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Author: Rhiannon D'Averc

What to Photograph in Death Valley

Death Valley is as formidable a place as the name suggests. People die here from overexposure to the heat, particularly runners or those who are not prepared by bringing enough water and wearing protective clothing. It’s also a place with extreme settings. When the heat of the summer dies away, it gives way to extreme cold – and the scenery transforms with each change, too. There are heights and depths, extreme dryness along with the other phenomena, and tarmac roads stretching between areas of almost untouched nature.

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What to Photograph in Greece

If you are planning a trip to Greece, no doubt you will want to bring your camera along to take advantage of your temporary location. But there’s a big difference between vacation snapshots and professional landscape photography – and often it’s all about the ‘what’, not just the ‘how’. Here’s a list of some of the key points to photograph in Greece – and how you can get a different view to the average tourist that would be more in line with a portfolio.

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How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

Astrological phenomena are always fascinating, as we turn our eyes to something that the vast majority of us will never be able to see except from afar. It’s no wonder, then, that it is also a fascination for many to capture these events with our cameras, especially when something unusual takes place. A lunar eclipse may not be as rare as a solar eclipse, but it can still be a beautiful sight.

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How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is a rare and stunning phenomenon, and can be very exciting to witness. As a photographer, you may be keen to capture it for yourself – especially if you can do so alongside a dramatic landscape or as part of your wider portfolio. However, there are lots of difficulties involved with photographing anything to do with the sun.

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Tips for Creating Emotion in Photographs

More than anything else, the thing that we human beings respond to most is emotion. This is why you will see so many advertising campaigns that feature heart-breaking stories or the cutest puppies and kittens you’ve ever seen. The idea is to make you feel something, which in turn will allow you to engage more fully with the image or video you are looking at.

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How To Steer Clear Of Shutter Shock

If you are using a high-resolution camera, you might find that you are not able to produce images that are as critically sharp as you had expected. Many photographers who have these problems complain of their lenses not being high enough quality, while others might think that the autofocus isn’t working properly.

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How to Avoid Light Leaks in Long Exposures

Long exposures can be a lot of fun when you are shooting a landscape. They allow for a few different effects which are really useful. The first is motion blur, in which you can make the sky or a flowing water source appear like a smooth ribbon across your image. It can even make the stars into white lines which move across the sky, or turn moving people and vehicles into blurs of colour and light. The second is to allow more light into the sensor, which means you can capture a clearer image even when there is not much light to speak of.

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How to Use Low-key Monochrome Landscape Photography

Low-key monochrome is a type of black and white photography which has fallen a little out of use since the days of film. Despite that, it is still a very effective style which can make a huge difference to your shots. It can be very dramatic and moody, and when matched with the right scene, can turn your work into that of a master photographer.

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Ghosting and Lens Flare 101

Ghosting and lens flare are artefacts that may appear in your images when you are shooting directly towards the sun, or when it is positioned at a particular angle. It can be affected by a large number of variables, such as the type of lens and filter you are using, whether you have a lens hood, the time of day, the settings on your camera, the angle of the sun, your focal length, and even whether or not you have dust on or inside your lens.

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How the ‘Double the Distance’ Method is Done

When taking landscape photographs, you normally want to have sharpness across the full range of the image. That is to say, the objects in the background should be as sharp as the objects in the foreground. This allows you to capture a wider scope of the scene, creating something closer to what your eyes can see. But how can you achieve this? The ‘double the distance’ method is one trick that might come in handy.

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