Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

Saddle up for Action with this Beginner’s Guide to Rodeo Photography Ever heard the expression “This ain’t my first rodeo”?  Well, it’s not.  I grew up in the shadow of the world’s biggest outdoor rodeo…Cheyenne Frontier Days.  I spent many cold mornings at the knee of my father as he announced slack or tagged along …

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Unmanned air vehicles known as drones first appeared for military use over a century ago. Since then, the use of drones has captured the attention of commercial markets like real estate, construction, search and rescue, law enforcement, agriculture, media, and others. Aerial Drone Photography Tips: Getting Started What Drone Is Right for Me? What’s in …

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Incorporating a frame within a frame in the composition of a shot creates a structure for your image. It draws the eye to an area of your image, and a frame within a frame is a photography technique you can use to tell a story or develop your aesthetic as a photographer. What is a …

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Like any other type of artist, it is a photographer’s job to tell a story through their pictures. While some of the most creative among us can invoke emotion or convey a thought with one single photo, the rest of us will rely on photo essays. In the following article, we’ll go into detail about …

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Exposure is an important concept in photography. It refers to the amount of light that hits your camera sensor and determines how bright your photo will look. There are different ways of playing with exposure to make unique effects. Double exposure photography is an aesthetic technique you can achieve by exposing your sensor to light …

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Add motion and make your images more dynamic when you master panning photography! Most of the time, photographers do everything in our power to avoid blur in our images. But used correctly, intentionally adding a type of motion blur can enhance your images. Learn how and why to master panning in photography! What is panning? …

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Power on, set your camera to favorite mode, and adjust for light. Oh! And take the lens cap off and you are all set to shoot… smash down on that shutter button. If that is more or less how you go about getting your photos as a street photographer, then you are well on your way …

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Using a white background, also known as high key photography, is one way that photographers create an expressive or joyful atmosphere in their photos. This technique is especially popular in portrait photography when the photographer wants to make sure the subject is the focus of the photo.  Tips to Create a White Background in High …

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What lens should you buy next? It all depends on your needs, budget, and style! Read any photography forum and you’ll find the same questions get brought up over and over again.  One of those is “what lens should you buy next?”  Lenses are expensive.  No one wants to make a bad investment into a …

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Scenes so nice, you’ll see them twice! 5 Tips for Capturing Water Reflections (Plus two cheats!) If I had to pick a favorite type of landscape scene, it would probably involve a water reflection. There’s just something serene and peaceful about an image with water. If symmetry and mirror images are your creative jam, too, …

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Have you found yourself wondering: What the heck is aspect ratio? You’re not alone. Aspect ratio a fundamental digital photography concept that can be quite confusing at first. Chances are, you’ve seen numbers representing common aspect ratios, including: 1:1 3:2 4:3 5:4 7:5 8.5:11 16:9 What do these numbers mean? And how can they make a …

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Some photos are beautiful enough to look like blended paintings and can rack in plenty of comments when you post them on your Instagram. However, finding ways to blur or blend the background without using special effects in photoshop can be tricky. One way that photographers can create unique effects without having to do any …

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If you’re in the midst of experiencing a little photographer’s block, trying a new type of photography can help get your creative juices flowing again. Maybe all you need to do is try taking a peek into the future with crystal ball photography. Crystal balls have a rich history, and their use in photography is …

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Steel wool photography is a light painting technique that produces amazing results. You can get a steel wool photograph with a few simple items, and there are a lot of possibilities to explore with that material. What is Steel Wool Photography? Steel wool is a cleaning product that is typically used to polish surfaces or …

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Check out our Lens Calibration 101 guide on why and how to adjust your lenses! There are a lot of different reasons your images might not be as sharp as you want. Dirty equipment, the wrong camera settings or even your shooting stance can affect the sharpness of your images. But if you find that …

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As a sub-genre of portrait photography, you’ve probably seen plenty of milk bath photography images pop up as a recent trend. By turning everyone’s favorite drink into a prop, photographers have been able to capture stunning, minimalistic portraits.  If you’ve never experimented with milk bath photography, the genre can feel intimidating. Whether you’re an amateur …

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