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The 8 Immutable Laws of Sharp Portrait Photographs

The 8 Immutable Laws of Sharp Portrait Photographs

In portrait photography, it’s not always easy to get the perfect shot. You need to get the right light, framing, angle, emotion, and sharpness. Sharpness is almost always one of the toughest to get right, and that is because it is affected by every other technical aspect of the photograph. Let’s look at how you can get those sharp portrait images – here are the 8 immutable laws on the topic.

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How to be a Tourist in Your Own City and Capture Remarkable Photos

How to be a Tourist in Your Own City and Capture Remarkable Photos

One of the things we often say about the cities that we live in is that we rarely go out photographing unless we have to. The irony is that these very places that are on your doorstep are often chock full of photographic opportunities. So how can you motivate yourself to shoot your home town? With this in mind, today we are going to take a look at photographing your home city through new eyes.

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Master the Art of Panning With These 9 Useful Tips

Master the Art of Panning With These 9 Useful Tips

Panning is a technique where you pan your camera to follow the motion of your subject and render motion blur to the background but capture the subject sharp (see the example below). While it sounds quite easy, it often takes a little bit of practice to master. If you’ve been trying to do a good panning shot, but have found it a difficult challenge for you, the following tips should prove helpful.

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Life After Dark: Helpful Tips for Street Photography at Night

Life After Dark: Helpful Tips for Street Photography at Night

To the surprise of no one, the topic of light is relatively common here on Light Stalking; search the archives and you can easily find plenty of useful advice about shooting during the golden hour, shooting only with ambient light, shooting at night, etc. What if someone among Light Stalking’s loyal readership wanted to know about night photography and street photography?

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How to Photograph Pets: 16 Tips to Capture the Perfect Shot

How to Photograph Pets: 16 Tips to Capture the Perfect Shot

Photographing pets is a bit more challenging than photographing people. It is due to their unpredictable nature, and due to the fact that they don’t understand what the photographer is actually doing. While it may be challenging, photographing pets can be a lot of fun. Read on for some tips to help you capture better photographs of pets.

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5 Photos Every Photographer Must Know How to Create

5 Photos Every Photographer Must Know How to Create

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.

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A Guided Tour of Your Camera’s Viewfinder

A Guided Tour of Your Camera’s Viewfinder

You look through your viewfinder, and you take pictures. Sounds simple, right? The viewfinder on your camera is not just an interface between you and your subject but also a repository of important information that will help you make that shot much better. Today we are going to take a guided tour of your camera’s viewfinder – what information it displays and how to make the most of it.

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8 Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Photographs

8 Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Photographs

You have plenty of options to choose from when you want to reduce the noise in your images. Noise occurs due to low signal-to-noise ratio. Broadly speaking, the more you amplify the signal, the more noise you get. That is why you get more noise when you increase the ISO. Nevertheless, noise can be reduced in two general ways: while taking the image, and in post-processing.

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Bug Stalking: Helpful Tips for Getting Started With Insect Photography

Bug Stalking: Helpful Tips for Getting Started With Insect Photography

Insects can be a somewhat divisive topic. People tend to have clear cut feelings about bugs: some love them, others hate them. There’s usually no ambivalence about it. Naturally, these feelings extend to photography. Whatever side you choose, bugs can be amazing subjects for photographs. And you don’t have to be a professional to catch stunning insect photographs. Here are some tips to get you started.

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The Truth About Vignettes in Photography

The Truth About Vignettes in Photography

Traditionally, photographers and gear makers have done their best to avoid vignetting in their imaging. While there are exceptions, the general tendency has always been to approach what we experience with natural vision as the goal. While that’s been done with varying levels of success, there is one thing that you really need to remember. In the right circumstances, vignettes can look fricken awesome.

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