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10 Benefits to Working in Camera RAW

When you’re first starting out in digital photography, chances are you’re focused on learning things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. Which isn’t a bad thing- that’s exactly where you should start! However, even the most awesome combo of those three essentials can be improved by choosing the best photo file setting. Most cameras come with a default setting of JPG (or JPEG), which is fine for a beginner as those types of files are easily transferred and uploaded to websites. But as you sharpen your shutterbug skills, you should seriously think about shooting in RAW mode. Here’s...

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Introduction to Long Exposure Photography: Part II

Long exposures enable the photographer to create impressive artistic images with an illusion of time passing and a smoothing effect. Let’s revisit this topic and define the technique for long exposures outdoors.   Long Exposure: Part II We introduced the basic equipment, camera settings, and technique of long exposure photography in a previous post. Here is a brief review of the most important points. A long exposure can be defined as one taken in low-light conditions using a shutter speed between 1 and 30 seconds. This is the minimum required equipment for long exposure photography:...

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Basics of Backyard Bird Photography

By learning to photograph birds, you’ll gain a new perspective on their amazing maneuverability and colorful beauty! Capturing a swooping bird shows how they dart swiftly through the air. Seeing a close-up enlightens the viewer to their colorful feathers. Bird photography is a fun and fast-growing hobby. In this post, we’ll teach you the essentials – bird feeder setup, camera gear, and image editing. Apply what you learn and you’ll never see a bird the same! Backyard Setup Consider these helpful tips when positioning your backyard bird feeder: Habitat – birds will be more interested in your...

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Digital Photography: Why Metering Modes Matter

Metering matters. As you can see in our image of a catnap, changing the metering configuration makes a big difference in the brightness of a picture. Correctly setting the metering mode will ensure your photographs have the best exposure possible. This is especially important for high-contrast scenes, like the example above. What does metering mean? And what are the different settings? Continue reading and we’ll explain metering and introduce three common modes. Applying these concepts will make an instantaneous improvement in your photography skills! The Meaning of Metering Metering is how...

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Introduction to Long Exposure Photography

Have you ever wondered how to take a picture where moving objects are artistically blurred while stationary objects are sharply in focus? These are called long exposures and we can teach you how to capture these photographs. Learning long exposure opens up an entirely new realm of creative photography that you can even try out at home, so let’s get to the long and short of it!   Long Exposure Explained A long exposure can be defined as one taken in low-light conditions using a shutter speed between 1 and 30 seconds. You may have seen such photos without knowing it and asked yourself...

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Creative Composition in Colder Months

Can you creatively compose nature photographs during winter months like February in Colorado? Of course you can! Keep these three concepts in mind when you begin composing a scene you would like to photograph in an artistic way. Identify unique shapes that engage the eye Capture tactile textures which provoke interest Question indescribable abstractions to heighten imagination Developing these techniques will allow you to have more fun photographing ice and snow and can be applied to summer scenes as well! The images are shown in black and white to emphasize the characteristics being...

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