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Hiking Trail near Berthoud, Colorado (Photo: Kim Olson)

The (not so) Secret to Better Photography

How do you become a better photographer? Do you need better gear? More expensive gear? Do you need to take classes or go to school? Do you need to read all the photography books you can get your hands on? The answer is… No. Well, technically not no. More like kinda. While all of the […]

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Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) in Japan (Photo: Kim Olson)

How Much Image Post-Processing Should You Do?

In some ways, shooting digitally has made editing our photos much simpler. No longer do we have to deal with messy chemicals in the darkroom. We only have to sit down at a computer and have at it. Massive programs like Photoshop have so many advanced tools that you can spend lots of time on […]

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Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine (Photo: Kim Olson)

Ditch the Zoom Lens and Use Your Feet

Zoom lenses have made us a little lazy. Well, let me rephrase that. Zoom lenses have given us the option of being lazy. But you don’t have to take it from me. Take it from Ernst Haas. He’s kind of a big deal. The best zoom lens is your legs.” -Ernst Haas   Zoom, Zoom […]

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Fall foliage in New England (Photo: Kim Olson)

Canon 50mm 1.8 Review (& why I use this lens most)

NOTE: Even though in this article I’m talking specifically about my Canon lens, Nikon and other brands have similar lenses. Photography isn’t exactly a low-cost pursuit. But it also doesn’t have to require that you spend big money, either. Case in point: my favorite lens cost me only $90 (it now goes for about $125 […]

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A more artistic photo of dogs with blown-out highlights and sun flare.

Technically Perfect vs. Artistic Photos

When I picked up photography, I had no clue what I was doing. I’d never taken a class so I simply aimed and fired my camera, hoping that I was capturing the shot I had in my head. Sometimes this “spray and pray” method worked out okay for me. But more often than not, I’d […]

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Palm Tree in the Wind

The Most Important Thing

Why do we do photography? Some of us want to capture images from a once-in-a-lifetime trip or event. Others hope to document their kids growing up. Artists aspire to create art. But no matter our photographic subjects, we’re all aiming for one thing: the end result. How each of us gets to our end image […]

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