Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Year Ago on BYP

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


  • The Line: elements of visual design, part 1. This month-long series explores different elements of visual design, beginning with the most basic: the line. Read on to find out how to use lines to improve your photography.
  • Shape: elements of visual design, part 2. This post moves the conversation about visual design from the one-dimensional line to two-dimensional shapes. See examples of translating images and scenes into their component shapes.

  • Photography Collages: start a collection A collage can be a great way to display and share your photography. Think about a common topic, theme, or style that can unite your collage. This post includes further details and examples to inspire you.
  • Photography Is .... What does photography mean to you? Read my reflection on how photography is timing, patience, and luck. 


  • Find Time for Photo Books. Now is the time to get started turning all those incredible photographs into permanent, printed books! This post will help you over the hurdles of beginning, planning, and arranging to move you towards completion. Holidays gifts, here you come!

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

A Year Ago on BYP

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


  • Spooky Levitation How To. Take your spooky shots another step with this easy how-to for levitation using digital manipulation and Photoshop. Find out how to seamlessly blend images for exactly the look you want.


  • Learn Your Camera Lens: accessories. Part 3 provides an informative overview of common camera lens accessories, including lens caps, lens hoods, and filters. Find out what you need and how best to use it.
  • Local Photography: Photograph the Harvest. Now is a great time to get out and explore your local surroundings - visit a farm, pick your own pumpkins, or try your hand at apple-picking. This post lays out some suggestions for how best to capture the bounty of the season.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Year Ago on BYP

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


    • How to Photograph Ghosts. In a single photograph, capture a spooky or ghostly creation - no Photoshop or digital manipulation necessary! Learn how to use a long exposure for this fun effect.

    • Learn Your Camera Lens: What's in a Name? Part 1 in the 'Learn Your Camera Lens' series focuses on all of the information provided in the name of your camera lens. Find out all the information you can from your lens name, and find out how best to choose a future lens.
    • Learn Your Camera Lens: the lens itself. Part 2 in the 'Learn Your Camera Lens' series carefully lays out all of the detailed pieces and parts of your camera lens. Learn what all the numbers, dials, buttons, and switches mean and how best to use them in your photography. 



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    Saturday, September 28, 2019

    A Year Ago on BYP

    A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.

    • Improve Your Fall Photography: Use a Circular Polarizer. 'Tis the season for fall colors (at least around here). If you want an easy way to improve your fall photography - and to really make those bright colors pop - consider investing in a circular polarizer. This post lays out all the details about how to choose and use a polarizer.


    • Easy Photography Upgrade: Get a Remote Shutter Release. For less than $10, you can buy a simple corded remote shutter release that will dramatically increase the range of photography and photography situations that you can capture. This post highlights the styles and subjects that can particularly benefit from a basic remote.

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      Saturday, September 14, 2019

      A Year Ago on BYP

      A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


      • Must Have Apps to Assist Your Photography. The third in the apps series, this post focuses on apps that will help you plan, shoot, and perfect your phone photography. Recommendations are suitable for both Android and Apple devices.

      • How to Photograph Architecture. This post contains great tips and advice for shooting architecture, including composition ideas and tips for interior as well as exterior shots.



      • Aperture and the F/Stop Conundrum. The first in a series of introductory posts about aperture. Aperture and the F/Stop Conundrum provides an informative overview of aperture, how to use it, and what the deal is with "f/stops."
      • What an Aperture of f/8 to f/11 Can Do for You. This next post covers the middle range or "who cares" apertures, around f/8 to f/11. Find out exactly when to use these apertures and how you can rely on them as the workhorses of common shooting situations.
      • What an Aperture of f/22 Can Do for You. This post rounds out the series by covering the narrow end of the aperture spectrum, up around f/18 to f/22. Find out how to use these aperture values to maximize focus in your image or to slow down your shutter speed for lovely, silky water shots or to create incredible sunburst effects.

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      Saturday, August 31, 2019

      A Year Ago on BYP

      A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


      • Blue Hour Photography. The blue hour, right after sunset or right before sunrise, is an incredible time for photography. Find out how to make the most of the blue hour with these tips and examples.

      • Summer Round Up. A quick summary of all the posts from the summer of 2014. A great resource for great photography.
      • Zooming vs. Cropping: Perspective in Photography. Zooming with your lens is not the same as cropping a photograph. This post discusses the important role of perspective in photography and lays out exactly how "zooming with your feet" differs from simply cropping an image. (This post was written in honor of my beloved 15-year-old Mazda who was retired shortly after this photoshoot.)
      • Panning in Photography. Panning is a fun photographic technique for rendering a moving subject. The trick to panning is moving your camera at the same relative speed as your subject. Read the full article for all the details.
      • Window on the World. Windows are a fascinating photography subject, but one that need careful consideration when shooting. This post provides tips for shooting through windows, as well as a series of examples that will make you start thinking more about windows, especially when you are traveling.

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      Saturday, August 17, 2019

      Find Your Photography Style - join the Fall Photography Challenge!

      What's your photography style?

      It's one of the biggest and most open-ended of all photography questions. For some photographers, you know right away. You see their portfolio or see an image and instantly recognize it as theirs. But for many of us, it can seem like you're just groping around in the dark, trying to figure out what it is that makes your images "you."

      This September and October, Boost Your Photography is offering a photo-a-day challenge geared around a month's worth of different photographic styles. It's a great opportunity to push yourself to try new things in your photography, as well as a way to affirm what styles do (and even do not) work for you and the kind of photographer you want to be.


      The Fall Photography Challenge will run during both September and October 2019. The prompts and emails will be the same for both months, but this gives you the option to choose the month that works best for you - or go for a double-shot and really push yourself!

      You'll receive a weekly email with tips and articles for how to tackle that week's challenge words. A daily photography challenge is a great way to keep yourself motivated and do new things with your photography! Hopefully you have some fun exploring your personal photography style.

      Be Accountable: get a photo buddy (optional)


      Back by popular demand, you can choose to join a smaller group of photographers and take on this challenge together. Knowing someone else is waiting to see your images is sometimes the extra push we all need to get up and get shooting! Plus it's a great way to get feedback and inspiration from others.

      If you choose the "sharing" option, you will receive a group email with the names and emails of other photographers interested in being assigned to a small group for the month. You are committing to communicating at least once a week with your buddies, whether that means sharing an image or two from the week, asking questions, or offering support and ideas. This is a low-pressure way to get some feedback while gaining some cheerleading support along the way! [You will receive your group's details at the beginning of the month. New sharing groups will not be created after a challenge is underway.]

      Interested? Use the signup form below and choose whether you'd like to join the challenge for September or October (or even both, if that's your fancy). "Not sharing" means you will get the emails but not assigned any buddies, while "sharing" means you agree that I can share your email with a small group of other interested photographers (generally 3-4 folks).

      Join us for another great month of photography exploration!





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