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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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Inspiring Photography Project

August 12, 2021 - What is the "List of Seven"? Much like project 365 (pic a day) or project 52 (pick a week), "List of Seven" is a pic-a-d...
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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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How to Take Erratic Camera Movement Shots of Fireworks

June 03, 2021 - Part 2 of 4 of my Fireworks Blog/Youtube Series Can I be honest with you? I hope the answer is yes, and why would I lie...
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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 - 24

May 24, 2021 - Need ideas of what to shoot and you are tired of looking through social media for inspiration? Well try this tip out and...
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Understanding Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB)

May 20, 2021 - This week is just a short post and just a little more than one of my tip posts. I am working on a series for the next fo...
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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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Photography Tips and Tricks - 22

May 10, 2021 - Let's get right to it. Study light when you are out and about by noticing different kinds of light. I will give you a fe...
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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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Smartphone Portraits Made Easy

April 22, 2021 - Taking self-portraits can be intimidating, awkward, and not your favorite task. But this will help you when taking portr...
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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 Tips for Clubs to Improve Participation

April 01, 2021 - I am confident you have read many blog posts or posts on Pinterest on photo-a-day projects. They vary in length up to 36...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 19

March 31, 2021 - This tip is to practice without your camera. When you are out without your camera look at scenes and imagine a photo com...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 15 (Be Yourself)

March 02, 2021 - These Wednesday tips are short and sweet. I love doing these. This week's tip is from a Youtube video that I watched. It...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 9 (How to Store Photos)

January 19, 2021 - Today's tip does not require your camera. Instead, today I want you to think of how you store and save your photos. I wi...
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How Yorkies do Portraits

December 25, 2020 - Pet photography is a thing - just search with Google or Bing for pet photographers near you and you will surely find a f...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 5 (Nigh 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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Self Family Portraits

December 04, 2020 - I am sure you have heard of self-portraits or even selfies, but what about family self-portraits? This technique can wor...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 1 (Go Take Pictures)

November 24, 2020 - Photo Tips and Tricks - 1 Do you want to take better photos? I do too. So, how do I improve? At least I am hoping I am...
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Photography Games for Fun

November 11, 2020 - Look out, Surprise Post! I have seen many different games for photography clubs but I do not think I saw this one. This...
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Photography Game - From A to Z

August 29, 2020 - The game title is "From A to Z." During the pandemic, games can be good for photography/camera clubs since we cannot...
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