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Why I Love Photography

Some people, who just don’t know any better, consider photographers to be “failed artists”.  It’s not true.  Photographers are people who see the art that is inherent in reality.

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Light Painting and Stock Photography

Stock photography is demanding. With millions of images to compete against, standing out from the crowd seems darn near impossible. Some of the most successful stock photographers have established a brand for themselves. Their style, subject matter, and high quality make them hugely popular with image buyers. Today I will discuss branding your portfolio and image style with the art of light painting.

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Paparazzo

It all seemed so glamorous then, back in the heyday of black & white prints, trilby hats and the golden age of the 30’s grand film studios, the paparazzo was seen to be an icon himself, moving and shaking with the subjects he intended to capture on film. Popularized by the 1960 film La dolce vita character and inspired by a boy who was nicknamed paparazzo (mosquito) after he was found to be always buzzing around and constantly moving.

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3D Photography

The subject of 3D photography seems to be coming up in my life a lot these days.

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Voyeuristic Street Photography

I must admit that this intrigues me, and has for some time.  I have always been something of an eavesdropper, and find myself listening to and watching other people’s interactions very intently.  A few years ago I made some furtive audio recordings of conversations held by total strangers in various public places.  I had planned to use these recordings in some sound collage, and indeed did use one recording in particular.  I quickly gave up the practice however.

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Define Camera ISO – Photography Tutorial

I’m sorry to my handful of regular readers for not posting in the last few days.  The power was out at our home  for nearly three days due to heavy storms, and I had to drive thirty minutes away to plug in my laptop, which seems to have less than three hours of battery life.  My “real” job (you know…the one with a boss) required my attention first and foremost.

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What is HDR Photography?

To get started with HDR photography, download Photomatix from HDRsoft.com.  They offer a fully functional trial version, which will never expire.  If you decide to purchase a license, you can get an instant 15% discount by entering the coupon code photoluminary during your order. Read More

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Noise Reduction – Photomatix Pro

For a 15% discount on any Photomatix product, enter the coupon code photoluminary during your order.

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HDR Tutorial – Photomatix Pro 4

Welcome to my HDR tutorial and Photomatix Pro Version 4 Review

Get a 15 % discount on any Photomatix product by entering the coupon code photoluminary during your order from HDRsoft.com.  Photomatix Pro is typically $99, so that’s quite a discount! Last July, I wrote a Photomatix tutorial which was aimed at beginning HDR photographers. Due to the release of Photomatix Pro version 4, which is significantly more packed with features than its predecessor, I have decided to start anew and write a new review and tutorial. Like my previous tutorial, I will start out with providing some basic information about HDR photography, as well as provide some helpful tips for beginners on things such as camera settings. HDR photography has generated a certain amount of controversy among photographers. There exist photography purists who hate HDR and think that it’s both ugly and a form of cheating. Among these photographers, it is thought that achieving the perfect exposure with a single shot should be the goal. On the opposite end of the spectrum there are photographers who prefer the “no holds barred” look in HDR. Colors are deliberately over-saturated and perspective is obviously and dramatically skewed for artistic impact.

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