Category: Tips

Guide to Blue Hour Photography

Most photographers are well aware of the golden hour, that spectacular time early in the morning or just before sunset when the sun casts a soft, golden light over everything, illuminating the scene in a dramatic way.

But few are aware of the blue hour, and the impact that this time of day can have on images. The blue hour is the period of twilight that occurs twice a day –in the morning just before sunrise, and at night just after sunset.

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From Big Landscapes to Visual Escapes

As someone who started photography with birds, I initially thought landscape photography would be easy. It is quite the contrary. Taking a photograph of a scene is straightforward. Capturing a landscape image that gives the viewer a brief, visual escape may be easy during one shoot. The next shoot may be a different story. Some landscape compositions are obvious, some are not.

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Bird Photography: How to “Get the Shot”

Migration season is here in the Northern Hemisphere. For bird photographers, one could argue that the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year” could apply to birding migration season. Breeding plumage is in full color. Birds strut their stuff for a breeding mate. Various species can be seen on the migratory flyway passing through to their nesting site. Photographers experience amazing moments with these diverse little and large subjects.

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Tips for Macro Flower Photography

Macro photography is the best way to capture minuscule details, allowing you to explore a tiny, hidden world that would otherwise go unnoticed. Taking macro images of flowers is a rewarding type of photography. Flowers are excellent subjects, and they naturally look great. Photographing them is a pure joy and often results in some exceptional images.

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Three Shooting Situations Where You Should Be Using Manual Focus

When I first started in photography, I used an old film camera–autofocus wasn’t even an option. Then, like the rest of the world, I switched to a DSLR and it became much more common to use autofocus. At first, I was hesitant to give up manual focus even though, in many instances, autofocus could easily outperform my manual focusing abilities. (I’m a little stubborn, what can I say?)

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10 Tips for Stunning Flower Photos

Flowers are an extremely popular, and much loved photography subject. Photographing flowers is fun –and even though it’s extremely popular, there are plenty of unique photo opportunities available. From close-up macros to the softly blurred “shoot-through effect,” there are plenty of dynamic and fascinating photos just waiting to be captured.

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