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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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The Diverse Universe of Astrophotography

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“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” — Douglas Adams Amateur astrophotography can be an…

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Using flash—Addressing Problems and Basic Workflow

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Even though your flash is technically smarter than you, it has no idea how you want to light the scene. You need to give it some direction. Before blasting away, you need to ask yourself a few basic questions about how you want your photo to look. Here are the five main concerns that you…

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Music Photography – Shooting the Big Stage

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I recently wrote about the pros and cons of shooting from the hallowed photographers pit at gigs. Of course, the main benefit of shooting from the pit is to get close. But what do you do when you have a pass to the photo pit, but upon arrival, you find you’re still not very close?…

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