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Pic of the week again!

It’s been a while since I submitted anything to the StackExchange Photography “picture of the week” contest, and the way they handle the contest changed quite a bit since I last participated, but after quite a while in the “queue”, […]

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Learning by playing

Among the most basic concepts in photography is exposure, yet it can be among the least intuitive concepts to grasp because of the way aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings combine to affect exposure.  Many different textual and graphical representations […]

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OMG – it’s a new Flickr!

Ok, everyone – don’t panic, but Flickr changed again.  If you’re used to the old Flickr, this is probably a big annoyance for you, but give it a couple days and see if it doesn’t grow on you. Personally, I […]

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Basics of Composition: Rule of Thirds

Earlier, I started this “Basics of Composition” series with an introduction to the importance of your subject.  In this edition, I’m going to explore the “rule of thirds” — perhaps the best-known rule of photographic composition, as well as the […]

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Just keep swimming

I was at a swim meet for my son a couple weeks ago. Various teams often print up t-shirts with motivational sayings on them — usually about swimming, of course, but I saw one that I believe is equally applicable […]

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The rise of the third parties

A long time ago, I bought a 35mm camera kit — one of those deals where you got a couple of zoom lenses, a bag, and a bunch of other junk.  The telephoto lens that came with it was made […]

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Basics of Composition: Subject

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a meetup group about the basics of composition, albeit on short notice.  As long as my presentation is still (relatively) fresh in my mind, I thought I’d try to capture a bit […]

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It’s a journey

Some people buy cameras to take snapshots, and they’re probably going to be fine with whatever their camera turns out on “auto”.  You’re not one of those people, though.  You’re trying to make images that make an impact on people, […]

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So close…

I saw an announcement yesterday about a new strobe that uses a Lithium-Ion battery pack.  This, in itself, isn’t ground-breaking: I know there are at least a couple other strobes like this out there.  As I read the announcement, though, […]

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Intro to Winter Hiking

We’re now well into winter 2013-14, complete with polar vortexes, snow rollers, and assorted other crazy weather phenomenon.  While these conditions can be truly dangerous if you’re not dressed for them, they can also produce some great winter scenes and […]

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