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23 Jun 14
Category: Photo Tips and tagged with photo safari, photo tips, photography tricks, photo class
bad photo tips

NEVER? Never is a very long time. It is true that we are deleting too many of our photos these days, but should you never delete anything? Probably not, although that is a lovely photo of your shoe. Take more photos, delete mistakes, and keep the rest. A bigger mistake would be keeping your camera inside of your bag.

11 Jun 14
Category: Photo Tips and tagged with photo safari, photo tips, photography tricks, photo class
As photographers we want to think of ourselves as visual people. But isn't writing a visual art too? When an author describes something well we are able to paint a picture in our mind. In order to do this

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05 Jun 14
Category: Photo Tips and tagged with photo safari, photo tips, photography tricks, photo class
Most people who really want to get into photography eventually feel the need to learn their f/stops and shutter speeds. And although we do advocate this, we believe that the best photo is not necessarily the one with the best histogram, but the one which communicates best. This is often achieved through good composition.

Always ask yourself does the image communicate? What does it communicate? Is it beautiful to look at? And if it is beautiful and something that you want to look at and admire, does it matter what camera and what f/stop the photographer used? Because even if you had this information, it doesn't mean that you would be able to replicate that photo.

30 May 14
Category: Photo Tips and tagged with photo safari, photo tips, photography tricks, photo class
Until recently, the only way to display your photos was to have them printed and put into a photo album or on your wall. With digital media, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Now the digital picture frame allows us to display literally hundreds of pictures as a slide show on our walls, our desk, or even our keychains. And when you are ready, you can change the selection. As many people now find themselves on their computer at least once a day, you can even choose your images to display on your computer's desktop or screen saver.

If you prefer a non digital format, it's now possible to have your favorite pictures printed on almost any media, t-shirts, a mouse pad, a mug, plates, hats. If you prefer something more traditional it is possible to have your pictures printed as a calendar, as a canvas print, as a book, or even just a regular print.

Whatever media you choose to display your photos, our suggestion is that you display your photos. The fun part of photography is sharing the picture you take.

Heck, share them on Facebook!

21 May 14
Category: Camera Tips and tagged with photo safari, camera tips, photo tips, photo class
So you checked all the technical issues with your tripod from our last post, but your pictures are still blurry. There are a few more factors that may be in play.

Are you on firm ground? Many streets and sidewalks in New York City do not provide a solid surface for long exposures. What? Why? If there is a subway line under the sidewalk then the ground will move every time a subway train passes. Also if you have your tripod set up close to a road, the passing of a large vehicle is likely to shake the ground. If you are on the Brooklyn Bridge you will never get a tack sharp image with a long exposure because it's a suspension bridge with cars moving below. Balconies are also problematic as they often have some give; if someone walks next to you while you take a long exposure it will vibrate the camera. If you are on dirt, make sure to push your tripod all the way into the ground until it stops.

Windy, even slightly windy conditions, can also cause problems. In this situation you will need a very sturdy tripod or sand bags to hold down your camera.

Another cause of blurry photos while using a tripod is you. The simple act of pushing the button may cause the camera to move. To resolve this problem you can use the self timer function on your camera, a cable release or a wireless release button.

The last cause may be the object you are photographing. Look closely to see whether or not it's moving. Buildings sway, clouds move, as do bridges and seemingly solid objects. The longer your shutter speed, the more likely you will see blur.