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I Got My Global Entry Card!

If you are a fan of The Understand Photography Show, you know we talk about travel, nature and fine art photography.  On one of our earliest shows, I interviewed travel agent Cindy Baldwin.  She talked about Global Entry as an important component to making air travel...

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Maximizing Your Filter Collection Using Step Rings

by Joe Fitzpatrick Modern post processing software, as good as it is, still can't replicate the effect of some filters. Polarizing Filters, for example, can eliminate glare and reflections far more effectively than post processing software. Unfortunately, good filters...

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Help! My Photos Are All Over the Place!

Simple tips to help you organize your photos. One of the biggest problems we have as photographers is keeping our photographs organized. Some of our pictures are on our computer, our smart phone and/or our tablet. Here is a simple guide to getting yourself organized....

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Top Tips for Shooting Car Shows and Air Shows

by Joe Fitzpatrick Fall and winter in Florida means air shows and car shows.  These events are fun to watch and draw hundreds, sometimes thousands, of attendees.  This is great for the promoters of the events but presents challenges to photographers.  The aircraft or...

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My First Attempt at Levitation Photography

I love some of the creative photographs I see on social media! One of the photographers in the Understand Photography Facebook group was on a levitation kick and posted several cool shots. On a recent photoshoot, I decided to try it. I took three or four of each...

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10 Tips for Traveling Photographers

By Cindy Baldwin A few years ago while traveling in Italy, I made a big mistake. I forgot to bring extra batteries for my camera. Instead of eating a stracciatella gelato while looking out on Lake Como, I spent all afternoon looking for a store that sold the right...

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Installing Lightroom Presets

New to Lightroom presets? Read on to learn how to install presets in Lightroom.  Scroll down to view our video on installing Lightroom presets! Download the custom Lightroom Preset. Save it somewhere you can find it. Right click to copy the Preset template. (If it’s...

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Photographing the Milky Way out in the Everglades

By Peggy Farren, with Joe Fitzpatrick and Chris Hopkins First of all, this was the first time I (Peggy Farren) had ever done night sky photography!  If you really want to grow as a photographer, befriend other photographers!  I was lucky to go out with Joe...

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The Fabulous Nifty Fifty Lens

Aperture is controlled by your lens, not your camera. Most “kit” lenses that come with your DSLR camera only open up to an aperture of 3.5 or 5.6mm. Both Canon and Nikon make an inexpensive 50 mm 1.8 lens. What makes this lens so popular? Nikon Nifty Fifty Lens The...

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Old Naples Photo Tour

Whether you are a long time Neapolitan or just visiting Naples, you’ll see that Old Naples is filled with history. It’s really fun to walk or drive around and look at the old houses and landmarks, even more fun when you can practice your photography while doing so!...

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Photographing Through a Fence

For the fifth year in a row, I was the leader for Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk. This year we decided on the Naples Zoo, which is free to Collier County residents on the first Saturday of each month. A big challenge is shooting through the fences at the zoo. How...

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Pano Dash Using Your Cell Phone

Panoramic photographs are fun and easy with your smart phone. The camera automatically “stitches” several pictures together to make a super wide image. Panoramics are very easy to do. On a Droid, open your camera app, then tap on MODE. Choose Panoramic. On an iPhone,...

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Sports Photography – Boys Lacrosse at Naples High School

Whatever your specialty is in photography, force yourself to get out of your comfort zone and shoot something different. I have so much training in portrait, event and wedding photography. I’ve been studying nature and travel photography for the past few years. I’m...

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Using White Balance and Flash Creatively

On my recent trip to Old Car City USA I had some fun with my Speedlite and remote flash triggers.  These pictures were taken in the middle of the day, but photographed to look like it was night time. For the shot of the Ford Truck I set the camera white balance to...

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What You Need to Know in Photography – Exposure

Where do you begin on your journey to become a photographer? The amount of information about photography out there is overwhelming! Most photographers today piecemeal their education. Without a specific plan, it can take years of study and practice to really know what...

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When to Photograph in Black and White

I’ve always loved black and white images.  Monochrome portraits and landscapes have a timeless, classic look.  In many compositions color can be a distraction.  Removing color simplifies, allowing one to concentrate on the subjects, forms and textures within an...

