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4 Safety Tips for Taking Baby Animal Pictures

The safety concerns for baby animal pictures vary based on the animal you are shooting. Taking photos of a puppy is a lot different than taking photos of a wild bob cat cub. Here are...[more]

A Complete List of Camera Bag Types

Every photographer needs a camera bag to transport his workhorse around, and there are tons of different bags out there to suit anyone's needs. Here is a complete list of camera bag types. The Waist...[more]

Where To Find Wildlife Photography Courses

There are a lot of options out there for wildlife photography courses. Courses are great for all photographers to take from time to time, because they introduce you to different ways of approaching the craft...[more]

6 Camouflage Ideas for Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography requires you to be a silent observer. Most animals are scared of humans, and if they know you're in the area, then they will go out of their way to avoid you. You...[more]

Making Cool Camera Bags from Ugly Ones

There are a lot of cool camera bags on the market, but if you want to truly stand out, you should give your creativity a test drive and come up with your own. You don't...[more]

How and Why to Format a Memory Card

Most people don't understand the difference between erasing all the photos on a memory card and formatting it. You should format your memory card at least twice a year, depending on how often you use...[more]

Using a Compressed Gas Duster

Using a compressed gas duster is a popular cleaning method among photographers.  However, these gas dusters should not be used carelessly, because they can cause a lot of damage. Use with a camera Compressed gas...[more]

Effects of Various Exposure Lengths on Macro Photography

Various exposure lengths have more of an effect on macro photography than other types of pictures.  Because everything is microscopic, several trends can happen as you change your shutter speed. Though there are many reasons...[more]

Getting Precision Focus in Macro Photography

Part of what makes macro photography so difficult is setting the focus.  The subjects in macro photography are so small that you end up having to place the camera extremely close to them.  As per...[more]

Ten Cute Prop Ideas for Pet Portraits

Some owners love their pets just like children, and want to treat them that way. Because of this, pet portraits are becoming increasingly popular in the world of photography, with a few professionals maintaining a...[more]

Using Macro Mode to Photograph a Spider's Web

Spider webs make beautiful subjects for macro photography.  Luckily, they do not move much, so you can take your time setting up a good shot.  Photographing a spider's web can best be accomplished in macro mode. ...[more]

Six Fun Ideas for Smoke Photography

Smoke photography is very abstract and produces interesting images. The fun thing about smoke photography is that you can control the lighting, background, and source, but not the shape. The shape of smoke is constantly...[more]

6 Types of Memory Cards

There are several different types of memory cards, and it's important to know the difference between them so that you can choose the correct one for your camera. Lots of different memory cards are still...[more]

6 Tips for Taking Adorable Baby Animal Pictures

Baby animal pictures have a tendency to melt peoples' heart. No matter what the species, most people find baby animals to be extremely cute. Here are 6 tips for taking adorable baby animal pictures: 1....[more]

Packing Camera Bags for Travel

Simply getting camera bags and lugging them around is not enough to ensure that your photography equipment is kept safe. Especially if you intend to go on a long and bumpy journey, it takes a...[more]

Quick Tip: Black Materials in Close-Up Lenses

Black materials require some extra consideration when you are shooting them with close-up lenses. Sometimes the contrast of your subject matter can be too great to capture the full spectrum of light. Diffuse the Light...[more]

How to Shoot a Macro Shot with Proper Exposure

Exposing a macro shot is not as simple as trusting your meter and taking the photo. There are several factors to consider before clicking the shutter release. Step 1: Business as Usual The most difficult...[more]

How to Choose a Camera Bag

When trying to choose a camera bag, there are a number of things that you will need to bear in mind. It's important to concentrate on finding a camera bag which is large enough to...[more]

What is an SDHC Memory Card?

SD and SDHC Memory Cards are some of the most popular types of memory cards in use in digital cameras at the moment. Although both types of memory cards look virtually identical, there are some...[more]

Fixing the "Memory Card Write Protected" Error

Memory Card Write protection switches make it possible to prevent the memory card from being erased or wiped. Not all types of memory cards will feature these; SD and Memory Sticks often include the write...[more]

Devices that Use a Pro Duo Memory Card

Memory Sticks, including the most recent Pro Duo Memory Card, are almost always only found in Sony cameras and other products. The original memory stick was quite large, but the newer Pro Duo Memory Sticks...[more]

Shopping Tip: Camera Bag Comfort

You will want to take bag comfort into consideration while purchasing a camera bag. Follow the tips below to get a comfortable fit for your bag. Padding There are several options available online that you...[more]

Differences Between an SD and MMC Memory Card

SD and MMC Memory cards look pretty much identical to one another, however, these cards are actually different for a number of different reasons. There are several things that set these cards apart from one...[more]

Advantages of Using a CompactFlash Memory Card

The CompactFlash memory card is one of the oldest and most trusted types of memory cards. It is used in a variety of different devices including Digital Cameras. CompactFlash is normally found in digital SLR...[more]

