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Five Ways to Turn your Backyard into a Wildlife Photography Studio
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Wildlife photography doesn’t necessarily entail braving wilderness in search of elusive species inhabiting remote locations. A carefully landscaped yard can supply an impressive variety of animal life to observe and photograph. In this article, we go through five tips for turning your backyard into a red carpet for local wildlife. Know your Neighbors Research, research, research. Find out what...
10 Tips for Making the Most of Your New Photo Printer
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You have finally joined the ranks of people who own their own photo printer. Congrats! I’m sure some of you enthusiastically researched and made a well-thought-out purchase or were recommended a solid model by a B&H expert. I’m also certain some of you received your printer as a gift or, perhaps, it was an...
Shorebird Photography: Beat the Heat this Summer
by Brian Zwiebel
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Bird photography opportunities ebb and flow throughout the year. The anticipation of the returning birds of spring migration is palpable, while the breeding season of May and June is full of opportunities. But soon, the summer doldrums kick in and leaf-out makes finding most song birds quite difficult. The heat and humidity drive even the most hardcore bird photographers indoors to their air-...
African Photographic Safari, Part 1: 17 Tips for Preparing for your Adventure
by Linda LeNoir
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Have you ever pictured yourself photographing in Africa among lions, giraffes, and elephants? The best way to realize this vision is on a photographic safari. Photographic safaris are for amateurs and professional photographers alike. There is no need to be intimidated by your skill level or camera equipment. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that cannot be obtained on a mainstream non-...
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This article is the second of a three-part series covering the best locations in the United States for birdwatching and bird photography. Be sure to check out 10 Eastern Hotspots and 10 Western Hotspots and don’t forget to keep a field guide handy for identifying what you...
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This article is the first in a three-part survey of the best locations for birdwatching and bird photography in the United States. Subsequent articles will cover Central and Western regions. Before visiting any of the destinations listed below, be sure you have a reliable field guide...
Printing Surrealistic Color
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Screen technology has dramatically changed the everyday consumption and expectations of imagery. Laptops, cell phones, and TVs are all so much better than they were just a few years ago. Instagram, especially, has even given your average user the ability to get a nice-looking image very quickly simply by applying a filter. The technology has also made the idea of making a physical print that...
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The term “bokeh” was made popular in the late 1990s by Mike Johnston, the editor of Photo Techniques magazine, who produced a series of articles on the subject for his publication. Based on the Japanese term “boke-aji,” it was used to describe the quality of the blurry or hazy portions of a photograph. The term quickly weaseled its way into the lexicon of desirable lens attributes. The funny...
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Archival is a term that has been overused. Unfortunately, the term has found its way into all sorts of marketing jargon when it comes to printers and printing. Today, we are hoping to give everyone a solid understanding of what a true archival print is and what it takes to make one yourself. The Core Meaning At its simplest, being “archival” means that the product is designed to last for a long...
Learn to Light Underwater
by Larry Cohen and Olga Torrey
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The definition of “photography,” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (such as film or an optical sensor).” As underwater photographers, it is very important for us to consider the quantity, color, quality and direction of the light as it passes through water. Above photograph:...
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Do you want to preserve the memory of that awesome neighborhood fireworks show? Let's discuss the best ways to try to make a memorable photograph commemorating the event. Before we get started, let me say that there are many ways to accomplish fireworks photography and none are usually worse or better than others. The only thing that really matters as you head home after the show is:
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Classic Cameras: The Kodak Medalist II
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First created in the early 1940s, the Kodak Medalist is a medium-format rangefinder that captures eight 6 x 9 cm exposures using 620 film. Weighing slightly more than 3 pounds, its rugged and durable tank-like build made it an attractive option for the US and British armed forces, and it saw extensive use during World War II. This version was the Medalist I and, in 1947, an improved version, the...
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In this B&H interview, wedding/portrait photographer Sam Hurd offers five simple tips to help you add a creative element to location portraits in any environment. When shooting with a prime lens and shallow depth of field, mask distracting elements from a scene by holding the side of a basic cell phone in front...
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Not exactly a brand-new technology, apodization has taken off in recent years, with major manufacturers releasing new lenses that use the fancy filters. A relatively simple idea, apodization works without all that much tech behind it. However, it gets tough to explain the effects and potential drawbacks to these optics. Basically, it’s all in the name of good bokeh. What is an Apodization Filter...
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Ahhh, seamless background paper. Such a wonderful tool for creating crisp, uniform environments when in use. Such an awkward, space-devouring, nightmare when not in use. Do you find yourself constantly toppling over rolls of paper in your studio? Then tripping over them like a cartoon character? I used to be like you. Then I did something about it. I saved my coffee money for a couple of days,...
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