Learning to See, Part X

The limitations in your photography are in yourself. Ernst Haas Diagonal lines, as we learned in our entry, are the subliminal connectors that keep the viewers eye within and moving around the ... See full article

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Window Light Portraits: Weekly Photography Challenge

During the week we posted a simple exercise here on dPS to practice working with Natural Light (from a window) when taking portraits. Today we thought it might be fun to make the exercise this weeks p... See full article

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How To Sync Multiple Camera Time Stamps In Lightroom 4

Syncing the time stamp on multiple cameras is best done ahead of time. Every six months or so I take all of my digital SLR camera bodies and sync the clocks in them. This is important because if you u... See full article

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Getting off Auto Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority modes explained

You may have heard that once you get a DSLR you need to learn to shoot in manual and only ever use that mode. That if you are using the Aperture or Shutter Priority you’re cheating and if you wa... See full article

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Using the Sun As A Compositional Element

For the most part, as photographers, we avoid shooting into the sun for fear that we’ll get some unsightly flaring. The sun DOES present some exposure challenges, and of course, flare is a con... See full article

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10 Tips To Get Over Photographers Block

Going through a creative rut can be frustrating, and sometimes scary, but it is usually temporary. Photographers block can happen to you at any time. Its up to you to turn it into a positive exp... See full article

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Getty Is An Insult To Photographers. Introducing Stocksy [OPINION]

I’ve never liked Getty. I’ve gotten through about 80% of the submission process on multiple occasions but could never convince myself to pull the trigger. Sure there are a select and very ... See full article

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10 Tips for Improving Your Flower Photos

Spring is here! For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere who have been hunkered down for winter, enduring the rain and the snow, the time has finally come to get outside and enjoy some long awaited ... See full article

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How I shot and edited it: The Second Severn Crossing

The image above is a long exposure taken of the Second Severn Crossing, a motorway bridge that crosses the River Severn, just outside Bristol, England. I have been asked a number of times how this i... See full article

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5 Easy Ways To Screw Up a Photo

Over the years Ive screwed more photos than I can count. And recently, when I was thinking about it, there have been a few constants behind many of these screw-ups. They are all easy to fix, bu... See full article

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How I Got The Shot: Desert Road

Some exposure situations become difficult to handle in-camera without a little post processing later on. A perfect example is this shot of a desert road in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, that I ... See full article

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Learning to See, Part IX

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams   In our last entry we learned that placing the subject at one of the four primary points of impact within the scene would greatl... See full article

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Delicate: Weekly Photography Challenge

This week your challenge is to take a new photo and to share it with us on the them of ‘Delicate‘. Feel free to interpret the theme in any way that you wish. You could: photograph a single... 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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Destination: Alaska

Over the years, as I grew as a photographer, I wanted to expand my horizons and photograph exotic and epic places. Tops on my list was Alaska. I wanted to photograph the grandeur of the Alaska Range... 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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Tips for Objective Evaluation of Composition

Composition is one skill within photography that we can probably never master, but just continually develop. The composition we choose when taking a photograph, i.e. where we choose to place the bou... See full article

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Quick Tip: Importing to Lightroom Made Easier

Introduction This tutorial is from the Lightroom 4 Workshop Collection. Including 27 hours of A to Z Lightroom 4 education and the industry standard Lightroom 4 Preset System. DPS users can get 10% of... See full article

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Understanding Colour on Your Digital Camera

This is the third in a series of articles by Andrew S Gibson, the author of Understanding EOS: A Beginner’s Guide to Canon EOS cameras. Joel Meyerowitz once asked ‘If the world is in colou... See full article

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Learning to See, Part VII

Whereas photography is about vision, composition is about aesthetics. In our previous readings in this series we learned how colour, contrast and tonal range have a dramatic effect on the overall re... See full article

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What Are Your Worst Habits As A Photographer?

I was inspired to write this article after recently asking the question, What are your worst habits as a photographer? on social media. Here are some of the most common responses followed by s... See full article

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7 Tips for Photographing at the Zoo

Zoos … love ‘em or hate ‘em? I think it depends on the zoo. I much prefer open range zoos where the animals have tons of space to roam around and live almost as they would in the wil... See full article

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Getting Landscapes Sharp: Hyperfocal Distances and Aperture Selection

An important element of landscape photography is ensuring that all of the key elements within your composition are sharp. This can often include foreground objects that are a matter of meters from y... See full article

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Using Gobos To Create Dramatic Lighting

When lighting a subject, one of the things you want to try to do is create drama, or a context, using the light. This often means modifying your light source. One of the easiest ways to modify your fl... See full article

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Learning to See, Part VI

No Contrast – No Problem The most beautiful composition can be dashed by improper use of color and contrast. CJ Rider As we learned in our last entry, harsh light can work well with bold an... See full article

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