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How to Photograph Bioluminescent Oceans


There are certain natural phenomena that most photographers would love to capture. Aurora, eclipses, meteors, rainbows, eruptions, lightning and tornados all present challenges to the photographer, not least of which is (with the exception of eclipses) having a camera pointed the right way when they happen. Bioluminescent algae is no ...

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When and How to Use a Polarizing Filter


Reflections are often unwanted, and glare will wash out an image. Polarizing filters counter the reflective measures and will deepen blues and add contrast to skies, reduce or remove reflections from water and windows, and increase contrast and saturation. They do this by cutting out a single wave of direct ...

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Focus Stacking Made Simple: Get Pin-Sharp Photos in 90 Seconds


The popularity and widespread use of focus stacking in landscape photography have dramatically increased over the last few years. The concept typically reserved for macro photography has quickly won over countless outdoor photographers worldwide. With more and more landscape enthusiasts using wide angle lenses to capture images with dramatic foreground ...

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How to Read and Use the Histogram on Your Camera


Even though photography is an art form and the final result is considered to be an artistic expression of your thoughts and ideas, there is a strong technical side to all of this. You’re using a very advanced technological camera to capture the images and you need to know and ...

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Use Your Flip-Flop as a Grad ND Filter


Can you use a flip-flop — or any solid item, for that matter — as a graduated neutral density (AKA grad ND) filter? Sure. But, it doesn’t work in all situations. Does this Photography Hack Work? Sure it works. Below are the two photos I took – totally unedited. On ...

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How to Photograph Bugs in Front of a Sunrise


I’ve been taking photos for a long time. That said, I got into the bad habit of taking tons of disjointed photos. That is, I was not thinking of my work as project-based nor was I using my photos to really tell stories. Over the last few years, however, I’ve ...

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A Secret Rule of Photo Composition: The Middle Line


Here’s a short 4-minute video by Light Club that looks at using a vertical or horizontal middle line through the frame, something it refers to as “a secret rule of photo composition.” Examples given in the video show how both photographers and artists throughout history have created compelling compositions by ...

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