Blue Hour over Expedition EVEREST

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In reviewing past blogs recently, I did a few on Blue Hour but never really explained it beyond saying it is something that happens after sunset and before complete darkness. Here are a few facts about Blue Hour: It is not an hour long but more like 15 to 25 minutes. Happens twice a day.  … Continue reading "Blue Hour over Expedition EVEREST"
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10 Must Take Photos: Magic Kingdom eBook Review

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My friends over on the Disney Photography Blog have come out with a new ebook series based on the many requests they have gotten about where and how to take the photos they post. The series called 10 Must Take Photos will cover each park in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. They have released two … Continue reading "10 Must Take Photos: Magic Kingdom eBook Review"
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Fireworks Photography eBook Review

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A new eBook shows you how to photograph firework shows like Illuminations in Epcot. My friends at the Disney Photography Blog (formerly the WDW Photography blog) have released an eBook called Fireworks Photography. The 55-page eBook is something I wished I had when I started to photograph fireworks. It would have saved me much time … Continue reading "Fireworks Photography eBook Review"
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How to Photograph a Pirate

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Rim Light is a strong light that hits the edge of the main subject of a photo. In a studio, photographers will use lights behind their subject which is brighter by one or two stops to create the rim light effect. Outdoors, the best way to create rim lighting is putting the Sun behind or … Continue reading "How to Photograph a Pirate"
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3rd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide

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What a difference three years make when I put out my first Christmas buying guide on the Picture This! Photoblog. Used to be Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States), was the only time you could get amazing deals on everything from apparel to electronics. Now, retailers are putting out door buster … Continue reading "3rd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide"
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Five Great Photography Websites

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What? Summer is over? The kids are back (or soon will be) in school. Labor Day is Monday. And, my blog vacation is over. In reflecting on all that I know many of you will start and/or return to exploring photography. I thought I’d help you out by giving you Five Great Photography Websites I … Continue reading "Five Great Photography Websites"
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Spirit of Walt Disney World

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I recently read a wonderful book on travel photography. Since most of us travel to Walt Disney World, I found lots of great information which can be used there, elsewhere and at home. It talks about finding the spirit of where you are. This is how I approached all my photography before I even knew … Continue reading "Spirit of Walt Disney World"
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Maharajah Jungle Trek Photo Tips

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Komodo Dragon on the Maharajah Jungle Trek The Maharajah Jungle Trek is a walking trail featuring the beautiful and powerful Asian Tigers. Unlike the Kilimanjaro Safari (see link below), you can take your time viewing the animals. At least until those with you bug you to move on. You will need a camera that can … Continue reading "Maharajah Jungle Trek Photo Tips"
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Photographic Innoventions: More Bouncing Light

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Last week, I went over how to use an external flash unit or speedlight to bounce it’s light to improve on flash photography. We learned to vastly improve the look of the classic straight on flash look. Very easy if you have a ceiling less than 20 feet high. However, if you are having breakfast … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: More Bouncing Light"
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Photographic Innoventions: Bounce Flash

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Many photographers don’t like to use flash. After learning all the ways of exposure, ISO settings and the use of the exposure compensation button, flash poses another learning curve. I’m here to tell you, learning to use flash is not hard and can give you another tool for getting professional-looking photos at home and in … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Bounce Flash"
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