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3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big
Quick Tip: Use the Moon to Find the Sun
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Judging the quality of light

The following is an excerpt from “The Basic Beginners Guide to Photography Light & Exposure” eBook by Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington. The book is currently on sale in the iBooks Store. After you have the light coming from the right direction,

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The joy of early morning photography for landscapes

Sunrise versus sunset, which is best for landscape photography? It depends. However, in general, I prefer sunrise for numerous reasons. Beautiful light Something both sunrise and sunset landscape photography have going for them is the potential for excellent light. Before

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3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big

Many of us love the experience of creating photos, but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else.  Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper.  I’m sure I am not alone in this, how many of you out there haven’t printed anything in a long time, or have never printed anything at all?

Recently, I had the opportunity to to select one of my favorite photos, and have a print made of it by ArtisanHD.  When the piece arrived and I opened the box, it all came flooding back. Just how cool it’s to see your work big on the wall.  This wasn’t about ego, it was about seeing the product of creativity and effort, reliving the memory of making that image, and rediscovering just how much I love photography.  In this article I’ll explain how printing your work can make you a better photographer, through my experience of having a large print made of one of my favorite photos.

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Quick Tip: Use the Moon to Find the Sun

The other morning I was in the mountains waiting for the sun to rise and looking for the right composition. The moon was helping me because it was indicating exactly where the sun would be rising, which was great because

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Photographer of the Day: Joe

Category: Sports Photograph: Joe “Early Surf” The anticipation in Joe’s shot of a surfer is clear — he’s ready to go running towards the water. The color here is spot-on, further emphasizing the sunrise in the early morning hours. The

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Moonset

Learn To Love Lemonade

The thing is, there are stellar celestial events every month and wherever you live you’re sure to be able to make a great picture. I’ve just moved to Nampa, Idaho, and I’m invigorated by a new place and new things to

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HDR 101: Shooting Brackets

Human eyes are incredible for viewing the world and seeing into shadows and highlights all at the same time. The basis of HDR photography is making several exposures at varying brightnesses and combining them in a powerful software app like

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Black and White at First and Last Light

I invited Jason and his wife Nicole Hahn to hang out on a special photo shoot I had lined up with about 20 people. Jason–a very talented nature and adventure photographer–expressed interested in seeing my group portrait workflow. He traded

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A Fresh Winter's Morning by Murray Fox

Photographer of The Day: Murray Fox

Category: Nature Photographer: Murray Fox Title: A Fresh Winter’s Morning Too often, when we think of nature photography, we think only of wild places. Here Fox captures a wonderful, early morning, pastoral scene of horses in a pasture. Normally, I

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Trulife-1-2

3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big

Many of us love the experience of creating photos, but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else.  Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper.  I’m sure I am not alone in this, how many of you out there haven’t printed anything in a long time, or have never printed anything at all?

Recently, I had the opportunity to to select one of my favorite photos, and have a print made of it by ArtisanHD.  When the piece arrived and I opened the box, it all came flooding back. Just how cool it’s to see your work big on the wall.  This wasn’t about ego, it was about seeing the product of creativity and effort, reliving the memory of making that image, and rediscovering just how much I love photography.  In this article I’ll explain how printing your work can make you a better photographer, through my experience of having a large print made of one of my favorite photos.

Read More
Levi Sim-1-2

Quick Tip: Use the Moon to Find the Sun

The other morning I was in the mountains waiting for the sun to rise and looking for the right composition. The moon was helping me because it was indicating exactly where the sun would be rising, which was great because

Read More
potd-joe-surfing

Photographer of the Day: Joe

Category: Sports Photograph: Joe “Early Surf” The anticipation in Joe’s shot of a surfer is clear — he’s ready to go running towards the water. The color here is spot-on, further emphasizing the sunrise in the early morning hours. The

Read More
Moonset

Learn To Love Lemonade

The thing is, there are stellar celestial events every month and wherever you live you’re sure to be able to make a great picture. I’ve just moved to Nampa, Idaho, and I’m invigorated by a new place and new things to

Read More
Levi Sim HDR Brackets Cover-1

HDR 101: Shooting Brackets

Human eyes are incredible for viewing the world and seeing into shadows and highlights all at the same time. The basis of HDR photography is making several exposures at varying brightnesses and combining them in a powerful software app like

Read More
featured-jhahn-cypress-creek-_g0c5807_hdr-bw

Black and White at First and Last Light

I invited Jason and his wife Nicole Hahn to hang out on a special photo shoot I had lined up with about 20 people. Jason–a very talented nature and adventure photographer–expressed interested in seeing my group portrait workflow. He traded

Read More
A Fresh Winter's Morning by Murray Fox

Photographer of The Day: Murray Fox

Category: Nature Photographer: Murray Fox Title: A Fresh Winter’s Morning Too often, when we think of nature photography, we think only of wild places. Here Fox captures a wonderful, early morning, pastoral scene of horses in a pasture. Normally, I

Read More
Rocks by Chris Utano

Photographer of the Day: Chris Utano

Category: Nature Photographer: Chris Utano Title: Rocks I am a sucker for a well-composed shot of a shoreline. As a nature photographer, it has all the elements: land, sea and sky. This image is not only well composed. It is

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Shooting Landscapes? Go the Extra Mile

Landscape photography brings its own rewards. Being in a beautiful place at a tranquil time of day is therapeutic. Add good company, and it doesn’t really matter if you make any good pictures because the experience alone was worthwhile. For

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