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Great Shots Through Windows And Glass - 9/29/08

A newborn baby in the maternity ward. A wild animal display at the zoo. A beautiful sunset viewed from a high-rise office building. How many times are you faced with a perfect subject only to be challenged by a barrier of glass between you and it? It's usually a big bummer because it's tricky to shoot through glass without ending up with pictures full of weird splotches and highlights. Armed with these tips, though, you can maximize your chances to get great shots even when you're forced to shoot through a window.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom A newborn baby in the maternity ward. A wild animal display at the zoo. A beautiful sunset viewed from a high-rise office building. How many times are you faced with a perfect subject only to be challenged by a barrier of glass between you and…

Secret To Maximizing The Magic Hour Light - 9/22/08

Way back when I first switched from shooting film to digital, I kept wondering why my magic-hour photos (the pictures you take when the sun is setting or rising and creating those beautiful warm oranges and cool pinks and bold blue hues in the sky) weren't as dramatic as they were with film. If you're shooting with a digital camera and you want great magic-hour color, there's a simple secret I learned that makes all the difference in the world.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Auto Manual Way back when I first switched from shooting film to digital, I kept wondering why my magic-hour photos (the pictures you take when the sun is setting or rising and creating those beautiful warm oranges and cool pinks and bold blue hues in…

Achieving The Most Unique Perspective - 9/15/08

Perspective is one of those things in life that everyone's always searching for. The same is true for photography, particularly when it comes to exploring a new location. What better way to get a feel for a place than to take it all in at once? And what better way than to gain some perspective by getting to higher ground or going up in the air?
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Perspective is one of those things in life that everyone's always searching for. The same is true for photography, particularly when it comes to exploring a new location. What better way to get a feel for a place than to take it all in at…

Making Photos Look Like Sketches - 9/8/08

There seem to be a million special effects filters in Photoshop, and they all do what they do very well, but sometimes they look a little too...generic. When it comes to making a photo look like a sketch, for example, readymade filters do a good job of offering a lot of options-filters like colored pencil, dry brush and smudge stick, all found under the Artistic section of the filters menu. To do a great job, no matter what effect you're after, there's nothing quite like a custom do-it-yourself approach.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Before After There seem to be a million special effects filters in Photoshop, and they all do what they do very well, but sometimes they look a little too...generic. When it comes to making a photo look like a sketch, for example, readymade filters do…

How To Get Great Shots In Stadiums And Arenas - 9/1/08

Whenever I watch a sporting event or a concert on TV-anything that shows an arena packed full of people-I'm constantly amazed at the incessant sparkle of camera flashes from all over the stadium. And all I can think of is one thing: those shots aren't going to turn out.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Whenever I watch a sporting event or a concert on TV-anything that shows an arena packed full of people-I'm constantly amazed at the incessant sparkle of camera flashes from all over the stadium. And all I can think of is one thing: those shots aren't…

Make Perfect Exposures With Any Camera - 8/25/08

Some people say that the best way to learn the basics of photography is to rely on a camera's all-automatic functions until you're comfortable with the effects each control creates. I didn't learn this way so I can't verify how well this method works. I can say, however, that for decades and decades photography was taught on manual cameras with little or no automatic controls-even in the electronic and digital eras.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Some people say that the best way to learn the basics of photography is to rely on a camera's all-automatic functions until you're comfortable with the effects each control creates. I didn't learn this way so I can't verify how well this method works. I…
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