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November 2011: Best Cameras for Girlfriends - 2011 Edition

Girlfriends are easy to buy for but hard to surprise.  And yet, they expect you to get them presents for any and every occasions.  Unfortunately, because she knows you better than you know yourself, she already knows what you bought her and where you hid it [read more]

November 2011: Best Cameras for Husbands - 2011 Edition

Whether you have been married a year or decades, buying gifts for your husband never seems to be easy.  They either buy it themselves the second payday rolls around, they've convinced you to buy it for them that one time you asked "Do you n [read more]

October 2011: Be Yourself

There is another photographer on the web with my same name. I run into her work all the time. People searching for me find her. People searching for her find me. Anytime I decide to sign up for anything under the name Suzanne Williams Photography, the name is usually taken. It is frustrating, but I don't really mind. She has as much right to it as I do. Yet it is the difference between our work that sets us apart. She photographs children - toddlers and babies - and I do not.She is very good at what she does, but I am not one iota jealous. I have no interest whatsoever in photographing people. In fact, I have turned down job offers to photograph various events. No amount of money will change my mind either. [read more]

October 2011: The Thought Process: Creating Memorable Photographs

With each photograph I take, a certain thought process goes on in my head. I always ask myself a series of questions. What I do or don't do in answer to each one determines the success or failure of the photograph.In this set of photographs, I will tell what this thinking process was and why I chose to do what I did. I believe this will help serve as an example towards moving out from being a snapshot photographer and into one who can make memorable photographs. [read more]

September 2011: Fun with Faux-Macabre Photos: Horsemaning

Nearly every modern electronic device has a built-in digicam, so it's no surprise that there's been an explosion of odd, dare we say Hipster, photography trends in the last couple years.  Whether it be retro-styled recreations of old camera picture styles, or unusual posing like planking or owling, there always seems to be something new and silly for shutterbugs capture.Enter Horsemaning (also spelled Horsemanning), 2011's answer to what we do when we're really, really bored. Horsemaning, so named for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow's&nbs [read more]

August 2011: Digital Photography 101: The basics of color theory

How to use color theory to improve your photography, part 1 [read more]

July 2011: The Basic Truths of Editing

Anyone who pursues photography must learn the basics truths of editing. There are many tutorials on the web sharing editing techniques, but I'd like to look at the overall purpose of editing as it affects photography.First, what is editing?This is an age-old, much-debated question with many answers. To sum it up, editing returns the scene in a photograph to its natural state. When you are finished, the scene in your photo should look like it did when you took the picture. This is, after all, the purpose of photography; it is to preserve what you see before you. Editing also enhances a scene, making it more eye-pleasing. For example, perhaps there is a won [read more]

July 2011: 5 Best Portfolio Apps for the iPad

The iPad2 might not be a popular camera, but the iPad and iPad2 sure do make wonderful portable photograph displays.  Pictures rarely look brighter and clearer, and the finger-sweeping interactivity is addictive.  But in some cases the built-in photo viewer can be a little too simple for those who need his or her iPad to be more elegant.  To be a digital portfolio.  For that, my professional friends, it's probably a good idea to invest in an app.While the main consumer base of for iPortfolios is the photographer (whether you shoot landscap [read more]

June 2011: 5 Photography Apps for the iPad

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June 2011: Ten Fun (and FREE!) iPhone Photo Apps

I'm guessing most Steve's readers aren't reaching for an iPhone as a first camera choice, but what if there is no other option?  What if you're traveling light and there's no room for the dSLR?  What if there's no time to dig into that camera bag?  What if you forgot your regular camera at home? [read more]

June 2011: Best Cameras for Dads

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May 2011: Best Cameras for Graduates

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May 2011: Sharpness

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May 2011: I Live My Life In Pictures

I live my life in pictures. Every moment I capture displays some small segment of it. Fleeting memories, each holds in its grasp a plethora of my thoughts, dreams, hopes, and beliefs. I live my life through photographs. These photographs form a parade of emotions. Highs and lows, good times and sad, in their totality they are what I have become. From an image of my daughter, age four, all smile and goofy grin to the silent, empty table in my grandmother's kitchen, these pictures are "me." Like a puzzle, each piece fits neatly into the next unfolding a greater image. I am photographs, and photographs are the deepest part of me. [read more]

March 2011: 5 Great Online Portfolio Hosting Websites

Successfully reaching and capturing online clientele is just as important as the work you display in order to do just that.  [read more]

March 2011: The 3 Best Sites to Sell Stock Photographs

If you are interested in making money with your photographs, stock photography is a great way to do so.  But don't fool yourself into thinking you can use the run-of-the-mill photographs you chose not to place in your portfolio as stock photographs.  Now that more people have access to quality cameras and the internet, any Tom, Dick and Nancy can contribute to the universe of stock photography making it more difficult to compete.  Websites have the ability to turn down your work as well.  Rejection is a reality in this business.  Luckily, there are some great websites out there that will [read more]

March 2011: 8 Steps to Build a Successful Online Portfolio

Let's face it: the internet runs our lives.  Fighting it would be futile.  The most productive thing to do is to try to work with it and let it work for you.  It would be impossible to take a physical look-book style portfolio with you everywhere you go in order to show potential clients your capabilities as a photographer.  Instead, directing them to a website that showcases your best work is a more streamlined, user friendly and relatable experience.  Follow these steps to help you stand out from the crowd.  A successful portfolio with a well-composed appeara [read more]

March 2011: The Amazing World of Insect Photography

My greatest photographic love is macro photography. It is the type of photography that made me more serious about my work. I had purchased a small point-and-shoot digital camera (in the days when digital photography was in its infancy) from my brother. There I was happily snapping pictures of everything around me, blissful in my ignorance of exactly what I was doing, when I came across a man on the web that changed my world of photography forever. His name was Mike Ash. Tragically, Mike is gone now, but his advice to me stays forever. Mike was a guy with a knack for photographing wasps. Now, he photographed many other things, but wasps were his specialty. He would take these tiny, misunderstood [read more]

February 2011: The Best GPS Enabled Point and Shoots

Where you are when you get the perfect shot is sometimes just as important as the shot itself.  Carrying around a GPS device and a notepad to record longitude and latitude coordinates for every image would be cumbersome and taxing.  Allow your camera to do the work for you.  GPS enabled cameras record all your EXIF information along with your coordinates to create a more geographic picture.  This kind of technology works great for road trips, backpacking, whirl-wind European vacations, safaris in the African p [read more]

February 2011: More Compositional Elements

Composition is, again, the arrangement of all of the elements in a scene. In choosing his or her composition, a photographer decides the purpose of the photograph, what objects are being featured, and what he wants the viewer to see. To enhance the scene certain established guidelines (or rules) have been written. One of these is the use of lines, which we have already discussed. However, there are several other helpful elements, which should be considered before taking a photograph. Background and Foreground The background and foreground o [read more]