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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]

February 2011: The Best Telephoto Lens within a Camera - Spring 2011

There comes a time in every photographer's life where they only have room for one camera but no extra lenses, flashes and various other doohickeys.  Whether they be traveling, hiking or simply going on a day trip, sometimes smaller is better.  Getting a camera with a built-in telephoto lens is the best way to ensure well-rounded photographs no matter how much space you have in the glove compartment.  These cameras are brand spanking new (as of February 2011) and have some of the best super zoom lenses the digital photography market has ever seen.   [read more]

February 2011: Interview with Photographer Tom Stone

With a voice reminiscent of creaking hard wood floors, Tom Stone is a genuine, seemingly gentle guy with a heart that beats sympathetically.  Stone is a San Francisco based photographer, focusing a lot of his time working in the Tenderloin area of S.F. working with the homeless population.  For years he has been capturing the stories of those drifting through the area, listening to their heartaches and sometimes taking them on as his own.  He invests more than his artistic capabilities into his subjects.  He knows them by name and they know his. [read more]

February 2011: Best Cameras and Gifts for Valentine's Day

Any opportunity you get to spoil your sweetheart is a good one.  For that matter, spoiling yourself can be just as rewarding.  Valentine's Day is no exception.  Instead of opting for the traditional dinner on th [read more]

February 2011: The Importance of Data Backup and Backing up Your Backup

Gather 'round the campfire, boys and girls.  This is a scary story unlike any other.  It's the tale of the Demon External Hard Drive and its willingness to destroy your digital life.  It stalks you for years and years, [read more]

January 2011: How to Shoot Long Exposures

Long exposure photography is gaining a lot of interest with the increase in long exposure videography.  It seems like every day there is a new video being passed around the internet showcasing a city's skyline at night, morphing from still buildings to dancing lights (Josh Owen's timelapse of New York City is particularly enchanting).  Lucky for still photographers, long exposures can capture that same energy in one steady shot.  There are different techniques to capturing a perfect long exposure shot in the night and in the day. [read more]

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