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RAW vs JPEG (Which is Better)

January 22, 2022 - TLDR; RAW is better than JPEG. I started my photography with a film camera and my entry to digital was with a basic poi...
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Are You Wasting Your Money on Camera Memory Cards?

January 13, 2022 - I started a YouTube Series on very basic photography and the first video is titled " How to Take a Picture (Super Camera...
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Photography Tips and Trick - 56

January 10, 2022 - Brr. Is it cold where you are? It is currently about 14 Fahrenheit or -10 Celsius and taking my camera outside is going...
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An Easy Setup for Creating Time Lapse of Jigsaw Puzzle (Simple)

January 06, 2022 - This is my setup for my time-lapse jigsaw puzzle projects. The hard work is putting the puzzle together and creating the...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 55

January 03, 2022 - Happy New Year! In this week's tip, I am sharing how I store my photos for easy retrieval. There are two basic methods....
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Photography Club Idea Page

December 30, 2021 - Ah.. I'm late, I'm late. I think I started a blog the same way last year at least once. Anyway, just a short note here...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 54

December 27, 2021 - An inexpensive way to get good camera gear cheap is to get it used. If you are new at photography, stick with refurbishe...
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WTF-Stop

December 23, 2021 - F-Stop is the control knob for aperture settings and probably one of the harder of the three legs of the exposure triang...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 53 (WTF-Stop)

December 20, 2021 - I am working on a video idea for F-Stop. Hence, WTF-Stop title. For a short tip though, when learning the exposure trian...
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How to Setup a Professional Photoshoot for Pets with Santa (Made Easy for Beginners)

December 16, 2021 - My photography journey is continuing as I volunteered at my local animal rescue center (PAWS of Dearborn County) with ph...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 52 (Stick with the plan)

December 13, 2021 - If you make a plan, don't make changes at the last minute unless needed or was a mistake in the planning. Making unneces...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 51 (Rules)

December 06, 2021 - Rules, rules, rules! Are you learning a new rule? Maybe it is the rule of thirds or learning some lighting rules (techni...
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Easy Light Painting Photo Project for Beginning Photographers (How To)

December 02, 2021 - This week is a bit backward. Since starting my YouTube Channel, I would use one of my blog posts for a video. This week...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 50 (Focus Tip)

November 29, 2021 - Cameras have many limitations and one of them is focusing when there is not much light. If you are trying to get your ca...
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Three Simple Camera Setting Mistakes I Make (Argh!) and How I am Fixing Them

November 25, 2021 - We all make mistakes and we learn from them (hopefully). But the most valuable advice I have received is to learn by doi...
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Helping Photographers! Over 30 Thousands Visitors on Nearly 150 Blog Posts Helping Beginners!

November 23, 2021 - A BIG Thank You for visiting my blog. I wanted to share some stats with you and also ask a favor of my readers. So, firs...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 49

November 22, 2021 - There are all kinds of "rules" in photography. Remember it is okay to break them. However, if you are practicing one of...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 48

November 15, 2021 - When framing your photo or deciding your composition think about what you want the viewer of that photo to see first whe...
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Boost Your Photography Skills with Seven Targeted Assignments

November 14, 2021 - I have written about the long project 365 system of taking one photo a day for 365 days. If you want to get my deeper op...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 47

November 08, 2021 - Do you want sharper photos? Then increase your shutter speed. A slow shutter speed is susceptible, camera shake, subject...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 46

November 01, 2021 - Go with a high ISO. Some will warn you that a high ISO introduces noise. But do you know what is worse than a little noi...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 45

October 25, 2021 - This tip is likely buried in one of my longer posts but will break it out here to give it more attention. As you purchas...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 44

October 18, 2021 - PTT44 - Are you preparing for Fall photos? In the Northern hemisphere, we are entering the Fall or Autumn season. This i...
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The Beginner's Guide and Easiest Secret for Sharper Photos of Birds

October 14, 2021 - Sometimes the Thursday post comes up quickly so what should we talk about today? Fear not! I have something to talk abou...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 43

October 11, 2021 - Did you go through my 7 Days to Learning Manual Mode? The idea is to give yourself a focus for 7 days. This makes you pi...
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Quickest Path to Understand Manual Mode for Beginners in Seven Days

