Get There On Time
Dec17

Get There On Time

  It rained all Friday night. I was exhausted from work. I collapsed into my bed, but set an alarm for 6AM. There are two days a week I can sleep in. I ruined one of them. Why? Because I had to take this photo:   I love this photo, and I could never have gotten it unless I got up early and got my ass to the right spot. It was only really about 10 minutes of prep: I looked up when the sun would rise – something like...

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What Are Lens Filters For Photography?
Dec03

What Are Lens Filters For Photography?

  There’s a lot of bad advice about lens filters. I’ll answer two big questions for you: Do I need a lens filter? If I get one, what kind should I get? Real fast, let’s go over what a lens filter is. Almost all modern lenses have a set of screw threads around the front of the lens. A lens filter is just a piece of glass that can screw onto the front of your lens. By using different kinds of materials, a lens...

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Oops! You Scratched Your Lens.
Dec03

Oops! You Scratched Your Lens.

  Oh no! Something scratched the front of your lens? Don’t worry. It’s not that bad. Your lens has something called a “minimum focusing distance.” This means the lens can only focus on something that’s at least a bit away from it – for most lenses, this could be something like 6 inches (15cm). It’s often much further away. When something is really close to your lens, it becomes very out...

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Infrared Photography
Nov30

Infrared Photography

  Infrared photography is a great style to try out – it’s fun, different, and inexpensive. That’s a rare combination in photography, and you get something really unique for it. So, what is it? Here are two examples.     Only the colorblind would not notice that something is very different about this image. Clearly, the colors are strongly affected. This is how the image looks right from the camera...

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Street Photography 101: Don’t Be Creepy
Apr27

Street Photography 101: Don’t Be Creepy

Street photography is really one of my favorite genres – it’s really fun, interesting, and human. Plus, you get to meet cool people! I’ll share some technical tips later, but I think there’s some things that you should know even before you leave your home. Street photography can involve making people your subjects, but unlike portraits or event photography, you might be taking pictures of strangers – or...

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Megapixels Don’t Matter
Apr23

Megapixels Don’t Matter

Well, they do, but it’s just that we’re way past that. Nokia has a smartphone (from mid-2013) with 41 megapixels. It uses the preposterous resolution to provide a kind of zoom. The full-size image is saved, but any image you can share or edit is downsized to 5 megapixels. If you “zoom in” from the full image, you can take that part of the 41-megapixel image and create another, new 5 megapixel...

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