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Wildlife Photography Dream

It has always been a not so secret dream of mine to one day have the opportunity to get some experience as a wildlife photographer. Since I have trouble even getting my dogs to sit still long enough to get a shot of them, I think it must involve a ton of talent, and patience. Needless to say, when I …

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Best Photography Editing Tips

Every time I pick up a new photography or image editing tip I find myself thinking that I wish I would have known it back when I started. I have learned the most from listening to others and the things that have helped them, so I thought it might be nice to put together a list of many of these …

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Plum Point at Enid Lake

It seems like every time I get the chance to handle the camera lately, I’m either getting some shots for a tutorial that I am writing, a graphic I am working on, or to fill a stock photo request. Sometimes I just want to take pictures without even thinking about work. For weeks now I have been itching to grab …

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Every Picture Tells a Story

In an earlier article I wrote about perceptions in photography. Minor changes in how you take a picture, such as shooting from a different angle or pulling in close on your subject, can change what is portrayed by the photograph. Changing a photo from color to black and white can also have this same impact. Each of these changes can …

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A Mississippi Garden Spider

A Mississippi Garden Spider I don’t like spiders. I never have. But, let me tell you something. You have NEVER seen spiders until you have seen a Mississippi Garden Spider. These things are so big that I would be afraid to leave any small pets running around loose! People always want to know what that zig zag looking thing in …

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Optimizing Photos for Web Use

The key to successfully optimizing photos for web use is to find the balance between compressing the overall size of the file small enough so that it will load quickly, but not so small that it reduces the visible quality of the photo on your monitor. In a previous lesson we learned that we can help preserve that visible quality …

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Resizing Images for the Web

Simply changing the dimensions of an image in your HTML is never an acceptable method of resizing your photographs for web use. Entering different dimensions than the actual dimensions of the image on your server can give the photograph a distorted appearance. More importantly, if you are using this method to display thumbnails (smaller images) the download time is identical …

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Using a Lossless File Format

Unless you are a professional photographer, the odds are very good that your digital camera (without special settings) takes and transfers pictures to your computer using the jpg file format. Every time you open a jpg file, make edits, and resave it, the image will lose quality that can never be recovered. To overcome this issue, the first thing we …

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Plugin Filters for Image Editors

Using plugin filters can help you turn average photographs into works of art. You do not have to spend a small fortune on plugins for image editors. Often you can find outstanding ones for very low cost, or even free. Just chatting with other photographers in groups and forums, you are likely to find quality resources. David Elliott of top-pics.co.uk …

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Something Totally Different

Today I picked up my camera and headed outside to get some extra practice with depth of field when shooting extreme close-ups, as this has continued to be a major challenge for me. My heart was not in it though and I just did not think I was getting any special shots. What I really wanted to do was drive …

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