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Smartphone Astrophotography: How I Capture the Moon and Planets with My Phone

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I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras makes it possible to take very respectable images of the Moon and planets through a telescope with your phone – but it takes some work.
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Understanding Depth of Field: How Aperture Affects DOF, Visualized

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The key to mastering photography is not to follow the rules but to understand them. Understanding the photographic principles that define photography is a barrier that must be broken to truly unlock your full potential as a photographer.

The problems that plague beginners are the same problems faced by the pros, that is controlling your image with the exposure triangle; shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. This article will focus on understanding depth of field (DOF).
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Use This Lightroom ‘Secret Slider’ Trick for Extreme Shadow Recovery

Retoucher Matt Kloskowski offers this quick and easy Lightroom tip for your mental library: if you ever find yourself with a drastically underexposed photograph, you can use a “secret shadow slider” in Lightroom to try and recover an extreme amount of detail.
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5 Steps to Creating a Dreamlike Gown in Photoshop

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Today, I’m going to show you how to create a dress from scratch out of something that was not a dress… at all. Here are five steps to creating a gown using Photoshop.
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How to Do Levitation Photography: A Tutorial

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As a part of a personal 50/50 project (a photo a day for 50 days with a 50mm lens), I tried my first attempts at levitation photography and had a lot of fun doing it. This tutorial will walk you through the best methods to make a surreal levitation portrait; only a pinch of magic required.
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10 Tips for Optimizing Your Photos with Lightroom: A Primer on Basic Techniques

If you’re just starting out in Adobe Lightroom and would like some guidance on how you can use the software to improve your photographs, here’s a free lesson that may be of interest to you. Photography instructor Tim Grey shares his top 10 tips for optimizing photographs in Lightroom.

The talk runs for nearly 2 hours, so you’ll need to carve a chunk out of your day to watch it, but it could be helpful for anyone in need of a primer on some basic tools.
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How to Add Fog to Your Photo Shoot Using Dry Ice

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Here’s a look at how I use dry ice in my photography. My goal with this article is simply to share my journey with this technique. In the images used as examples, no fog textures were used (unless noted) — basically, if you see fog, that’s how it was captured (minus the color work).
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How to Shoot Large Products on a White Background

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London-based interdisciplinary photographer Sean Tucker has created a helpful three-part video tutorial that teaches the basics of shooting larger products in a studio in front of a white background.
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How I Shot a Triple Transit of Jupiter’s Moons from My Driveway With My DSLR

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A few days ago I was lucky enough to capture Jupiter’s triple moon transit right from my driveway in Denver.
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How I Made Myself a DIY Spider Light for $40

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I recently made myself a DIY Spider Light as a thrifty alternative to the Spiderlite that costs hundreds of dollars. The entire project ended up costing $40 per light and can be built entirely with parts from a local home improvement store.

It turned out pretty well I think, with the added benefit of being bulletproof — you can stand on the body without breaking it.
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