The Rule of Thirds and How to Break It A Comprehensive Guide

Possibly the most well known and most talked about photographic composition guideline is the Rule of Thirds. However it doesnt stop with photography. You will find the Rule of Thirds applied ... See full article

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Learning to See, Part VIII

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk. Edward Weston   To some photographers composition is an innate... See full article

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Making a Photo: Infuse Yourself into your Photos

As a hobbyist, self-taught photographer, I find myself often wondering about the esoteric nature of photography and what it is exactly that separates the average photographer from the professional or ... See full article

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5 Fundamental Elements of Great Photographs

There are five common elements that great images typically have; Good use of light, color, a captivating moment, correct composition for the given situation, and the photographers choice of distance t... See full article

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Adding Scale to Your Landscapes

We often think of landscapes as sweeping vistas fading away into the distance, taking our eyes on a journey through flower strewn fields, cascading mountain peaks, skyscraper speckled skylines and rol... See full article

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Combining Rules of Composition to Improve Your Landscape Images

One of the most elusive and frustrating elements of photography is finding the right composition. Many otherwise good images are often derailed by poor compositional choices. There are several primary... See full article

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Make Your Last Shot Your Best Shot

Lately Ive noticed a common occurrence when I review my images from a photo shoot. More often than not the very best frame is the last one. I think its because Ive been pushing myself further... See full article

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Why You Might Want To Consider A Full Frame Fisheye Lens Even If You Have A Crop Sensor Camera

There are few things better in life than having something go wrong that leads to the discovery of something even better. Such is the case with my plan to test out a Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens courtesy ... See full article

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The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You (Mobile Photography TIPS)

All photographers go through a lifecycle; those distinct stages from new photographer through to seasoned shutter bug. It definitely happened to me and, looking back, my one embarrassing stage was the... See full article

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The Reality Of Shooting In National Parks

Youve seen them. The beautiful pictures, often repeats of other beautiful pictures. Here, let me give you an example. This is Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. You may have seen this ty... See full article

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Aspect Ratios in Landscape Photography

Composition is often the key to the difference between a good landscape photograph and a great landscape photograph. There are oft quoted rules that we all try to adhere to and break in equal measur... See full article

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Using Tight Framing to Create a Sense of Infinity

The way you frame and crop your shots has power to give a sense of size to a scene that may not actually be there. For example – the shot to the left of a field of tulips is framed in such a way... See full article

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Understanding A Consistent Depth Of Field With Varying Focal Lengths

Matt Brandon of The Digital Trekker did such a great job of explaining how depth of field does not change with focal length (considering aperture stays the same) that I am not going to type it all up ... See full article

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Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

We all need to shake things up once in a while to keep our inspiration fresh. Few things are as damaging for any artist as feeling as if they are in a rut, the same old, same old. Nothing new or excit... See full article

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Tell A Different Story Of A Timeless Icon

Its a challenge traveling photographers face. Whether traveling for fun or business, photographing a timeless icon or subject in a new way daunts many of us. This post is intended to give you some ... See full article

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Get a New Perspective By Getting High with your Camera

Photo by svenwerk Regular readers of DPS will know of my love for shooting from down low to get an image that emphasizes the height of subjects. I love the way shooting from ground level creates wonde... See full article

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Advanced Composition: Using Georgraphy

When you think of composition in photography, what are the first things that comes to mind? Rule of thirds. Fill the Frame. Leading lines. Depth. Repetition. If you are really educated, you may also t... See full article

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Where Your Focus Goes, So Does Your Exposure

The subject line up there is a bit of a generalization, yet true for most cameras, be they DSLR or point and shoot. And not a lot of people realize this fact. Many of my students just assume the camer... See full article

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Case Study: Two Travel Photos and the Process of How They Were Taken

I often find myself analyzing other photographers images which inspire me. This helps me to think creatively and technically when I’m not out shooting myself. When looking at other photographers... See full article

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What Photographers Must Know About The Sky When Shooting Outdoor Photos

Whether you are taking landscapes, portraits, or travel shots one of the bigger questions photographers are often faced with when shooting outdoors is what do we do with the sky? Because the sky is dy... See full article

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How To Deliver A Useful Photo Critique

Much has been written on DPS about receiving feedback and examining your own photos to help improve. Today I want to give you some pointers on providing a critique to others (when asked for) so the co... See full article

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Shooting at Shadows: The Secrets to Great Silhouettes

This is a guest post by Phil Hill, a travel photographer from the UK based in Australia. You can see more of Phil’s great work at his travel photography blog or follow him on Facebook or Twitter... See full article

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The One Question You Should Ask Yourself Before Taking Any Picture

While teaching photography I am often asked, What do you think about when you take a picture? This can be a hard question to answer. I’m not bragging when I say I’ve been shooting fo... See full article

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The Crucial Skill in How to Select your Best Images

When most of us hear the phrase “photo editing” we generally think of editing a photo to enhance it in some way using computer software. Although that is usually a big component of post-pr... See full article

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A Fresh Look at Depth of Field: Using foreground to achieve creative depth of field

The following post on depth of field was written by Hawaii photographer Natalie Norton, of natalienortonphoto.com. We talk a lot around here at Digital Photography School about Depth of Field. I’... See full article

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