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August 21, 2014

Streamline Your Workflow With Lightroom Shortcuts

Timothy Cooper

Like most photographers I prefer to spend my time shooting than to spend it behind the computer.  Downloading and editing images sucks up precious energy and time so I’m eager to streamline my workflow and shave time wherever possible. One of the best ways to do this is by using keyboard shortcuts and this article will show you many that can be used to streamline your Lightroom work.

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July 16, 2014

Adding A Poster Look To Your Images

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​If you've ever looked at Karen Messick's images, you'll find they have a very professional, finished, poster look to them. In this blog article, Karen shares how she does it.

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July 1, 2014

Summer Photos with Flash

Marie Joabar

​It's summertime and many of us will be snapping away, taking pictures of our kids at the beach, or at historic landmarks or tourist areas that we’ll be visiting on our vacations. We’ll be shooting outdoors in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky so you would think there would be no need to use the flash, right? Not necessarily.  Hand-in-hand with the bright sun are dark shadows and unfortunately, our cameras can’t properly expose for both in the same image. We can expose for the subject that’s in the sun, OR expose for the subject that’s in the shade, but not both… unless we use our camera’s flash.

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June 19, 2014

Tips for Flying with Photo Gear

Marie Joabar

It's summertime and that usually means vacations and travel.

If flying is in your plans, packing your camera equipment requires careful consideration. Deciding ahead of time what gear to take, which bag to carry it in, how to pack it, what’s allowed by the airlines as well as knowing the TSA rules and the rules in foreign countries can help you enjoy your travel with less stress and worry.

Check out the expert advice from some of our instructors. Since they travel often leading photo workshops in the U.S and internationally, they've 'been there' and 'done that' and their insight can be helpful as we plan for our next trip.

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June 4, 2014

Learning to See…  By Bryan F. Peterson

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Learning to see creatively is very dependent on what your camera and lens can and cannot see. Captains of ships need to become very familiar with their maps as they navigate the world, making certain to keep the ship pointed in the right direction. In much the same way, your lenses are maps that can lead you to new and enchanting lands. With constant practice, which will only come by placing the camera and lens to your eye, you’ll begin to visually memorize the unique vision of each and every lens—both the pluses and the minuses.

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May 21, 2014

Clarifying Copyright for Photographers

Marie Joabar

The basis for Copyright Law comes from the United States Constitution with the first Copyright Act signed into law in 1790.   "The Congress shall have power… to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

Since then, there have been many revisions but for photographers who are new to the Copyright world, clarifying what it entails may be helpful.

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May 6, 2014

Shooting Realistic HDR Images

Timothy Cooper

HDR imagery can be considered a recent fad or a well-worn technique, depending on how you look at it. In the early days, film failed to produce visible detail in the highlight and shadow values of high-contrast scenes. Because of this, photographers resorted to difficult and tedious darkroom techniques to help return the detail to the print.

Today’s digital sensors, while holding great promise, still fall short of the capability of our vision. Luckily for us, however, modern computer programs provide a more accurate and elegant solution to this age-old high-contrast problem.

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April 23, 2014

Capturing the Quality of Light

Marie Joabar

You often hear photographers talk about the “golden hour” or the “magic light” just after sunrise and shortly before sunset and there is a good reason for it. These are the most opportune times to photograph outdoors because of the quality of light.

No matter what your subject, from landscape scenes to natural light portraits, take advantage of this time to capture dramatic images.

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March 26, 2014

Things To Consider Before Clicking The Shutter

Timothy Cooper

The modern DSLR is an amazing tool that supplies immense control over our image making through a vast array of camera settings and options.  Once you leave the Auto or Program Mode, the options you need to keep track of really begin to stack up and can overwhelm the beginning photographer and even trip up the seasoned pro.

Consider the many options that are likely to change depending on your subject matter or shooting conditions.

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February 20, 2014

The Right Light for any Venue

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Perfect your lighting techniques and produce consistent images that reflect the event or wedding the way your clients envisioned it. Moshe Zusman shares his tips for creating perfect lighting for any venue.

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February 13, 2014

Creatively Capturing Motion

Marie Joabar

Using fast shutter speeds can stop motion and prevent blurring but it can be great fun doing just the opposite. Using slow shutter speeds to intentionally blur moving subjects is one way to capture a creative image and convey motion whether real or illusionary.

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January 29, 2014

Tips for Winter Camera Care

Marie Joabar

Cold weather shouldn't prevent you from getting outdoors to photograph, especially if there is snow. Don't miss taking pictures your kids sledding or building a snowman, or capturing beautiful winter scenes around the area.

Just make sure to take some precautions to protect your camera from damage that cold weather can cause.

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January 1, 2014

Tips for Winter White Snow

Marie Joabar

Snow often fools our camera meters which results in dark photos with washed out graylooking snow. Follow these few tips for 'white' snow and beautiful winter compositions.

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November 26, 2013

Holiday Giving For Shutterbugs

Marie Joabar

Whether you're hoping for a new camera, lens or accessory for yourself or giving one as a gift, consider the helpful advice from a few of our instructors.

Here's hoping you'll enjoy some of our ideas to make your holiday shopping a bit easier and your giving a lot more fun!

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November 14, 2013

Secrets of Shooting Silhouettes

Marie Joabar

When faced with photographing our subject in front of a bright background, we often end up with the background perfectly exposed but our subject a silhouette. A few simple tips can help us to shoot silhouettes intentionally or avoid them when they’re not intended.

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