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Finishing Touches with Photoshop’s Surface Blur

A quick way to smooth out, clean up a studio backdrop in Photoshop By Tom Tracy Necessity is the mother of invention, or discovery, as they say. Last week following a periodic studio portrait session with a ballroom dance company, I was resigned to the fact that the...

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The Perfect Headshot from FitSmallBusiness

Peggy Farren was one of the many esteemed professional photographers to be interviewed for an article about getting the best headshot for "FitSmallBusiness". "Tilt Your Head Slightly Peggy Farren, a professional photographer from Naples Florida, recommends “tilting...

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New Orleans for One Day: Travel Photography Tips and Advice

My son and I took a road trip from Naples, Florida to Los Angeles, California.  The first day we drove over nine hours and were still in Florida. Florida is a really long state.  Our first fun stop along the way was New Orleans, Louisiana.  I’ve never been to New...

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Photographing a Wedding for Another Company

By Tom Tracy Benefits of occasionally ‘doing it someone else’s way’ as a subcontractor Recently a buddy left me in charge of shooting one of his standard South Florida wedding jobs — a Cuban couple with “getting ready” at a landmark hotel, a church ceremony nearby...

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Front and Rear Curtain Sync on your Flash

Here's a super simplified explanation of front and rear curtain sync for your speedlight.   Front Curtain Sync.  Triggers the flash at the beginning of the shutter duration, as the first curtain is opening. This is default mode for all flashes.Front Curtain sync...

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7 Settings You’ll Need to Know for Photographing Fireworks

Here in Florida Fireworks are not just for holiday events.  Disney World, Busch Gardens and our other major tourist attractions have turned fireworks into a nightly ritual.  Photographing these magnificent displays often leads to disappointing results when you trust...

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Sublime Silhouettes by Tom Tracy

Is there anything more cool that a back-lit moment? By Tom Tracy When Peggy Farren, creator of UNDERSTAND PHOTOGRAPHY, sent me a list of possible topics for future photo-blog essays here, one possibility jumped right out and said to me, “You came to the right guy” —...

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Quick Tip: Making a Custom Brush in Photoshop or Elements

Creating a custom brush to use as a watermark or signature on your photographs is super simple! Here are easy instructions in Photoshop CS/CC and then in Photoshop Elements: Photoshop CS/CC Step ONE: Go to File-New The width needs to be 2500 pixels or less.  I chose...

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Leaping into Dance Photography

Patience, planning and quick adjustments help catch the drama by Tom Tracy It’s a Friday in November and a monthly arts magazine has asked me to drop by for pictures of a Nutcracker dance rehearsal to accompany a holiday feature on a Florida ballet company. A public...

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West Africa — in (slightly) better times

Before the Ebola outbreak, photographing Sierra Leone & beyond Tom Tracy It might not be exaggeration to imagine that no one you or I know will ever again breezily visit one of the most vibrant and photogenic swaths of the African continent. Think about that: an...

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Wedding Photography and Travel in Portugal

How the ‘98 World’s Fair led to a destination wedding 16 years on by Tom Tracy LISBON I’ve long since forgotten how I stumbled onto it in those early days of internet surfing, but in the late 1990s I saw an announcement for the World’s Fair/Expo 1998 planned for...

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Lessons in Nature Photography

If you have been following our blog, you know that I purchased a 100-400mm lens recently.  I used it for the first time photographing dogs on dog beach. http://understandphotography.com/my-new-100-400mm-lens-and-a-better-beamer/ Mike Sullivan and Peggy Farren...

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How to Photograph Cats – It’s Easier Than You Think!

by Amanda Rattigan For most people, photographing Dogs will be a bit easier than Cats…and I understand why. Cats don’t care. LOL They simply don’t care that you are making funny little noises and whistles to get them to turn their head. They are sophisticated. They...

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How to watch “The Understand Photography Show”:

All you have to do is head over to our Facebook business page: http://www.facebook.com/understandphotography at 4 PM ET Fridays to watch the show live. That’s it! Facebook makes things so easy. If you’d like a notification via Facebook, you can join the event here: