Tips and Techniques

Making the Most of Motion in Photographs – Photo Tips and Techniques

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Not all photos need to be crystal clear and clinically sharp. Shots that are technically imperfect often end up being the most engaging, since these bring with them a sense of energy and liveliness. But…

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Five Tips for Shooting Concerts on Film

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As both a longtime gigging musician and film geek, I often end up slipping into the crowd during downtime to take some pictures. And over the years I’ve noticed more and more people doing the…

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How to Cheat at Film Photography – Simple Tips for Making Better Photos

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Film photography can be hard. The learning curve is often steep, and blasting through twenty rolls of film as we learn the ropes can be a costly and frustrating experience. This barrier to entry may…

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Basic Composition Techniques for Better Photos

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There are a lot of guides about how to make better photos. For the most part, they cover the same ground. While these tips are valid, it’s important to consider why they work. Knowing the…

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How to Shoot Easy Macro Photos Using Close-Up Filters

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Spring is here, and with it comes tiny bugs, tiny flowers, and tiny dew drops – all perfect subjects for macro photos. Are you interested in macro photography but not so interested in shelling the…

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We Pick Your First Film Camera For Under $50

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Recent articles by the likes of TIME magazine, BBC news, and others have announced to the masses what many of us have known for years – film photography is back. And you can bet that this…

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The Family That Shoots Together… Street Photography With Kids

1280 849 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

As a young man, I occasionally engaged with photography with just a general interest. In the mid-1980s, point & shoot and instant cameras were plentiful, and I can’t recall a time growing up where we didn’t…

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Tips and Techniques No. 003 – How to See in Black-and-White

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Color, in many ways, is the essence of life. Our eyes and brains are built to see it. Brand identities are built on it. And so are our personal fashion sensibilities (there weren’t a lot of…

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Tips and Techniques No. 002 – Push Processing Film

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[Editor’s Note – James here with a quick message to introduce the next contributor to our new Tips and Techniques segment. Cameron Kline is someone you may be familiar with; he’s an editorial photographer and the founder of Film…

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Tips and Techniques No. 001 – The Subject is the Subject

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[Editor’s Note – Hey everyone. James here. We’re launching a new feature on CP. Every week, with the help of some really talented pro photographers, we’ll bring you a brief post highlighting a simple way…

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How to Buy a Used Lens Without Getting Burned

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Lenses are expensive. But used lenses are cheap. And thanks to their adaptability to today’s amazing mirror-less cameras, legacy lenses are becoming an ever more popular option for photo geeks looking for top quality at…

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Five Tips for Building a Full Film Camera Kit for Under $100

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We’ve all been there; spent too long staring at a famous photograph shot on film, handled a friend or relative’s classic camera a little too covetously, or suddenly recalled a camera from childhood that we…

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Should You Buy a Mechanical or Electronic Camera?

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Spend any amount of time on photography forums and you’ll learn pretty quickly that photographers will argue about anything. Analog versus digital, slides versus C-41, Nikon versus Canon, and Leica versus everything else. The unbridled…

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How to Develop Black and White Film at Home – Part Two: Developing The Negative + Video Guide

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We’re back with the second installment in our continuing feature on developing black-and-white film at home, and it’s time to get down to business. Are you ready? Let’s make sure. You’ve read Part One, yes?…

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