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5 Tips to Take Less Photos of Everything and Take More Photos That Mean Something. How many photos do you have from a recent holiday, that you just haven’t had time to organize?

5 Tips to Take Less Photos of Everything and Take More Photos That Mean Something

Or, have you come back from a dream vacation and your photos just don’t seem to match up with your memories? You are not alone, as this is an all too common issue, and both of these questions have their roots in a simple and easy to fix problem. Take fewer photos, not more! I mean this literally, but also figuratively. Yes, overall take fewer photos. You may have heard many times, that in the era of digital cameras, you can shoot your heart’s desire (a.k.a. until your SD or CF card is full), unlike with film which needed to be developed and only had a limited number of photos on each roll. 5 Situations When Manual Focus is Better than Auto Focus. Digital Cameras present photographers with an ever increasing array of Automatic and Semi Automatic shooting modes.

5 Situations When Manual Focus is Better than Auto Focus

Most of these center around different ways of exposing your shots – however many cameras also give options for different focusing modes (auto, continuous focusing for moving subjects and manual). It’s no wonder then that many photographers never make use of their camera and lens’ ability to focus manually. In fact this week I spoke with one DSLR owner recently who hadn’t even noticed the manual/auto focus switch on the side of his lens. Lightroom How To - One Tip and One Trick. A Post By: Darlene Hildebrandt Recently we asked what post-production software to you use the most often?

Lightroom How To - One Tip and One Trick

So far of the over 15,000 of you that have voted on the poll (use the link above if you wish to vote), the overwhelming winner is Lightroom with a whopping 43%! Today I want to share with you a couple of short videos by Adobe Photoshop Lightroom expert, Matt Kloskowski. Matt is one of “The Photoshop guys”, runs a website called Lightroom Killer Tips and teacher with NAPP and Photoshop World. He really knows his stuff! A 15 Minute Exercise To Help You Improve Your Photography.

A Post By: Darren Rowse Here’s a little exercise for you to do today.

A 15 Minute Exercise To Help You Improve Your Photography

It will only take 15 minutes. It’s all about slowing down and thinking about the shots that you’re taking. Using Composition to Create More Powerful Portraits. A Post By: Oded Wagenstein As part of my series on portrait photography, in this article, I will discuss composition, one of the most important aspects of creating a good portrait image.

Using Composition to Create More Powerful Portraits

Are there any laws regarding framing a portrait? Can I leave hands, fingers, or part of the head out of the frame? 5 Beginner Tips for More Autofocus Success. A Post By: Rick Berk When you’re just starting out, it can sometimes be frustrating trying to get sharp photos.

5 Beginner Tips for More Autofocus Success

The camera’s autofocus often seems like it has a mind of its own. Here are five quick tips that can help you get the autofocus under control. AI Servo AF or Continuous Focus will continue to track moving subjects. 1. Five Ways to Improve Your Eye for Composition. A Post By: Andrew S.

Five Ways to Improve Your Eye for Composition

Gibson An eye for composition is one of the things that elevates the work of the best photographers above the rest. 4 Practice Techniques to Develop Photographic Observation. A Post By: Christina N Dickson The greatest skill of a talented photographer is not how accurate he or she can be with exposure; it’s not being spot on with all of the tech details, or putting out thousands of images a week.

4 Practice Techniques to Develop Photographic Observation

The greatest skill any photographer can hope to possess is that of observation. Observation will define your work. It will give life and breath to the stories you capture and the beauty you create. Observation will be the difference between an average photo and a captivating photo; between an image that is a visual picture, and one that speaks to it’s audience in the most audible ways. Developing observation – specifically in your photography – takes deliberate and practical efforts. Raw Versus JPG – Why You Might Want to Shoot in RAW Format. If you have ever shared a photo by email, or posted one online, you might have seen a three or four-letter extension at the end of the file name that looked like “.jpg” or “.jpeg”.

Raw Versus JPG – Why You Might Want to Shoot in RAW Format

Almost every camera – from cell phones to point and shoots to expensive DSLRs takes pictures in this format – with good reason. You can fit thousands of JPG photos on a memory card, and they are generally good quality and easy to view on a computer or mobile device. You don’t need any special software to open a JPG file, and if you do want to edit one, almost any application from iPhoto to Photoshop can do it. However, all DSLRs, and even some point-and-shoot cameras, are able to shoot in another format called RAW which has some incredible benefits for you. Some people swear by the RAW format, others use JPG, and some use both. Top 10 Mistakes that Cause Blurry Photos. If your photos are not sharp, you are not alone!

Top 10 Mistakes that Cause Blurry Photos

The most common question I get asked by beginning photographers is “how do you get your images so sharp?” Blurry photos is very common issue with a whole plethora of possible culprits, making it very difficult to pinpoint exactly what the problem is. But if you go through this list of the top 10 mistakes that cause blurry photos, you will probably find the answer that works for you. 1. Your shutter speed is too slow This is the #1 culprit of blurry photos. The Q Button - What Every Canon DSLR Photographer Needs to Know. A Post By: Jack Thatcher Cameras can be super complex these days. Buttons, knobs and switches are everywhere.

