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Winter is the season for heading to Skagit County and photographing bald eagles. If you go to the right places you can see 20-30 eagles in the air or in trees at any given time. A couple weekends ago I took my annual trip to the Samish Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area and the eagles were thick in the air. At one point I counted 50 or more within a couple hundred yards. http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/skagit/unit... read more

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Today a student contacted me about shooting around town as a lesson format and I thought this great idea may inspire others! I've had great success with this in the past as a fun way to become familiar with different settings and styles. While the weather is a little frightful the rain makes for very dynamic effects.

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If you enjoy photographing people, some of the most freeing types of shooting are learning to be patient and DOCUMENT what people do. Don't worry about posing, or hoping your subject will do exactly what you want. Be willing to be near them, hold your camera in your hand and OBSERVE them. On their own, your subjects will do even better and interesting things than what you could have orchestrated... read more

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Plain and simple: you LOVE Photography...Or you are beginning to love it more and more. That said, it's important to learn from Photographers you admire. Many offer workshops, tutorials, workbooks etc....If you like a photographers work, it's worth going out of your way to learn from them. They may live far away, probably charge for their workshops or lessons etc...It could very well be worth... read more

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You enjoy Photography? Why not learn the craft to the point where you can take on commissions? Obviously, to become great at anything you need to dive in and be willing to put in the time to learn your craft. Photography is possible to learn through online tutorials, tutoring, classes, workshops and OF COURSE taking your camera out and photographing! Once you learn what type of lenses are best... read more

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If you enjoy taking portraits, it's good to understand the best lighting situations that are most flattering for people. First off, if you can get comfortable with your camera, enough to shoot in Manual mode, you'll have some great options for taking great people photographs. Think of taking images without the use of your flash. If you have a good lens that opens to at least a 2.8 f-stop (or aperture)... read more

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As an amateur photographer it will be important for you to pinpoint what type or types of places, things or people you like to photograph. If you enjoy landscapes, it will be important for you to understand outdoor, natural lighting and what types of lenses with certain focal lengths, including prime lenses, might be best. And if you enjoy photographing People, understanding which lenses are best... read more

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I have never done a blog before, so here goes nothing. People think it is easy to be a photographer because they think you just point and shoot and then you are done. Photography is not easy. Whether it is fine art or photojournalism, it is work. When getting started you have to think about the subject at hand. You need to think about angles, light, shutter speed, ISO, and composition. Until... read more

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Lately I've noticed a pattern in students that come to me for photography help. Understanding light and how your camera captures it is half the battle in photography. The other half involves you having some sort of talent to compose and create. But that crucial understanding of light can make or break any photograph and any photographer. Light can be mathematically, scientifically and visually... read more

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Understanding where your skills set lies in Photography is important to finding out what the next step is in what you need you learn. Do the apertures and shutter speeds on your camera make sense to you? Do you feel comfortable reading the light situation and knowing what settings to use for the correct exposure? How about knowing when a good time to incorporate artificial light as in flash photography... read more

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"Why can't photography today be as simple as with film?" This is a question I get everyday from students in my class. I remind them that even in the good old days of film that photography wasn't that simple. If you only shot and drop your film at a local lab all the work was hidden in the darkroom. This included processing and someone sitting there printing your images. Most of this... read more

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If you don’t see the options listed below, look in the scanner software for ‘Advanced’ or ‘Expert’ controls or tools. The ‘Basic’ or ‘Quick’ options will not give you the desired results. 1) Place the original on the scanner. TIP: Before you place the original on the scanner, clean and dry the glass thoroughly. Fingerprints and dust will ruin your scan and require re-touching. Don’t... read more

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I was really amazed to see in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary that Photoshop is now listed as a verb. The fact that the dictionary is listing it as a verb is not that amazing but that it took so long to do so. For years we have heard people say “Can you Photoshop this?” or “I bet that was Photoshopped” meaning that the image was changed using Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop... read more

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More people are using Photoshop every day, as well as its kid sister, Photoshop Elements. Not just photographers, designers, and artists, but also small business owners, event promoters, high school kids, and their moms and dads - they're creating postcards, comic books, newsletters, enhancing photos of their products, or sending cool pix to their friends, and using Photoshop to make all their... read more

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The title of this article is also the title of my recently released book. It can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Build-Better-Photograph-Disciplined-Creativity/dp/1933952180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255632179&sr=1-1. If you are going to graduate from college soon or have been working in the field for about 3-5 years, then this book will speak to you. It is a... read more

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As I already have a blog and do not wish to repeat myself, please visit this site to read more about what I have to say: digitalbeast.wordpress.com. If you like what I have to say here, you may enjoy reading my new book: http://www.amazon.com/Build-Better-Photograph-Disciplined-Creativity/dp/1933952180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255632179&sr=1-1 Thank you and... read more

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Come down to Butterfield Garage Gallery, located at 137 King Street, St. Augustine, FL to check out my Featured Artist Show, Storytelling! Runs through July 31, 2009. The subject matter varies, involving everything from underwater worlds and natural environments, to celebrity portraits. Various mediums ranging from Watercolor, Acrylic, Woodcuts, Gouache, Digital Manipulation, and everything... read more

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