October 07, 2021 - Did you read and watch my series on the Quickest Path to Understand Manual Mode for Beginners in Seven Days? If so, what...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 42

October 04, 2021 - Turn on the rule of thirds grid on the rear screen of your camera. It is not on by default and most DLSRs allow you to t...
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Quickest Path to Understand Manual Mode for Beginners in Seven Days - Day 1

October 01, 2021 - Welcome to day one of seven toward your easy journey to understanding manual mode on your digital camera. Day 1: Low Ap...
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Learn Manual Mode the Easy Way (How to do it in Seven Days)

September 30, 2021 - I am going on another "List of Seven" journey. This one is all about learning manual mode on your camera. To help you ge...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 41

September 27, 2021 - There is a rule for shutter speed and focal length. This works for static or slow-moving objects. The rule is to have a...
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Why Use Shutter Priority

September 23, 2021 - I have been having a great learning experience creating this blog and videos for my YouTube channel. Like some of my rec...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 40

September 20, 2021 - This tip is for an advanced photographer. When shooting in manual try over and under exposing using both shutter and ape...
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Real Photographers Only Use Manual Mode

September 16, 2021 - I have asked and spoke with several professional photographers and to debunk the title right away let's set it straight.
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 39

September 13, 2021 - This tip is a repeat from Thursday's longer post on the same topic, but worth repeating. If you are wanting to get to fu...
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5 Tips when Using Aperture Priority Mode

September 09, 2021 - Aperture Priority was my first step in getting to manual mode. Some photographers only shoot in manual mode and there ar...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 38

September 06, 2021 - Are you shooting a very fast animal or bird? If you are not comfortable with manual mode, then shutter priority is your...
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How To Create Amazing Silhouette Photos

September 02, 2021 - Follow my steps in this blog post for a simple silhouette project for the home. First, let's talk about the theory of h...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 36

August 30, 2021 - Okay, I can't count. Last week I posted PTT37 and skipped 36, so...... here is 36. If you are using a DLSR or Mirrorles...
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Put Your Camera Down

August 26, 2021 - Do you want to get some of your best photos? Do you want to tell a story with your photos? Do you want people to wonder...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 37

August 23, 2021 - The picture you go after is sometimes not the picture you get. Today I was on a photo trip to capture the umbrella proje...
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Seven Things a Photography Club Can Do For You

August 19, 2021 - Seven things a Photography Club Can Do for You? My name is Doug Gabbard and Welcome to Practicing Photography where I...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 35

August 16, 2021 - Give your photos names. If you post or share your photos with names like "IMG-2388" it is losing some of its value. Inst...
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One Pic a Day (3 of 7)

August 15, 2021 - This is day 3 of 7 of my pic a day for a " List of Seven " project. I have some sunflowers for the first time in my yar...
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One Pic a Day (2 of 7)

August 14, 2021 - Day 2 of 7 for my "List of Seven." Today was a busy day with an early round of golf and mowing multiple yards, so I was...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 34

August 09, 2021 - Trying new things can be scary and take you to uncharted adventures. Every once in a while, try something totally new. A...
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The Secret to Not Have Sucky Photos

August 05, 2021 - Do my photos suck? Maybe, maybe not. If I look at previous photos I find mistakes or ways I could have done it better. I...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 33

August 02, 2021 - Rule of thirds is one tip I think most of us have heard of, but here is something you may not think about when framing t...
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Two Must-Know Features on Most Cameras

July 29, 2021 - Use what you have and learn what your equipment can do. Before I upgraded to my current camera I tasked myself to learn...
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Photography Inspiration For Beginners

July 22, 2021 - This week I am writing to encourage you to keep trying and to keep growing. To do that my first step is to stop comparin...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 32

July 21, 2021 - Make a change in your routine. I recently listened to a Podcast that has a monthly theme. So, I went out with the purpos...
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Life Happens

July 15, 2021 - This week will be short as I share a photoshoot over a couple of weeks of a Hummingbird and nest with eggs to the babies...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 31

July 12, 2021 - When taking night-time photos, use manual focus. The camera's auto-focus will hunt for what to focus on and likely never...
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Creative Firework Photography Results

