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Night Photography With A Twist: Creating Neon Abstracts!

Neon signs add color to a night image and are a great way to broaden your night time photography skills by creating abstract images. Some of the most famous locations for neon signs are along the strip in Las Vegas and many of the motels and restaurants along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona and Albuquerque and…

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January 27, 2023

Photography Books to Spur Your Creativity!

As we begin to spend more time indoors during the winter months, here are a few photography books for your reading list: Interaction of Color by Josef Albers In 1963, Albers published Interaction of Color, which is a record of an experiential way of studying and teaching color. He asserted that color “is almost never…

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December 19, 2022

Tips for Photographing Holiday Decorations

  ‘Tis the season for photographing holiday decorations – they’re everywhere you look! Here are some general tips for photographing them: Use a tripod and a remote release. Use a low ISO. Use Aperture Priority so that you can control the depth of field (the amount of the photo in focus from foreground to background)…

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December 5, 2022

Using Night Photography to Capture Light Creatively

Night photography allows the photographer the ability to create a wide range of creative light effects in his/her images by adjusting the three components of the Exposure Triangle – F-stop, shutter speed and ISO. There are many combinations of these three settings which will produce an accurately exposed image, but depending on the settings that…

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November 22, 2022

Using the Concepts of Visual Design in Your Compositions

  Visual Design aims to improve a design’s aesthetic appeal and usability. Some Visual Design elements used in photography are line, shape, color, value (the lightness or darkness of a color) and texture. Line is one of the most effective ways to draw your viewer’s eye into an image. Line is also one of the easiest of…

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October 31, 2022

Take Control of Your Camera – Use Manual Mode!

Manual Mode seems intimidating to amateur photographers and is often passed over in favor of Auto-Mode, but if you’re looking to take full control of your camera and get perfectly exposed, high-quality images, you need to learn how to make images in Manual Mode! Manual Mode lets YOU set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO (known as the exposure triangle)…

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October 24, 2022

Composition – The Essence of Good Photography!

  This photograph by AP photographer Muhammed Sajjad, published in the Washington Post shows displaced people transporting their belongings from their home as they fled a flooded area near Peshawar Pakistan, where the death toll has passed 1,000 since flash-flooding began in mid-June.  We want to show it to you because it is a beautifully…

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September 13, 2022

Dr. Percita Ellis LOVES Washington Photo Safari!

Dr. Percita Ellis photographing food at Uptown Market during our Photos Food and Fun photo safari “One of my favorite past-times is to go on the Washington Photo Safari (WPS) website to see scheduled Safaris that are available. I can honestly say that I check it out at least once a day, and usually a…

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August 31, 2022

What are Focus Modes and Why are They Important?

Today’s digital cameras offer two main ways of controlling the focus on your camera – Manual and Autofocus. Manual Mode is just like it sounds – the photographer controls the focus (instead of the camera) and manually turns the focus ring on the lens to bring the image into focus. This form of focus is useful…

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August 22, 2022

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jackson Hole, WY

Jackson Hole, WY attracts thousands of visitors each year who love the outdoors and want to experience all that Mother Nature has to offer. The wildlife and surrounding mountains is a unique corner of the rugged west where you’ll view animals and plants that you may never see elsewhere. Here are ten things about Jackson Hole that may surprise…

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August 5, 2022

Five Ways to Improve Your Photography

Looking for ways to improve your photography? Here are five suggestions: Try a new genre of photography. There are a multitude of genres that you probably haven’t tried – Abstract, Macro, Creative lighting, Street to name a few.  Experiment with the settings on your camera – use settings that are considered “wrong”. For instance, change…

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July 19, 2022

The Lincoln Memorial at 100

  The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated 100 years ago, on May 30, 1922. At that time, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. Lincoln’s only surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln, attended the dedication ceremony. The ceremony included the following speakers: President Warren G. Harding, former President and Chief Justice of the United States William Howard Taft (who…

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June 22, 2022