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Build A Prime Lens Kit

How (and why) to select key prime lenses for your camera system
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
In the almost distant past, the prime lens was de rigueur. Just about every SLR from the late 1930s up until the mid-1970s was equipped with a 50mm prime lens. Then manufacturers started to include zoom lenses as part of the kit because it afforded entry-level photographers more bang for…

Quick Fix Fridays: Fill-Flash Shots In A Flash

Many long articles have been written on fill-flash, also known as daylight fill-in flash.
By Rick Sammon
Many long articles have been written on fill-flash, also known as daylight fill-in flash. It's a technique where you use your flash/speedlite to fill in shadows in harsh and backlit situations. Well my friends, fill-flash really not that difficult. Here's the quick technique. Set your camera on the Manual exposure…

Seven Tips For Awesome Road-Trip Pictures

Comedian Steven Wright said, "Everything is within walking distance, as long as you have time."
By Rick Sammon
Comedian Steven Wright said, "Everything is within walking distance, as long as you have time." A variation of that quote: "Everything is within driving distance, as long as you have time." If you have the time, road trips are a great way to see, experience, enjoy—and of course—photograph roadside America…

Add Some Flare!

Shooting toward a light source reduces the overall contrast and color saturation of your image.
By J. Dennis Thomas
Shooting toward a light source reduces the overall contrast and color saturation of your image. It underexposes your subject if you set the exposure for the background and overexposes the background if you set the exposure for the subject and the effect introduces odd color and shape artifacts in your…

Reflections

Over the many years I've been a photographer, I've experimented with a number of creative techniques.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
Over the many years I've been a photographer, I've experimented with a number of creative techniques. I began shooting film, way back when, and learned how to use the darkroom in college. I experimented with the basics, and then less mainstream techniques like double exposure to add an element of…

The Essence Of Place

When I was 18, I traveled to Japan to tour with a dance company.
By Andrea Corrona Jenkins of Shutter Sisters
When I was 18, I traveled to Japan to tour with a dance company. I had also just been formally introduced to photography in a studio art class and had fallen head over heels in love with it. As excited as I was to perform in a foreign country, I…
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