A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a dSLR Camera

If you’re tired of fussing with the settings on your phone’s camera or are frustrated with the poor picture quality produced by your point-and-click, then the time has come to upgrade to a shiny new dSLR (digital single-lens reflex).


Every year dSLR cameras become faster and better than ever, but which is the right one to purchase (or put on your holiday wish list) in 2014? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a dSLR camera:


1) Buy for your level of expertise


Getting the hang of a new dSLR camera can be tricky—especially for beginners—so make sure you purchase a camera that’s easy to use.


If you’re not sure where to begin, this list of best entry-level dSLRs of 2014 can help point you in the right direction. You can also scan reviews on Amazon or Google to make sure the camera you’re interested in is beginner friendly.

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4 Tricks (And 1 Treat!) To Taking Unique Halloween Photos

Kids and pumpkins on HalloweenFalling leaves, glowing pumpkins, adorable costumes, impressive makeup, and creepy decorations–these are a few of our favorite things to see on Halloween night (and candy – lots and lots of candy!).


All Hallow’s Eve truly is a mystical night where anything can happen and reality is temporarily suspended. With all the ghouls, goblins, and ghosts roaming the earth, you’ll want to keep your camera ready so you can capture every spooktacular moment. Check out the following four tricks to use when you’re ready to snap those Halloween photos:


Trick #1: Don’t be afraid of the dark


Since Halloween is typically celebrated after the sun goes down, lighting can be a tricky thing to get right with your photos. If you want to use flash, just remember it may wash out your subject. Or you might end up with some eerie looking orbs floating around your photos (don’t worry, those orbs are just dust).
If you’re feeling brave and want to take photos without flash, try bumping up your ISO. Opening the ISO to 400 or higher will increase the camera’s ability to absorb light, which will catch the flickering light of candles or the red glow of a haunted house.

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How to Capture Action Shots During Fall Sports and Activities

Kids playing soccerFall is the perfect time for hiking, biking, and playing sports. The weather is clean, crisp, and refreshing – and it’s our last hurrah before hibernation mode sets in. It’s also one of the most scenic times of the year to take amazing photos your family and friends in action. You’ll want to capture every dynamic moment fall has to offer, whether you’re heading to the big homecoming football game, hiking up a nearby mountain or practicing soccer with the kids.


There is one slight problem – capturing motion in photography can be difficult to pull off. To help, we’ve pulled together the following tricks and tips around how to capture action shots that you can use this fall:


Get in on the action


If you’re looking for interesting angles and unique expressions for an action shot, try moving with the players along the sidelines or lying down in the grass and aiming your lens up at the subject (preferably out of harm’s way). Don’t be afraid to get creative with where you place your camera—the result will make for some really impactful photos that you may have missed otherwise.

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