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By Justin Reznick | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Capturing Water with Long Exposure Photography

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Long exposure photography can be a fascinating technique when you’re photographing water. I’ve shown you the great cotton-candy look you can get with long exposures.

Now let me show you what you get when you focus on other features in water—features that, when long-exposed, can make something special from an otherwise ordinary scene.

By Jeff Carlson | Monday, January 5, 2015

Want to Be a Better Photographer? Get Out There and Shoot

To be a better photographer, go out and shoot in your neighborhood

“What’s the most important thing to know about photography?”

The woman asking was in the back of a touring van with me, two of a dozen photographers bouncing along the highway between destinations on a photo workshop. She was relatively new to photography, enthusiastic about making images with a new DSLR that she was only just beginning to understand how to use.

I think she expected me to answer with something about lens choices or camera features. I had become an unofficial geek consultant during the workshop, happily fielding questions about camera gear, iPads, Macs, and software. Those things naturally shuffled through my brain, but after a moment I changed tack and said, “To go out and do it.”

Even as I spoke, I knew that sounded like the most obvious, clichéd, bumper-sticker answer one could come up with. Just do it! Carpé diem! Seize the sunrise! All that.

But to be a better photographer, you’ve got to develop and nurture a photographer’s eye. And to do that, you need practice, which means going out and making photos.

By Joseph Linaschke | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Build a DIY Camera Stabilizer — for Under $4

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Ever find yourself needing to stabilize your camera but don’t have a tripod with you … and can’t find anywhere to rest the camera … and really just need to stay solid for that long exposure?

I’m going to show you how I built a pocket-sized DIY camera stabilizer — for less than $4 — that will work anywhere, at any time, on any camera with a tripod socket.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Photographer Needed an App — So He Built One

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Mike Wong didn’t want to build an app. He really didn’t. All he wanted was to take awesome long-exposure photos.

But he could never figure out what shutter speed to use for those trial-and-error pictures.

“I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way than having 50 shots that didn’t work for every one that did,’” says the hobby photographer.

There ought to be an app for that, he thought, as so many of us do these days.

And then—much to his own shock—he built one.

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