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Using a Photography Prompt to Inspire Creativity

What is a photography prompt? It is a word or phrase that inspires a photograph. The purpose of the prompt is to give you ideas that will aid in your photo-taking process. The prompt is typically used as a theme and the photographer may interpret the theme in any way that is chosen. A photography prompt will…

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May 6, 2021

5 Tips for Stunning Landscapes

This month’s article is courtesy of KEH Camera Photo by Alexander Milo  The best examples of landscape photography should transport the viewer. That’s easier said than done. Read on for some tips on getting the shot that may end up as someone’s computer screen background someday.   From left to right, photos by Adrian Pelletier,…

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April 17, 2021

10 Composition Tips for Better Photos

You cook a wonderful meal and your friends say: “WOW! That was GREAT! Delicious! What kind of OVEN did you use? You must have a great OVEN!” You would be miffed, right? Because you know it’s not the oven, it’s the COOK who prepares a great meal. Great soufflés were prepared by Julia Childs, not…

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April 5, 2021

Using Depth of Field to Enhance Your Photos

Once you’ve learned the basics of creating a photograph and you start to experiment with creating more imaginative images, changing the depth of field starts to enter into the process. Depending on how much of the image that you want in focus will determine what depth of field to use. (This is purely subjective, since…

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March 15, 2021

Easy Ways to try Macro Photography Without Breaking the Bank!

While you continue to spend time inside, think about trying some macro photography! Here are some inexpensive ways to do some macro photography without having a dedicated lens. The gear discussed in this article is a long zoom or telephoto lens (left), extension tubes (center), close up lenses (right) and a Raynox Macroscopic lens (center foreground).  …

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February 8, 2021

Looking back at 2020 and Ahead to 2021

Photo by Sherryl Belinsky Like many others in the tourism and hospitality business, Washington Photo Safari took a big hit starting in March, with dozens of planned safaris cancelled due to COVID-19, including all of our popular cherry blossoms photo tours!   However, we sought to make lemonade out of lemons, by using the COVID-19…

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January 4, 2021

Seeing Red – Infrared!

Here is a fun idea that you can try with your smartphone, in your neighborhood – infrared photography! Most digital cameras these days are designed to block the infrared spectrum, so you cannot use them for infrared photography even with infrared filters, but that is not the case with smartphones! Who knew?! Here is an easy way to…

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December 13, 2020

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