Memorable Photographs – How They Got That Way

A friend writes to me: I’m no photographer, and therefore I’ve never understood what makes a photograph amazing? Nationalist sentiments aside, what’s in the photo – “Heroes of Iwo Jima” that makes it so awesome and memorable? Also, the National Geographic Magazine picture – “Afghan Girl“, what’s so special about that? What’s special about those…

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Competition Winners

Finally, I’ve been able to properly evaluate and publish the winners of the Beyond Phototips Detail Everywhere competition. We received an un-expected 43 entries, each of them showing your expertise and fondness for photography. Now, here are the winners; without further ado. The Winners First Place First Place: Explorer by Aaron Koolen Second Place Second…

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19 Radical Skateboard Photography Tips

Skateboard photography can be quite interesting and exciting for a photographer. Skaters can be found in most cities and towns, either in skate parks or out on the streets. Below, you’ll find a collection of skateboard photography tips and great example photos. The tips aren’t massively in-depth because the intent isn’t to lecture about these…

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Pinhole Camera in Your Pocket

Photo: Matt Callow Most serious or semi-serious photographers have wanted to use a pinhole camera, but thought that it would be too complicated to make one themselves, or possibly just didn’t know how. Now, if you’re interested, you could make one yourself, out of a matchbox, a tin can, curled binder plastic and a whole…

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Selecting Photographs: What Not to Show

You’re an aspiring photographer or amateur photographer and want to show the world, or maybe just your relatives what you can do with a camera and some good ol’ light. But where’s that brilliant photograph in which you’ve managed to time the shot just perfectly? Lost in the quagmire of shots that didn’t make the cut? Here’s one small tip with an illustration to help you out.

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Poll: How often do you take photographs?

Photo: David Fisher Hi There… Welcome to something new that we’re trying, here on Beyond Phototips! A reader opinion poll. This is all about what you, the reader, think about photography. Some times, people forget that photography is about actually “taking” photographs. It does not happen very often, now that you don’t have to go…

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Point n go shoot

by The JohannEspiritu™ Hi there… I need a bit of help; for a change, I need you, yes YOU… to share some information with me. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to photography or not, your opinion is welcome. What information? Well, do read on… All these years I’ve been taking pictures with SLR and…

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8 Ways to Keep your Compositions Simple

Keep It Simple, Stupid Remember the K.I.S.S. principle… It needs no introduction. Then, why do we forget it when taking photographs? by Zamm First the why Why would you want to leave things out of a frame? More the merrier, right? The bigger, the better, right? Umm… sometimes, yes… But not here. You see, when…

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8 Good Habits for Creative Photographers

How do you get inspiration for your photography? How do you stay creative? How do you get ‘creative’ to start with? I’m hoping to open up some answers here, but you’re welcome to help me add to this list in the comments section. Keep Your Mind Open by ‘SeraphimC There’s nothing on this planet that can ‘not…

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Strobist – Hobby goes Pro

I’ve wondered about it for a long time… I’ve marvelled, and been Inspired by his apparent ability to do more than 3 tasks at a time, but I guess this day finally had to come. Baltimore Sun Photographer David Hobby has finally taken his ‘hobby’ and turned it into a life changing possibility. David started…

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