July 09, 2021 - Whoops! I accidentally published an incomplete draft of this blog post that was empty other than the title. I had two vi...
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Secrets to Understanding Exposure Triangle

July 08, 2021 - Sorry - this is a short post but I was able to get my Youtube version out. So I am asking that you watch this week's vid...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 30

July 05, 2021 - If you are going to do a photoshoot that you have not done before, set up a short practice session before you leave for...
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How to Practice before Firework Photo Shoot

July 01, 2021 - Thanks for reading this series on firework photography. I would love to see some photos from your firework photo project...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 29

June 28, 2021 - The more I use my camera and explain how I do things the more I discover little nuances in my processes. For example, I...
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How to take Zooming Photo Shots with Fireworks

June 17, 2021 - Part 4 of 4 I saved zooming while taking long exposures because it is probably the hardest one of this series. Let's st...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 27

June 14, 2021 - Print some of your favorite photos for use on your desk or in your home. Digital photos are shared on social media and e...
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How to Take Intentional Camera Movement Shots with Fireworks

June 10, 2021 - Part 3 of 4. Last week's post was based on a near disaster when I forgot my tripod for my fireworks shoot. This week is...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 26

June 07, 2021 - The best part of these weekly tips is they are not tied to any series and I can write anything that happens to pop in my...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 25

May 31, 2021 - Follow on from l ast week's tip. Do you remember I said to take the tip as far as you like? Well here is a next-level ti...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 23

May 17, 2021 - A natural follow-up to last week's tip is to look for shadows. The first tip is to notice shadows like you notice light.
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How to take long exposures

May 13, 2021 - One of my favorite photoshoots is night photography with lights. That can be with traffic, street lights, fireworks, or...
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Best Wildlife Photography Tips Summary

May 06, 2021 - I have been taking photos of wildlife with moderate success. I have watched others, studied, and learned. This blog is a...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 21

May 03, 2021 - So, with my start of youtube, I have missed a few of my PTT. So here is a short tip and will continue the PTTs, but on M...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 20

April 15, 2021 - With the start of my YouTube Channel, I have missed my last two photo tips. I also incorrectly scheduled my normal weekl...
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Guess My Story Photography Game

April 10, 2021 - A skill to practice is to tell a story with your photo. Do a search for people on social media with "storyteller" in the...
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Photography Game East to West

April 08, 2021 - This week's blog post is not going to line up with my YouTube channel, but make sure you check it out if you want to see...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 18

March 24, 2021 - I just looked at my stats for hits on my blog and I am seeing an increase in readers. So, thank you to all that are read...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 17 (Clean Your Camera)

March 16, 2021 - Don't be afraid to clean your DSLR camera sensor. It is not hard. You only need an inexpensive kit from Amazon and watch...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 12 (Camera Cleaning Kit)

February 09, 2021 - TLDR; Purchase a camera cleaning kit. Keeping the weekly tip short and simple. If you have a camera that you can change...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 5 (Night Light Shots)

December 22, 2020 - Photo tip # 4. Woot Woot. Four weeks and counting and having fun. This week's tip is on Christmas lights and not so muc...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 4 (Starburst On Lights)

December 15, 2020 - I was going to put this on my HVL Photography club Facebook page, but they all follow me, so putting it on my main feed...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 2 (Reset Your Camera)

December 01, 2020 - Welcome to tip #2 The first tip was a long post so in case I didn't mention this or it was not noticed I am going to tr...
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Automatic Thinking

November 06, 2020 - When someone asks how to take a good photo or comments that you take good photos, they probably don't understand what go...
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Should I Shoot in Manual or Automatic

October 30, 2020 - To shoot in manual or automatic and what is considered automatic. Read on... I follow many photographers both on youtub...
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Sticking with Checklists Until I Get It Right

August 17, 2020 - To be transparent, in one of my previous blog posts I wrote about having a checklist because I thought it was a good ide...
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Learn Something New

July 18, 2020 - Learn how to use your camera. Regardless if you are using a smartphone or have an expensive DLSR, I am sure there is a f...
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Timelapse

May 07, 2020 - This post I share how I create timelapse videos. You can see an example on my youtube channel here. But I must give you...
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