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Working Your Subject

July 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
WORKING YOUR SUBJECT Melissa Southern There are many tips and techniques for getting a great photograph. One of the most important of these is simply working your subject. Move around your subject. Shoot from different angles. Use different backgrounds. If your subject is moving, move with it. If you can move your subject to a better locati...
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But I Don't Have the Right Lens For That!!!!

July 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
BUT I DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT LENS FOR THAT!!!! Kyle Cook Okay, so, you are going on a trip to wherever - let's say, the Smokies. You KNOW that there are wide vistas of misty blue mountain ridges, flowing streams, primitive log cabins, sunrise and sunset possibilities and waterfalls. You have, let's say again, a 24-105 mm lens. All those scenic p...
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Experimenting with Variable Neutral Density

July 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
EXPERIMENTING WITH VARIABLE NEUTRAL DENSITY Melissa Southern We have discussed quite a bit about experimenting in photography over the last few weeks, from "painting" filters in Adobe Photoshop to reprocessing older photographs with new software. I recently acquired a variable neutral density filter. This type of filter allows the photographer...
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Boredom in Photography

June 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
BOREDOM IN PHOTOGRAPHY Kyle Cook Boredom? Yes, you CAN get bored in photography - when you stop pushing yourself or experimenting! Melissa alluded to actions and overlays in her last blog. They are one way to cure your photography of boredom. Sometimes they work out - sometimes they don't. However, it's always FUN to mess with actions and over...
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Using Overlays and Special Photoshop Actions

June 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
USING OVERLAYS & SPECIAL BRUSHES Melissa Southern I thought that this week was a good time to discuss using special effects when processing your photos. I am just experimenting with a few for fun and thought I would show you the results. There are a wide variety of special effects filters, overlays, and brushes available through many differen...
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Visualing Your Photographs Ahead of Time

June 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
VISUALIZING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS - AHEAD OF TIME Kyle Elizabeth Cook Again, not the photo that I want. This is the farm that I want to photograph in the perfect light. Hopefully, that perfect light will show up sometime in the next year while I have my camera! I have photos in my head all the time. I visualize the weather conditions, the colors...
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At Home Photography Project 2 Keywording

June 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
AT HOME PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT 2: KEYWORDING, dum, dum, DUMMMM Melissa Southern Sometimes we just can't get out and shoot. We have obligations at home, like work and families, that don't always allow us to travel on photography adventures. Here is an idea of something that you can do from home in your "spare" time to keep your creative juices f...
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What If?

June 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
WHAT IF.... Kyle Elizabeth Cook What if......there is a beautiful sunset? What if.....those clouds that are forming are going to do something interesting? What if? The only way to find out what happens is to wonder what if, and then wait to see if it happens! My husband and I were out on the marshes on Holden Beach, photographing Painted...
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