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 Getting It Rite In Camera Is Important Now gservo-01946-20140708

Creating an image is similar to constructing a building. If you don’t get it right, you have to go back in and fix it. Some people like to say “I can fix it in post” and while this is true, it’s not always efficient. Sometimes if you take your time and get it right in the camera first you can shave hours off of your production time by taking a few extra minutes to get your exposure and composition correct. Sitting in front of your computer may not always be a choice depending on circumstances.

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IbarionexThePhoblographerDocumentaryPhotography01

Many associate the golden era of documentary photography with the heyday of picture magazines such as Life and Look magazine, but the practice of the photo story is still alive and well. Though such work may not find a home within the pages of most of today’s consumer magazines, there is still an interest in such bodies of work which can be frequently found online.

These photographers, many of whom I have had the opportunity to interview on my podcast, The Candid Frame, focus on more than just getting a nice-looking singular image. Instead, they show the power of a photo story where multiple images are used to convey facts, emotion and drama. These techniques can be used just as effectively by the rest of us whether we are focusing our lens on the lives of others or our own.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel SL1 product photos review (8 of 9)ISO 4001-400 sec at f - 1.4

When a new photographer picks up a camera, they’re very prone to making tons of mistakes that are understandable. But making sure that they get corrected is important to ensuring that you get the best images and your camera delivers the best performance.

Here are a couple of ways that rookies mess up often.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D810 Product Images-5

Rumors about replacements for the Canon 7D, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and others are popping about like hot oil from a skillet. With Photokina a few months away, there is a lot of interest in the new cameras and lenses that will be announced. This leaves many a shutterbug handling their credit cards in eager anticipation.

And while many photographers will upgrade simply because the can, the rest of us need to be a little more thoughtful about it. Though some of these cameras may boast an exciting new assortment of features, it may or may not be what we need. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you buy.

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confident about your photography gservo-01408-20140627

Over the years of practicing my photography, one lesson stands out: Photography requires confidence.

I have written about this before, and yet I still run across situations which force me to continue thinking about this. Having confidence is as important as your ability to create an image. Photography is not just about the gear. It’s about the people using it. You can have the most expensive camera equipment in the world but it means nothing if you don’t have the backbone to use it. Of all your photography skills, confidence is your most important. If you do not believe in your photography, no one else will. Here are five reasons to continue working on developing your confidence. [click to continue…]

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We are dependant on light to make our photographs. So, it is important to learn to evaluate the quality of light that we have to work with to determine the final look of our photographs. Identifying and recognizing the qualities of the light results in us making important decisions regarding exposure, white balance and even camera position. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you make the most of the light you have to work with whether you are photographing people, landscapes, food or abstracts.

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