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Capturing Images That Sell: 10 Product Photography Tips For Any Budget

Image Courtesy Simply Owl NaturalIn the world of online sales, product images are essential to draw in the customer—but bad product images can just send them clicking the back button. A good product photo will have all of the elements of goo...

Quick Tip: How to Photograph Falling Snow

Snowfall adds an excellent visual element to winter images. Photo by Hillary K. Grigonis with the Olympus Stylus 1 and edited in Photoshop.The best photographs tell a story and sometimes snow is a big part of that story. So why aren't all the ...

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Gifts For Photography Lovers: 24 Snap Happy Ideas From $10 to $100

Image byDroid GingerbreadLooking for something special for a someone that always seems to be snapping photos? While new cameras always make good gifts, picking up a good camera for a photography enthusiast is expensive. But there are a lot of exce...

Best Pocket Digital Cameras

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Comparing DSLRS: What Nikon DSLR Is Right For You?

Nikon has a solid reputation for their consumer-level DSLRs, but what is the better option? Should you spend $1,600 on the high-end D7100, or save with the $650 D3300? Comparing DSLRs isn't always easy, especially when it comes to a company th...

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Shooting Sports: What You Need to Know

Does your kid play basketball and you can’t seem to get a single shot in focus? Is the pool area at your daughter’s swim meet simply too dark and flash doesn’t seem to work? Or perhaps your son plays soccer and spends most of his...

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2014 Holiday Camera Buying Guide

Image By Janet RamsdenLooking to buy a camera as a gift? Kudos—it's hard to put a price on being able to capture great memories. But buying a camera for someone else can be a little tricky. The camera features that are important to you m...

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Types Of Digital Cameras: Which One Suits Your Photography Style?

Choosing a new digital camera can seem rather daunting—there are hundreds of options out there with a wide range of features and an even wider price range. But if you start by narrowing it down to what type of digital camera suits your needs...

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Trivial or Substantial: Which camera features are really just gimmicks, and which ones actually mean something?

You can't read an ad for a new digital camera without being overwhelmed by a slew of mighty-sounding features. But what the manufacturers don't want you to know is that a lot of those highlighted features...they don't really matter, at...

Making Sense of Camera Sensors

While the most commonly advertised number when it comes to selling a digital camera is megapixels, image quality is not just about the number of pixels. The Nikon point and shoot Coolpix S6500, for example has 16 megapixels, but their popular entr...

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How To Photograph Children: A Simple Mom's Guide To Basic Lighting and Composition

Image by Hillary K. GrigonisAt first, taking pictures of your kids seemed so easy. Just point the camera at them and press the button, right? So why is Little Mister's face so shadowy that he resembles his favorite cartoon villain? And why whe...

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SD Card Class: Buying a Memory Card is About More Than Just Gigabytes

A Class 4 Memory Card offers a recording speedthat is best for smaller cameras.If you're like many people, when you pick out a memory card for your digital camera, you browse through the section to find the most gigabytes for the lowest price....

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What Is An Anti-Aliasing Filter?

If you've followed the ads for the latest cameras, you've probably heard the term “anti-aliasing” or “optical low pass” filter tossed around. So what is an anti-aliasing filter and why do many recent cameras seem to...

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How We Test Digital Cameras

Sure, we could use some fancy software to spit out all kinds of data about the cameras we test—but a bunch of numbers don't always mean so much when it comes to actually using the camera. When we test out a new camera, we put it through ...

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A Beginner's Guide To RAW Photography

Back before digital cameras, photographers weren't finished after just taking the photo. The image was developed, fine tuned and perfected in the dark room, and each photographer did their developing a little differently, depending on the resu...

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Beyond the Kit: A Beginner’s Guide To Buying Camera Lenses

Own a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera but haven't yet bought any, well, lenses? While kit lenses can be a good and affordable way to get started, they also often limit the camera's performance. Kit lenses are often slow and ...

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Why You Should Use the “Wrong” White Balance

Photography comes from Greek words that mean writing with light—but exactly what type of light you are writing with will change the color of the image. That's where white balance comes in.At the most basic level, white balance is used to...

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14 Ways To Improve Your Photography in 2014

With billions of images uploaded to the web every day, more people are taking pictures than ever before. But with more pictures, it's harder to stand-out. Set your images apart from the cell phone selfies clogging up your news feed and resolve...

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Which Camera Is Best? The Top Three Things You Need To Know in a Simple Camera Buying Guide

While advances in technology have allowed for some excellent cameras, it has also made camera buying stressful and rather complicated. Which camera is best? Which camera offers more bang for the buck? While there's a lot of different factors t...

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Camera Trends: Why Buy Wi-Fi?

Wi-fi is becoming a staple for new digital cameras. But is wi-fi a useless ad-on that simply adds to the cost of a camera without adding quality? Well, that depends on who you ask.If you...Love taking pictures with your smartphone to instantly sha...

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Getting Acquainted: Focus Modes and Areas

Selecting the right autofocus mode can help ensure photos are sharp and in focus.Browsing through the camera menu, it's easy to overlook the AF-S and AF-C options as some sort of confusing alphabet soup, but it's much harder to ignore that...

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Troubleshooting: Fixing Common Digital Camera Errors

Sometimes, digital cameras can be repaired with a thorough cleaning or a new battery and SD card.Nothing is more frustrating in photography than missing the perfect shot because the camera that worked perfectly yesterday suddenly malfunctions. May...

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Getting Acquainted: Using Manual Modes

Achieving great results with manual modes is about understanding shutter speed and aperature. The exposure value meter and aperature illustration on the camera's LCD screen helps take out the guesswork.A camera's auto and scene settings of...

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Getting Acquainted: Auto and Scene Modes (And When to Use Them)

Scene modes still allow the camera to automatically choose the best settings, but allow the user to indicate what settings are more important.Most of the time, a good digital camera is pretty adept at sensing the lighting conditions and selecting ...

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Arena Battle: Mirrorless vs. Advanced Compact

Compact cameras have long been the traveling enthusiast’s lightweight companion. They typically use larger 1/1.7” sensors that, while nowhere close to a DSLR’s 4/3 or APS-C sized sensor, offer better image quality than ultra-comp...

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Wedding Photography Tips

With summer in full swing, one of the most common reasons to break out the old camera (or buy a new one) is for wedding season.Taking pictures at a wedding isn't exactly like taking snapshots down at the beach or out on the town with friends, ...

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Getting Acquainted: Getting Started With a New Camera

So you read the reviews and bought a new digital camera. Maybe yesterday, maybe a year ago, but you haven't yet really changed any of the settings or explored exactly what your new shooter can do. Maybe you just don't understand what every...

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The Average User's Guide To Camera Shopping

The massive leaps and bounds in digital camera technology over the last 5 years have finally resulted in decent and high quality merchandise that is readily available to even an entry level user. Though the phrase “you get what you pay for&r...

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Taking the Challenge Out of Taking the Group Photo

Taking a group photo can be challenging, but the result is a shot that showsthegroup dynamics -- quirkiness and all.Taking a family photo—it seemed so simple, just yell out “say cheese” and then snap—but then you realized A...

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Why Shop Online for Cameras? It's Cheaper!

While big box stores like Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart have hundreds of locations, million dollar ad campaigns, and big corporate backing, they simply cannot compete with the Internet when it comes to finding the absolute best price...