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How to Improve your Photography – Look for the Unique Angles

This is the first article of an ongoing series where we look at simple ways to improve our photography. Many beginners, and even advanced photographers overlook some of obvious ways to better their shots and hopefully these posts will help remind you what to look out for.
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In this post we’ll explore how taking a few extra steps to look at a shot from a different angle can help take your photos to the next level.

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How to Build A Portable Studio-Quality Background in 20 minutes

This weekend I took on a DIY project to build a decent background for use in portraits that would give me studio quality shots but still be light, portable and easy to store.

Since I have no talent in painting or construction, I knew I wouldn’t be able to paint one myself or build something too complicated.

As they say, necessity (or is it laziness? ;) ) is the mother of invention and so I forced myself to look around for materials that were ready-to-use and easy to put together.

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After the jump, this week’s video shows you how to build a great photography background in less than 20 minutes.

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3 Basic Rules for Great Candid Photography

Candid photography is the art of consistently shooting pictures of people in natural unposed moments and actions. Candid moments can often capture the unique moments that reflect the true nature of the subjects rather than an image that posed shots portray – so instead of a photo of the family standing in a row looking surprised by a flash, you catch them all laughing together in a tender happy moment.

Candids are also the more difficult photos to take and are more often taken by accident and luck, rather than by using any definite technique. Professional photojournalists and documentary/lifestyle photographers on the other hand make a living by knowing how to shoot these types of photographs in a consistent manner. This post talks about 3 simple techniques one can use to capture candid photos in a consistent manner.

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Bibble 5 Announced

Happy New Year!

If you’re looking for a solid RAW workflow software, Bibble 5 might just fit your bill.  Bibble is known to be extremely fast and has a powerful set of features. The full announcement is below.

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3 Awesome ‘Pictures of the Year’ Compilations for 2009

I always enjoy going through the various Year In Pictures compilation that many of the news sites publish at this time of year. I find the photography not only inspiring, but also a great learning tool.

As PhotoBlazr winds down for the year, we’ve compiled some links to our  favourite ‘Pictures of the Year’ compilations for 2009 this year. Check out the list after the jump.

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5 Must-Watch Movies for Photographers

There aren’t too many photography movies I’ve seen that photographers would find worthwhile or truly useful.  Sure there are some movies that have photographers as the star, but usually the whole photography part is glossed over.

This is my list of must have movies about photographers or photography that one could actually learn something from and be fired up to head out and shoot some picture after watching. What are they?

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Nikon announces the iPhone ‘Learn & Explore’ app

Nikon has announced an interesting new app called ‘Learn and Explore’ for the iPhone which allows users to access the educational and editorial content found on NikonUSA.com. Now I’m not sure how many people surf through NikonUSA.com on a regular basis, but there is some exclusive content which makes this app sound worthwhile.

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How to photograph subjects with a blurred background

This is our first 2 minute video tutorial in an ongoing weekly series.

This tutorial describes how to photograph a subject with an SLR camera and get a blurred background in 3 steps so that the model really pops out of the picture. Though the quality of the ‘bokeh’ (blurred part) does depend on the lens, this tutorial gives you the basic steps you need to start shooting some great portraits.

It was filmed on the beautiful University of Toronto campus with the help of our friend Elaine (thanks Elaine!).

Sony Alpha A850 (24.6MP) – the cheapest full frame DSLR on the market

The recently released Sony Alpha A850 is making waves in the DSLR market. With the full-frame 24.6 MP Exmor CMOS sensor (same as the flagship A900), in-camera image stabilization, and professional level auto-focus and metering, the camera offers a lot for its US $2000 price tag. Is it enough to make a dent in the prosumer market dominated by Nikon and Canon?

 

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PDN Wedding Photography Contest 2009

Top Knots is holding a wedding photography contest with a deadline of December 1st 2009, some great prizes, and the chance to be exposed in PDN magazine.

Last year’s winners were stunners and I expect the competition will be tough this time around too, but the rewards are worth it. Read on for the details!

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