Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and more for $9.99 a month: a deal?

Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and more for $9.99 a month: a deal?

Adobe has just announced a new deal that only runs through December 2: a monthly subscription to the latest version of Photoshop, plus their Lightroom editing product, 20 GB of online storage and a Behance website for $9.99 a month, at least for the first year…

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Today’s photograph: Live Oak tree swings, Long Beach, Mississippi

Today’s photograph: Live Oak tree swings, Long Beach, Mississippi

Here we see the full-width post option for the first time, with another photograph from my photography road trip this past weekend…

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Amazing video work by ‘still’ photographers

Amazing video work by ‘still’ photographers

One of the big transformations that has taken place within newspaper photojournalism over the past 5 years has been the emergence of video…

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Photography road trips

Photography road trips

Going on a photography road trip: just the sound of it is exciting and a bit mysterious, isn’t it? Here’s my journal from two photo road trips from last weekend…

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Today’s Photograph: Sand dune fencing

Today’s Photograph: Sand dune fencing

Here’s a photograph from my early morning shooting trip to the Mississippi Gulf coast over this past weekend. The light was very, very soft and the fog so thick I couldn’t make out the water…

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The Discerning Photographer gets a reboot, new WordPress theme

The Discerning Photographer gets a reboot, new WordPress theme

You may have noticed a new look and feel to The Discerning Photographer recently. An awful process that started when the site was hacked a couple of months ago comes finally to resolution with this new rollout…

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Aperture: How It Affects Your Photography & Why You Should Care

Aperture: How It Affects Your Photography & Why You Should Care

Simply stated, “aperture” is the hole in your lens that allows light to pass through to your CCD (charge coupled device) during an actual digital camera exposure. The size of the hole has a big impact upon your photos. Here’s why you should care…

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How to Light Absolutely Anything

How to Light Absolutely Anything

Studio lighting: where to start? It doesn’t have to be mysterious or complicated. It doesn’t have to be all about lighting diagrams and formulas. What follows is everything you really will ever need to know to shoot successfully with strobe lights…

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Pet Photography: how to shoot great photos of your pets

Pet Photography: how to shoot great photos of your pets

How many really great photographs have you taken of your dog, your cat, your goldfish? Here are my tips for your pet photography project…

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Archiving your photos, backing up: a cautionary tale

Archiving your photos, backing up: a cautionary tale

Backing up your photos–properly archiving everything–is something we all say we’re going to do. But how many of us consistently do it? My complacency on this issue recently turned into the nightmare of all nightmares, and I’m here to tell you about it: kids, don’t try this at home!

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Photography as meditation

Photography as meditation

Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO: these building blocks of exposure are still in play here. But when your shutter speed is measured in minutes instead of fractions of a second, you have lots of time to think as your exposure is being made…

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Today’s Photograph: Banana plant blossom
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Today’s Photograph: Banana plant blossom

Understanding how to control your photograph’s background can be the difference between success and failure. This simple image of a banana plant flower is no exception…

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Six ways to improve your landscape photography

Six ways to improve your landscape photography

Sometimes we just need to be inspired. Today is one of those days: here are some great links to material I’ve dug up online for you, all focused on landscape photography…

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How to Become a Better Photographer

How to Become a Better Photographer

So you’ve bought that third camera lens, or maybe second camera body. You’re spending WAY too much time thinking about photo gear and planning shooting trips. You’re definitely hooked on photography–but do you have a plan to get better?

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A Pawleys Island Photo Sketchbook

A Pawleys Island Photo Sketchbook

Here are some of my photographs from this past week’s photo trip to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Think of this as a glimpse into a photographer’s ‘sketchbook’–these are the early versions of images that might eventually make their way into my fine art work….

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Photographing a Simple Still Life

Photographing a Simple Still Life

Here’s a look at my thought process in the course of shooting a simple still life, in this case, the first iris of this spring. Do you ‘see’ your photographs before you shoot them? Or is it all a process of discovery?

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How to make an instant photo tripod counterweight

How to make an instant photo tripod counterweight

When you’re out shooting in windy and stormy weather, it can help tremendously to have a good tripod counterweight handy. Here’s an old and useful trick that works and won’t be extra weight for you to lug around…

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Photo shooting trip to Pawleys Island, S.C.

Photo shooting trip to Pawleys Island, S.C.

Here are some first photographs from my current photo trip to Pawleys Island, South Carolina on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. I’m here for a week of shooting and much-needed rest. I plan to post more later this week…

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Landscape Photography Details

Landscape Photography Details

Sometimes the best landscape photographs are there in tiny, up-close moments. On a late January walkabout, nothing is obvious to me in a big, overall view: it’s still a drab landscape from a distance. But forgetting about that and consciously slowing down, I start to see wonderful things up close….

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Canon G15 vs. Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera Review

Canon G15 vs. Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera Review

The Canon G15 and Nikon Coolpix P7700 are both compact, non point-n-shoot digital cameras that offer a lot to like for the serious photo enthusiast. What follows is my hands-on, out-in-the-field comparison of these two machines, a non-technical look at how they operate and perform…

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Scott Strazzante’s Instagram success

Scott Strazzante’s Instagram success

Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante has become, like many newspaper photographers, a big fan of Instagram. A social networking site that’s based around photography, he’s found Instagram to be a wonderful creative outlet for his personal passion, street photography…

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A Photographer Photographing a Photographer?!

A Photographer Photographing a Photographer?!

I was thrilled the other day to see a wonderful piece on The New York Times’ ‘The Lens’ blog about a dire, intimidating photo assignment: a photographer having to go photograph another photographer!…

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Announcement: Andrew Boyd fine art website is up!

Announcement: Andrew Boyd fine art website is up!

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve known for quite some time that I needed to build a home online for my fine art landscape photography. It’s just taken me till now to get it done! While there will be tweaks and tuning still to come, I’m happy to report that my fine art photography now has a home of its own!..

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Photo of the Day: ‘Heaven’s Oak, Manresa, 2012’

Photo of the Day: ‘Heaven’s Oak, Manresa, 2012’

Here’s another photograph from my trip to Manresa, the Jesuit retreat center north of New Orleans along the Great River Road of the Mississippi River. One of my current artistic projects involves the majestic live oak trees that are indigenous to this area, huge creatures that can live several hundred years…

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