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Photography Tips & Tutorials

Get practical and easy to understand photography tips and tutorials.

Photography composition tips and tutorials.

Tips and techniques for shooting at the holidays!

Landscape Photography
Tips for landscape photography.

Photography lighting tips and techniques.

Nature Photography
Tips from the pros about the nature of nature photography!

Post Processing
Now that it's out of camera...what to do next.

Sports Photography
Tips and techniques for shooting sports photography.

Street Photography
Tips on street photography.

Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2 Di II LD IF Review  February 26th, 2013
A while back I competed in a street portraiture photography competition hosted by Backyard Shots and Tamron USA. The entries were judged by the excellent street photographer, Craig Tanner. In looking at the great entries for that competition I was completely blown away when it was announced that I... [Read More]
Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD  September 24th, 2012
I was quite surprised to learn that my image won the grand prize of a Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5 - 6.3 Di IIVC PZD, choice of one Backyard Shots guide, Tamron eco-friendly bag and lens cloth. I didn’t expect it at all.   Once the lens got here, I immediately put it on my camera and went... [Read More]
Holiday Photos - Abstract Photography  December 9th, 2011
Are you looking for something a little different in your Christmas photos this year? One of my favorite ways to photograph almost anything is to do so in an abstract way. There are several ways to create an abstract image of a scene. One way, motion blur, is a great way to make your... [Read More]
Christmas Light Tips - Outdoor Photography  December 5th, 2011
Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is only a few weeks away. I, like many folks, enjoy going out and viewing all of the holiday decorations. I like to check out local venues such as Botanical Gardens for the light shows they set up. Every year I am asked how to correctly... [Read More]
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC Lens  December 1st, 2011
The grand prize winner of our first photo contest (Historic Oakland Cemetery), Clay Brandenburg shares his thoughts and a few of  the photos he's taken with his prize, the Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (model A005) lens.   First, I love... [Read More]
Understanding the Histogram on Your Camera to Make Better Photos  September 30th, 2011
What is a histogram?     The histogram on your camera lets you view the exposure of your photos so you will know whether your photo is too light or too dark. This is important since there are so many times that we cannot really see the image on the LCD screen because of bright... [Read More]
Photographing the 4th of July  July 1st, 2011
The fourth of July is Monday and many photographers will be photographing fireworks displays for the first time or will be wanting to improve on their past fireworks photography. Here are some tips for great fireworks photography from one of Backyard Shots pro photographers, Craig... [Read More]
Focus Points
How changing your focus point can change your image by David Akoubian.   One thing I do when I am determining the best composition in an image is to change focal points whether it be in my mind or in the camera. With digital it is easier to see the visualization because of the LCD screen... [Read More]
Understanding Nature Photography
Anyone who has attended my nature photography workshops knows that I’m a naturalist first and photographer second. This stems from my childhood days using a pair of binoculars and the Peterson field guides to explore and roam the mountains surrounding my home in southern West... [Read More]
Street Portraiture Tips
One of the many photography workshops, Craig Tanner teaches is street portraiture. The Street Portraiture Workshop in Savannah, Ga. where the focus of the workshop is impromptu portraits of people we are just meeting on the street. On the workshop I call these people the "strangers we... [Read More]


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