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10 Tips for Better Architectural Photographs from a Former Architect

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Architect-turned-photographer John Cooper has spent the last year converting his three decades of building experience into high quality architectural images.  Despite already having the knowledge of a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, Cooper has learned a lot through trial and error after changing roles and capturing the structures he once helped to create. Here are his 10 pieces of advice for aspiring architectural photographers.


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10 Ways to Shoot Better Wildlife Photos

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Dean J. Tatooles specializes in fine art panoramic landscape photography, wildlife photography, and indigenous portraiture from remote locations around the world. Fresh off a trip from Kenya, Tatooles shares with us some lessons learned out in the field.


10 Ways to Shoot Better Wildlife Photos
by Dean J. Tatooles of Southern Cross Galleries

ZEBRA 1 SLR WEB 2013

Captured with a Nikon D4 and a 600mm f/4 lens. ©Dean J. Tatooles

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Shoot the Blues Away: 10 Motivating Winter Photography Tips

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Photography often takes a hit during winter. Wedding gigs start to slow down and holiday obligations, bad weather, and shorter days give us plenty of reasons to procrastinate shooting. We have compiled 10 tips for staying motivated during these brumal months. Discover new ways to practice your craft and avoid a rusty start during spring’s heavy shooting season. (more…)

SmugMug’s 9 Must-Haves for a Successful Photography Website

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Having a website to showcase your work on, or to allow potential clients to contact you through, is essential. Whether your website is simple and self made, a completely customized WordPress, or a template from SmugMug, there are some basics that all sites need to include in order to be successful. Here are SmugMug’s 9 must-haves for any photography website. (more…)

5 Lies Your Camera Likes to Tell

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Think your camera is your best friend? Think again. Heed these 5 warnings from our friends over at SmugMug and better equip yourself with the knowledge needed to walk away with better images!

5 Lies Your Camera Likes to Tell
By SmugMug.com, reprinted here with permission. (more…)

Three Key Methods For Backing Up Your Photographs

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Zach Egolf is an IT professional and freelance photographer in the Baltimore area. In this guest post, he explains three methods for backing up your files in preparation for the worst possible scenario.


The Importance of Back…Back…Backing Up
reprinted with permission by Zach Egolf

Wandering into the world of photography without a backup plan is a lot like wandering into…well, just about anything blindfolded!  You might think you know the terrain, how to navigate it, and where you’re going, but the next thing you know you’ve wandered into a forest, caught yourself on some thorn bushes, and lost your pants.  And much like losing your pants in an evil forest, losing your photos can be a frightening ordeal. (more…)

Tips for Saving Your Photographs for Optimal Printing Results

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Your amazing collection of digital photographs deserves to be printed with the best possible quality. When you use a photo printing service, a lot will depend on the materials and printing techniques used, of course, but there are steps you can take to help minimize the risk of disappointing results.

Get Striking Photography Tips and Inspiration from 10 Pro Photographers

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In a world saturated with images, we want our work to stand out. It takes a lot of time, practice, and–sometimes–a little luck to get striking photographs. Here are 10 examples of striking photos we love from photographers working in the field today. We hope the images inspire you and the tips and tricks help you improve your portfolio. (more…)

Quick Video Tip for Beginners: Use a Rubber-band for Smoother Pans

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If you’re just getting started with shooting video with your DSLRs, there’s a better than even chance that you’re not quite used to making smooth movements with your camera. Here’s a quick tip to help you get started with making one of the most basic moves in cinematography: a side-to-side move with the camera locked down on a tripod with a fluid head (like this Manfrotto kit, available from BorrowLenses.com now) meant specifically for video.

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Behind the Scenes Crossfit Shoot with Photographer Ian Coble

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If you like photographing athletes, here is a little inspiration for you from Ian Coble. “Every once in a while I like to put together projects where I have complete creative freedom and can shoot whatever style I ‘m feeling like.” Watch the video below to see the results! (more…)

Tips for Setting Up Your Kino Flo BarFly

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ABOUT BARFLY

Our Kino Flo BarFly 200D 2-light kits and BarFly 400D 1-light kits are professional, energy-efficient lighting systems ideal for filmmakers and photographers alike. They produce 3200K and 5500K (daylight) temperature lighting from florescent, dimmable 55W lamps inside Kino’s signature modular fixtures. Each bank can be switched on and off for full stop exposure changes. The kits also come with:

  • Gel Frames (2 for the 2-light kit, 1 for the 1-light kit). Note that these kits do NOT come with gels. You will have to apply the gel yourself to the provided gel frame using a non-destructive adhesive (also not included).
  • 90 Degree Grids (2 for the 2-light kit, 1 for the 1-light kit)
  • True Match Quad Fluorescent Lamps with padded mini case.
  • 55QK32 55W KF32 Quad Lamps with padded mini case.
  • Light stands (2 for the 2-light kit, 1 for the 1-light kit).
  • AC Power.
  • Heavy Duty Kino-branded  Case.

These kits are a fantastic option for those seeking all-in-one kits that produce very natural-looking light that is intuitive to shape because what you see is, generally, what you get. However, they are less intuitive to set up. Please take note of the following tips to prevent bulb breakage and other kit issues. (more…)

Multiple Flash Firing with Nikon’s Advanced Wireless Lighting System Using Pop-up Flash

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Topics Covered:

  • Setting Commander Mode for your Nikon camera and firing off-camera Speedlights using a pop-up flash.
  • Assigning multiple flashes to groups A and B to control from your Nikon camera’s Commander Mode.
  • Adjusting your flash channel, illumination pattern, and zoom position. (more…)

One Strobe, One Trigger, One Camera, and a lot of Luck: Behind the Scenes with Von Wong Photography

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Photographer Benjamin Von Wong set out to the Salton Sea with some dart rope and a crew of chance encounters who were excited to make the trek to help out with this dramatic shoot. Check out the spectacular results below!

Luck, Fire, and a Failed Ecosystem
by Von Wong Photography, reprinted with permission.

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Learning To Leave The Matrix – A Tip On DSLR Light Metering

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With our dependence on LCD screens to give us immediate exposure feedback, knowing how to meter light is at risk of quickly become a fading skill. In this guest blog post you will learn how your DSLR meters light and what that means for your photography. This is a great intro for beginners as well as an easy reminder for the more seasoned shooter. (more…)