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Dec 05, 2016

How to Blur the Background for Full Body Portraits

How to Blur the Background for Full Body Portraits - Amateur and pro photographers struggle with the same things. The pros have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to blurring the background.

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Aug 28, 2016

Fashion Photography Tips

Fashion Photography Tips: My buddy Ron was thrown into his first fashion photography shoot. Read our email chain to see how he did.

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Jun 24, 2016

Lightroom Has Limitations. Good.

Lightroom Has Limitations. Good. - Some people thrive in a world without limits. Others like to push through limitations. I like pushing through and Lightroom is the tool I use to push my photography.

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May 13, 2016

Canon 6D Review

Canon 6D Review - A real world review from my first year with the Canon 6D. From real estate to fashion the 6D produces great images. But low light is where this camera thrives.

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May 05, 2016

Portrait Photography Tips and Tools Lenses and Backdrops

Portrait Photography Tips and Tools: Lenses and Backdrops - To make portraits you need a few tools. Let's take a look at some of those tools.

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Apr 18, 2016

How to print your own photos.

How to Print Your Own Photos: Are you ready to print your pictures? There's more to it than simply sending a file to a printer. Learn how to get the most out of your printer.

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Apr 07, 2016

Drone Photography for Weddings: What You Need to Know

Drone photography in wedding packages is the hottest new trend for wedding photographers and videographers. Here's what you need to know before adding a drone to your list of services.

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Mar 21, 2016

Night to Shine

Supported by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine gives communities around the world the energy and funds to throw a prom experience for those with special needs.

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Feb 09, 2016

Rokinon FE 14MM f/2.8 Lens Review

Rokinon FE 14MM f/2.8 Lens Review: Moving from a Canon crop-sensor 60D to a full-frame Canon 6D created a gap in the wide angle department. Enter the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8.

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Dec 09, 2015

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Lens Review: I've had this Tamron for a few months now. Coupled with my Canon EOS 6D, this Tamron lens performs well. Read my full review of this Tamron 24-70mm lens.

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Dec 06, 2015

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens: I've had this lens for a few months now and it has been seeing a lot of work. Here's my review of the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens.

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Nov 17, 2015

Learn How to Take Travel Photos like a Pro

How to Take Travel Photos like a Pro: We all do it. We all take pictures when we travel. Learn a few ways to tell a story and more with your pictures.

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Nov 15, 2015

Fashion Photography in the Streets

Fashion Photography in the Streets: Here's a set of my first outings in fashion photography. I grew up loving street photography and that background really helped with my first fashion photo shoots.

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Nov 13, 2015

Why Should You Use Adobe Lightroom for Post Production?

Why should you use Lightroom? If you are getting serious about your photography you know that what happens after you press the shutter is very important.

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Nov 07, 2015

3 Things Street Photographers Hate To Hear

3 Things Street Photographers Hate To Hear: I like critiques of my photography. But, some comments are harder to hear than others.

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Oct 08, 2015

Canon 6D vs Canon 60D Full Frame vs Crop Sensor

Canon 6D vs Canon 60D Full Frame vs Crop Sensor: Are you looking to leap into full frame photography? I recently bought a full frame Canon 6D and have been comparing it to my cropped sensor Canon 60D

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Oct 01, 2015

9 Tips To Great Street Photography

9 Tips to Great Street Photography: Even Some You've Never Thought Of: Photojournalist Jerry Nelson shares tips on what it takes to conquer the street with your camera.

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Sep 30, 2015

Food Photography Tips

The first rule of food photograph is to eat before you take pictures of food. We can't have our subjects disappear, can we? Oh yeah, learn how to light and properly compose food like a pro too.

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Sep 28, 2015

What is a GIF?

You've seen them all over the internet but do you know what a GIF is and more importantly, do you know how to make them?

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Sep 25, 2015

What is Noise?

Do pictures make a sound? No. But photographers around the world make a sound when they see noise in their pictures. Learn what noise is, how to avoid it and how to use it.

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Sep 23, 2015

What is Fill Flash?

Are your pictures lacking in lighting your subject? Why is it necessary to use a flash in the middle of the day? Learn why a little more light is hardly ever a bad thing.

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Sep 21, 2015

Sports Photography Tips

Never miss another goal, touchdown, fumble, homerun or slam dunk. Learn what it takes to shoot sports like a pro.

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Sep 18, 2015

Canon 6D First Impressions

Canon 6D First Impressions: I bought a Canon 6D a few weeks ago. The day after it arrived, I put it to work. Here are my first impressions of my new camera.

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Sep 17, 2015

What is Bokeh?

Why do people drool over bokeh? How do you get drool-worthy bokeh in your pictures? How do bokeh and depth of field separate your subject from the background? It's all here.

