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4 Essential Tools for Adventure Photographers

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Few things are more exhilarating than getting out in the wide open world with a camera in hand. However, venturing into the wilderness brings about specific technical difficulties that can be difficult to overcome. Courtesy of National Geographic, here are some of the most helpful tools a photographer have on hand when shooting out in the field:
 
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Photographer Turns Plastic Bottles into Ocean Scenes

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Plastic decomposes at an incredibly slow rate, spanning hundreds of years. Plenty of it ends up floating in the ocean, often attaching itself to other clumps of plastic that spread across the water. It has become a serious issue that needs serious attention and care to prevent a greater problem. As this video describes, projections state that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by the year 2050. In order to represent the damage that plastic consumption is causing, photographer Benjamin Von Wong created this video in which he demonstrates how he arranged and photographed this particular scene:
 

How to Use Photography Reflectors to Save on Lighting Costs

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We all know that photography is about capturing light. We all know that the basic setup for a portrait requires three lights. Now for the ugly part: buying good quality studio portrait lights is expensive! Enter photography reflectors.
 

How to Work with Lens Flares in a Home Photo Studio

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One of the golden rules of studio photography is to never point lights straight at the camera. Doing so can create lens flare, reduced contrast, and all sorts of other problems. Yet, in the video below, portrait photographer Gavin Hoey shows us that rules like the one above are meant to be understood and then creatively broken:
 

How to Create a Blurry Background

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You can create a blurry background in your portrait photography with a very simple process. When you are photographing people, a soft focus background can help rid your photo of any potential distractions. This effect is called a shallow depth of field.
 

Flash Photography Tips

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Flash photography is the use of a camera flash bulb in a variety of possible situations where there doesn’t seem to be enough light. The most common use of flash photography is group portraits at gatherings where there is not enough light to take a satisfactory exposure.
 

How to Photograph Shattering Glass

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Okay this one’s going to a bit messy, and it’s highly recommended that you do not try this at home without safety glasses and other protective gear. In this video, photographer Karl Taylor shows you how to freeze and capture the moment when a wine glass shatters on impact:
 

How to Take Photos at Night

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Taking photos at night is a lot harder than snapping shots during the day. The less light you have to play with, the more compromises you have to make, and the harder you have to work to get a great image. Shooting at night covers a lot of different situations, from shooting portraits indoors by lamplight to capturing landscapes outdoors just by the light of the moon.
 

Three Reasons to Go Ultra Wide When Photographing Dogs Outdoors

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One of the most important compositional decisions to make when photographing pets is choosing a focal length. Due to perspective and lens distortion, ultra wide angles (generally considered to be less than 24mm on a full frame camera) can yield unflattering results when photographing humans. However, when photographing pets, shooting with an ultra-wide angle lens can do wonders in making your photos stand out.
 

4 Ways to Use Tungsten Lights in Your Photography

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Photographers have been slowly transitioning to LED daylight balanced lights, and there’s nothing wrong with that. They help you balance artificial light with the natural light coming through a window. But tungsten lights still have an undeniable presence in everyday life. You don’t need all your lights to be daylight balanced when shooting. This video tutorial has four reasons why:
 

How to do Light Painting by Rotating the Camera

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Circular lines are a great way to draw your viewer into the photo. The animation artists knew what they were doing with the Looney Tunes design. A similar effect is possible in photography through a process known as kinetic light painting. This technique involves moving the camera around in front of stationary lights, creating a pattern in your photo. If you use camera rotation you can create circular light lines.
 

How to Make a Pinhole Camera with a DSLR Body Cap

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Pinhole photography is a lensless form of photography. Essentially, the pinhole camera is a lightproof box with a tiny aperture and a photosensitive material positioned inside. Light passes through the aperture and projects an inverted image onto the interior of the box where the photosensitive material is fixed. You can make a pinhole camera out of practically anything, and the results are unique and often surprising.
 

How I Processed This Photo Using Only Lightroom

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An advantage of using the Raw format is that it gives you a tremendous amount of freedom when it comes to processing. This, combined with Lightroom’s powerful processing engine, opens up lots of possibilities for the creative photographer. I’d like to show you how I processed a Raw file using only Lightroom.
 

How to Capture Authentic Photos of Children with These Simple Tips

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I photograph a lot of family portraits and despite my best efforts to convince the adults to relax, parents worry about how their children will look. Often I hear statements like, “Sit nicely for the camera”, or “Don’t make silly faces.” My personal favourite is the statement that throws Grandma under the bus, “You’re grandmother wants a nice picture of you.” It’s hard sometimes to convince adults to let kids be kids.
 

How to Capture Beautiful Images Right in Your Neighborhood

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In one of my recent articles, I show why the camera isn't necessarily the be-all-end-all or deciding factor in your image's quality. It's the photographer's subject, understanding of light, preparation, and maybe a little luck that also comes into play. Ramos, whose work you may have come across in the Fstoppers' community, started a series where he photographed the more simplistic, not-so-famous architecture in Tampa Bay. Ramos goes explains why he photographed these areas in smaller towns nearby:
 

How a Camera Lens Works

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When out on location or engrossed in the studio, even the most dedicated photographers rarely think about the functions of their cameras as they snap the machine’s shutter. But have you ever wondered how a camera is able to capture and record its surroundings so precisely? The diagrams and illustrations in this informational video provide concise answers capable of satiating any image maker’s curiosity:
 

How To Shoot The Perfect Silhouette

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Shooting silhouettes are great exercise for photographers because it requires them to take a slightly different approach to photographing and lighting a subject. It’s also handy for teaching composition rules and helping photographers understand the impact shape and form can make on a photo when given an adequate amount of attention to detail. Not to mention, silhouettes can make for visually stunning images!
 

How to Remove Dust Spots From Your Photos in Lightroom

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When you take a photo, if the lens or camera sensor isn’t completely clean, you’ll probably see dust spots in your image. They’re especially noticeable if you’ve shot something that’s a single flat area of color, for example, the sky in a landscape.
 

How to Create a Fantasy Macro Drop Photograph

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Capturing water droplets is a cliché of the macro photography world, but it’s a fun one and it does take skill and practice to get right. There are other ways to make macro photographs. For those, you can check out my article on Getting Started With Macro Photography, but for the purposes of this tutorial, we’re going to be looking at making a macro picture with a DSLR and macro lens.
 

Instant Polaroid Style Photography Ideas & Tricks

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Are you into instant photography? Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking about old-school Polaroids! Today, there are a bunch of modern cameras on the market for photographers who still love the instant format. And, there are tons of creative things you can do with them. In this video, Cooph teams up with photographer Lisa Kutzelnig, who uses the new Leica Sofort instant camera to show us eight fun and creative things you can do with instant photos:
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