning, you have the mindset that after a little practice, you will be able to make excellent photos all the time. Well I’m sorry to be the one to ruin the fairy tale, but that is just not true. Yes, photography is fun, motivating, inspiring and fulfilling most of the time, but often can be frustrating. This is due to the fact that no matter how good you are, there are many things that are out of your control. For one, you can’t control the weather, nor you can do much about it if it goes bad. But this is just an example. Here are 4 things to watch out for.

11 Stocking Stuffers Under $50 for Photographers

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Just a few days left before it’s December 25th. Hopefully all of your online, cyber, mall shopping is done and gifts are already under your tree. If you need a few more stocking stuffer items for photographers in your family, these last minute gift ideas will go directly to their camera bag for use throughout the year.

 These gifts are available at several online stores (Amazon.com, B&H and company direct too). If you’re running out of shipping time, these stocking stuffers will more than likely be available in your local camera retailer too.



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.

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.

5 Photo Apps Every iPhone Photographer Will Want to Try

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With the arrival of new iPhone models and the improvements (however marginal) to the built-in camera, there is always a renewed interest in photography related apps that expand the usability of the native camera app or that are in some other way of use to photographers. There are lots of cool, practical, innovative, and fun apps out there to choose from — here are 5 that I find particularly worth your consideration.

Say Goodbye to Khaki: Clothing Ideas for Women (Nature) Photographers

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Nature photographers are not out there to make a fashion statement with our clothing and gear. They don’t have to settle for khaki, light khaki and dark khaki with a few black accessories thrown in. Nature is about mother nature’s color and creativity, I don’t think she expects those capturing that beauty to blend in with the dirt. I’m aware that some folks wear clothes to blend in as to not scare the wildlife. We need durability, comfort, pockets, dirt resistant, water repellant, water resistant and a few more requirements many of you could add. Let’s look at some of these outdoor active clothing retailers and some of their pieces that may work for you in the field.

Going Deep: 7 Features Hidden Inside Your Camera’s Menu System That You Should Know

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For a photographer brought up on steam powered film cameras, modern day DSLRs seem like science fiction to me. Fifteen years ago, camera functions were limited by the number dials, buttons and levers that could be built into the body. The modern digital camera discards that limitation by the inclusion of a menu system that add a huge range of enhancing features to it. Today we are going to take a brief look at some of the goodies that may be buried deep inside your cameras interface.

Do It Yourself: Make Your Own Light Tent On The Cheap

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Light tents are super useful tools to keep around the studio (or house). They’re great for all kinds of photos ranging from product photography to macro work. What makes a light tent more special than, say, using just a reflector is that they are able to flood your subject with soft, diffused light, effectively eliminating shadows. Light tents are also incredibly easy to make using items you can find laying around your house. Follow the steps below to learn how to make your own light tent.

3 Photographic Special Effects You Can Create Without the Help of Photoshop

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What do you think of when you hear the term “special effects”? Given the ubiquity of “Photoshopped” images in our culture, I suppose we have to forgive people who immediately and singularly relate photographic special effects to digital manipulation. In a pre-Photoshop world, photographers had to endure hours of darkroom work in order to achieve the look they desired for their photos. These days any one of us can totally transform an image in a matter of a few keystrokes and mouse-clicks. But there are, in fact, special effects of a certain kind than can be achieved in-camera — no fancy software needed.