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Tripods

This week’s blog post I want to talk about a piece of equipment that is crucial for photographers. This item is the center of a certain amount of controversy, as some photographers will tell you that you never need one or your better off without one as it’s too much hassle to carry one with you. The item we are talking about today is the tripod and how it is used to make your photography more interesting. Many photographers hate tripods because they are bulky and cumbersome to lug around all the time, but tripods are also one of the …

How to Get Fantastic Colors

When it comes to photography, I’ve had people ask me, “How do you get those great colors in your images?” This is something any photographer can get, especially when you are asking about my sunrise/sunset photos, but it’s not easy to get unless you go after it. There are two times a day when you have the best chance for awesome colors, sunrise and sunset, which is why these times are called the “magic hour” or the “golden hour”. Most people work in offices, drive back and forth to work and then live in their homes. If you are not …

What is Composition?

Composition is the arrangement of elements within a frame, which gives you the most powerful ability to attract the eye and hold it as long as possible. Edward Weston said it best, “Composition is the strongest way of seeing something.” Basically, composition is all about keeping things simple and excluding what isn’t necessary to make your image appealing to the eye. You want to keep balancing what you get within your frame, when you strive for simpler and simpler, it makes your images stronger and stronger. The last thing you want is a lot of random “junk” in your images, …

How to Use Focus Lock

Have you ever taken an image, say of people at an event and then later when you look at the image on your computer the people that were the subjects are slightly out of focus but someone in the background came out sharp? This has happened to many new photographers but many of them do not know why. If it has happened to you don’t feel bad, because in this article I will explain how to correct for this issue. You can see an example in the image below. The couple are the subject but the old woman in the …

Macro Photography

Macro Photography is known as extreme close up photography and the object is to get as much of a close up and detail of an object as possible. Ever see a photograph of a grasshopper where you can see the insect’s eyes and all the little hairs on his legs? That is Macro photography and it takes special tools to get those kinds of images. There are three ways to get Macro photography, a Macro lens, but these can be expensive, such as the EF 100mm F/2.8 Macro USM by Canon for $549 or the even more expensive EF 100mm …