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By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Epic Photography Fails ... Can Be Awesome


It’s easy to think that because we left the right lens at home, didn’t bring a tripod, or don’t own the latest camera with the best resolution/low-light sensitivity/new-camera smell, we can’t make good photos.

Worse, we sometimes convince ourselves that the camera should stay in its comfy bag (the latest in a series of pricy totes)—because we’re afraid to even try in the first place.

“If I can’t make the image that’s in my head, why bother?”

If you learn anything about photography, it’s that there is no single, correct way to take photos. Sure, there are rules and guidelines and solid principles, but good photos can come from anywhere, and in all sorts of circumstances.

Let the following examples inspire you the next time you can’t capture a shot the way it “should” be done.

By Steve Simon | Friday, August 21, 2015

The Secret to Shooting the City at Night


There’s no doubt we’re in a golden age of photography. Thanks to tremendous gains in ISO sensitivity and quality, we now have opportunities to make images that were previously unseen because they were impossible to get.

Now, if you can see it (and even sometimes when you can’t), you can capture it.

I’m often astonished at just how beautifully our modern sensors render low available light. As I demonstrate in my new course Street Photography: The City at Night, it has opened up a whole world that allows us to capture the magic, grit, and atmosphere of dimly lit scenes.

Here’s how I do it:

By Justin Reznick | Saturday, August 01, 2015

Eye from the Sky: Aerial Photography Tips

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In my new course on aerial photography from the South Island of New Zealand, I talk about searching for abstract patterns from the air to make compelling imagery.

I’ve been fortunate to create abstract aerial images from other parts of the world and would like to share them with you—as well as some tips for what to look for if you ever get a chance to shoot some yourself!

By Jeff Carlson | Saturday, July 25, 2015

TripMode: Don't Blow Through Your Allotted Data While Traveling


When packing for modern summer travel, be sure to throw in the Internet. I have decent broadband access at home, and I forget that’s not the case everywhere else.

I learned this lesson the hard way on my last trip—although not in the way you might expect:

I made sure I had an alternate method of getting online, but in the process, I burned through my data allocation—twice in two days.

Here’s how it happened, and how to use TripMode to make sure it doesn’t happen to you:

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Use Dropbox Carousel to Share Your Travel Photos

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One of the joys of vacation travel is leaving behind the laptop bag and all the responsibilities that come with it. Exploring new places with just a smartphone in our pockets helps us totally immerse in our adventures.

It’s also fun to share these experiences with friends and family back home. Carousel, a companion app for Dropbox, lets us do exactly that—and allows everyone to leave comments so members of shared albums can have conversations right there within the cozy confines of the Carousel app for iOS or Android.

I’ve set up one of these albums for my family, and I’m going to show you how the Dropbox Carousel works on your smartphone or tablet.

By Steve Simon | Friday, July 17, 2015

A Story in Pictures: Coney Island

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See the colorful rides, food, characters, and summer scenes of Coney Island as award-winning documentary photographer Steve Simon shares the lessons learned from his recent photo shoot there.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, July 06, 2015

Know Your Rights: Two Current Trends in Copyright Law

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Copyright law has been around since the 15th Century. Since then, it has been changed many times and in many ways and it still is evolving.

Two current trends in copyright law may affect your future rights.

By Jim Heid | Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Fire Away: Bright Ideas for 4th of July Photos

4th of july photos

This is the time of year when every website in the U.S. runs an article on how to photograph fireworks.

I’m happy to say that this not one of those articles.

But it is an article about photographing Fourth-of-July festivities—not just fireworks (although I’ll get to them), but also the festivities that precede them: food, family, friends, and summery community fun.

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