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How to Photograph Fireworks - 6/29/09

Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means picnics and parties across the country. It also means photographers from coast to coast will be heading out after dark with one thing in mind—shooting fireworks. Armed with a few key tips, fireworks photography can be a blast.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomIndependence Day is right around the corner, and that means picnics and parties across the country. It also means photographers from coast to coast will be heading out after dark with one thing in mind—shooting fireworks. Armed with a few key tips, fireworks photography can be…

Understanding Histograms - 6/22/09

Histograms were unheard of by many photographers just a few years ago. Now these graphic charts of exposure in digital images are invaluable information that it seems like everyone is utilizing. Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape even calls them “the 21st century light meter.” But how do you read a histogram, simply and effectively, and make practical use of the information? Though it may seem daunting, understanding histogram basics doesn’t have to be so hard.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomHistograms were unheard of by many photographers just a few years ago. Now these graphic charts of exposure in digital images are invaluable information that it seems like everyone is utilizing. Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape even calls them “the 21st century light meter.” But…

Powerful Perspective Control - 6/15/09

Tilt/Shift (or perspective control) lenses are mechanically adjustable to provide special effects—like correcting for distortion and adjusting the plane of focus in the camera. Here’s how to make the most of the effects—even if you don’t have the lenses.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Tilt/Shift (or perspective control) lenses are mechanically adjustable to provide special effects—like correcting for distortion and adjusting the plane of focus in the camera. Here’s how to make the most of the effects—even if you don’t have the lenses.The “right” way.Architectural photographers most commonly use…

Five Lies You’ve Been Told About Photoshop - 6/8/09

Photographers new to digital imaging may have the misconception that Photoshop can do anything. You can’t blame the newbies, though. Their heads have been filled with misconceptions, half-truths and outright lies since version 1.0 first hit the shelves. While it’s true that the program is amazingly powerful, it does have its limits—most of them pertaining to decisions made by the operator. To ensure that you don’t butt heads with this powerful tool, here are five lies you should put out of your head immediately.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Photographers new to digital imaging may have the misconception that Photoshop can do anything. You can’t blame the newbies, though. Their heads have been filled with misconceptions, half-truths and outright lies since version 1.0 first hit the shelves. While it’s true that the program is…

Seven Tips for Better Wedding Photos - 6/1/09

One of the greatest gifts any photographer can give is their personal, unique take on a friend’s wedding day. It can be as simple as a single framed photo snapped in an unobtrusive moment, or a series of the whole day as seen from one guest’s perspective. However you do it, the key is that the gift comes from the heart—and your friend is sure to treasure it. Armed with good intentions, use these tips to get better wedding photos the next time your presence is requested.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom One of the greatest gifts any photographer can give is their personal, unique take on a friend’s wedding day. It can be as simple as a single framed photo snapped in an unobtrusive moment, or a series of the whole day as seen from one…

DIY Digital Pinhole - 5/25/09

As long as camera and lens makers have been working to improve the technical precision of their products, creative photographers have been working to do just the opposite. From light-leaking plastic cameras to fantastical film processing effects, photographers never seem satisfied with the status quo. They impart “character” to their pictures by utilizing these less than professional tools.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom As long as camera and lens makers have been working to improve the technical precision of their products, creative photographers have been working to do just the opposite. From light-leaking plastic cameras to fantastical film processing effects, photographers never seem satisfied with the status quo.…
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