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The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2003 8 comments

Tips and ideas to improve your action photos

You need two things to get good action photos: some basic action-shooting skills, and some knowledge of the activity you're photographing. The skills include panning, peak action, follow-focusing, prefocusing and developing a sense of timing. The...

The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

Sun & Games Fun with the sun...and more

1. Sun Stars
Your wide-angle lens at its smallest aperture can turn the sun into a star in your photos—fitting, since the sun actually is a star. The effect occurs because the tiny aperture diffracts the incoming light rays a lot. This diffraction causes the star effect. You can include the sun as a compositional. Photo by...

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The Editors Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

Here are seven more ideas for some great shots this summer

1. Magic Moments
It's not just a summer thing, because a photographer should always be on the lookout for those intriguing sights of life being lived, but summer seems to produce more of them. Put your camera in full-auto mode, stay alert, and fire away when you come across something neat, be it people at work or...

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The Editors Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

Best Of Show

Fujifilm FinePix F700
Although I was not covering digital cameras, I could not resist checking out one model, the new Fujifilm FinePix F700. Encased in a handsome aluminum body, this camera is not only packed with advanced SLR-type...

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The Editors Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

Try these for better people-pictures

1. Action Portrait
If a portrait subject has an active hobby, photograph him or her in action doing it. If the action is rapid, use a fast shutter speed or electronic flash (fill-flash was used for the skateboarder), and take lots of shots to enhance your chances of getting that...
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The Editors Posted: May 01, 2003 0 comments

Adding a filter or two to your camera bag is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to improve your photos

How can you tell if you need filters? Take this quick test: Do you take photographs? If the answer is yes, you very likely need some filters to get the best possible images. Here are some that can really improve many of your future photos.

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The Editors Posted: Apr 01, 2003 0 comments

Photos by Jack and Sue Drafahl

One of the most common bits of advice drummed into new photographers is "get closer to your subject!" In that context, it means that novice shooters generally shoot from too far away, so their subject is lost among all the other stuff in the...

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The Editors Posted: Apr 01, 2003 1 comments

The first major exhibition devoted to the critical early years in the life and work of photographer Margaret Bourke-White is on view at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, through May 11. "Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927--1936," comprising approximately 140 photographs, will be the first exhibition to explore fully her important early...

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The Editors Posted: Feb 01, 2003 0 comments

Playing With Perspective

We judge near and far, big and small by our innate sense of perspective. A sort of visual grammar, it orders the world around and ensures that we can get where we're going and that when we reach out to touch...

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The Editors Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

It's back—our annual collection of ideas to keep you and your camera happily occupied for hours.

1. Don't Go Anywhere Without It!
It's a photographic truism that you can't get the picture if you don't have a camera. How many times have you missed out on a great shot—or at least, a nice record of something...

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