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Photography Tips and Tricks - 96 (Use Your Legs)

November 21, 2022 - Don't be lazy by using zoom lenses when you can use your legs. Photos with prime (single focal length) lenses are typica...
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How to Give Feedback for a Photo

November 17, 2022 - We all like to get accolades for our work. No matter if it is for your day-to-day work or the latest photo you posted on...
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Photography Tips and Trick -94 (Write it Down)

November 07, 2022 - This is more than a photography tip, it is a life tip. Write it down. If you want to remember something, write it down o...
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Christmas Family Photo Ideas

November 03, 2022 - Oh, yes I just went there. It isn't Christmas yet, heck we haven't even made it past Thanksgiving. So, why am I talking...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 93 (Walk Away)

October 31, 2022 - I do a lot of work on tech because of my job, and when I am stuck I walk away and the answer many times will pop into my...
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Master Taking a Photo Every Day

October 27, 2022 - I may talk about this project for a few weeks as I am progressing through the process. As I mentioned, it is okay to mis...
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Photography Tips and Trick - 92 (How To Keep it Going)

October 24, 2022 - Keeping with the theme of a photo a day adventure, today is how to keep that going. If you wait every day to figure out...
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Do This Every Day to Improve Your Photography Skills

October 22, 2022 - My last Photography Tips and Tricks #91 was to take a photo every day. I also recently viewed a video that touted to get...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 91 - ( Do this every day)

October 17, 2022 - Do this every day to improve your photography! Take a photo. Yea, that's it. Nothing more, take a photo every day. If y...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 90 (Check Your Settings)

October 10, 2022 - Double check settings. This past week I had set my ISO to 100 but at some point has changed it to automatic. I was in fu...
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How to Get Awesome Photos of Fall Colors - Beginner’s Guide

September 29, 2022 - Fall is a great time to practice and learn the benefits of using manual mode over any of the automatic modes. Manual mo...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 89 (Mastering a New Skill)

September 26, 2022 - Making mistakes is a great way to learn. Make sure you practice what you learn so you can experience the mistakes early...
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Is BackBlaze a Good Idea?

September 22, 2022 - Question: Should you be using a service like BackBlaze? Answer: I think so This is the 4th step in my process to giv...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 88 (Learn by Doing)

September 19, 2022 - It is likely that most photographers will tell you the light is much better around sunrise and sunset. Choose a subject...
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Setup Cheap Backups of Your Photos or Become a Statistic

September 15, 2022 - Question: How many backups before you feel safe? One? Two? Three? The photo above is an inexpensive drive bay that w...
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Easy File Organization All Photographers Can Use

September 12, 2022 - Question: Do you spend hours searching for a photo but never find it. Answer: In this video, I am sharing how I organ...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 87 (How to Improve)

September 12, 2022 - A good way to improve is to write down what you want to improve and then make that a focus over time. Then start compari...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 86 (Label Things)

September 05, 2022 - Think about benefits of labeling for a few minutes. I label my memory cards and batteries with the month and year I purc...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 85 (Learn by Teaching)

August 29, 2022 - You will learn more by teaching others or simply writing out how you do something. If you aren’t the teaching type, try...
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How to Never Lose a Photo Again Using This Simple Workflow

August 25, 2022 - Never lose photos again. Follow a workflow like mine and you will not lose your images Do you have a workflow to protec...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 84 (You Must Use a Workflow)

August 22, 2022 - Do you have a workflow? If not, start thinking about how you manage, edit, save, and back up your photos. I am working o...
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Photography Tips and Trick - 83 (Try to Guess Lighting Setup on Other's Photos)

August 15, 2022 - Open your favorite magazine and try to figure out how they took some of the photos. What kind of lighting did they have?...
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If You Don't Make Mistakes, You are not Trying Hard Enough

August 11, 2022 - I had a big fail tonight (Wednesday) before this Thursday posting. I fully intended a short write-up to guide you to my...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 82 (Use One Note)

August 08, 2022 - Use OneNote or another application to write out how to do things you are learning. Write such that you can hand it to a...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 81 (Upside Down Review)

August 01, 2022 - When reviewing two photos and trying to decide which is better turn them both upside down. This may help you see distrac...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 80 (Forget the Rules)

July 25, 2022 - Are you learning different rules in photography? If so, occasionally forget about them and get what you want. You can ap...
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Photography Tips and Trick - 79 (Pre-Culling Images)

July 18, 2022 - If you take a lot of photos and need to cull (remove the "bad") images, do that before importing them to your favorite p...
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The Key to Sharp Photos of Your Favorite Bird with Canon Cameras

July 14, 2022 - One of the keys to sharp bird photos is a fast shutter speed. Keeping with that theory, a fast shutter speed for bird ph...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 78 (Most Important Setting for Bird Photography)

July 11, 2022 - I take a lot of bird photos and the shutter speed is what I pay the most attention to. If the bird is going to move a lo...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 76 - Dressing for the Shoot

June 27, 2022 - Dress for the shoot is important. If you are doing a portrait shoot, then I don't need to tell you much. Dress for succe...
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The Best Lens for Firework Photography

June 23, 2022 - The best lens is the lens you have if you only have one lens. However, if you have more than one, which one should you u...
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Going Live with Practicing Photography

June 16, 2022 - I'm starting a live stream and my goal is to do it once a week for a year. It might be a bit ambitious, but I'm going to...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 75 - Unknown Gear

June 13, 2022 - Do you know what gear you have? I have gear bloat and even if you don't have a lot of gear, I challenge you to go throug...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 73 (Take a Break)

