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Improve Your Photography from the Comfort of Your Home!

Stuck at home? Who isn’t?! There are many ways to improve your photography even if you can’t (or don’t want to) leave your home. Here are several ideas to help relieve that “itchy trigger finger” due to not being able to push that shutter button! • Photograph objects that you have at home, creating displays…

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November 10, 2020

Use Light to Your Advantage to Photograph Fall Foliage in Any Kind of Weather!

Fall foliage only lasts for a few weeks, so take advantage of every opportunity to photograph those brilliant fall colors, no matter what the weather! Here are some ideas for photographing the fall foliage in less than “ideal” conditions: Rain produces wonderful reflections and color saturation! You may need to use a Circular Polarizing filter to reduce…

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October 3, 2020

Need Some new “Gear”? Try These Options!

Need Some new “Gear”? Try These Options!   A Lens Skirt: It’s nighttime or twilight. You’re looking out of the closed windows of a rooftop restaurant or observation deck, or out of your hotel window, at a lovely view of the illuminated city below. Or you are standing on a street trying to take…

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September 21, 2020

See the World Around You in a Whole New Way!

Most of us have been at home for several months, working on keeping ourselves busy, pushing ourselves to find ways to improve our photography and (hopefully) learning new camera skills. You probably think you’ve exhausted all of the “photographic possibilities” in your neighborhood, but here are a few suggestions for using your camera to create images that will help…

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July 30, 2020

WPS Guide for Amateur Photographers

We are pleased to announce that WPS Founder and Director E. David Luria has not just been sitting home in the Time of the Virus, looking at cute cat videos and watching his hair grow long. NO! He has been writing an Ebook: “Washington Photo Safari’s Guide For Amateur Photographers“, an illustrated 130+ page compilation…

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May 22, 2020

Creating Visual Tension in Your Photos

Potomac River and Georgetown at Sunset  from the Kennedy Center Rooftop Terrace Visual tension is a compositional technique that uses a variety of framing approaches to create dynamic elements in a photograph to draw in and stimulate the interest of the viewer. It is a way of using the energy and movement available in various features of the image to draw the…

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March 9, 2020

Get Closer to Your Subjects in 2020!

Himalyan Blue Poppy (45-200mm Zoom at 200mm) WPS Director E. David Luria is always telling his clients to “get closer” when they are on a safari, just like his mother Estela, used to tell him when he was learning photography using a Brownie 620. It’s good advice, so make it a habit to try filling the frame…

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February 4, 2020

Tips for Creating Memorable Photos of Nighttime Holiday Scenes

Take advantage of the nighttime Holiday Themed safaris that WPS has scheduled during the month of December and try some (or all!) of these tips! Use a sturdy Tripod to hold the camera steady during long exposures Use a remote release or the self-timer so there is no “camera shake” when the shutter is released. Use a…

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December 9, 2019

Using Metering Modes

In photography, the metering mode refers to the way in which a camera determines exposure. The most common metering modes are spot, center-weighted and multi-zone/matrix metering modes. Spot Metering The camera will measure on a very small area of the scene – about 1-5% of the viewfinder. By default, this is the center of the scene, but…

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November 16, 2019

Using a Histogram in the Field

Do you refer to the histogram on your camera when you are out shooting? Do you know how to interpret the results that are shown in a histogram? If not, here is a quick tutorial!   What is a Histogram? A histogram is a graphic depiction of the tonal values in your photograph, organized in 256…

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October 19, 2019

Using Depth of Field to Your Best Advantage in Your Photos

Depth of Field (DoF) is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects that are in acceptably sharp focus in an image. There are three main factors that affect the depth of field: Aperture (F-Stop) Distance from the subject to the camera Lens focal length The use of Aperture to control the DoF: The Aperture (F-Stop)…

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September 23, 2019

Understanding White Balance

In photographic terms, White Balance is the balancing of color temperature in your photos, so that whites in the photo appear white. This balancing of color temperature is controlled by settings on your camera. If you don’t change the White Balance, depending on the type of light that illuminates your subject, you may see a blue, yellow/orange…

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July 23, 2019

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