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Tips for Black and White Photography

Color photography is a beautiful medium, especially when color is essential to the subject of the picture, as it should be in pictures of flowers, dresses, food, landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, products, and abstract work. But there are times when the beauty of color distracts from the meaning and the message of the picture. Think of…

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June 13, 2024

A Few Photography Tips and Tricks to Keep in Mind

  Sometimes we get so caught up in the moment when we are out photographing that we forget the very basic tips and tricks that help us create that memorable shot! Here are a few reminders: Learn which settings matter – there are a million combinations of aperture, shutter speed and ISO – learn which…

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May 20, 2024

Looking toward 2024 with (Photographic) Anticipation!

We wish all of our clients and friends a very Happy New Year as we enter 2024, the 25th Anniversary year of Washington Photo Safari with 45,500 customers who have signed up for more than 6,600 photo safaris since 1999 and have given us hundreds of 5 star reviews! You have made us one of…

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February 5, 2024

Tips for Photographing Snow

Although Winter officially starts on December 21, Meteorological Winter starts on December 1! According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, because of El Niño – the natural warming of ocean water in the Pacific, which affects the Jet Stream and how much cold air comes down from Canada – the DC area should expect to see…

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December 9, 2023

Photographing Holiday Decorations

As the fall foliage gives way to holiday decorations, it’s time to plan your trips to photograph the holiday decorations and light displays! Here are some tips and techniques for creating memorable images: First, use a sturdy tripod and a remote release or the timer on your camera to keep the images sharp. Use a…

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December 4, 2023

The Art of Exclusion in Photography

Photography is as much about what we exclude from the frame as it is about what we include. To create a compelling image, it is as important to exclude what is not wanted in the image as well as what is wanted. If not enough elements are excluded, then too much is introduced into the…

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November 22, 2023

Photographing Fall Foliage

Soon, there will be cooler temperatures here in the DC area, bringing with it, fall foliage which only lasts for a few weeks, so take advantage of every opportunity to photograph those brilliant fall colors! Here are some ideas for photographing the fall foliage: Rain produces wonderful reflections and color saturation! You may need to…

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October 9, 2023

Using Negative Space to Improve Your Image

Cosmos Negative space simply refers to empty space around the subject (which is called positive space). The word negative in this case is not a bad connotation, but a way of guiding the viewer directly to the subject since the rest of the space has little to no visual interest. Negative space is relatively uniform,…

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September 25, 2023

Photographing with Intent

Les Colombes (The Doves), Washington National Cathedral When you lift your camera to your eye, what is happening in your mind? In thinking about the scene before you, is your mind working on finding more creative angles and perspectives, avoiding cluttered backgrounds, looking at how light is falling on the subject or considering other elements…

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September 18, 2023

Try a Photography Technique: Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)

What exactly is Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)? It is an abstract style – a creative way of working with long exposure photography, which involves deliberately moving the camera during an exposure to produce an artistic, painterly effect. It is definitely contrary to all the training a photographer receives to create sharp images by NOT moving…

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August 2, 2023

Ideas for Summertime Photography

So many times when we go out with our cameras, we fall into the same old routine of how we photograph the world around us. Below is a series of ideas to help you break out of that same old routine and try something new the next time you go out with your camera this…

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July 15, 2023

Tips for Fireworks Photography

With Independence Day celebrations taking place in the coming days, here are some tips for making the most out of your short time behind the camera to photograph fireworks… 1) Do NOT try to hand-hold your camera, do NOT use a flash 2) For best results, find a location where you will see the fireworks…

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July 2, 2023