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Master the skills you need with photography techniques from the experts. Whether you're a novice seeking advice on landscape, wildlife or nature photography or a pro looking for more advanced techniques, you'll find all the information you need, here.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Use The Curves Adjustment Layer For Global AND Local Exposure Control

A tutorial on exposure control in Adobe Photoshop

A basic Curves adjustment is applied globally; hence, it impacts the exposure or color of an entire image

Monday, March 2, 2015

Focal Length Variations

Finding the picture within the picture

Not that it’s new, but it sparked a thought regarding photography

Monday, February 23, 2015

Taming Contrast

The dynamic range of tone can make or break an image

If the number of ƒ-stops between the brightest highlights and darkest shadows exceeds what the sensor can capture, detail is lost

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

7 Deadly Compositional Sins

Forget about adhering to the rules of composition and instead focus on staying clear of the pitfalls of a particular scene or situation

Most of us have heard of the "rules" of composition, but how many of us have ever contemplated the "sins" of composition?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Storytelling Images

Capturing the Essence Of The Moment allows you to tell a story in an image

"The Essence Of The Moment"—A long time ago, I encountered that statement while reading a magazine article, and it really struck a chord.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Simply Have Some Fun

Life’s too short to not enjoy every moment

This is one of the reasons I’m often seen with a camera in my hand or I’m doing something related to photography

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Guiding Vision

Ansel Adams was guided by an overarching vision for all of his photography. We look at his approach and how you can apply it to your own work.

Adams developed an interest in and an appreciation for nature at a young age while growing up in San Francisco in the early 1900s.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sharp & Rich

As a digital photographer, you can learn a lot from Ansel Adams. Choose the right gear and emulate the attention to detail that Adams devoted to his craft to get your best possible landscape photos.

Ansel Adams and Group f/64 were synonymous with image quality, sharpness and detail.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Orchestral Pixels

A comparison of photography and The Phantom Tollbooth

I recently returned home from witnessing a spectacular sunset

Monday, January 26, 2015

Zoo Photography

Take better zoo shots

It’s many people’s dream vacation to go on safari to Africa, Alaska, Yellowstone or other destinations where wildlife is abundant

Monday, January 19, 2015

Look Into The Light

It’s all about the light

It’s all about the light

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Sense Of Scale

A photograph is two-dimensional

Subjects that open their doors to our lenses are three-dimensional

Monday, January 5, 2015

Can You Keep A Secret?

There may come a time when you have to post a photo on the web but are reluctant because you want to keep the metadata a secret

Tips for removing metadata from images

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cold Weather Tips

Winter photography can be very rewarding

Tips for shooting in the cold

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Frame Up

A frame draws a viewer’s attention to the main subject

Framing does exactly what the word implies

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