How can you remember what all of them do and where to begin? Well, Canon has given you a secret button to use that allows you to access all of those most important functions within your complex machine. Perfect, where is this secret button you ask? 10 Tips to Help You Grow as an Artist in Photography. A Post By: Stephanie Huynh Over the past few days, I’ve thought about what’s helped me become a better photographer over the years. It’s a constant journey, and developing as an artist is a never ending pursuit that extends beyond owning any camera. In addition to practicing as much as possible with your camera, here are 10 tips to share that you may wish to consider while you continue on your own path in photography to help you grow as an artist. 1. Metering mode cheat sheet: how they work and when to use them. Are you left confused by your digital camera’s metering mode function? We might be able to help. The Metering Mode button on your camera is symbolised by an eye-shaped icon within a rectangle.

Within your metering mode function you will have either three or four metering modes: spot metering (read our guide to when to use spot metering), partial metering, centre-weighted metering and evaluative metering. As you will see in our latest photography cheat sheet below, each metering option measures the brightness of a scene in different ways, depending on what subject you are shooting.

Our infographic below breaks down each metering mode and explains how they work and when is best to use them. To see the larger version of this cheat sheet simply click on the infographic or drag and drop it to your desktop. Before and After: How This Photo was Processed in Lightroom. A Post By: Andrew S. Gibson Andrew’s ebook Mastering Lightroom: Book Four – The Photos is available now at a special price of 40% off for a limited time from Snapndeals.

It’s an advanced guide to processing photos in Lightroom’s Develop module, explaining how to use Lightroom’s powerful processing engine plus Develop Presets and plug-ins to create beautiful images. The Story A few years ago I passed through Bolivia, South America’s poorest and, in some ways, least developed country. The silver no longer flows from Potosí, although the mines are still open. I liked wandering the streets as dusk fell, watching the local people as they went about their daily activities. As I wandered around the streets, dusk falling, a Bolivian lady walked around the corner. This photo isn’t perfect. What matters is the moment. This is a photo I come back to again and again, reprocessing as my skills improve. Contemplative Photography. “Watch where you put your feet.” ~ Karen Larson During the contemplative photography workshop in Boulder, Colorado we often went to the downtown pedestrian mall to photograph.

Each day we would have an intention to be open to something different. One day it was color, another day texture, then patterns, then concrete. We would walk the same streets and see totally different things. Intention is very powerful indeed. My Photo By Design workshops operate in the same way. 7 Valuable Insights You Can Learn About Street Photography From this Garry Winogrand Interview - Eric Kim Street Photography Blog. Garry Winogrand is one of my favorite street photographers of all-time. Sure, he hated the term “street photographer” and didn’t call himself one — but his contagious energy, love of the streets, and powerful imagery is what draws a lot of street photographers to him.

10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography - Eric Kim Street Photography Blog. Don’t forget to pre-order the new re-print of “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier-Bresson! I have been doing quite a bit of research into Henri Cartier-Bresson, the godfather of street photography. Although my current approach in street photography is more like Bruce Gilden and less of Henri Cartier-Bresson, HCB influenced much of my earlier work and I still deeply respect his photography and philosophies.

3 Ways to Guarantee Good Exposures. Sweet spots - Why your f/1.8 isn't so great at f/1.8. Contemplative Photography. In the book, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, Alexandra Horowitz presents two situations that affect how and what we see. Inattentional blindness prevents us from seeing because we have preconceived expectations about what we will find. Here’s an example from my life. I was looking for a butter tart one day that was supposed to be in my refrigerator.

I scoured that refrigerator at least four times and could not find it. When my husband came home, I asked him where it was. This is called “missing the elephant in the room.” Take a look at this cool awareness test below. Aperture vs Depth of Field: photography cheat sheet. How aperture affects depth of field. The Andrew S Gibson photography blog » Blog Archive How to Show the Focus Points in Lightroom » The Andrew S Gibson photography blog.

Lightroom's Tone Curve Explained. ISO Settings in Digital Photography. 21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know. Why Aperture Priority Mode Isn't Always the Best Choice. 10 Tips on How to use Photography as a Tool for Personal Transformation. VSCO Cam™ Walkthrough. Mattebox. Big Lens. CY365 Podcast #13. The Camera Histogram Explained. Local Seattle by Local Wanderer - Exposure. Color - an album on Flickr. 5 Tools You Might Not Be Using in Lightroom. 5 Tips for Getting Sharper Images. iPhoneography Series: Exposure. Do You Know these 15 Key Features of your DSLR? [VIDEO] 3 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Back Button Focus. Colour Composition: Using Subtle Colour.

Kickstart Your Lightroom Workflow - SmugMug Academy: Photo Tips, Smug Tips, inspiration and live events. How to Make Stronger Photographs Through the Process of Visual Design. Perspective in Photography - Don't just stand there move your feet! Metering Modes and How Your Camera Meter Works. Colour Composition: Using Subtle Colour. Are You A Light Seeker? Introduction To The Tone Curve - Lightroom Image Processing Mastery Workshop. Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs. Contemplative Photographer Series. Contemplative Photographer Series.

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