Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

Ever wonder if you really need vibration reduction? We’re here to explain it all! Whether you are a Nikon or Canon photographer you are likely familiar with the terms “Vibration Reduction”  (VR) or “Image Stabilization” (IS). You have likely seen when searching for lenses to add to your ever growing wish list. The major difference …

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One of the greatest initial challenges for most photographers is how to take photos in low light conditions.  It’s not uncommon at all for many to feel comfortable and more than capable of taking great photos outdoors and when the sun is out, but when faced with taking photos indoors all kinds of things can …

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Why Shoot RAW? As we’ve discussed on Cole’s Classroom before, there are many reasons as to why shoot RAW vs shooting JPEG, but in my opinion without a doubt the top reason to shoot RAW is for the extra flexibility you have in post processing.  Since a RAW file contains an exponentially larger amount of …

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DSLR for Video Tips – The 5 Main Essentials for Recording Video with Your DSLR. So you own a DSLR camera and have heard that not only does it take great pictures, but it has video capabilities, as well. BUT, you know nothing about using your DSLR for video, or how to capture it. Look …

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By now you likely have heard a lot of chatter on the web discussing Adobe Creative Cloud.  In fact – odds are whatever you have heard surrounding the Adobe Creative Cloud, it has been negative since many Adobe customers are up in arms.  This post is to give you insight into what exactly is Adobe …

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Prime vs Zoom lenses – that is the question.  Here are 7 reasons to consider adding a prime lens to your bag! One of the great debates in photography is prime vs. zoom lenses.  Each type of lens has its own legion of fans and its own purpose.  Which is the best type for you?  …

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There are three key elements in photography work together with each and every photo you take that create an “exposure” – Aperture, Shutter-Speed and ISO.  It is paramount that every photographer fully understands how these three components work with each other, and what happens to one when you change the other and vice versa.  Today …

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Are you confused about the difference between RAW or JPEG? Let’s chat about what to choose and when! What do I choose? RAW? JPEG?! That seems to be the most popular question photographers ask.  A question that was primarily much easier to answer back when DSLRs were first being introduced to the market. Back then, …

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When I first started out in photography and was teaching myself by reading tutorials online and books one thing I noticed was a large group of photographers all said to use manual camera mode all the time. The idea behind using fully manual camera mode is most often that we are smarter than the camera …

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Let’s face it, sometimes it can be tough to photography people! Here are our top 10 tips for improving your portrait photography! Learning the in’s and out’s of how to photograph people can take you very far in your photography hobby or even photography career.  Photographing people can be a very intimidating and daunting task! After …

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Need some helping on how to prevent blurry photos?  We’ve got the photography tips for you! Did you just buying an expensive new camera, start taking photos in the house of your dog or your kid, expecting to see a work of art but instead see a bunch of blur…ahhhhhhh!!!  Or maybe you’ve been shooting …

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Everyone has one, but does everyone know how to take photos with their point and shoot or Iphone that will truly amaze and wow people? These days they are literally everywhere – cameras that is.  We got big ones, small ones, expensive ones, cheap ones, and even some pretty darn good ones in our phones!  …

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On the subject of photography basics – it is crucial to learn and understand what the 4 basic camera modes do and not only how, but when to utilize them.  Many times when you first get your new expensive camera you want to just start shooting and expecting to find magical and majestic images but …

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