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Runner in New York City (Photo: Kim Olson)

How to Be a Tripod

Shooting without a tripod comes with its own hassles and challenges. It’s not for everyone, but for those of us who like to travel light, we need to find other ways to stabilize our camera and lenses. Last week we talked about breath control. Today I’d like to talk about what Mike pointed out in […]

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Union Square at Night in New York City by Kim Olson

No Tripod? Learn Breath Control to Help Get the Shot

Alright, I’m gonna just come right out and say it. I hate tripods. I don’t like carrying them, using them and having anything to do with them, really. I know most photographers disagree and that’s totally fine. But I just can’t bring myself to use or like them. They’re heavy, bulky, time consuming and get […]

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Hiking in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy.

Hiking with Your Camera: Tips to Help You Get Great Photos

One of my most favoritest things to do is go hiking. There’s almost nothing better than being outside, breathing in the crisp air surrounded by beautiful scenery, and possibly spotting wildlife, if you’re lucky. I always like to bring my camera with me just in case there’s something amazing I want to capture on the […]

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Moe the Dog, a big black labrador mix (Photo: Kim Olson)

How to Look Like a Better Photographer, Instantly

We’ve probably all had to endure it at one time or another, and if not, know someone who has. We sit there patiently and try to listen politely. Our attention is fixed on our host at first, but it doesn’t take long before the minutes turn to hours and the hours to turn, well, not […]

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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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Puppy Dog Plays with Toy by Kim Olson

Wanna Take Better Photos of Your Kids & Pets? Then be prepared to get dirty

Children and pets are possibly two of the most popular things to photograph. They’re (usually) both so cute and little that you can’t not take photos of them, right? I mean, just look at this face. Irresistible, no? Taking good photos of kids and pets is probably one of the most challenging tasks you’ll take […]

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Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine by Kim Olson

How to Take Better Photos With Your Camera Phone

Camera phones have come a loooong way. Some of my favorite images I was able to capture with my phone (partly because it’s the one camera I always have with me). Compare the above image taken with an iPhone with the one below, taken with a Blackberry a few years ago. You can probably tell […]

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Learning Your Photography ABCs (aka Learning to See)

Sometimes I feel like I could’ve been a good spy. I consider myself a pretty good observer and spies are excellent observers, silently watching everything that unfolds around them. I could totally do that. Spies can also be ruthless assassins, though, and it’s then that I realize I’d be a horrible spy. Since I typically […]

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