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Like the world’s tidal waters, photographic creativity ebbs and flows for many of us. Sometimes creativity can use a jump-start, an artificial method to get the photographer to start looking at the world in a new way in order to facilitate, restart, refine, or improve your photography. There are many ideas on how to get yourself to push through an artistic block or inspire you to further expand...
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Few cameras are better suited to lunar photography than today’s digital “bridge cameras” or, as they are popularly known, superzooms. As capable and easy as these cameras are to use, if you want to employ a superzoom camera to get top-quality moon photos, there are a few tips that...
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Welcome to Part 4 of my guide to Basic Backyard Astrophotography. If you missed Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3, please click these links, and we will see you back on this page in a few minutes. In this segment, I share how I post-process some of my astrophotos. As you are about to see, processing astrophotography images is fairly basic and, in my world, is as much about art as it is about science,...
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Welcome to Part 2 of my guide to Basic Backyard Astrophotography. If you missed Part 1, please click here and we will see you back on this page in a few minutes. In this segment, we talk about the gear you need to create your own astrophotos. We also...
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Astrophotography is awesome! But, is it difficult? No! Contrary to some opinions, you don’t have to own a ton of expensive gear, have perfectly dark skies, or have mad technical skills to pull it off. In this short four-part series, we will talk about how you can go out and shoot astrophotographs with basic photographic gear, and then digitally process the images with basic techniques. In the...
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There’s nothing like spending some quality time with your friends and family during the holiday season. Laughter fills the hallways and food fills your belly. Presents are given and received. And, of course, pictures are taken. Whether you’re using your smartphone or a DSLR camera, the pictures don’t mean much if you don’t share them with your friends and family. Here are six different ways you...
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How do you create rich, smooth, buttery bokeh? First, you must start with shallow depth of field, of course. Photographer David Flores provides seven tips on how to make photographs effectively appealing by creating bokeh—an aesthetic that uses the blurry, out-of-focus portion of a photograph to direct your attention to the in-focus subject. Check it out!
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Photographer David Flores prepares us to capture snowflakes, now that winter is finally upon us. Flores addresses discusses aspects of the lens, camera settings, and shares composition tips. You are going to want to get close and work quickly, because snowflakes are small and tend to melt. We invite you to view our wide selection of instructional and...
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Photographer David Flores shares six tips on how to take better smartphone photos. From composition to digital zoom to editing, learn about some of the techniques and apps that can improve the pics you take with your smartphone. We invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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I came of age as a photographer when film was still the only dance in town. When digital began infiltrating the marketplace, in the mid-1990s, I resisted until the cost of DSLRs capable of producing commercially acceptable image files began to fit my needs and budget. The year was 2002, and the camera was a Fujifilm S2 Pro, which cost about $3,500, accepted Nikon F-mount lenses (it was based on a...
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Full-frame and medium-format mirrorless photo gear use has exploded in the past couple of years. Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, and even Panasonic either just launched or will soon have some big-sensor cameras coming out. After years of companies and photographers disagreeing about the merits of APS-C and Four Thirds sensors, it leads us to question of whether bigger really is better....
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Digital photography has made cameras a lot more complicated and, once we tacked on video, we entered a whole new world. The latest mirrorless cameras and DSLRs are incredibly capable video-making machines, with 4K recording at up to 60 frames per second. Some even offer advanced modes that bump the specs up to 10-bit over HDMI, have different sampling options including 4:2:0 and 4:2:2, and there...
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Raw for all! This appears to be the goal of Apple ProRes RAW, an easy-to-use yet data-rich capture format that aims to revolutionize the post-production landscape, promising the speed and performance of ProRes (a beloved editing codec), with unbeatable quality in the form of pristine data straight off the camera’s sensor. In this article and the accompanying video, you will find out how it can...
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So, the holiday season brought you your first flash. Whether that came about by some self-gifting process or the kindness of family and friends (lucky you!) doesn’t matter—your next step is figuring out what all those buttons do and how to use that speedlight. Shutter Speed (Almost) Doesn’t Matter One thing...
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You just got a shiny new digital (or film) camera. Of course, you can just pop the battery and a memory card or film in and start shooting, but there are some things you may want to consider before you head out into the world to make art. 1. Charge your battery It is likely that the rechargeable battery that...
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