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Copyright Your Images

© I spent several days trying to sort through the process for officially registering a set of images with the U.S. Copyright Office.  An implicit copyright belongs to the photographer (most of the time), but registering with the Copyright Office further improves your protection, should you ever need to take legal action against an infringer.…

Howto: Build a Cheap, Modular Off-camera dSLR eTTL Flash Extension

I was going to help shoot my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary event. I didn’t really know what would be going on and I thought it might be an opportunity to augment ambient light via a my eTTL flash. I have a 2 ft. long, stretchy off-camera cable Pixel eTTL Off-Camera Shoe Cord (a $20+…

Identity & Naming — Setting Up Social Media

A business needs to have an identity—talking-heads call this “branding.”  The most important, is its name. Photographers are artists and artists often do not think of themselves business people—even recoiling from the idea. But, even if you are not planning on earning money from your photography, if you want to become recognized for your work,…

The Magic of Magic Lantern on a Canon dSLR

I finally got to loading the Magic Lantern firmware onto my Canon T1i/500D and I am so excited! Magic Lantern is a firmware add-on for Canon dSLRs that enhances their use. It does not replace the camera’s built-in firmware, so you can use the camera as expected. It can be easily bypassed, too, so you…

Shutter Speed vs. Aperture; the Creativity Begins

Beginning photographers think, mostly, about speed, but would creatively also benefit from understanding how aperture plays a creative role.

Checklist for Shooting Long Exposures (at Sunset)

There are some simple steps to taking long exposures that can be easy to forget. Here’s a quick checklist for shooting pictures at dusk (or dawn).

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