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Beginner Basics – A Basic Guide to Focus Stacking or Focus Blending (preview)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack Focus stacking or focus blending can sound like a far more daunting process than it is. It’s actually an incredibly handy tool for any photo where you are looking for elements of your shot to be in good focus from front to back of the image.  Focus stacking is […]

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Beginner Basics – What Are The Benefits of Using a Tripod? (preview)

By Viktoria Haack Using a tripod can really help elevate our photography beyond the ordinary and allow us to capture some creative alternatives to the everyday snapshot. It can sometimes feel like a chore taking out the tripod and setting it up, but one of the most basic things it does is force us to […]

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Editor’s Assignment – The Long Exposure (full story)

Here is the winner of the October 2017 online Editor’s Assignment contest. To enter future contests and for full details and prizes, please stay tuned. – Editor-in-Chief The Long Exposure I love the feeling of grandeur that accompanies this image. The cathedral itself is an imposing structure, placed centrally in the frame. The long exposure […]

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Beginner Basics – Why Should We Understand the Histogram? (preview)

Photography is my primary means of artistic expression. I have learned the technical aspects, purely as a way to extend my creative ability and fulfill the need to express myself. The mechanical processes of photography have never held too much interest for me, but as my experience has grown, I’ve come to realize that technical […]

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October 2017 Editor’s Assignment contest

October 2017 – The Long Exposure Deadline: November 10, 2017 Assignment is now closed.

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Beginner Basics — Changing Your Perspective (full story)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack How often does a scene catch our eye and we almost immediately start shooting? I know I’m guilty of this, and sometimes there’s a danger that you will miss a shot altogether if you don’t start to shoot immediately, especially if the light is changing or an animal or […]

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Beginner Basics – Photographing Waterfalls (preview)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack Waterfalls are my go-to subject matter when I’m not photographing sunrise and sunset landscapes. More often than not, waterfalls are located in ravines or forested areas that cut out a good deal of harsh daylight and often allow them to be photographed at any time of day. The main […]

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Beginner Basics – Creating Mood (full story)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack When does a photograph change from being purely documentary to something more? Something closer to art? For me, it’s when the image either captures a mood or generates a mood or emotion in the viewer. My personal definition of a moody image is one that captures or draws forth […]

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Beginner Basics – Tips for Capturing Snowy Winter Portraits (preview)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack I love snow and am excited every year for the first winter snowfall. By the end of the winter season, however, snow begins to lose its appeal for me, so I’ve learned that if I want to be creative with snow, my interest is at its peak at the […]

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Beginner Basics – Shooting in the Blue Hour (preview)

Story and Photography by Viktoria Haack Many of us are aware that the harsh mid-day hours of sunlight, particularly during the summer months, aren’t always the best for photography. We may also know the benefits of shooting during the first and last few hours of the day when the light becomes softer and more golden. […]

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Beginner Basics – My Sunrise Photo Shoot Checklist (full story)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack The first thing I consider when preparing to shoot a sunrise is what the weather will likely be doing. I often use an app on my phone for this. Depending on what I’m trying to achieve, I usually hope for some cloud that will catch the colour from the […]

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