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Paris at Twilight

The Twilight Zone

According to Merriam-Webster, twilight is the light from the sky between full night and sunrise or between sunset and full night produced by diffusion of sunlight through the atmosphere and its dust. According to photographers, twilight is the “magic hour”. The hour before sunrise and the hour after sunset provides spectacular lighting conditions; that’s why […]

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How to photograph fireworks

How to Photograph Fireworks

Who doesn’t love fireworks? They are colorful, beautiful to watch, and they are used to celebrate different occasions. What’s not to like about them. I don’t photograph fireworks often, not only because they are challenging to capture, but I prefer to enjoy the moment. I don’t want to worry about how the pictures will come out […]

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Girl in the ocean

10 Basics of Photography

Summer is almost here! Are you excited? Ready for vacation? Ready to take some great photos? I was going through some handwritten notes I took during a photography seminar many years ago. Some pretty basic stuff, but I think it’s helpful to review it from time to time. I know I’ve come a long way […]

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Hiking With My Canon 40mm Pancake

I am extremely pleased with this small lens. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake is probably the most value priced lens from Canon. It’s very tiny, and if you’ve never used a pancake lens before, you’re perhaps very skeptical; how can a lens so small work so well on a DSLR? If you’ve been following my blogs, you probably already […]

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Poinsettia and Christmas Tree

10 Great Gift Ideas for Photographers

Ready or not, Christmas is almost here. The most wonderful time of the year can also be somewhat stressful, especially when it comes to gift shopping. Not sure if I can give gift ideas for everyone, but here are few for the photographers on your list.   A DSLR beats a point-and-shoot and it’s well […]

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