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October Skies—11/02/09

One autumn morning years ago I commented to a fellow photographer that the previous night’s sunset had been quite beautiful.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom One autumn morning years ago I commented to a fellow photographer that the previous night’s sunset had been quite beautiful. In fact, I added, many of the recent sunsets had been great. He said but of course: It’s October. I had no idea what he…

Master Mixed-Lighting Effects—10/26/09

I remember the day the light bulb switched on in my head to indicate a deeper understanding of flash exposures.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom I remember the day the light bulb switched on in my head to indicate a deeper understanding of flash exposures. It was the day I finally understood that aperture alone modified strobe exposures, and that changing shutter speeds made no change to the flash. What…

Choose Your Camera’s Correct Metering Mode—10/19/09

Some photographers swear by automatic exposures. Others insist on manual controls.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom Some photographers swear by automatic exposures. Others insist on manual controls. No matter which way you go, all D-SLR photographers have one thing in common: TTL metering. TTL stands for "through-the-lens" and it’s the method of metering that largely replaced handheld light meters in the…

Simplify Compositions For Better Pictures—10/12/09

There’s an easy mistake many new photographers often make, especially when faced with a really interesting scene to photograph.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom There’s an easy mistake many new photographers often make, especially when faced with a really interesting scene to photograph. Our first instinct when confronted with a fascinating and detail-rich scene is to show it all in a single frame. If there’s a lot going on…

Improved Retouching With A Simple Tool Tip—10/05/09

Sometimes it’s the simplest tips that are the most valuable. Sure, understanding complex color adjustments and retouching techniques are great ways to improve your work, and they can even come in handy on a regular basis.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom Sometimes it's the simplest tips that are the most valuable. Sure, understanding complex color adjustments and retouching techniques are great ways to improve your work, and they can even come in handy on a regular basis. But I've found that the simpler a tip, the…

Value Your Photography—9/28/09

The photography world has changed. It’s been evolving for 170 years, but this latest evolution rivals the days of Fox Talbot and Daguerre.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom Photo illustration for Time by Arthur Hochstein. Coin jar from iStockphoto. Insets, from left: Jon Rasmussen/AFP/Getty Images; Andrew Macpherson/Corbis Outline. The photography world has changed. It's been evolving for 170 years, but this latest evolution rivals the days of Fox Talbot and Daguerre. Aside from…
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