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How To Photograph Spring Flowers

Spring is in the air, folks, which means one very fun photo-thing... spring flowers. Every photographer uses flowers as a go-to subject at one point or another in the early days of their photographic journey....[more]

How to Create Compelling Compositions: A Beginner's Guide

One of the few things that separate great photographers from people who just take photos is the knack for weaving compelling compositions. The best photographers know that great photography takes more than just mastering the...[more]

How To: A Beginner's Guide to Shooting Better Portraits

Everyone can point a camera at their subject, press the shutter button, and take the shot. But we all know that doesn't mean they're taking good photos, no matter how expensive that gear is they're...[more]

Tools of the Trade: How to Get the Perfect Shot

In order for you to understand how I achieved my final results, I have to suck it up and show you my failure. In this case, it is a really bad picture of a water...[more]

Photography Most Fowl

Photographing Ducks and Other Water FowlA duck by any other name ... So okay, I can't wax poetic about ducks. At least, in the past I couldn't because a duck to me was one of those...[more]

How to Blur Photos with Online Photo Editing

When you need to blur a photograph quickly, these days you don't even need to purchase software. Online photo editing can be fast and easy and -- my favorite part -- free. This article will provide...[more]

How to Upload iPhone Photos to Facebook

There are two easy ways to upload iPhone photos to Facebook. If you are on the go and want to load a picture or two from your iPhone, you can do this using the Facebook App....[more]

How to use perspective to make your photos more interesting

Add depth,distance, and realism -- or fake it -- with these techniquesWe've talked about depth of field and its relation to both aperture and shutter speed. This week, we're going to take an in-depth look at something that...[more]

How to take fabulous family photos this holiday season

Avoid the pitfalls of ugly pictures and capture happy memoriesOne of the most popular traditions around the holidays is the family photo. While you certainly could go to a professional portrait studio to have a...[more]

Breaking Lighting Rules: Backlight and silhouettes

How to effectively shoot subjects against the lightWe've spent a lot of time talking about how to use light to achieve perfectly exposed photographs, and in general, the one rule we mention more than any other...[more]

Digital Photography 101: Low-light photography, part 1

Don't get caught in the dark -- the basics of low-light photographyJust about every modern camera has some sort of flash, but that doesn't mean that you will get very good results by using...[more]

How to take stunning black-and-white photos

This may seem like an unusual thing to talk about in the middle of the most colorful season of the year, but we're going to take a break from color theory and focus instead on the opposite: black-and-white photography. Why...[more]

How to photograph fall color

It's happened again -- somehow, the long summer days have passed, the air is getting cooler, and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes fills the air. Autumn has arrived! Across a large part of...[more]

How to Find and Photograph Interesting Patterns

From the Fibonacci spiral of a seashell to the arrangement of windows on a building, patterns are all around you. The photographic possibilities of patterns are endless, largely because there are so many different ways to approach...[more]

How to use color theory to saturate your photographs

A few weeks ago, we gave you a basic overview of color theory. This week, we're going to go more in-depth and explore how you can use color theory to enhance your photography.Mood lightingThe most obvious...[more]

Landscape Photography: Beyond snapshots

Tips for capturing the beautiful world you see around youWhether you're taking photos while on vacation in a far-off place or simply documenting the beautiful scenery around you, landscape photography is a great way to capture...[more]

Photographing The Sunrise

When I walked out my front door this morning, I stepped into the most glorious sunrise. It was more spectacular than any I have ever witnessed, with one exception. The clouds swept across the sky...[more]

Digital Photography 101: How to photograph meteor showers

Capturing meteor showers and other celestial events requires time and patience.In an earlier edition of our low-light photography series, we talked about how to photograph the moon and stars. Today, with the Perseid meteor shower gearing up...[more]

How To Be A Beginner

I once heard a speech entitled, "How To Fail." The premise of it was reverse psychology. In essence, instead of talking about the means to success, the speaker listed the many ways to fail. It...[more]

How to Paint with Light

A Quick and Easy Guide to Light Painting.("Bat(Man) on Fire" by Mina Mikhael)Light Painting is all the rage these days.  Or, more specifically, has been all the rage for the last few years.  But...[more]

Photography Tips: Pictarine offers a new way to organize and share photos

Most people who like taking pictures and sharing them online eventually find themselves with accounts on more than one service. You might use Flickr or Picasa to host the bulk of your photos but also occasionally upload pictures directly...[more]

Digital Photography 101: How to photograph flowers

From delicate blooms to fields of wildflowers, here's how to capture nature's colorful floral displaysFlowers are pretty. But like that sentence, pictures of flowers can be a little boring -- yet another picture of a...[more]

Digital Photography 101: How to photograph the different phases of twilight

Photographs of sunsets and sunrises can certainly be beautiful, yet they can also be somewhat repetitive. Many people think that if you've seen one sunset picture, you've seen them all. But if you stick around for...[more]

Digital Photography 101: How to capture mood in your photographs

Finding emotion and soul in digital picturesThe most memorable photographs are ones that evoke a certain mood or feeling, but figuring out how to capture that mood in your own photos can be somewhat...[more]

