The Purpose of Camera Lens Hoods & Why You Should Use Yours

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If you just bought your first camera kit, you may be wondering what the plastic thing is that came with your lens. Maybe you’ve been doing photography for a while and even have been using your lens hood but haven’t questioned why. The downside to lens hoods is that it’s another piece of gear that …

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What is a 35mm Lens Good For?

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35mm is my personal favorite focal length for photography. It’s wide but not overly so—in many scenarios it’s just wide enough. It also has an uncanny ability to make intimate and personal images. So what is a 35mm lens good for? That’s what I explore in this article. Street Photography The 35mm focal length is …

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What White Balance to Use for Night Photography

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First of all, there are many different settings you’ll want to be familiar with before going out to shoot the stars. You can certainly check out my article on “Nightscape Photography,” to see some of this information, but there are many other sources to learn this information. Most importantly though, photography in general, and certainly …

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Should You Go Full Frame?

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There’s a lot to like about cameras with full frame sensors: they have excellent image quality, work well in low light situations and are capable of producing shallower a depth of field than digital cameras with smaller sensors. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that a full frame camera is the optimal choice for photographers across …

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What Are DSLR Cameras Good For?

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At one point, DSLR cameras had all the advantages in their favor. But as of this writing in November 2017, the advantages that DSLRs once had over mirrorless cameras has dwindled significantly.

But regardless of how mirrorless camera technology has improved in recent years, DSLR cameras still have a lot going for them in terms of performance, as long as you can deal with the size and weight.

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The Blurred Background Effect in Photography

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If you’ve paid close attention to pictures before, you’ve probably noticed that some have a lot in focus whereas others it’s the opposite, resulting in a blurred background effect. This blurred background effect, also known as “bokeh” among photographers, named after the Japanese word for “blur” can be done in a very tasteful way that enhances images by drawing the viewer in.

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What is a Candid Picture?

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If you’re new to photography, you may be asking yourself, “what is a candid picture?”

Many of us have known inherently what a candid picture is for most of our lives because we’ve heard the expression before but that’s not the case for everyone.

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5 Tips for Indoor Photography: Making Bland Light Look Great

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If you’ve ever photographed indoors, you’ve probably noticed that your photos don’t turn out as good as when you photograph in nice bright outdoor light, especially at the golden hour. The reason being is that there’s less light indoors than outdoors—a lot less. The results can be disappointing, as things like underexposure, grain, and unappealing …

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5 Indoor Photography Tips Without Flash

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Doing photography indoors without a flash can be tricky. You may not have a flash handy or just want a natural light look. However, shooting without a flash indoors presents us with some issues as photographers because there’s less light present than when you’re out in open sunlight but we’re not using flash to help …

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2 Simple Steps to Blur the Background of a Picture Using Just Your Camera

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I think it’s safe to say that pictures with blurred backgrounds can be extremely impressive and inspiring.

I know that a lot of photographers just starting out assume that it’s done in post-processing in Photoshop or whatever. But there’s a far better way to achieve a blurred background than by editing it in.

The best blurred background results come from knowing good technique and getting the effect directly in-camera.

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3 Reasons Why Your Pictures are Blurry

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It can be annoying to have your pictures turn out blurry and not know the reason why.

The good news is that there are only a few reasons why photos turn out blurry, so it’s easy to correct course by by adjusting some aspect of how you’re using your camera.

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DSLR Vs. Mirrorless in Photography: Which Should you Choose?

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The DSLR vs mirrorless debate has been going on for several years now in the digital photography industry. While in the past the choice between the two was obvious for professional photographers, the two are on far more equal footing today. Up until recent years, mirrorless was not a viable option when it came to …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Depth of Field

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Understanding depth of field is an important part of being able to control the outcome of your images in photography. The look of any given image will be strongly influenced by the depth of field of that image. So in order to be able to consistently have control over your pictures, it’s important to be …

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A Guide to Understanding Shutter Priority Mode

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Shutter priority mode is a semi-automatic camera mode in which the photographer chooses one component of the exposure triangle (shutter speed), the camera takes a meter reading when pointed at a given scene and does the rest of the work for you by choosing the aperture value that it thinks will get the most accurate …

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A Guide to Understanding Aperture Priority Mode

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Getting your exposure right while also achieving the depth of field you’re looking for can be tricky at times, especially if you’ve got to get some exposures off quick or you’re in a hectic situation. Luckily we have several camera modes at our disposal to make our lives easier as photographers in these situations, and …

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P Mode in Photography: When and How to Use it

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Just got your first camera and wondering what that ‘P’ on your mode dial is? Understanding program mode is one of the first steps in the natural evolution of getting out of auto mode and learning to take control of your camera. While program mode does have severe limitations compared to manual mode, learning to …

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