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68 Photography Mistakes You Should Avoid

A while back we asked you all for your input on what the biggest mistake to avoid when taking photos. Your response was overwhelming! Almost 800 Responses, many which were entire blog posts themselves. THANK YOU so much for your willingness to share your collective wisdom. There were a lot of common themes throughout and we compiled them into these 58 photo tips. But then we made a big infographic to celebrate the TEN mistakes that were most often mentioned! …
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The Best Ways To Scan Your Old Photos

There’s something special about a physical photo. Before technology allowed us to have an incredible camera in our pockets at all times, just taking a photo was much more of an event. If a photo was getting taken, something important was usually happening. A wedding. A funeral. A crazy vacation. The first time the whole family was together in decades. And of course, all of those photos were, by necessity, printed, hard copies. And there’s a really good chance that …
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How to Take Better Photos of Your Dog

A dog is man’s best friend, but a dog is not man’s best photography model. Most dogs are playful and energetic, which makes them harder to photograph but not impossible. Dogs make really cute and funny expressions, and they will never criticize you for making their nose look big! However, capturing a sharp, well-composed snapshot of your best friend isn’t always as simple as “Sit! Stay!” Here are a few tips from our friends who have photographed more than 25,000 …
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Aspect Ratio Demystified

The concept of aspect ratio is something that some people are familiar with, but many don’t fully understand. The term “aspect ratio” refers to the relationship between two sides of a rectangle. All digital cameras and smartphones have a default aspect ratio.  The term does not refer to the exact measurements of the rectangle sides, but rather how the sides compare to one another.  The two most common aspect ratios for digital photography are 4:3 (used by most point and …
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The Beginner’s Guide to Camera Lenses

Here’s a super helpful guide for those looking to buy a lens, written by the wonderful Kristi Camara! – Drew Depending on your life, your hobbies, and your passions, the kinds of moments you want to capture most may be very different. Whether you focus on big group photos, incredible landscapes, sports and action shots, or beautiful close-up portraits, there are specific lenses that can help you capture those moments better. So if you have a DSLR and a basic …
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Taking Authentic, Emotional Photos

The joy behind a genuine smile. The tenderness of an embrace. The feeling of the breeze on wind-swept hair. When you first look at a photo, you may only see that one moment of time. But the people in the photo can remember everything that was happening in that moment. That emotion and authenticity can elevate a photo from something functional to something truly inspiring. For Twyla Jones, that authenticity is her passion and the focus of her career. She’s …
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Fracture Explores: Orlando

Here’s a spoiler right up front: We didn’t go to Disney for this one. Despite always enjoying a trip to the most magical place on Earth, I wanted to show off the beautiful spots in Orlando that AREN’T major theme parks. Great photo spots are never far away; you just have to know where to look. So we hired Chad Baumer to do just that. He’s a great photographer in Orlando that already shoots a lot of architectural photography, so …
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Smoke Bomb Photography and What You Need to Know

Smoke bomb photography is unique, relatively easy to do, and creates exciting and unique photography effects. Smoke bombs can turn an ordinary day into a surreal and dramatic event. Expecting mothers love to use them in their gender announcements, and newly engaged couples go to town with them, making their engagement photo sessions a cinematic moment. Even if you just have a smartphone, you can still make awesome photos as long as you know what you’re doing. Here are some tips for making …
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