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Five tips for exploring history with your camera
Reliving Australian horror stories through a lens
How photography influenced art, part two: Competing with paintings?
How photography influenced art, part one: Changing the world
Why is still life photography important?
Looking at Wabi-Sabi, the art of perfectly imperfect
Lightroom Secrets: The Power of Snapshots
History of Photography: Mobile Studios
Lasting Impacts of the Daguerreotype
From The Archives: 1965 US Army Training Film: Basic Photography
Which Camera Was Your First?
The Evolution of the Photoshop Tools Palette

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Why is still life photography important?

Still life photography is all about capturing stills of our daily life. While it may seem frivolous and staged to some, it is an important part of capturing our current modern life and culture. Still life — in all its

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Looking at Wabi-Sabi, the art of perfectly imperfect

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that represents the acceptance of transience and imperfect life. Sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” “Wabi” roughly means “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” with a focus on a less-is-more.

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Lightroom Secrets: The Power of Snapshots

For ages, I’ve become accustomed to using Lightroom’s Virtual Copy feature. It let me create multiple images and style them based off of the original edit I had made. But it was tedious when dealing with multiple virtual copies. Since

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Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: Mobile Studios

As long as photography remained chained to any sort of wet plate process, photographers found themselves encumbered by massive hardships in order to “take the show on the road”. However, as transportation networks grew, architectural technology advanced, and people began

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Lasting Impacts of the Daguerreotype

Lasting Impacts of the Daguerreotype In the past few articles of this series, we’ve seen how the daguerreotype came about but we haven’t really taken a moment to look at just how far-reaching the effects of its “birth” were. For

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Which Camera Was Your First?

It’s Friday, and that means a little bit of reminiscing. Which camera did you get first? A look back at the start of the Phototofocus team and their photography careers. Hear from some of our writers which camera they used

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The Evolution of the Photoshop Tools Palette

Photoshop is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and a lot has changed over the years. Hear from the creator’s and pioneers of Photoshop about how the tools evolved. You can also explore the history of Photoshops tools and how they evolved

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Monetizing personal projects: The musician

The subject of monetizing personal projects is near and dear to my heart. I put together a ninety-minute presentation about the subject and shared it with my fellow photographers to a wonderful reception. A phone call leads to art In

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Astrophotography mistakes beginners usually make

There’s no question that astrophotography is one of the most interesting genres to get into. Photographing deep sky objects is especially exciting and rewarding, whether you’re a beginner or already years into it. However, to be able to make the

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Fun with a fisheye: The Sigma 15mm f/2.8

“Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.” Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one, but I don’t travel without one. The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at

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Free photoshoots: Why do I do them?

This image that you see right here — the cover one — is a photo I took with a triathlon athlete for her blog. Did I get money for that? No. Am I happy with that? Yes. Will I do

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