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Anatomy Of An Architectural Photo Shoot—03/19/12

When you want to make a great architectural image you've got to flex a variety of creative muscles. On a recent high-rise shoot I put a few of my photographic skills to use.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom When you want to make a great architectural image you've got to flex a variety of creative muscles. On a recent high-rise shoot I put a few of my photographic skills to use, including composition, lighting, perspective correction and post-processing to make the building look…

Shoot Macro Photos Without A Macro Lens—03/12/12

I've got a great macro lens and I love shooting with it. It's got image stabilization and a fast maximum aperture, and I find it immensely useful when making big photos of small objects.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Close-Up Filter I've got a great macro lens and I love shooting with it. It's got image stabilization and a fast maximum aperture, and I find it immensely useful when making big photos of small objects. But this great lens comes with a cost: just…

The RAW Image Stabilizer—03/05/12

Let's take a bit of a scientific approach to this week's tip by writing it out as an "if/then" statement.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Let's take a bit of a scientific approach to this week's tip by writing it out as an "if/then" statement. If we can agree that a RAW image file retains significant image-forming detail in both shadows and highlights; and if we can agree that shadows…

Make The Most Of Great Light—02/27/12

I was recently commissioned to photograph a high-rise office building for its new owner, and I knew my best opportunity for a dramatic shot was going to be at sunset.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom I was recently commissioned to photograph a high-rise office building for its new owner, and I knew my best opportunity for a dramatic shot was going to be at sunset. But sunset—an ideal time for any number of dramatic images of any subject matter—is a…

Get Perfect White Balance With A Simple Gray Card—02/20/12

Everybody knows the importance of accurate white balance, and we all know that a simple and effective way to ensure accurate white balance is to shoot a gray card.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Everybody knows the importance of accurate white balance, and we all know that a simple and effective way to ensure accurate white balance is to shoot a gray card. But just in case you don't know exactly what that means, or how to go about…

Three Secrets To Flash Success—02/13/12

No matter what kind of handheld flash you use, whether it's a Canon or a Nikon or a Quantum or a Metz, there are three key things every photographer should know how to do with that flash.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom No matter what kind of handheld flash you use, whether it's a Canon or a Nikon or a Quantum or a Metz, there are three key things every photographer should know how to do with that flash. The names may differ from brand to brand,…
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