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Photography

Picture This: Signing Off

The time has come for me to say adieu and bid you all a happy life with your cameras, but before I go, I wish to impart a few pieces of wisdom.

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Photography

Picture This: ISO Settings

Adding to your already super-cool manual mode powers, we’re giving you a monkey wrench today: ISO settings.

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Photography

Picture This: DIY Lightbox

This week is a little different. Instead of explaining a technique or demonstrating a composition concept, we’re going make a lightbox.

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Travel

How to Travel the World

In June 2007, I graduated from college and decided there wasn’t much reason to stay. With an economy already in decline and no bites from any employers, I told myself I would leave the US before September 1, 2007. I left mid-August and I’ve been on the road ever since.

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Photography

Picture This: Time of Day

One thing you definitely need to know as a photographer is that there are two very special times of the day when magic happens: the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour.

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Photography

Picture This: Entering Photo Contests

Taking a break from our normal lesson on how to take good photos, we’re going to talk this week about what to do with them – specifically, entering contests.

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Photography

Picture This: Getting a Good Action Shot

Piggy-backing on our recent lessons on using the manual functions of our cameras and specifically the shutter speed, this week we’re going to talk about action shots. Last week we discussed taking long exposures with a long shutter speed, this week we’re going to talk about short exposures with a short (fast) shutter speed.

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We try it!

We Try It: Car Sharing

Inner city living is hard. There’s no room for parking, rent is expensive, buses are crowded, and everything seems far when you only travel by foot. For a long time, my boyfriend and I endured stares while we stuffed our 90 liter backpacks during our weekly shop with groceries for the bus ride home. It […]

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Perspectives

Why I Hate Forums

I hate forums.* I’ve tried several times to get involved with a few different forums only to find that I never feel at home. It always starts out well; I find one that offers some useful information, I sign up to respond, I have a few good responses, and then I inevitably find the trolls […]

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Photography

Picture This: Night Photography

Rising to my own challenge on the heels of my post about shooting in manual, I busted out my camera and hit the Sydney scene for a night of photos in the dark!

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New Show Recap

“Everybody Dies”: The Series Finale of House M.D.

[SPOILER WARNING & TRIGGER WARNING FOR TALK ABOUT SUICIDE] It’s been eight years since House M.D. first aired on Fox and during that time we’ve ridden what sounds clichéd but can only be aptly described as a rollercoaster. In the series finale, we tag along with House on his final joyride as he battles his greatest diagnostic […]

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Photography

Picture This: No Training Wheels, We’re Going Manual!

Okay, Persephoneers! We’ve learned about composition, we’ve learned about types of cameras, we’ve tried editing photos, we’ve worked on being creative, and we’ve even had a little fun along the way (don’t tell anyone!), but now it’s time to bust off those training wheels and try going manual. “WHAT? HUH? I CAN’T DO THAT!” Why yes you […]

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Photography

Picture This: Camera Accessories

Did you post your photo in our last challenge? If not, don’t worry – here comes another challenge to get you out with your camera. I’ve also got some tips on how to burn money buying camera stuff! From camera straps to camera phones, here are a few things you need (okay, could use) in your […]

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Photography

Picture This: Lens Types

In the market for a new camera? Or how about a new lens? This week we’re going to talk about four different types of lenses and how you can use them!

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Photography

Picture This: Vanishing Points

Last week we talked about silhouettes, an easy to construct composition for photos with a light source behind the object. This week, we’ll be talking about vanishing points: a compositional design where the object of your photo extends so far into the distance that it just disappears (or comes close to disappearing).