Technical Knowledge Is Not Enough

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As a photographer, it’s important to understand that even if…

Thinking in the Field

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Varina's goal was to capture the motion of the clouds and the smooth surface of the lake before sunrise. She walks you through her fieldwork and thought process.

Why is Critique So Important?

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Learning to critique photographs effectively is critically important to becoming a better photographer.

Capturing Details in Moving Subjects

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Every time a wave came in, the foam would crash against the rocks – bursting in a strange, monochrome fireworks display that seemed surreal in its complexity.

Who's Afraid of a Big Bad Storm?

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Check weather conditions before you leave, and keep an eye on the skies. Be aware of what's coming, and bring the right gear.

High Key Black and White

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High key black and white photography showcases patterns, contrast, and subtle tones rather than color.

Getting Ready to Shoot Autumn

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Shooting in autumn is so much fun - I love the inevitable explosion of red and gold as the maples shift into their fall foliage.

An Ode to Negative Space

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I am a dreamer. An artist. A mother. A reader. A wanderer. And a lover of negative space.

Blurring the Line

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How many ways can you create blur in the photograph? Here are tips and ideas for using blur to create compelling images.

Negative Space

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I am a firm believer in the importance of Negative Space.…

Flower Portraits

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Photographing flowers isn't easy. Getting close to the ground can be a challenge in itself... and wind and sunlight add complications too.

How Can I Simplify an Image?

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Simplifying an photo can be difficult, but it starts with choosing a simple subject. Here are some easy to follow tips from Varina Patel.