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Mastering the Zone System – Part 1: Zone System Metering

2800 1867 Cory Miller

Most of us have experienced the feelings that accompany any big change; a combination of fear juxtaposed with excitement. First leaving home for college or starting a new job, or maybe picking up our first…

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What are ISO Numbers in Photography and Why it Matters

2400 1350 James Tocchio

Even though ISO is a major part of the three main factors that make or break a photograph, it’s something of a neglected middle child. ISO sullenly stews between Shutter Speed and Aperture, its more…

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

1786 1005 James Tocchio

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

2000 1125 James Tocchio

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

2000 1125 Chris Cushing

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

2400 1600 James Tocchio

Are you interested in macro photography but not so interested in shelling the clams to pay for an expensive macro lens? Or maybe you’re not interested in carrying another big honking lens that’ll rarely leave your…

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Tips and Techniques No. 002 – Push Processing Film

1280 853 James Tocchio

[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

1280 854 James Tocchio

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

1600 900 Josh Solomon

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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How To Process Black and White Film at Home – Part One: What You’ll Need

5985 3351 James Tocchio

There’s no better way to connect with the very essence of the medium than by shooting black-and-white film, and while the C-41 process B&W films are at times excellent, our curiosity will inevitably get the…

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What is Depth of Field (DOF)

1818 1228 James Tocchio

We’re back with more photography tips to help new (and experienced) shooters better understand this fantastic hobby of ours. In the past we’ve covered things like ISO, zone focusing, and cross-processing, and today we’re taking a look…

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