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What Makes a Good Astrophotograph?

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The glamorous part of astrophotography is the bit we see and touch. An enormous amount of energy and attention is paid (and not a little money) on cameras, telescopes, mounts and their location. It is always enjoyable to compare equipment, problem-solve system issues and capture images. Just like a photographic negative, these fuzzy frames are…

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Pro Photo Tips for Students: What makes a successful photograph?

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Click here for more Pro Tips for Students videos by Grant Scott I LIKE IT, WHY DON’T YOU? One of the most difficult aspects of changing photography is that any comment that is made is subjective: it is somebody’s opinion that you may or may not agree with. This instantly provides a problem for you as…

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Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer – Owning Your Creativity

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We’ve all had the experience of photographing a subject that many other photographers have tackled. “Well, duh,” you say, many of us photograph flowers or landscapes or kids or beautiful women. In my workshops, sometimes a group of technically competent photographers will stand in more-or-less the same place, each with roughly comparable gear, and—however much…

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Taking Photos of Rock Stars and Other Animals

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In a recent masteringphoto piece, I compared taking photos at a rock concert to mountaineering. Today I’m drawing a different comparison: I recently took some photos at London Zoo, and as I wandered amongst the animals, I started finding similarities to my more usual photography habitat of London’s concert halls. There may have been a…

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The World is Flat, Until It’s Not: Definitions in Photography

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In order to communicate effectively, words need to mean something.  Definitions must be made.  Labels must be had.  Humans are really great organizers.  We put things into categories and groups to easier understand and make sense of massive amounts of data. The problem?  We tend to get stuck or stay with what we know or…

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August – September Photo Contest
Theme: Outdoor Action & Adventure

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To enter Focal Press’s August – September Photo Contest, please click here. This contest is FREE to enter. Theme:  Outdoor Action & Adventure Inspired by the book: Outdoor Action & Adventure Photography Guest Judge – Dan Bailey Prizes: Grand Jury Winner: –          A copy of the book Outdoor Action & Adventure Photography –          $200 worth…

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