Photo Tips and Techniques

Everyday Photo Tips for Better Photography

How to Photograph a Parade

Parades are not among newspaper photographers favorite assignments.

Like kids playing in sprinklers on a hot day and fireworks on the Fourth of July, parades fall into the seen-one-seen-them-all category. And based on my personal experience I tend to agree; I’ve taken very few photographs of parades that I really love.

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How To Photograph Flowers (Part 2/2)

Our photographic celebration of life itself continues with Part Two of How to Photograph Flowers.

Again, I’ve used many of the photographs you folks posted on our Facebook page as examples – thank you for your talents and inspiration!

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How To Photograph Flowers (Part 1/2)

We’re proud to present a two part series of HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH FLOWERS photo tips. Many of the pictures were taken by people just like you. They love photography and they love flowers and they were willing to get their knees dirty. That’s pretty much all it takes.

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Photographing the Springtime Milestones

Any milestone or family event deserves special photographic consideration. The end of a school year is as good a time as any to point out some basics to preserve those memories. I realize that in the Southern Hemisphere you’re in the middle of the school year. (I only have one thought for you. Nah na nah na nah! Obviously, our turn will come next December.)

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Five Tips for Photographing the Joys of Spring

I really hope the snow has melted wherever you find yourself in the world. It’s been a tough winter for many people living in North America … one where I’m sure there were more people holding snow shovels than cameras. But now that the daffodils are announcing the arrival (or at least the promise!) of spring, it’s time to shake off the winter blues, and get outside with your camera. Here are some tips that I hope will set you on the right path.

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Finding Beautiful Light

Beautiful, soft portrait lighting is all around us if you know how to look for it. Scout your house and neighborhood for a place that has this gorgeous light and you’ll be ready to shoot spontaneous headshots that have a classic, professional look.

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Photographing Water

Beautiful light makes just about everything look good, but when you mix it with some water it’s almost hard to miss. Hopefully, you’ll find yourself bathed in both of them sometime soon. If you and your camera both get a little bit wet, don’t worry, it’s going to be alright.

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A Day at the Beach

The beach is one of those places where every single photographic possibility has been done several hundred billion times by several hundred billion amateur photographers and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We can all learn from each other’s mistakes and successes and put our own creative spin on this classic situation.

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How To Photograph Fireworks

A staple of any celebration worth its while is the big fireworks display at the end. If you would like to capture the magic of the night, I’ve compiled some tips for you.

Photographing fireworks is really fun and, if you’ve never done it, enormously satisfying. For many amateurs it falls into the “Wow, I didn’t know I could do that!” category—well, you can. And fireworks pictures are a wonderful exercise in manual photography—manual focus and manual exposure are the only way to go.

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Photographing Grandparents

Any visit with grandparents is an opportunity to add to the family photographic record— especially if they don’t live nearby. It’s not always easy or convenient to gather multiple generations in one spot—you can meet resistance at both ends of the age spectrum—but as the maker and keeper of family images it’s practically mandatory and always worth whatever it takes. Maybe these thoughts will help and inspire you.

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