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3 Reasons To Use a Circular Polarizing Filter (Plus Purchasing and Usage Tips)

3 Reasons To Use a Circular Polarizing Filter (Plus Purchasing and Usage Tips)

There are many types of filters a photographer can use – from circular polarizing filters to neutral and variable density, color/warming/cooling, UV and special effects filters. With so many options, a filter collection could grow quickly while the pocketbook shrinks a bit. Choosing and prioritizing which one to buy first and use may become a bit more time consuming than intended.

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How to Get Amazing Long Exposure Night Photographs

How to Get Amazing Long Exposure Night Photographs

Daytime photography makes perfect sense for most photographers; it’s the time of day when they will go about all their landscape, portraiture, macro, and street photography. But there are plenty of others who refuse to call it a day just because the sun vanishes below the horizon. In fact, there are photographers who prefer the night and revel in the creative opportunities embedded in very low light photography.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Portrait Photographs

5 Tips to Improve Your Portrait Photographs

In portrait photography, there are a few technical and artistic elements to consider when you are on the quest for the perfect portrait photograph. In this post, you are going to find 5 such tips. I applied many of these ideas while taking photographs at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club in Toronto which were used to produce an award-winning zine.

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Farewell to an Old Friend: The Story of Apple’s Aperture

Farewell to an Old Friend: The Story of Apple’s Aperture

It was the first and for a long time, arguably the best image image management program available but last week Apple announced that development of Aperture will come to a halt. For many Mac based professionals, this is a huge blow. Apple’s replacement app, Photos is still an unknown quantity. Today we are going to take a look at the past, present and future of Apple’s Aperture.

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Can You Really Create Background Blur With Your Camera Phone?

Can You Really Create Background Blur With Your Camera Phone?

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.

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Shoot Less, Think More: 4 Ways to Take Fewer But Better Images

Shoot Less, Think More: 4 Ways to Take Fewer But Better Images

While digital photography has revolutionized the way we take photos by leveling the field for everyone to get decent images, that very revolution has brought with it some frustrating and indeed disturbing new trends. Perhaps the worst of all, is the desire by some people to photograph everything, all of the time. Today we are going to have a look at why you should shoot less, and how that might improve your photography.

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6 Essential Lessons in Landscape Photography

6 Essential Lessons in Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers are perhaps amongst the superstars of the photographic world. Their images draw you in, detail the beauty of the natural world and inspire you to take similar shots. However, if like me, you have found it less than simple to get great landscapes here are some techniques that you need to hone in order to make your shots stand out from the crowd.

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5 Cool Ways to Put the Fun Back Into Your Photography

5 Cool Ways to Put the Fun Back Into Your Photography

Let’s face it, photography can be quite a serious business at times. Whether you are working out a hyper focal distance or arranging studio lights to avoid reflections in glass, photography requires concentration and patience. Sometimes, though, we tend to forget our roots, the reason we started taking pictures which for many of us was to have fun. Today we are going to look at some ideas to reinvigorate your photography.

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Photographer Creates a Photo Series Inspired by His Late Father

Photographer Creates a Photo Series Inspired by His Late Father

Mike Mellia is a New York based photographer whose allegorical photographs often tell a story through conceptual ideas and cinematic compositions. In his most recent work, a photo series titled Another Day in Paradise, he conveys the story of his late father. Capturing the mood of New York City in his photos, Mike creates images that are reminiscent of his father’s life.

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4 Basic Characteristics of Light Every Photographer Should Know

4 Basic Characteristics of Light Every Photographer Should Know

If there is one essential ingredient for photography, it is light. It really wouldn’t matter how much money you put into your lenses and cameras if they were unable to gather, focus, direct, and record light; your gear would be nothing more than a collection of overpriced paper weights. Any photographer who wishes to reach their full creative potential should make it a point to understand the vital characteristics of light.

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