Using a tripod for flower photography

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Some photographers feel a good tripod is essential for their photography. Others don't use one at all, feeling that a tripod encumbers their freedom. Most of us like having one available so that we can use it for certain shots, but don't like having to carry one around with us. Never the less, a tripod can help us capture images we otherwise wouldn't be able to.

In this article I'll look at the pros and cons of using a tripod from the specific point of view of photographing flowers. I'll also cover the features that you should look for in a tripod if you want to use if for flower photography.

Using a tripod for flower photography

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August 30th, 2015 at 9:36 am

Five things to pay attention to for better photos

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Nowadays everyone is a photographer. I don't mean that in a condescending way, but rather as a matter of fact. The cost of shooting with a digital camera is much less than it was with film, and almost everyone has a camera built into their phone they can use.

A lot of people like to just point and shoot with their cameras. And there's nothing wrong with that. But with just a little bit of knowledge and effort they could be capturing much better images than they take at the moment.

In this article I'm going to look at five things people often don't pay attention to when taking a photo. But by paying attention to these things, you can easily end up with a much better photo than a simple point and shoot image that had no thought put into it.

Five things to pay attention to for better photos

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August 23rd, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Daylight Long Exposure Photography Tips

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Long exposure photography allows you to capture movement in a still photo, rather than just freezing a moment in time. You can capture silky smooth moving water, or clouds blurring as they move across the sky. Even blurred trails left by people as they move about.

In low light conditions, long exposure photography is quite easy. There's not much light, so exposure times will necessarily be long. But in daytime there is lots of light, and getting a shutter speed slow enough to blur anything but very fast movement can be almost impossible.

Daylight Long Exposure Photography Tips

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Introduction to Extreme Macro Photography

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Extreme macro photographs show super close-up views of items, revealing details that cannot be seen by the naked eye, and opening up a new world of subjects.

Standard macro lenses 'only' go to 1:1 or 1:2 magnification. Extreme macro refers to images taken at magnifications greater than 1:1. To get these images requires more than just a standard macro lens, but the equipment doesn't necessarily have to be expensive.

In this article I'll look at some of the options available if you want to be able to capture extreme macro photos. And I'll also cover how to deal with some of the issues that come up when shooting at such high magnifications.

Introduction to Extreme Macro Photography

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Focus Peaking – Manual Focus Made Quick & Easy

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Focus peaking is a form of manual focusing aid found on most modern Interchangeable Lens Cameras, and some compact cameras as well. It works by overlaying a colored outline around (or over) the areas of the image that are in sharp focus, making it easy to see what part of the image is in focus.

While focus peaking has been available on video cameras for quite a long time, it is only in recent years that it has made its way over to still cameras. Although the addition of focus peaking to still cameras came about because the introduction of decent video capabilities to these cameras, focus peaking is actually very useful for still photography as well.

Focus Peaking - Manual Focus Made Quick & Easy

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August 2nd, 2015 at 8:36 pm

5 Tips For Better Landscape Photography

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Along with Portrait Photography, Landscape Photography is one of the most popular forms of photography. Capturing images that do the great outdoors justice can be difficult, but so long as you're willing to put a little work in, it's certainly not too difficult.

In this article I'll share five tips that will hopefully help you understand more about what it is that really makes a great landscape photo.

5 Tips For Better Landscape Photography

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July 26th, 2015 at 9:06 am

Knolling Photography – Photographing Neatly Arranged Items

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Knolling photography involves capturing images of objects grouped together and arranged neatly, either parallel or at right angles to one another. The look of the resulting image can be quite clean and clinical - as opposed to a jumble of items, everything is neatly laid out.

The technique is very useful whenever you want to photograph a group of items, with each item clearly identifiable. Knolling is often used for sharing an image of the contents of a bag. But, of course, it can be used for other things too, such as the ingredients for a meal, clothes that form an outfit, a small book collection, or just a collection of related items you think would work well for a knolling photo.

In this article I'll share a bit of the history of knolling photography, and some tips for creating great knolling photographs yourself.

Knolling Photography - Photographing Neatly Arranged Items

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July 19th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Seven Tips for using a Prime Lens in your Photography

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A prime lens is a lens with a single fixed focal length - it cannot be zoomed. Prime lenses appeal to photographers for a number of reasons. Depending on the lens, it might offer some combination of a large maximum aperture, small size, excellent build quality, better image quality, or lower price, compared to a zoom lens. In this article we'll look at some tips for using a prime lens, and how to deal with some potential issues you may come across.

Seven Tips for using a Prime Lens in your Photography

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July 12th, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Low light photography tips

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Shooting in low light situations can cause a number of problems such as autofocus issues, high levels of image noise, and blurry photos. However, unless you resolve to only photograph outdoors when it's sunny, you'll sometimes have to shoot in low light and deal with these issues.

While these problems can be a pain, they can all be minimized to a certain extent, so you don't need to worry about them so much. There are a load of great photo opportunities that can only be had in low light situations (such as shooting at night), so it's worth learning the tricks for getting great photos in low light.

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July 5th, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Tips for photographing in cloudy and overcast weather

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The vast majority of us greatly prefer bright sunny days to dull overcast days. And the majority of people would likely think that sunny weather is better for photography than dreary overcast weather.

While that is correct in some cases, for many types of photography, overcast and cloudy weather is actually preferable to sunny. In this article I'll go over why overcast weather can be useful for better photos, some of the problems it can cause, and how to work around these issues.

Tips for photographing in cloudy and overcast weather

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June 28th, 2015 at 6:53 pm