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Capturing a sense of motion with shutter speed

A common issue some people have is getting their images to portray a sense of movement. Today we are going to look at how adjusting our shutter speed can help achieve the desired look that we want. For this simple example we will look at a ceiling fan taken at different shutter speeds so you can see how adjusting the shutter speed through an entire typical range can help you achieve the exact look you are aiming for.

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The Two Immutable Laws Of Lighting

Recently Linda Ralston, one of my Facebook friends, asked me how I go about setting my flash exposure for some nighttime wedding shots I had posted. The conversation on Facebook led to what I...

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New Lighting Products Now Available

Back before Christmas we started selling some photography lighting gear products. A few months into it and the products were moved to their own website at (get it, Dojo – BlackBelt, see the...

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Using Colored Gels on Backgrounds

We have covered using colored gels for backgrounds in the past (here) and a very common question is how to get the background color dialed in properly. In this article we will walk through...

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Live Learning Lab Webinar Tonight – All About Colorspace

Tonight on the Live Learning Lab Jason Anderson and I will be discussing RGB/sRGB/ProPhoto Colorspace and what this means to you as a photographer, when to use which, and how this affects your images....

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Umbrellas Versus Softboxes

I get asked quite a bit about the difference in using an umbrella versus a softbox so I figured it was about time to do an article about it and see if I could...

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Learning to shoot in manual mode

While today’s cameras do a pretty good job when in fully automatic mode, in order to make the most of your camera you should learn how to use your camera on the manual setting. To go full manual you will need to have an understanding of shutter speed, aperture settings, and ISO speed. In this article we will get you going and get you shooting like a pro.

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Understanding Depth of Field

When done well, a photograph that has good control over the depth of field can add dramatically to the impact of the picture. When we are talking about depth of field, what we are referring to is a shot were the main subject of the picture is in sharp focus but other elements in the picture are blurred or out of focus. Two key terms to learn here are focal plane which is the area of the image that we want to have in sharp focus and bokeh which is the out of focus sections.

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Looking at things from a different angle

Some of the more interesting photographs are often of ordinary things viewed from a different perspective. A blade of grass from ground level looking up, a bride and groom looked down on from a balcony, etc. What makes these different is that the person viewing the photograph is able to see things from a perspective that is not normal.

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Learn from the Best Contest

How would you like the opportunity to learn from some of the best photographers in the business? Well, Nations Photo Lab is given you this unique opportunity. Some of the prizes that are available...

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Checklists For Photographer’s

Photographers are human and are therefor prone to making mistakes, however, some mistakes as a photographer can cost you dearly. Fortunately for me, my mistakes have never happened on a paid gig. I have however gone out to shoot nature and landscape shots and realized I didn’t have any compact flash cards once, and didn’t have my tripod another time.

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Using Light Modifiers Correctly

This weekend I was attending my wife’s graduation and watched a guy with a high end Canon camera outfitted with the latest 70-200mm f/2.8 L II lens and 580 ex II struggling for half...

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Podcast #99 – Conversation with Roberto Valenzuela – Talking about balance

In this episode Kerry sits down with Roberto Valenzuela to discuss balance in your images. Balance takes two general forms, one for dealing with how people are posed, and the other on how objects are composed within your shot. This conversation covers balance in terms of composition and how to arrange subjects and objects to achieve an overall balance in your image.

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Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Review

We recently took a look at the Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 and are following that article up with the other side of the spectrum with the Lowepro Pro Roller x200 which is more of...

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ColorRight Pro White Balance Filter Review

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the big discussions everywhere were all about how to get good white balance in-camera…then came RAW and the resurgence of the “fix it in post” mantra. I...