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Kid and Animal Photography FuelTip: Photographing Backyard Birds
By Laurie S. Excell
May 14, 2014
Laurie Excell, author of Bird Photography: A Guide to the Equipment, Techniques, and Locations for Capturing Beautiful Images, talks about how photographing birds in your backyard is a great way to practice your photography and learn birds' habits.
Kid and Animal Photography FuelTip: Baseball and Softball Photography Tips
By Alan Hess
May 12, 2014
In this excerpt from Photographing Outdoor Sports: The Right Settings, Gear, and Tips for Capturing Baseball, Soccer, Surfing, and Other Outdoor Events, Alan Hess offers some tips for getting great shots at the next Little League game.
Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1: The Professional Modes
By Rob Knight
May 8, 2014
Accessing the professional modes is as simple as turning the Mode dial to P, A, S, or M. If you want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is important to understand not only how to control these modes, but why and when to adjust them so that you make the images you want.
Five Photography Tips for Your Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1 Cameras
By Rob Knight
May 7, 2014
Rob Knight, author of Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1: From Snapshots to Great Shots, offers some tips on how to take the best photos with your Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1.
The Biggest Posing Mistakes Photographers Make
By Roberto Valenzuela
May 5, 2014
Roberto Valenzuela explains what makes posing your photography model so difficult, and offers some tips on how to think about posing.
Nature Photography FuelTip: How Light Changes Color
By Rob Sheppard
May 1, 2014
In this excerpt from The Power of Color in Nature and Landscape Photography, Rob Sheppard explains that when you start seeing the light beyond illumination so you see its effect on color, you can quickly increase the level of your color work.
Nature Photography FuelTip: How to Shoot in Black and White
By Rob Sheppard
Apr 30, 2014
Rob Sheppard, author of The Power of Black and White in Nature and Landscape Photography, shares a trick to shooting in black and white that will gain you more control, let you use RAW, and help you learn this medium better.
Nature Photography FuelTip: Finding a Good Location for Shooting a River
By Robert Correll
Apr 29, 2014
In this excerpt from Photographing Rivers, Lakes, and Falling Water, Robert Correll offers advice for scouting the best locations for shooting a river.
Nature Photography FuelTip: Choosing the Right Lens for Shooting Insects and Small Critters
By Rob Sheppard
Apr 28, 2014
In this excerpt from Choosing the Right Lens for Nature and Landscape Photography, Rob Sheppard explains how to choose the right lens for shooting insects and other little critters.
Using Advanced Modes with Your Sony A7 / A7R
By Brian Smith
Apr 21, 2014
Brian Smith explores Program Auto Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode in the Sony A7 and A7R cameras. He also shows how these modes open up a range of options not possible in full auto modes, including shooting in RAW and applying creative styles and picture effects.
Working with Natural Light in Portrait Photography
By Erik Valind
Apr 17, 2014
Natural light doesn't always mean pretty light. Erik Valind explains that once you understand what you’re looking at, it becomes very easy to compose your portraits to put your subjects in their best light.
Picture Perfect Posing: Three-Point Check Combinations
By Roberto Valenzuela
Apr 14, 2014
Photographers can create very distinct energies and looks in a photo by focusing specifically on only three parts of the body: the collarbone, the chin, and the eyes. By combining these three with two posing options, you will be able to create any feeling you desire.
Nikon D610: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Apr 10, 2014
If you really want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control the Nikon D610's professional modes, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode.
Understanding How Light Affects Your Photography
By Jeff Revell
Apr 8, 2014
Understanding light is one of the most important skills in photography. Jeff Revell discusses the properties of light, types of light, quality of light and direction of light, and how these aspects affect your photograph.
From Snapshots to Great Shots: An Interview with Photographer Jeff Revell
By Peachpit, Jeff Revell
Apr 7, 2014
Jeff Revell answers our questions about his favorite camera, the most overused photography tool, and what's so great about photowalks.
Portrait Photography FuelTip: Three Keys to a Successful Composite Portrait
By Eric Doggett
Apr 3, 2014
In this excerpt from Introduction to Compositing: Creating Your First Composite Portrait, Eric Doggett offers some tips that will give you the best results when creating a composite portrait.
Portrait Photography FuelTip: Composing a Portrait
By Dan Ablan
Apr 2, 2014
In this excerpt from Composition for Portraiture: Creating Compelling Headshots, Group Shots, and Senior Pictures, Dan Ablan looks at portraits that go beyond the headshot.
Portrait Photography FuelTip: How to Use Available Light for Your Environmental Portrait
By Kathleen Lavine
Apr 1, 2014
Kathleen Lavine, author of Environmental Portraiture: Tell Your Subject’s Story and Create Dynamic Portraits with One Bag of Gear, offers tips for how to use available light to tell your subject's story.
Portrait Photography FuelTip: Taking Environmental Portraits of Strangers
By John Batdorff
Mar 31, 2014
John Batdorff offers advice on how to approach a stranger on the street about taking his photograph, in this excerpt from Street Photography: A Guide to Finding and Capturing Authentic Portraits and Streetscapes.
Nikon D5300: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Mar 18, 2014
If you really want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control the Nikon D5300's professional modes, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode.

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