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What Are Abstracts?

September 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
WHAT ARE ABSTRACTS? Kyle Cook Definition of Abstract: Abstract art expresses the artist's ideas or feelings instead of showing the exact appearance of people or things. Abstracts in photography are basically the same as abstract art. It shows your feelings about your subject without including the entire object. How do you FIND abstracts t...
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Working the Scene

September 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
WORKING THE SCENE Melissa Southern We have been encouraging everyone to work the scene, to look past the initial view to find the hidden gems, to find the interesting part of the scene. This is also part of the process in developing your concept, of actually “creating” a photograph instead of just taking a picture. This process is valid whethe...
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The Importance of Polarizers

September 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
THE IMPORTANCE OF POLARIZERS Kyle Cook Without Polarizer With Polarizer What makes a photograph "pop? Color, contrast, saturation, right? RAW files (if you shoot RAW) don't have as much contrast and color right off the bat, so post processing is necessary to make the images appear as you saw them when you took the shot. Regardless, the use of...
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What to do When You Get Bored with Your Photography

September 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET BORED WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY Melissa Southern We all have to face it. Sometimes, we just get burned out on our photography. We feel like we are not good enough, not creative enough, not talented enough, not meeting the expectations that we set for ourselves. We get tired of constantly picking up the camera and trying to find...
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Enjoy the Moment

August 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
ENJOY THE MOMENT Kyle Cook Grandfather Mountain is a very special place for me. I met and married my husband up there, and I have learned so much about photography at the events there. Every year since 1995, I have attended the Nature Photography Weekend and the Camera Clinic. I have met people who have remained friends for years. I met my bus...
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Go Get Your Tripod!!!

August 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
GO GET YOUR TRIPOD!!!! Melissa Southern Ok, it's time for some honesty. I don't always use my tripod. Sometimes it's because I cannot get the tripod where I want/need it. Sometimes it's because I don't have it with me. Sometimes, it's because I am straight-up lazy! There. I said it. I can be very lazy. Tripods can be a pain to use. They slow t...
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Stopping to Take a Quick Shot (or 10)

August 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
STOPPING TO TAKE A QUICK SHOT (OR 10) Kyle Cook Melissa blogged some time ago about stopping to take the shot when you see it. Well, I'm here to re-emphasize that advice! My husband, Roger, and I were driving back from our place near Holden Beach a couple of weeks ago. We were pulling his son's trailer and the wheels were getting hot, so...
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Getting Ready for the Solar Eclipse

August 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
GETTING READY FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE Melissa Southern In case any of you have not heard, on Monday, August 21, 2017, we will experience the Great American Solar Eclipse. All states in the continental US will experience at least some part of the solar eclipse. People from Oregon all the way to South Carolina will experience a total solar eclip...
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