May 16, 2022 - If you are like me and take photos almost every day, it is okay to take a break and that is what I did last week. If you...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 72 (Photo Buddy)

May 09, 2022 - If you don't have a photography buddy (friend), get one. A camera or photo club is a great place to look and a good thin...
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How to Master the Secrets of Your Camera Menus | Beginner Tips

May 05, 2022 - The secret to knowing your camera settings better is easier than you might think. This technique will not be new to you...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 71 (Inspiration Sources)

May 02, 2022 - Are you a photographer that is stuck? Try this simple tip to get out of a rut - check out pinterest.com and search on ph...
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Are you up for a fun photography challenge? | Great for Photography Clubs

April 30, 2022 - I'm looking for people who are up for a photo challenge. If you're one of them, you came to the right place We can have...
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I want to Improve My photography | What is the first step?

April 21, 2022 - I want to Improve My photography. What is the first step? I run a small photography club and the desire to improve is c...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 69 (Must-have Gear forAll Photographers)

April 18, 2022 - As you grow in your photography skills there are a few must-haves for most all photographers at all levels. One item is...
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How Many SD Cards Do I Need | Beginner Photographer Questions

April 07, 2022 - How Many SD Cards Do I Need as Beginner Photographer (Questions) Many beginner photographers have one SD card and one...
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Photography Tips and Tricks 65 (Memory Card Fail)

March 21, 2022 - Extra memory cards are not expensive. If your budget is tight, have one card to use all the time that is fast and purcha...
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Five Easy Tips for Beginner Photographers | with a Link to Many More

March 17, 2022 - Here are five easy tips for beginner photographers | with a Link to Many More This week is a companion post to my Youtu...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 64 (Follow YouTube Photographers)

March 14, 2022 - Find YouTube photography channels and follow them. Interact with them in the comments. Even if they have thousands of fo...
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Camera Diopter Adjustment (How to get sharp images in viewfinder)

March 03, 2022 - The camera diopter is an adjustment for the viewfinder to get a sharper view. This is an adjustment that every photograp...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 62 (Single Shot Photo Challenge)

February 28, 2022 - Take a picture a day for 7 days of a single subject. But think through the shot because you are only allowed to take a s...
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How to not forget anything | How I plan for my photo trips

February 24, 2022 - This blog is going to be different and just a walk-through of how I prepped for a photo adventure I had several years ag...
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Do you know what your best photos for 2022 are?

February 17, 2022 - What! February is not finished and I am asking you to pick your best photos for the year? Yes, I am! We have a lot of 2...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 60 (Whoa! - I missed)

February 16, 2022 - Tip number 60 is about missing. Not because I missed Monday, well okay, when I typed the title, this tip came to me. Wh...
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How to Take Photos of Ice Bubbles (Easy and Simple)

February 10, 2022 - Hi all - I am writing a fast blog post tonight to match up with my YouTube Ice Bubble video. You can check it out here:...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 59 (Getting out of a Rut)

February 07, 2022 - In a rut? Change something to get out of a rut. In the spirit of learning, pick a setting that you have never used. For...
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Why You Should NOT Upgrade to a Mirrorless Camera

February 03, 2022 - WHAT? Don't upgrade to a mirrorless? Is there something wrong with them? They do have some issues, but nothing significa...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 58 (Put your name and number on your equipment)

January 31, 2022 - I lost a lens year ago with no hopes of recovery. I have no idea where I left it. Since then I have purchased a label pr...
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Best and Fastest: How to Move Photos from Your Camera to Your Computer

January 27, 2022 - Best and Fastest: How to Move Photos from Your Camera to Your Computer This sounds simple but there are several opti...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 57 (camera cleaning)

January 24, 2022 - I thought I could clean my camera with a dust brush and a squeeze bulb to blow the dust loose. However, I took my camera...
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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 (Acclimate Your Camera)

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 (How to Catalog Your Photos)

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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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 (Make Some Comparison Photos)

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 in Low Light)

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 (Break the Rules)

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 (I Didn't See That Coming)

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 (Sharp Photos Tip)

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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Best Rear Screen Tip Ever to Fix Portrait Preview [for Modern Cameras]

November 04, 2021 - I know the title says tip and I usually reserve my tips for Monday mornings. However, I wanted to share more details tha...
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Photography Tips and Tricks - 46 (Is high ISO bad?)

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 - 44 (Fall Photos)

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 (Photo Project)

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 (Rule of Thirds)

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 (Shutter Speed Rule for Focal Length)

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 (Experiments Are a Great Learning Tool)

September 20, 2021 - This tip is for an advanced photographer. When shooting in manual try over and underexposing using both shutter and aper...
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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 (Learning by taking Small Steps)

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 (How To Capture a Photo of The Road Runner)

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 (Let's Get RAW)

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 (Sometime You Don't Get What You Ask For)

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 (I've Got A Name)

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 (Uncharted Territory)

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 (Clean Your Edges)

August 02, 2021 - The rule of thirds is one tip I think most of us have heard of, but here is something you may not think about when frami...
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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 (Did You Get What You Wanted)

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 (Is My Focus Broken on My Camera)

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 (Practice Before Trying Something New)

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 (Cycle Your SD Card)

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 (Print your Work)

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 (When Should I Format SD Cards)

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 (Can You See the Light)

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 (Use Magazines for Inspiration)

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 (Come to the Dark Side)

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 (Look into the Light)

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 (Behind the Scenes)

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 (Think Without Your Camera)

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 (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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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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