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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 21, 2016

Three Tips For Better Landscapes

I learned a lot about landscape photography the hard way.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Three Tips For Better Nature Shots

Regardless of the subject matter you photograph, it’s good to have lots of tricks in your hip pocket.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Beyond The Obvious

When packing your camera bag, here are some not-so-obvious items to include

These items are considered "givens" and every camera bag should have a reserved place for each. Below are a few ideas of what else to bring along with thoughts as to why they are important. I

Monday, February 29, 2016

Learn To Read The Light

Subtle changes can make the difference between a magnificent image and a mediocre one

If you want to improve your photography, it’s imperative you learn how to interpret the amount, angle, direction, intensity, color, and contrast of the light.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Nature’s Abstracts

Try your hand at making abstracts to instill new life into your photography

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you lack motivation to go out and make images?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Modern Printmaking Part Two: Consistency

Understanding color spaces, profiles and device calibration

In case you missed it, we kicked off this four-part series on printmaking with modern tools.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Macros: Importance Of A Good Background

The background is equally as important as the subject

If the background has bright highlights that draw the eye, the selective focus effect falls short. If the background is busy and the eye isn’t drawn to the selected petal, the effect falls short.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sharpen Your Vision

5 ways to make more meaningful images of nature

You can make sharp, properly exposed photos—so what?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Making An Image “Real”

Advertising and sports photographer Tim Tadder talks about his creative process and the integral role that printing plays in it

Tadder emphasizes the importance of prints in his work.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ask Before Firing: Create A Pre Shoot Checklist

Get ready mentally before you take a picture

Athletes do it before a big game, CEO’s do it before giving important presentations, stunt men pre-visualize their actions, and surgeons do it before making an incision.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Birds In Flight

Bird flight photography is a challenge

Birds that are commonly found and have tolerance around people are great to get you started.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Necessary Filters, Even In The Digital Age

Four filters I consider indispensable

Photoshop and other software programs enable a photographer to achieve the same results of glass or resin filters.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Gotta Love It

If you fall in love with your treasured photo hot spots you’ll never run out of photographic subjects

Having a love relationship with more than one location is welcomed and even beneficial as subject matter changes throughout the seasons as does the practicality of visiting certain places easily and cost effectively.

Monday, January 11, 2016

5 Photoshop Quick Tips

Incorporate these tips into your workflow and be one step closer to mastering Photoshop

With all its power, it’s almost impossible to learn it 100% inside out.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tips For Winter Photography

Essential considerations for safe and successful photo shoots in cold and wet conditions

Winter can be an exciting time to get outside and expand your photographic portfolio.

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