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Often people have the mistaken belief that images that look great on their web site should also work well when they grab them from their site and provide them to printing service providers. Web images display very well at 72 pixels per inch (often referred to as ppi) on a computer screen but printed images on paper or other substrates work best at 240 ppi and above for various forms of inkjet... read more

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Now that the world of photography has gone digital EVERYONE has a camera at their disposal. We have them on our phones, computers, watches and just about everywhere we can imagine. This has brought on an explosion of an interest in photography. Now everyone believes that they are photographers. However, there is more to photography than just taking pictures. If you "point and shoot"... read more

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Have you ever brought your camera on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or to an important family function, only to discover that your photos don’t do any justice to what you saw, or worse yet, came out horrible? What happened? You aimed, and you shot. The pictures came out blurry, poorly lit, overexposed, or crooked. Of course it is no secret that there is more to photography than pointing and... read more

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This past weekend I was in Pasco photographing the Northwest Alpaca Showcase. This is two 10 hours days shooting (not literally) alpacas and their owners. This is as very photography-aware crowd. They are used to having their pictures taken and can be very picky. This becomes a balancing act for the photographer. Do you show only your best work or do you show everything except your very worst... read more

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It may seem strange to ask if there is a difference between Normal People and Photographers but how often does someone see the work of a professional photographer and wonder why their images look so much better. Well I thought I would tell you, it is because we have sold our souls to the devil. No I am kidding, only a few of us have. The real reason is that as photographers we have spent... read more

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It is no secret that I am big fan of RAW shooting. No I don’t mean going on pants optional photo outings but shooting in the RAW format as opposed to the standard Jpeg format. I have been in photo groups where fights almost break out on this subject but there is much to be said for each format. 1. You should only shoot in format, not true.Both formats have very strong reasons for using them... read more

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I had my first tutoring experience on Photoshop the other day! Although I had communicated with my client prior to the actual meeting and had found out exactly what I would be expected to teach, everything went quite smoothly. I think it is always a good idea for a tutor to be ready, meaning knowing what is to be expected and already having a method of approach formulated, before the actual meeting... read more

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In my camera classes I sometimes get a number of questions concerning the Days of Films and how to relate to our current state of Digital. Some started with film and have a camera bags full of lenses and other interesting stuff and are wondering if any of this can be used with digital. Well unless you want to go back to the wet plates a lot of this stuff can’t be used on digital cameras but some... read more

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Let's keep this simple. I consider what am I going to do with this new computer. For me, it is a combination of hobby computing, business needs, and personal computing. I am seriously considering an Apple this time. The Apple will fit my business needs with both software and the Microsoft offering I can be compatible with the office. The main reason I am considering an Apple is money and... read more

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In the last two posts I talked about Shutter Speed and F stops for both light control and creative expression. The third part of the exposure triad is ISO or the sensitivity of the chip in the camera that records the image. Right out of the box you may have noticed that the camera was set on Auto ISO which means the camera picks the sensitivity as it perceives the light falling on the scene you... read more

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Last week I wrote about shutter speed, that mechanical opening in the camera that for a specific time will stay open to allow light to come in to make your exposure or image. Fast shutter speeds like 1/250 of a second or higher will freeze action while lower shutter speeds of 1/4 or slower will let more light in or allow the image to show blur for that artsy look. There is a second part... read more

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I finally got a tutoring job. I was nervous at first, but I now know that it was unfounded. The student was very nice and attentive and I feel as though I was being helpful. I am new to the tutoring scene. I always wanted to help people in an intellectual way as that is the best way for me. As I am getting into it, tutoring is a very fulfilling vocation. It seems like missionary work (as I would... read more

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Photography, like any other art form is ever-evolving. The more you practice the more you develop and grow as an artist. Part of the learning process involves sharing and collaborating with others in order to expand your knowledge and artistic horizons. It is simply not possible to stay within the confines of a style you are comfortable with and expect that "it" will come to you. Try... read more

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1. Nikon or Canon This is a great source of contention among professionals but often is based mostly on preference or brand loyalty. In all my research the main differences I found were speed and vibrance, with Nikon excelling at the former and Canon the latter. My suggestion is Nikon because saturation can be compensated for in post while speed cannot. 2. Which model? Many newbies... read more

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When you have a great image and want to share it what if you have a parent or relative who does not have the internet or you would just like a print of your work, is it easier or harder than it used to be? There are a lot of choices for making prints. A number of local one hour printers from the chain drugstore to big box shops like Costco and Sam's Club are out there. Some make it easy with computer... read more

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Way back in the days of film pro photographers had this little known secret for getting better in their craft. It was called editing. Be it with roll film or slides we would go through every session and toss out all the images that were to put it nicely S&#. But we did not stop there. Sure it was easy looking at a contact sheet or a light table of slides to see which frames were blank, over... read more

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Recently, I was helping a friend and coworker design and develop a printed in-store merchandising guidebook that would show employees how to set up and display new product in a retail store, in this case, home furnishings. Not only would this one hundred plus page full-color catalog provide the retail stores with a great tool for store setup, but it would also help educate new employees on the... read more

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As a professional photographer, I love having the option to shoot both color and black and white. Years ago, I had to choose what kind of film to put into my camera. This could be a problem since I might have a job that required both color and black and white, often at the same time! Luckily, digital photography has solved a lot of these problems. Now, when I shoot digital, I always shoot in color... read more

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