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Photography Tips and Tricks #7 : Use a Flash for Snow Photography

Snow with flash
Snow with flash

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Photography in the wintertime is, and always is, a tricky challenge. Not only do you have to brave the cold weather (with your fogged lenses too), deal with shorter batteries (since they don’t last as long in the cold), but falling snow is also a major part of the equation. Yes, snow can ruin your camera and equipment, but it can also yield beautiful images. That is, with this ONE simple trick. Use a flash for snow photography.

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Photography Tips and Tricks #6: Shoot in Live View on Tripod

San Francisco Cityscape
San Francisco Cityscape by David Yu (Flickr)

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Although the real-time optical finder in DSLR’s is hugely useful, there are times where using Live View is a wiser choice. While walkaround photography is perfectly suited to quick OVF (and EVF’s), slow-paced photography on a tripod is better done with an LCD in Live view mode. Why?

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Photography Tips and Tricks #4 : Use Lightroom Camera Calibration for Better Blues

Calibration

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There are many ways to enchance the sky in landscapes. Some people like to boost vibrance or saturation alltogether, while others like to underxpose highlights. Some people like to add GND filters, while others like to use HSL pane or even tone curves for better blues.

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Photography Tips and Tricks #3: Don’t Understimate the Blue Hour

Manhattan Skyline
Manhattan Skyline at Blue Hour

 

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While many photographers appreciate shooting during the golden hour, where the sun is low compared to the horizon, giving a golden tone to images, equally many photographers tend to overlook the blue hour that comes immediately after it. Although there are precise ways you can calculate the blue hour period, as a general rule of thumb, the blue hour is the hour immediately after the sun dissapears from the horizon, akin to how the golden hour is the hour immediately before the sun sets.

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Photography Tips and Tricks #2: Always Check Your SD Cards Before Shooting

Fuji X-Pro1 SD Card
Don’t let that happen to you.

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Yes. I know what you think. Dead obvious ridiculous. I used to laugh at that advice too, until the day I forgot my own SD card in my computer for a 2 day trip.