Digital Photography 101: The care and feeding of your digital camera

Keeping your camera clean and well-maintained can ensure years of beautiful picturesWe here at Digital Photography 101 hope everyone had a great Fourth of July holiday, that you didn't eat too many hot dogs, and that you...[more]

5 Awesome Android Apps for Shutterbugs

Okay, Android Fans, it's your turn.  We recently talked about the iPhone and the iPad, but not every Steve's Fan prays at the Apple Altar (you know, that other, lesser known Steve). I've heard your pleas...[more]

7 ways to manage your digital photo collection

Nobody wants to have a photo collection that looks like an annex of the National Archives run amok. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to imagine that your spectacular zoo animal photos are neatly organized when, in fact,...[more]

Flash Photography (or NOT)

My photography tutorials, generally speaking, come from my observations of other photographers. I have found that people have certain consistencies of habit, photographers bearing no exception to this rule. It seems what one photographer does...[more]

How to Take Great Volleyball Photography

Volleyball photography doesn’t have to be an exclusive activity for professional sports photographers. Even amateurs with their high-speed cameras can try their hand at this and learn from the experience, since it is one...[more]

How to Take Great Track and Field Pictures

Taking great track and field pictures requires a better understanding and mastery of how the camera works and forecasting. The following are some suggestions on how to improve your track and field photographs. Do...[more]

Taking Great Rowing Photography

Rowing photography can mean taking shots of an interscholastic contest between several collegiate rowing teams or just a romantic picture of two people on a boat ride. Along with a good creative eye and...[more]

How to Take Great Running Photography

Running photography has its own unique set of challenges. The fast paced movement can create blurred photographs. Here are some steps in taking better photographs during races. Understand the Sport Learn more about the...[more]

Learning about Motion Blur Photography

Motion blur in photography is commonly used in sports or capturing objects that are moving fast. However, this technique is also useful when emphasizing movement or motion, regardless of the speed or size of...[more]

4 Tips for Great Triathlon Pictures

Taking great triathlon pictures can be challenging. This article will look at some great tips which can be used to take great photographs of these races. These races tell a complete story which can...[more]

3 Tips for Great Kickboxing Pictures

Kickboxing pictures can be thrilling for a sports photographer; the sport promises continuous action in just a short amount of time and within a confined area. Here are some ideas to keep in mind...[more]

3 Tips for Taking Great Boxing Pictures

Boxing pictures are challenging to take. The environment and conditions during a boxing match can made it difficult to capture sharp and clear photographs. Mastery of the camera and equipment as well as the...[more]

Making a Snow Photography Book

Snow photography presents the photographer with some unique challenges which will need to be overcome. Photographs in snow are very beautiful and will look completely unique. If you are interested in making a snow...[more]

Making a Plant Photography Book

If you enjoy plant photography, then you should share your photographs with friends and clients. Photography books allow you to share your photographs with friends. If you are a professional photographer, it gives your...[more]

Making a Bear Photography Book

If you enjoy bear photography, then share your creations with the world via a photography book. Photography books allow you to arrange your bear photographs and print them out. Many different online companies offer...[more]

The Easy Way to Shoot Lightning Photography

Lightning photography can be unique and special. No two photos of lightening will be exactly the same. This is because they are random and look different every time. The problem with lightening photography is...[more]

Making a Lightning Photography Book

Lightening Photography looks amazing and can be used to create a unique photography book. These photography books will contain many original photos which can never be replicated. These photos are special because no two...[more]

4 Safety Tips for Taking Lightning Photography

In lightning photography, there is always quite a bit of risk involved as this natural phenomena is very unpredictable. You are also relatively exposed and most probably surrounded by objects like a tripod, metal...[more]

4 Tips for Taking Pictures in Hail

Taking pictures of hail with your digital camera can produce some unique and interesting results. However, there are a number of considerations that you will need to bear in mind. There are a number...[more]

Plant Photography Basics

Plant photography involves some of the more vibrantly colored and dynamic subjects in the field, creating artwork on film. No two plants or landscapes are alike, even when photographing within the same area. Read...[more]

How to Take Pictures in the Snow

Learning how to take great pictures in the snow should make it possible to capture some fantastic winter scenes. Winter and snow both go hand in hand. The great thing about photos of snow...[more]

3 Tips for Taking Great Reptile Pictures

Reptile photography is considered a very lucrative career due to the inherent lack of people willing to take reptile pictures. Though not all reptiles are dangerous, most of their habits and movement can be difficult...[more]

3 Tips for Grizzly Bear Photography

Bear photography is a particular interest of many wildlife photographers since it means taking photos of the natural habits and survival instincts of dangerous creatures. It comes naturally that despite the bear’s capacity to...[more]

3 Tips for Polar Bear Photography

Imagine yourself being on one of those polar cruises and for the first time trying your hand at bear photography during one of the cruise’s stopovers. It’s not a far-fetched idea since polar bears...[more]

Making Your Own Cloud Photography Book

If you want to make a cloud photography book, then the most difficult part may be taking the cloud photographs. To do this, you need a good digital SLR camera, a tripod and a...[more]

3 Tips for Great Cloud Photography

Cloud photography is the process of capturing clouds in different formations and movements as they pass through the visible atmosphere. This kind of photography can be used to help determine weather and atmosphere changes...[more]

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