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Loading 35mm Film Like a Pro

Probably the single greatest source of photographic anxiety, loading film is much easier than it used to be — and thanks to point-and-shoot innovation, easier than most people think. Here's all that you [more…]

Using Focus Lock on Your Autofocus Camera

Autofocus point-and-shoot cameras produce terrifically sharp pictures when you use them properly. But getting sharp results sometimes requires telling them where to focus. [more…]

Taking Pictures in Flash-Off Mode

If you're a sports fan, you've probably noticed that each big play at a night game ignites a thousand points of flash in the grandstand. Professional photographers joke about the phenomenon, because they [more…]

Capturing Better Pictures

People often claim they're constitutionally incapable of taking good pictures — that they're not technical enough, not artistic enough, or just don't have access to good subject matter. Well, guess what [more…]

Photographing Pets

Pets are more stalwart photographic subjects than kids, or grownups for that matter. They don't groan "Oh, no, not again!" when you raise the camera to your eye. They don't make funny faces or deliberately [more…]

Communicating with Your Photofinisher

Let's face it — a lot of people are meek consumers. They usually take what they get. But if you're serious about getting the best prints that you possibly can from your photofinisher, then it's time to [more…]

Taking Close-Up Photographs with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D

You see close-up (or macro) photography used in many nature photographs and most product photography. Your Canon EOS Digital Rebel can take close-up photographs, and you don't necessarily need a fancy [more…]

Tips for Taking Good Point-and-Shoot Photographs

Photography is about capturing and preserving images, and as a photographer, you want to take the best pictures you can. If you’re using a point-and-shoot camera, use these simple tricks to help improve [more…]

How to Take Sharp, Focused Point-and-Shoot Photographs

If you’re an artiste and a photographer, you may occasionally want a picture to be out of focus, but in everyday photography, a fuzzy photo is a no-no. Symptoms of this common photographic affliction and [more…]

How to Lock the Focus on a Point-and-Shoot Camera

If you’re taking up photography using a point-and-shoot camera, the first skill you need to master is getting the camera to focus on the image you want. The only way to make sure that an autofocus point-and-shoot [more…]

What to Do If Your Point-and Shoot Won’t Let You Take a Picture

You’re out being a photographer, snapping pictures right and left, when all of a sudden the camera won’t let you take a picture no matter how hard you press on the shutter button. When that happens, try [more…]

How to Prevent Dull, Washed-out Point-and-Shoot Photographs

Photography involves making adjustments to get the perfect picture. Even if you’re a point-and-shoot photographer, you can fine-tune things to get more colors in your photos. The following list contains [more…]

Equipment for Macro and Close-Up Photography

To achieve macro and close-up photographic results, you need to focus on subjects at a closer-than-normal distance. To get closer to your subjects, you need specific macro and close-up equipment and techniques [more…]

Lighting Your Macro and Close-up Photography Subjects

Macro and close-up photography typically require you to be very close to your subjects. This can be problematic when it comes to light, as your camera's lens [more…]

Managing Depth of Field in Macro and Close-Up Photography

High levels of magnification mean that your depth of field naturally becomes more shallow than normal. That might be fine when you really want to emphasize your subject, but if you want more depth of field [more…]

Enhancing Your Macro and Close-Up Images in Postproduction

All is not lost if you don't get the perfect shot. Postproduction photo-editing software enables you to enhance your macro and close-up digital images, as well as to correct minor mistakes that took place [more…]

Digital Macro & Close-Up Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Digital macro and close-up photography bring new possibilities to your digital images. Where once you saw landscapes and portraits, you might now turn your camera to the tiny bug crawling along the soil [more…]

Minding Your Dog's Leash during a Photo Shoot

A leash is a must-have item during any photo shoot with your dog where you're outside or in an open area. You probably don't pay much attention to your dog's leash day in and day out, but put it smack [more…]

Packing for a Doggie Photo Session

A dog photographer's camera bag is filled with much more than photography equipment. Remember to pack these dog-specific accessories to make your photo session more enjoyable for you and your dog: [more…]

Including Your Dog in Your Family Portrait

The family portrait is a classic must-get when you're taking pictures of your dog, and you can go as traditional or creative as you'd like. Just remember to position the people and the dog so they're roughly [more…]

Taking Pictures of Cats and Dogs Together

Everyone loves pictures that show cats and dogs getting along like best buds instead of fighting like cats and dogs (you saw that one coming, didn't you?). Here's how to photograph canine and feline pals [more…]

Photo Subject Blends into the Background

This problem crops up often when you’re photographing wildlife. Animals like deer and some birds use the natural foliage as camouflage. They tend to congregate in areas that closely match their coloration [more…]

How to Shoot In-Camera Abstract Photos

You can get interesting in-camera abstract photos with subjects that have patterns, such as a row of trees, tree barks, palm fronds, and so on. This technique involves controlled motion of the camera while [more…]

How to Photograph Still Water

When you photograph a still body of water, you have a mirror-like surface that reflects the beauty of nature. The quality of the reflection depends on your vantage point and whether the water is perfectly [more…]

Abstract Photographs of Cresting Waves

Oceans and lakes make great landscape photograph subjects. A technique known as wave panning creates a very abstract, almost painterly, image of a cresting wave. You can also do wave panning on large lakes [more…]

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