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Sep 14, 2015

What is Depth of Field?

You don't have to be outside to play in this field but you do need to know the rules of the game. Learn what dpeth of field is and how to use it to your advantage.

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Sep 10, 2015

7 Low Light Photography Tips

Anyone (OK, not anyone) can take a good picture with plenty of light. Low light photography separates the crowds. Learn how to dominate in low light.

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Sep 07, 2015

Join Picture Power

Get a free ebook on working in low light. This is the most important and challenging aspect of photography.

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Sep 06, 2015

The Canon 6D: A Story of Why

The Canon 6D: A Story of Why - A few days ago I bought a Canon 6D. Now, I am waiting for it. This is the story of why I bought the Canon 6D.

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Sep 04, 2015

Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens Review

I don't typically sell my lenses, but this is one that I did sell. Man, do I regret it.

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Sep 03, 2015

Canon 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Review

Learn why you must have this lens. Here's the quick answer: it's good, it's cheap and it can open new doors for your photography.

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Sep 02, 2015

Why Your Lens is Critical for Insect Photography

All lenses are not created equal. Some lenses are good for taking pictures of mountains and others are good for taking pictures of bugs. Here are the lenses you need for macro (not mountain) photography.

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Aug 31, 2015

Meet Your Superhero Sidekicks

Are you confused about ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed? They're not as hard to figure out as you might think.

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Aug 29, 2015

Fun Photography Ideas

Take your toys out of the closet or that old box and give them new life.

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Aug 28, 2015

How to Photograph the Moon

A full moon is on the way. Capture it and give it to someone you love.

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Aug 26, 2015

Photography Gear Reviews

I don't own much gear, just a Canon 60D a few lenses. But here's the thing, you don't need a lot of gear. Find out which lenses I love to work with and why.

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Jul 27, 2015

Should I Get The Canon 5DSR?

Should I Get The Canon 5DSR? - This is the question that has been on my mind for the past few days. Maybe through this article I can find clarity to this question.

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Jul 09, 2015

GoPro Street | Classic VW

Always willing to show its potential as a street camera, the GoPro Hero seeks out the curvy lines of the Volkwagen Beetle.

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Jul 06, 2015

7 Tips for Photographing News

Get tips for photographing news from an international photojournalist. - Shooting photography for the news full time requires special preparations.

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Jun 30, 2015

Help With First DSLR Purchase

Question and Answer: Can you help with our first DSLR purchase? A Picture Power reader wants to buy a DSLR for his wife but is unsure what to get. Never fear! We can help.

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Jun 29, 2015

10 Event Photography Tips | Telling A Story And Getting The Next Gig

Event Photography Tips | Part-time and amateur photographers, with a decent camera and lens, can make extra cash with event photography. Here are some tips to make sure you get the best pictures.

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Jun 23, 2015

GoPro Photo Tips - Real Estate Photography

GoPro Photo Tips | Real Estate Photography - So, you've noticed how your GoPro can take pictures of a room and make it look huge. But is a GoPro good enough for serious real estate photography?

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May 11, 2015

Gear Rental: Memorial Day Special

MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL Do you have your eye on a high-end DSLR camera or a special lens?

Sometimes renting gear makes more sense than buying when you just need it for a few days.

The folks at Borrow Lenses are offering a free extended rental for Memorial Day (May 25, 2015).

Orders must be shipped to begin on the following days to be eligible:

  • Wednesday, May 20th (3 Day Rental)
  • Monday, May 18th (7 Day Rental)
  • Wednesday, May 13 (10 Day Rental)

To browse available rental gear, go to: BorrowLenses.com

May 10, 2015

Photography Is Now

Photography Is Now - Photography forces us to slow down, even if just a little, and take notice of our surroundings.

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Apr 14, 2015

How To Chose A Powerful Pocket Camera

How To Choose The Best Pocket Camera - Is lugging your DSLR around getting old?

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Mar 30, 2015

What Small Zoom Lens Can Best Handle Low Light?

Question From A Reader: I have a Canon 600D and need a small zoom lens to take images in low light without a tripod. What lens would you recommend?

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Mar 25, 2015

The Last Roll Of Kodachrome

Ever wonder what they did with the last roll of Kodachrome film to roll off the assembly line? They took pictures with it, of course.

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Mar 20, 2015

Bruce Davidson: A Lifetime With Leica

Bruce Davidson shares his wisdom and thoughts over his 50 year career as a street photographer.

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Mar 17, 2015

WNYC Street Shots: Bruce Gilden

Photographer Bruce Gilden has been photographing the streets of Manhattan since the 1980's and he's not afraid to get in your face.

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