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Some cameras have two options for zooming: optical and digital. You may wonder what the difference is between the two and which is better to use. Optical Zoom Optical zoom uses the optics (lens) to enlarge the subject in the frame. Digital Zoom Digital zoom crops and enlarges the subject which reduces the quality of the [...]

It’s a common mistake for those new to photography to take a photo with the intention of cropping it later. They may do this because they don’t want to get closer to their subject or maybe just because they don’t know the disadvantages of cropping. Why to Avoid Cropping When composing photographs, it’s a good idea [...]

The rule of thirds is one of the main “rules” in art and photographic composition and stems from the theory that the human eye naturally gravitates to intersection points that occur when an image is split into thirds. I’d like to note that I’d rather define this compositional technique as a guideline rather than a [...]

Depth of field, or DoF, is the range of distances within the frame that are in focus. Depth of field is determined by the f-stop value. Some affordable lenses that allow for a shallow depth of field are the 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon and the EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens for Canon. Deep [...]

Positive space and negative space are terms that are commonly used in art and photography that have to do with composition. Positive space refers to the objects in the frame and negative space is the space between and around the objects in the frame. At first, it may seem like negative space isn’t that important [...]

The Orton Effect, originally done in the darkroom, is a technique that involves overlaying a few differently exposed versions of identical scenes to create a dreamy or surreal-looking photograph. Orton photography, which was named for its creator, photographer Michael Orton, can now be achieved with digital image editing software and one original image. I’ll be [...]

Creating a Photoshop action is useful because it allows you to save time if you are applying the same edits to multiple images. Luckily, it is super easy to create and use a Photoshop action. First, open one of the images in Photoshop that you want to apply your edits to. Open the actions panel [...]

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Getting your photo featured on the Flickr blog is exciting because your photo is, for a short while, exposed to thousands of people who would not have seen it otherwise. One of my photographs was recently featured on Flickr’s blog and suddenly I had over 10,000 views, hundreds of favorites, and many kind comments. How [...]