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Long Lens Heat Distortion

Are you a long lens shooter? If so, you’ve gotta check out this video! In the video, I’ll explain everything you need to know about the “hidden” enemy of all long lens shooter – heat distortion. Most people dismiss this out of hand, but the truth is, heat distortion is often the root cause of a surprising number of poor quality images.

So, if you’ve ever been out shooting and …

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How To Use A Polarizing Filter

Quick – What do you think a polarizing filter is used for?

If you said, “blue skies” then you’re certainly among the majority of photographers. However, that answer merely skims the surface of what a polarizer is really capable of.

The primary purpose of a polarizing filter is to remove reflections. I know, that doesn’t seem like something you should be losing any sleep over, but stick with me here. …

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Blue Skies Without A Polarizer

When I talk about polarizers, people are often surprised that I don’t use one for enhancing blue skies (the most common use for that filter). Instead, I have a handful of photoshop tricks that I like better. (for more on polarizers, click here)

Well, that generated a ton of questions about how the heck to do it, so I decided to make the video below. In the video, I’ll show …

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AF-On And Back Button Autofocus

Try a better way to focus your DSLR! Using back button autofocus is a faster, easier, smarter way to get great AF results from your DSLR. This video will show you how AF modes work – and why decoupling autofocus from your shutter release can take your photography to a whole new level.

This method works both for a camera with a dedicated AF-ON button or by reassigning a button …

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How To Get A Starburst In Your Photo

A question I get on a regular basis is “How do you get those cool starbursts in some of your photos?”

People have speculated on everything from special filters to photoshop to alien intervention (OK, made that last one up) – but it’s way easier than that. To get a starburst in your photo like the one you see below, you just need a DSLR and a couple of simple steps …

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The Best Time For Photography

Psst – Wanna know one of the biggest tricks for good nature photos?

Shoot your subject when it looks its best!

I know, seems pretty obvious and I can almost hear the collective “DUH” from everyone reading this, but stick with me here. See, it’s been my experience that most photographers don’t really take the time to ask themselves the simple question of, “Does the scene I’m about to shoot …

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