How to Take a Family Group Photo

You’ve gathered the family, found the perfect location, and convinced a friend to be your personal photographer for the day. Now what? Past attempts at a family portrait have produced photographs that felt unbalanced, and this year will be the same unless something is done differently. Hiring a professional photographer is out of the question, […]

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Portrait Photography Tips

One of the most common types of photographs you see is a group of people lined up and looking at the camera. At weddings and other social functions, you’re bound to take photos like this if you have a camera. If you are the “official” wedding photographer, you can’t escape them. Quite often these pictures […]

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Landscape Photography Tips

Taking good landscape pictures does depend on a little planning and not just snapshotting. First, have a reason for taking the picture, to have a record of an interesting place, scenic beauty, or to produce a picture appealing to the observer by its charm of line and tone. All these qualities can be combined but […]

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How to take good pictures

Everyone enjoys having photographs of family, friends, vacations, and interesting sites to capture memories and perhaps express a little creativity. Often times, a simple adjustment or two can greatly improve the shot, bringing even more pleasure to the finished photograph. Whether the photographer is using an expensive 35 MM SLR type of camera, or a […]

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4 Methods Storing photos Safely

Photographs have been important to our society for generations but only in the last decade have we learned correct ways to store and care for our photographs. Many families still have photo’s stored in sticky magnetic photo albums that are very damaging. If pictures are stored correctly they can be a valuable history, record and […]

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Flash Photography Tips

While in training as a Police Forensic Identification Technician, I learned a fascinating technique for illuminating large areas at night, with only a single ordinary flash unit. The idea behind us learning and practicing this technique was that there would be times in our careers as “Ident” men and women that we would be out […]

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Folk art painting techniques

Folk painting has its origins in 13th Century Europe, where furniture was highly-priced when decorated with beautiful folk painting. In some castles in Europe, that kind of furniture is on display, worth thousands of dollars. Today people are starting to like beautiful things like that again, and pay a lot for painted wooden objects such […]

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How to Create Texture in Painting

Texture in painting is a difficult element to define. The texture does not just refer to the roughness of smoothness of a work of art, but also to the subtle gradations of surface difference, from the quality of the brushstrokes to the addition of foreign elements into the work of art. The most exciting aspect […]

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How To Paint With Acrylics and Oils

Acrylics and oils do not mix. The reason is simple. One medium is oil-based and the other is water-based – and oil and water never meet. You can’t mix acrylic and oil together as it will create a mess. In addition to using the two mediums together, there are other methods that are a great […]

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How to mix colors: when painting

In order to understand color in painting one first has to have a basic knowledge of color theory. The retina of the eye receives input from objects outside. Sensitive cones in the eye translate these sensations from the outside. These cones in the retina respond to the wavelengths of light and “decode” or translate these […]

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