Advantages of USB Memory Card Compatability

Digital cameras are very convenient, but a USB memory card can make using the camera even easier. These USB memory cards have a flip out USB connector, which can then be plugged directly into a...[more]

Explaining EXIF Data

EXIF data is additional information which is stored when you take a photo with a digital camera or use many photo editing applications. The EXIF data is supported with JPEG and Tiff files, although Gif...[more]

How to Avoid Getting Your DSLR Image Sensor Dirty

Your camera's image sensor is a very special part of your camera, which is responsible for converting visible light into electrical signals which can then be stored on your cameras memory card. All digital cameras...[more]

How to Cut a Picture Mat

Photo Mats are very important, as they will create a finished look for your photos. These are placed inside the frame and will make your masterpiece look even more professional. Cutting a picture mat is...[more]

How to Keep Your DSLR Image Sensor Clean

A Digital Single Lens camera is wonderful, however, there are a number of problems which can affect the image sensor. The problems with the CCD or image sensor are all caused by dust, and these...[more]

How To Make Your Photoshop Program Run Faster

The Photoshop program is very powerful, but it's also very slow. In order to make your Photoshop program run faster, you must get to the bottom of the problem. On old computers, the problem is...[more]

What is Camera Flash TTL?

Camera flash TTL was first introduced in the 80's by Nikon. It stands for 'through the lens' and refers to how the flash on the camera works. Many photographers love the TTL technology, while others...[more]

How To Make a Bicycle Tripod

A bicycle tripod is something that a lot of people are not even aware of. This type of tripod comes in handy if you are an avid biker and enjoy taking pictures. You will not...[more]

Halloween Photography: Shooting in Low Light

Taking Halloween photographs is a great way to celebrate this exciting festival, but you may have some problems due to the lack of light around some areas. If you don't have a good lighting system,...[more]

How To Avoid Shutter Lag

Shutter lag is something that can be very frustrating when you are trying to get an "in the moment" shot. Shutter lag is basically the delay that happens between the time when the shutter is...[more]

The Best Way To Repair a Tripod Strap

A tripod strap is a great way to carry around your tripod. You will be able to focus on carrying your camera and other accessories without having to lug around the tripod as well. Overtime,...[more]

Optimal Camera Settings for School Portraits

Choosing the right camera options will help you get the most from your home taken school portraits. The wrong settings will cause the photos to turn out less than desirable. Taking your child's school portraits...[more]

When To Use a Ballhead Tripod

A ballhead tripod is something that comes between the legs of the tripod and the camera itself. It is what you will have the most interaction with when it comes to your tripod. There is...[more]

Traditional Features of High School Portraits

High school portraits are typically more formal than elementary school photos. The basics are pretty much the same across the board. Here are a few things to note about traditional high school pictures. Backgrounds A...[more]

How To Make Your Own Tall Tripod

Going out and purchasing your own tall tripod can be very expensive. It can be a waste if it is not a tripod that you plan on using often. However, if you make your own,...[more]

How To Make Your Own Tripod Mount

A tripod mount is something that not all cameras come with. You will find that making one yourself is not very difficult and can be very affordable. A tripod mount will help you to get...[more]

Camera Settings for an External Flash Unit

The external flash unit on your camera does you no good if you are not aware of the proper camera settings that you will need to have. You will find that the more that you...[more]

How to Take Fantastic School Portraits

Buying school portraits every year can become expensive. Most people don't realize that you can take these portraits on your own with some basic equipment and know how. Here is what you should know about...[more]

4 Fun Ideas for the Night Portrait Mode

The night portrait mode on a camera allows you to take photos with a slower shutter speed. This will give you a clearer picture without the pure black background. This mode will give you the...[more]

How To Fix a Ripped Tripod Case

When thinking about buying a new tripod case because the old one has gotten a rip in it, think again since you are able to fix the rip in a few simple steps. This can...[more]

How to Load an External Flash

When you want to learn how to load an external flash, you want to make sure you get the most from the job that you can. Learn to load an external flash at your own...[more]

6 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a very popular computer application for editing photographs and other digital images. When using Lightroom, there are a few simple basic tips which can make using it much more successful. Throughout...[more]

5 New Fetures in Viveza 2

Viveza 2 is a popular image editing application produced by Nik Software Inc. Although it's not as popular or as well known as Photoshop, it is a very capable and useful program. Viveza 2 is...[more]

How To Darken the Sky in a Photo in Viveza

Viveza is a well known photo editing package which can be installed alongside most other popular image editors, including Photoshop. Viveza makes editing photos much simpler than it normally is, as it's designed with both...[more]

6 Basics of Selective Photo Editing in Viveza

Viveza is a popular image editing application which makes touch ups very simple. This means that you can easily select an individual area of an image and then touch it up. One of the best...[more]

Using Photoshop for Night Vision Looks

If you ever want to give a picture the impression of a night-time scene (being viewed through 3D glasses), then you should consider looking at Adobe Photoshop night vision look. With this feature, you can...[more]