Background Control in Closeup Photography
by Tom Whelan | February 5, 2015

Background control in closeup photographyA 100mm macro lens is a classic choice for closeup work. It’s the first macro lens many photographers use. It’s great handheld or on a tripod, and there are versions from different manufacturers with excellent sharpness and bokeh. But for a number of subjects, such as medium-sized flower...

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Photographing the Peregrine Falcon
by Ofer Levy | January 12, 2015

Peregrine falcon © Ofer LevyPeregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is for me, one of the most fascinating and exciting subjects in the world of bird photography.

The sheer speed of this bird, coupled with its immense power, sublime elegance and astonishing beauty make the peregrine the king of birds.

I have been fortuna...

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Shooting for the Moon
by Tim Grey | December 29, 2014

&copy Tim GreyI think it is fair to say that most people have been—at one time or another—fascinated with the moon in the sky above. And of course, as a photographer there’s a good chance you’ve considered including the moon in a photograph from time to time. Along the way, perhaps you’ve experience...

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Creating Photo Art – Part II
by Ashim Dey | August 11, 2014

© Ashim Dey“The appearance of photography with its dissolved compositional center and melted boundaries between the subject and the background contributed a lot to the new aesthetic vision. Photography taught painters to praise an ‘accidental’ natural look of the artworks.”

“The impressionist p...

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Getting Out of Your Bird Photography Rut
by Greg Basco | August 1, 2014

© Greg BascoAll of us go through a period of low productivity in our photography; we get stuck in a rut. Maybe we’re doing the same thing we’ve always done or perhaps we can’t envision how to do something different than what every other photographer is doing. Even though I initially developed a reputa...

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A Portable Lightbox Studio for Macro
by Steve Maxson | July 29, 2014

© Steve MaxsonAlthough I spent my career working with birds and really enjoy bird photography, I have been fascinated by insects and other arthropods from an early age. The seemingly endless number of species, the astonishing life histories and behaviors, and the incredible mimicry that some species have evol...

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Determining Composition – Part 1
by Ofer Levy | July 25, 2014

© Ofer LevyComposition is the arrangement of visual elements in the image.

Successful composition should lead the viewer’s eye toward the most important parts of the image. It should help portray whatever it is that you wish your image to convey. Good composition is a crucial element of a great photogr...

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Creating Photo Art – Part I
by Ashim Dey | July 7, 2014

© Ashim DeyFor the purpose of this article we will consider photo art as anything that has a digital photograph as its base and is created purely using software on a computer and doesn’t involve any paintings with physical objects. The photo art can then be printed on canvas or paper of the artist’s ch...

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My Changing Shooting Style
by E.J. Peiker | April 2, 2014

© E.J. PeikerI have been a photographer for most of my life and throughout my 46 years or so of photography, my style has changed many times. When I first got heavily into bird photography about 14 years ago, the trend in North America was towards shooting birds as big as possible in the frame and I followed...

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Compose or Crop?
by Nikhil Bahl | January 29, 2014

© Nikhil BahlComposition is an essential aspect of a good photograph. It’s our choice as photographers as to how the elements will be arranged in a photograph. It’s no wonder we take time to setup a photograph, making several technical and creative decisions along the way. However, there is always the op...

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