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3 Feb

Zen and the Art of Meditation Photography

My goal with meditation photography is to quell my worries, fears and uncontrollable thoughts that often take over my mind in order to operate in the present to become a better photographer. As a photographer who has tried many different methods of shooting, who has had plenty of trial and error and who has seen cameras and technology change drastically over the past 10 years, I find that when I got past the Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) stage, I wanted to find my style and a meaning to my photography. I found this through photographic meditation. This meditative state puts me into a hyper-awareness where I absorb the atmosphere around me - everything from the wind blowing, the smells and senses...
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25 Jan

The Beautiful Trial and Error of Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography requires equal parts planning, patience and luck. It can be frustrating, what with waiting to see how photos turn out, fumbling with unwieldy tripods and trying to make blurred images look intentional rather than accidental. But it can also be extremely rewarding. The waiting usually pays off; the tripods end up being extremely useful; even the accidentally blurred images can end up looking artistic. Long exposure photography comes in many forms, from shorter exposures of 1/30 or 1/60 of a second to exposures as long as 30 minutes to an hour. It all depends on what you’re shooting, the action being captured and how much of a blur you want to create. A great way to ease into...
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22 Jan

10 Tips for Ultra Instagrammable Cat Photos

Celebrity cats, from sad-eyed Snoopybabe to sourpuss Tartar Sauce, have taken over the Internet and kneaded their way into the hearts of an entire generation of web users. According to a study by mobile network Three, pet owners between the ages of 18 and 34 share 3.8 million feline photos each day, compared to approximately 1.5 million selfies. Over a quarter of a million cat owners have created a Twitter or Facebook account for their kitties hoping to achieve what’s known as the viral spiral. Scientists have also proven that our growing love for online felines is purely therapeutic - a form of digital pet therapy. According to a study published in the journal of Computers in Human Behavior, visual cat-candy...
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21 Jan

Everything You Need to Know About Video Resolutions

Not sure about the difference between HD and 4K? Video resolutions used to be a transparent setting that filmmakers understood clearly. With cameras pushing the threshold of picture quality, it’s important to know how such developments are affecting your shooting experience. Here’s a closer look at one of the most controversial topics floating around the film industry today. Aspect Ratio and Dimensions The best way to understand what you’re looking at is by tackling the basics of aspect ratio and screen resolution. Firstly, video files are commonly measured by pixels. For example, if you have a clip that is 640 x 480, it means that the dimensions of the file are 640 pixels wide by 480 pixels high. Aspect ratio refers to...
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20 Jan

Before & After: Editing DSLR Photos On The Go

PicsArt is a mobile app that provides people with a canvas for creating, collaborating, and exploring, so they can beautify the world. With their full creative suite for photo editing, PicsArt makes it easy to create beautiful images, no matter where you are. With the rise of mobile editing on-the-go, my workflow for photography has been completely transformed. Thanks to the built-in WiFi in my camera or an Eye-Fi card, the ability to share beautiful, edited photos in real time is easier than ever. While many Instagram influencers remain true to posting only desktop edited photos or iPhone only, I stand firmly in the middle of the spectrum with a healthy mix of both. This especially comes into play especially...
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29 Oct

Light-painting With Steel Wool: A Beginner’s Guide

“And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire…” It certainly does – at least for a little while. And it’s a beautiful sight to behold. Am I talking about love, or steel wool spinning? Maybe both! As a photographer, you’re (probably) interested in the latter. Steel wool is one of the greatest first steps into the world of long exposure photography. What? ‘Steel’ burns!? When it’s ultra-thin - yep. Burning steel wool can be whirled and spun to create fiery, artistic patterns, with sparks dancing across the landscape. This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide to reproduce your own clichéd…*cough* contemporary art masterpiece. Enjoy! Equipment Checklist: DSLR / Mirrorless Camera Lens (ideally 10-50mm) Sturdy Tripod (Optional) Remote Shutter Metal ‘Cage’ Whisk (Large) Steel Cable (4 ft &...
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21 Oct

How To Achieve Silky Smooth Seascapes

From ethereal, hazy seas to dramatic skies, nothing screams "creative pro" quite like a long exposure of the sea. Daytime long exposures are a great way to transition from average snaps to vivid, artistic impressions of your surroundings. But it’s not quite that easy. Achieving stunning, silky seascapes takes preparation and practice. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a fortune getting there! 1 – PICK YOUR GEAR Gear List DSLR/Mirrorless Camera (necessary) Sturdy Tripod (necessary) ND Filter (necessary) Remote Shutter (optional) Graduated Filter (optional) The Camera Don’t sweat it. If your camera has full control over your exposure triangle (that’s aperture, ISO and shutter speed), you’re golden. You ideally want to be able to focus manually and be able to use exposure compensation. This will allow you to brighten...
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15 Oct

7 Tips for Recording Your Next Cross Country Road Trip

In the summer of 2012, I decided that I would travel over 3,700 miles in my Rav4 from Washington, DC to my new job in San Francisco. I also decided that I would record the whole thing. After all, I'd be alone for over 2 weeks on my northern route that would take me up to Yellowstone before heading down through California. I'd need something to do. The video I recorded wasn't perfect. It didn't suck, but it also didn't blow me away like I wanted it to. If I was going to go on another road trip tomorrow, here's what I wish I would have known the first go-around. 1. Give yourself more time than you think you need. You don't want...
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7 Oct

There’s Positive Possibility to Be Found in Negative Space

Popular lifestyle and design-focused photographers have an aesthetic: clean, simple and stark. They accomplish this sophisticated look through the smart use of "nothingness." A smart photographer knows to think just as much about what isn't there as what is there. Photographers call nothingness "negative space" and it's the key to accomplishing a look that has taken social media by storm lately. Browsing through influential and trendsetting profiles, you'll see strong colors, clear subjects and as little clutter as possible. Take, for example, this shot from lifestyle photographer Jeff Mindell's Instagram profile that takes full advantage of negative space: https://instagram.com/p/6YgfPJn8iS/?taken-by=jeffmindell Images like this don't look so appealing by accident - they ground the subject in a backdrop of nothing, making it stand out that much more....
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24 Sep

Capturing the beauty of the Fall in your photos

Simply stated, fall is a spectacular season of colors – an absolute explosion of bright sunlit yellows, oranges and reds that at certain times of the season can almost overwhelm the senses. Capturing the season’s many hues with your camera is a fun and inspiring endeavor and we thought we’d offer up a few autumnal tips and tricks prior to the first few leaves hitting the ground. If you’re lucky enough to live in a part of the country where the leaves annually turn and put on their colorful magic show your trip to find the perfect spot can be a short one. If not, you may want to book a brief vacation and we’ll tell you the three best regions...
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