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Photography

Build your own drone

For the ultimate design flexibility, the only choice is to build your own drone. By choosing your own components and attaching them to an airframe of your choice (or your own devising) you can create […]

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4 pointers for shooting skylines

If you’re shooting skylines using your smartphone, use these four pointers to ensure that you come away with stunning images. To prevent camera shake in low light, plug in your Apple EarPods and use their […]

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Why is it necessary to process your photos?

All digital images need processing in some way, and it’s up to you whether that happens primarily in-camera or using software on your computer. Post-processing is the processing that happens after you’ve taken your shot, […]

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How to avoid red-eye in your photos

The closer the flash is to the lens, the greater the risk of a phenomenon known as “red-eye” when you photograph people or animals. What is red-eye? Red-eye is caused by light from the flash […]

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Photographing the Simpsons Hut (or a lifeguard station, or just taking photos on the beach)

When the lifeguard huts of Miami Beach were wiped out by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the city saw it as an opportunity to replace them with something new. Today, the 35 strikingly designed lifeguard stands […]

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Telling a story with your street photography

As with any story, street shots should offer some form of interesting content, whether it is a place, person, or situation, to add depth and meaning to what the viewer is looking at. (By Frank […]

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How best to use reflectors

To create indirect light you can use gold, silver, and white reflectors like a bounce card. If, for example you’re shooting swimwear when it’s super-cold outside, the natural light can look frigid. But when you […]

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The basics of multiple lights for portraits

The art of portraiture is about learning how to use lights to create highlights and shadows that sculpt the subject’s facial features and body contours to create form, and the illusion of depth and dimensionality. […]

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Working with hard light

Hard light is created by placing the model in front of a strong, directional light source. This creates a defined gradation between light and shadow as the light hits the subject. Generally in portrait photography, […]

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Placing sharpness. Or: deciding on your focal point.

Selective focus would seem to be a no-brainer; you either choose a point in the scene to place your focus, or you let the camera do it for you. But, as simple as that may […]

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Photographing your pets. They are family, after all!

Documenting your family’s everyday life wouldn’t be complete without including your pets.   According to the Humane Society of the United States, almost 60% of American households keep at least one kind of pet. Dogs […]

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Need inspiration? Try shooting the same thing 100 times

One of the best creative exercises, as unusual as it sounds, is to pick an object and shoot it 100 times. It might sound boring but, as with any kind of creative constraint, it stretches […]

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