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A No-Cost Dramatic Effect

June 16, 2010

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A No-Cost Dramatic Effect

A very simple effect — the “starburst” around a bright light. This has been around so long that I sometimes forget that everyone does not know it. It is a great addition to images with bright lights in them. You may have seen this effect with rays of light coming out of the sun or […]

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Composition Week, Day 7: Contrast

June 12, 2010

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Composition Week, Day 7: Contrast

[Editors Note: This article concludes our weeklong series on composition by Rob Knight. Wo hope you enjoyed it, and if you have ideas for a weeklong series of articles, we’d love to hear about it. Click on the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page to send us an email.] I’m sure you […]

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Composition Week, Day 6: Pattern and Texture

June 11, 2010

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Composition Week, Day 6: Pattern and Texture

[Editors Note: This week we have Rob Knight on a weeklong series of composition tips just for you. We’ll have one article every day, and continuing all the way thru Saturday!] Another great way to look beyond the obvious is to shoot patterns and textures. There are many examples of patterns that you probably walk […]

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Composition Week, Day 5: Shape and Form

June 10, 2010

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Composition Week, Day 5: Shape and Form

[Editors Note: This week we have Rob Knight on a weeklong series of composition tips just for you. We’ll have one article every day, and continuing all the way thru Saturday!] Try making photographs that are not so literal. Instead of looking for THINGS to photograph, look for abstract shapes and designs. Isolate small pieces […]

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Composition Week, Day 4: Scale and Depth

June 9, 2010

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Composition Week, Day 4: Scale and Depth

[Editors Note: This week we have Rob Knight on a weeklong series of composition tips just for you. We’ll have one article every day, and continuing all the way thru Saturday!] In simple terms, a photograph is a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional world. You can judge distance and size with your eyes […]

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Composition Week, Day 3: Frame Within a Frame

June 8, 2010

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Composition Week, Day 3: Frame Within a Frame

[Editors Note: This week we have Rob Knight on a weeklong series of composition tips just for you. We’ll have one article every day, and continuing all the way thru Saturday!] This composition technique is another way to draw your viewer’s eye to your subject. The idea is to use an element or elements within […]

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Composition Week, Day 2: Leading Lines

June 7, 2010

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Composition Week, Day 2: Leading Lines

[Editors Note: This week we have Rob Knight on a weeklong series of composition tips just for you. We’ll have one article every day continuing all the way thru Saturday!] Lines are a very important part of visual communication. Drawings, paintings, and even letters are made of lines. There a lot of ways you can […]

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Composition Week, Day 1: Rule of Thirds

June 6, 2010

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Composition Week, Day 1: Rule of Thirds

[Editors Note: This week we have Rob Knight on a weeklong series of composition tips just for you. We’ll have one article a day starting today Sunday, and continuing all the way thru Saturday!] How much research did you do before you bought your last camera? How about the last lens you bought, or even […]

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Bracketing for HDR with Nikon DSLRs

February 26, 2010

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Bracketing for HDR with Nikon DSLRs

When you are shooting images you intend to combine into a high dynamic range (HDR) image you usually want one image at the recommended exposure, one image under exposed by 2 stops and one image overexposed by 2 stops. Most DSLR cameras today can capture these three images quickly and easily using a feature called […]

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A Time-Proven Photo Teaching Technique – With You as the Teacher

February 25, 2010

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A Time-Proven Photo Teaching Technique – With You as the Teacher

Here is a teaching technique that I learned when I first started taking pictures. The technique: look at a picture and try to figure out how it was created. Check out these HDR images, which are the final images I took for my HDR book, due out in May. I took the first two are […]

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